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Strategic Performance Committee

The Strategic Performance Committee of Northumbria University

The University established a Strategic Performance Committee in early 2011 to provide a forum within the governance structure for the monitoring of the University’s strategic activities and to provide constructive challenge and input to Executive decisions in this area. The Committee is not a standard feature of most HEIs’ structures, and is most closely akin to Strategic Development or Chair’s Committees which exist in a limited number of HEIs, although the membership of the Committee does not follow these models. While this role is performed across all committees in the University’s corporate and academic governance structure, there are clear benefits to bringing Executive and Board members together to discuss strategic performance and delivery, along with the opportunities and threats which arise from them, including:

  • bringing multi-faceted performance and risk discussions into a single forum to help make sense of complex issues and support the Executive in joining-up and streamlining strategic development and delivery;
  • providing a space for the Executive to engage with Board members and seek expertise and input on proposed innovations and initiatives;
  • supporting the Executive in its responsibility for delivering on strategic objectives and outcomes;
  • providing independent challenge and monitoring of strategic delivery and performance management.

Terms of Reference 2023/24

Membership 2023/24

Dr. Stuart Fancey -  Chair (Independent Governor)

Roberta Blackman-Woods (Independent Governor)

Liv Bird (Student Governor)

Katherine Fawcett (Staff Governor) 

Sophie Haagensen (Independent Governor)

Professor Andy Long (Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive) 

Dr. Birju Bartoli (Independent Governor)

Adam Parker (Co-Opted Committee Member)



Secretary: Georgina Bailes

Assistant Secretary: Richard Elliott


Officers in Regular Attendance 

Chief Strategy Officer: Daniel Monnery

Chief People Officer:  Jane Embley

Chief Marketing Officer: Peter Thomas

Chief Financial Officer: Simon Newitt 


Dates and times of Strategic Performance Committee Meetings in 2023/24




Thursday 28 September 2023


Sutherland Building

Wednesday 15 November 2023


Sutherland Building

Thursday 18 April 2024 10:00 Sutherland Building
Monday 3 June 2024 10.00  Sutherland Building




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