Our Board is supported by four Committees – Audit, Finance, Nominations and Remuneration – comprising a majority of Trustees and the following Co-opted Committee members, who have all been selected and appointed based on their specific skills, experience and expertise.

Jo Jones

Chief Financial Officer, University of Sheffield

Jo joined the University of Sheffield in February 2020 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this, she was Finance Director at Queen Mary University of London.

Over her career, Jo has taken a lead role on a number of successful projects. This includes working with Siemens to open the first new school of engineering in 24 years at Lincoln. While working at Oxford Brookes, she helped oversee the financial management of a £120m teaching and learning building. To deliver Queen Mary University of London's 2030 strategy, she raised a £160m private placement to fund teaching and research infrastructure requirements.

Committee membership: Finance Committee

Dr Jim McGeorge

University Secretary & Chief Operating Officer, University of Dundee

Following an early research career as a zoologist, Dr Jim McGeorge moved into academic management in 1996 at the University of Abertay Dundee. Over the next nine years, he held a succession of posts at Abertay in the areas of registry, governance, and strategic planning, culminating in his appointment as its Academic Secretary & Registrar. Jim moved to Stirling University in 2005 to become Director of Strategic Planning & Governance, with his portfolio being expanded in 2007 to include the role of Deputy University Secretary.

Jim was appointed University Secretary & Chief Operating Officer of the University of Dundee in March 2009. In this role, he leads the professional services and advises the Principal on the strategic development and effective management of the university in general. Jim is also responsible for the proper stewardship and governance of the university, including its governing body, the University Court, and for all legal and constitutional affairs.

Jim is Chair of Advanced Procurement for Universities & Colleges Ltd, the procurement centre of expertise for Scotland’s HE and FE sectors. Jim is also Convener of the Universities Scotland Secretaries’ Group, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Heads of University Administration.

Committee membership: Audit Committee

Sarah Randall-Paley

Director of Finance, Lancaster University

Sarah qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London with KPMG, before relocating to the North West where she has been the Director of Finance at Lancaster University since 2009, responsible for both finance and procurement.

In 2010, Lancaster was successful in winning the ‘Outstanding Finance Team’ in the Times Higher Education Awards (THELMAs), and in the 2014 THELMAs Lancaster was shortlisted for ‘Outstanding Procurement Team’.

In addition to Director of Finance at Lancaster University, Sarah is Chair of the national British Universities Finance Directors Group, a member of the national TRAC Development Group, and Governor of Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School.

Committee membershipAudit committee

Liz Rylatt

Chief Finance Officer, City, University of London

Liz was appointed CFO of City, University of London in August 2016. As CFO, Liz has responsibility for the Finance and Property & Facilities teams.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc in Computer Science Liz qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, also in Newcastle. 

She then spent a number of years in lead finance roles with various retail organisations (John Lewis/House of Fraser and Laura Ashley), before using her financial skills in a new sector. 

Liz spent 18 years with the BBC working across the Corporation in a number of Divisional and Corporate finance roles. She prepared the business case for the set-up of the 24 Hour News channel and the News Online service. As CFO of the Operations Division she supported the COO of the BBC leading the Property, Technology, Marketing and HR functions as well as Finance. During her tenure Liz was involved in a number of transformation projects in both Finance and Operations delivering savings back to the business. 

For the last two years Liz was Executive Director Finance Operations and Members at the Institute of Chartered Accountants, where she led a property renovation project at Chartered Accountants Hall. 

For the past three and a half years she was a Governor of Kingston University, partner Governor for the School of Business and Law and a member of the Audit Committee. She was also on the International Advisory Board for Newcastle University Business School.

Committee membership: Finance Committee