Governance and Management

Our Leadership and Governance


Professor Helen Marshall is our Vice-Chancellor.  She leads the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Team (VCET) who manage and oversee the running of the University of Salford and in the effective delivery of our strategic objectives.   In addition to the Vice-Chancellor, members of VCET are:

  • Jo Purves, Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Development
  • Dr Sam Grogan, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience
  • Professor Karl Dayson, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise
  • Huw Williams, Chief Operating Officer
  • John McCarthy, Associate Chief Operating Officer
  • Julie Charge, Executive Director of Finance (also appointed Deputy Chief Executive)
  • TBC, Interim Director of HR and Organisational Development

VCET Meeting takes place regularly and is also attended by:

  • Jackie Njoroge, Director of Strategy
  • Professor Jayne Mitchell, Executive Director of Governance and Assurance / University Secretary (Interim)
  • Pradeep Passi, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dr Janice Allan, Dean of the Salford Business School
  • Professor Margaret Rowe, Dean of the School of Health and Society
  • Professor Joe Sweeney, Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Environment
  • Professor Allan Walker, Dean of the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technologies


Governance is the means by which the University is formally organised and directed. It ensures transparency and accountability. The University’s CharterStatutes and Ordinances set out the principal roles and responsibilities of governance and management, supporting the effectiveness of decision-making processes. The Charter, approved by the Privy Council, establishes Council as the University's supreme governing body. The Statutes and Ordinances provide the constitutional framework that allows the University to govern its affairs. The Charter also establishes Senate as the “academic authority” of the University, with responsibility for overseeing teaching, learning and research.

The Scheme of Delegation outlines Council responsibilities, including those that can and are delegated and those that cannot be. Governance structures throughout the University ensure that legal compliance is maintained and that finances, risk and performance are effectively monitored.    

Corporate Governance provide support for the development and operation of the scheme of corporate governance as well as related functions, including servicing the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Team and the Council and its committees.  The University maintains a Register of Interests and a Register of Gifts and Hospitality.  Details of how to register an interest or gift, or how to request information about either Register, can be found under the Policy.