Finance Director, Queen Mary University of London
Most of Jo Jones’ career has been in the university sector, working in both research-intensive and new universities – York, Nottingham, Lincoln, Oxford Brookes, and now Queen Mary. During this time, Jo Jones has had varied roles relating to VAT, subsidiary companies, pension funds, research office, management accounts, and financial reporting, and, for the last nine years, as a Finance Director – first at Lincoln, then Oxford Brookes, and now Queen Mary.
Jo Jones has either been a member of, or worked closely with, university senior teams to ensure the financial strategy enables other key strategies, including teaching and learning, research, estates, and IT strategies. She has previously managed strategic planning, legal, as well as research and business development teams. One of the most rewarding projects Jo Jones has been involved with was working with the PVC Strategy, HEFCE, and Siemens to open the first new school of engineering in 24 years at the University of Lincoln.
Committee membership: Finance Committee
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
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’.
Sarah has supported the Procurement team through significant change with a programme to centralise and professionalise procurement activity across the campus. In the 2015 update to the external Procurement Maturity Assessment, Lancaster was ranked 4th of the 90 plus institutions assessed to date.
In addition to Director of Finance at Lancaster University, Sarah is Chair of the national British Universities Finance Directors Group, Chair of the BUFDG Fraud Working Group, and Governor of Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School.
Committee membership: Audit committee
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