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Jo Horsburgh

Registrar and Secretary



Jo joined the University of York as Registrar and Secretary in June 2017, with accountability for leading the University’s Professional and Commercial Services and also as Secretary to Council. 


Biography in Brief

Previously Jo was a senior officer at the University of Warwick; her roles there included Director of HR, Deputy Registrar and latterly reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and President as Strategy Director.

In her earlier career, Jo spent nine years as a senior HR professional in the automotive industry, working in the manufacturing, engineering and international HR divisions of a major car manufacturer, followed by a role as a management consultant for Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, leading people and change management streams in large-scale transformation projects for blue chip and FTSE 100 clients.

Jo is a graduate in Management Studies from Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Roles and responsibilities

What is your day job?

Registrar and Secretary

Role on The Board

The Registrar and Secretary brings to The Board an overview of operational matters and a special responsibility for good governance.

Other responsibilities

As the Registrar and Secretary, they chair the Operations Group, which encompasses all the University's central support functions. 

They have responsibility for supporting the University Council (the governing body) and for ensuring the good governance of the University.


Register of interests

Register of interests (April 2018)

Coten End Primary School, Warwick - Governor

York Conferences Ltd - Director

York University Property Company Ltd - Director

NYCH Ltd - Director

York Cares - Director

Student Accommodation Provision LLP - Board member

Student Accommodation Provision Two LLP - Board Member

Student Accommodation Provision Three LLP - Board Member

University of York International Pathway College LLP - Board Member

2016-17 Expenses

Below are the travel and expenses for Dr David Duncan (the former Registar & Secretary) covering the period August 2016 to February 2017.

 David Duncan Expenses Aug-Oct 2016 (PDF , 4kb)

David Duncan expenses Nov 16 - Jan 17 (PDF , 3kb)

David Duncan expenses Feb - Apr 2017 (PDF , 4kb)


Below are the travel and expenses for Jo Horsburgh (the current Registar & Secretary) covering the period May to July 2017.

Jo Horsburgh expenses May - Jul 2017 (PDF , 3kb)

2015-16 expenses

Below are the travel and expenses for Dr David Duncan (the former Registrar & Secretary) covering the period September 2015 to July 2016.

David Duncan expenses Sep 15 - Jan 16 (PDF , 3kb)

David Duncan Expenses Feb-Apr 2016 (PDF , 97kb)

David Duncan Expenses May - July 2016 (PDF , 3kb)

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Contact details

Personal assistant