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Operations Group

Operations Group is a sub-group of the University Executive Board, set up to help focus and support its work. It comprises senior managers from the support, administrative and operations areas of the University.

Its role is to help identify important topics for discussion at Board meetings and to take decisions on less significant operational issues. It might also be asked to consider matters emerging from Board discussions which require further investigation and action.

Operations Group meets monthly and the minutes from its meetings are submitted to the Board for information.

Terms of reference

Terms of reference

  • Takes devolved responsibility for co-ordinating the University‚Äôs central support departments
  • Ensures that the support services work effectively together
  • Ensures that the support departments remain focused on providing the highest possible quality of service to academic staff, students and other stakeholders
  • Monitors the budgets of the support services on a monthly basis
  • Ensures that the support services remain focused on helping to implement the University Plan
  • Monitors against the agreed annual objectives for each service
  • Provides a forum for sharing information, discussing issues of common interest and addressing issues that run across two or more support services
  • Communicates on a regular basis with heads of academic departments and works to enhance lines of communication between central support departments and academic departments



  • Natalie Armstrong, Operations Manager (Sciences)
  • Wayne Campbell, Academic Registrar
  • Mike Clarke, Operations Manager (Social Sciences) 
  • Joan Concannon, Director of External Relations
  • Rebekah Desport, Director of Planning
  • Jon Greenwood, Director of Commercial Services
  • Jamie Holliday, Operations Manager (Arts and Humanities)
  • Joss Ivory, Director of Human Resources
  • Jeremy Lindley, Director of Finance
  • David McBeth, Director of Research and Enterprise
  • Rod Peet, Deputy Director of Finance
  • Rebecca Christou, Senior Executive Officer to the Vice-Chancellor

In attendance 

  • Kathryn Hague, Executive Officer to the Registrar and Secretary (minutes)
  • Joe Connor, Management Accountant

Meeting dates

 Papers for inclusion on the agenda are due by 5.00pm on the paper submission date.


Paper Submission

Monday 30 September 2019 14.00 - 16.00  23 September 2019
Monday 4 November 2019 14.00 - 16.00  28 October 2019
Monday 2 December 2019 14.00 - 16.00  25 November 2019
Monday 27 January 2020 14.00 - 16.00  20 January 2020
Tuesday 24 February 2020 14.00 - 16.00  17 February 2020
Monday 23 March 2020 14.00 - 16.00  16 March 2020
Monday 27 April 2020 14.00 - 16.00  20 April 2020
Tuesday 22 June 2020 14.00 - 16.00  15 June 2020


Operations Group reports to the University Executive Board

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