Co-opted Committee members

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.

Dr Jim McGeorge

Secretary of the 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 Secretary of the University of Dundee in March 2009. In this role, he is its Chief Operating Officer, leading the professional services and advising 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.

Committee membership: Audit Committee


Professor Elizabeth Treasure

Vice Chancellor, Aberystwyth University

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, BDS PhD Birm FRACDS FDSRCS FFPH, is Vice Chancellor at Aberystwyth University. She is an Independent Member of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Her research centred around public health, and she was awarded the British Dental Association’s John Tomes Medal for her ‘research of direct relevance to public policy’, and an honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Committee membership: Finance 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’.

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 BUFDG NW Universities Finance Directors’ Group, representing the region at the BUFDG National Executive. She is also a Chair of the BUFDG Fraud Working Group, a Director of the NW Universities Purchasing Consortium and Governor of Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School.

Committee membership: Audit committee


Jo Jones

Finance Director, Queen Mary University of London ​

Most of my 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, I have 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. 

I’ve 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. I’ve also previously managed strategic planning, legal, as well as research and business development teams. One of the most rewarding projects I’ve 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