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:

  • Julie Charge, Executive Director of Finance (also appointed Deputy Chief Executive)
  • Professor Karl Dayson, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise
  • Emma French, Executive Director of Governance and Assurance / University Secretary
  • Dr Sam Grogan, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education & Student Experience
  • Jo Purves, Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic Development
  • Neil Scott, Chief Operating Officer
  • Jonathan Winters, Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development
  • John McCarthy, Associate Chief Operating Officer

VCET Meeting takes place every two weeks and is also attended by:

  • Dr Janice Allan, Dean of the Salford Business School
  • Denise Rennie, Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Environment (Acting)
  • Professor Margaret Rowe, Dean of the School of Health and Society
  • Professor Allan Walker, Dean of the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technologies
  • Jackie Njoroge, Director of Strategy
  • Pradeep Passi, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


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.