skip to content

Governance and Compliance Division


Meet the members of the Governance and Compliance Division team. Contact details for the staff of the GCD are available to members of the University with raven accounts here.

 Regina Sachers: Director of Governance and Compliance Division

The Director of GCD oversees the running of the University's governance arrangements and supports the Council and its committees. The office is also responsible for statutory and regulatory compliance (including information compliance, risk management and continuity planning, emergency management, audit and value for money), and oversight of the student unions.

Office hours: full-time

Karen Cheung & Andrea Temple: Administrators

The Administrators deal with many regular and adhoc requests to support the teams within GCD.  These include; assisting the Information Compliance Team in handling requests for information under data protection legislation and the Freedom of Information Act; supporting the University Draftsman and the Reporter Team with proof-reading; dealing with Sealing requests; supporting assurance activities undertaken by GCD, including monitoring assurance process relating to the Office for Students and following up on internal audit actions; supporting the Executive Assistants to the Pro-Vice-Chancellors and other members of the Senior Leadership Team; and all manner of general office/administrative duties.  We can be contacted on or, for Sealing enquiries,  

Office hours: full-time

Zoe Allwood: FOI Manager

As FOI Manager, I manage the casework for requests received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  I also assist the Head of Data Protection and Information Compliance with some data protection work and service or assist with some committees that fall under the remit of the Division.

Office hours: full-time

Elle Bateman: Head of Assurance

I am responsible for determining the strategic direction, policy development and overall administration of the University's assurance activities and risk management process.  I ensure that the University collaborates efficiently and effectively with the outsourced internal audit function (provided by Deloitte LLP) and manage the University's obligations in a number of areas of regulatory compliance, including risk management.  I offer training on the University's risk management process, and am the primary point of contact for internal audit, risk management and the University's Audit Committee. 

Office hours: full-time

Ceri Benton: University Draftsman

The University Draftsman is responsible for ensuring the enactment of changes to the Statutes and Ordinances of the University resulting from the approval of matters by the Regent House, the Council and other bodies. Most of my duties flow from that responsibility, from the administration of ballots and the circulation of papers to the Council’s Business Committee, which approves items for publication in the Reporter on behalf of the Council. I can offer advice on the drafting of amendments to the Statutes and Ordinances and their presentation in the form of Reports, Graces and Notices, and on the procedure and timetable for their approval.

I am the first point of contact for enquiries about drafting or amending trust fund regulations, liaising with the Legal Services Division as appropriate. I also provide administrative support to the Finance Committee and the Standing Appointments Committee (which approves appointments in the UAS at Grade 10 and above).

Office hours: full-time

Alistair Bochel: Senior Administrator (Governance)

Responsible for servicing the Committee on Benefactions and External and Legal Affairs (CBELA), the committee which scrutinises engagements between the University and external parties in relation to reputational risk.  Also leads on the development of University-wide policies and their implementation, and manage strategic projects.  

Office hours: full-time

Julia Copson: Clerk of the Roll of the Regent House

Working as part of the Draftsman’s and Reporter Offices, I update the University’s Statutes and Ordinances from the weekly Reporters each term and proof read it ahead of its annual publication at the start of the academic year. I maintain records for the Roll of the Regent House, advise on eligibility for Regent House membership, and check the Roll for its publication in draft format each 1 October and for its final promulgation for the academic year in early November. I also compile the Fellows Reporter, annual Faculty Membership lists, and Officers Part I (University Officers) and Officers Parts II and III (Members of University bodies) Special editions of the Reporter.

Office hours: full-time

Jo Craigwood: Head of Governance Support Services

I manage the governance support services team within the division, which provides secretary services to a number of central committees.  I and my team also manage governance-related projects, such as drafting policies, guidelines, terms of reference and reports.  I serve as Secretary to the Estates Committee and to the Information Services Committee (ISC) and I lead on committee support for the Committee for Benefactions, External and Legal Affairs (CBELA). 

Office hours: part-time (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)

Emma Dollard: Senior Administrator (Governance)

I support the Finance Committee, and its Financial Investments Sub-Committee.  I also act as Secretary to the Cambridge University Endowment Trustee Body.  

Office hours: full-time

 Clara East: Head of Business Continuity

I support incident management and continuity planning in the University.  I provide guidance to institutions on effective planning, including in relation to specific threats/incidents as necessary, report annually to central Committees on the status of local incident management and business continuity plans and offer further assistance as needed.  I am also Support Officer to the University’s tactical response team, the Silver Team. This involves facilitating meetings and seeing through actions, maintaining up to date protocols and tools to support the Team’s work, arranging desktop exercising and ensuring that a fully trained back-up support team is in place.  I am also Secretary to two Committees, the University’s Honorary Degree Committee and the University and Colleges’ Joint Committee (UCJC) (co-Secretary with the Head of the Office of Intercollegiate Services (OIS)).  As part of my UCJC role, I work closely with colleagues at the OIS to facilitate information sharing between the University and Colleges. 

Office hours: part-time (Monday - Friday, 9am to 3pm)

Caroline Evans: Senior Administrator (Governance)

I am responsible for servicing the Estates Committee and two of its sub-committees: the Space Management Sub-Committee and the University Housing Commissioning Body.  The role also includes development and implementation of University-wide policies and management of strategic projects.  

Office hours: full-time

Emma Frampton: Senior Administrator (Governance and Committees)

I support the General Board, the body responsible for the academic and educational policy of the University. I also act as Secretary to the Societies Syndicate and its Technical Committee. 

Office hours: full-time

Tara Grant: Administrative Officer and Reporter Editor

Working principally on the Cambridge University Reporter, Statutes and Ordinances, the University Governance site, my day is usually spent liaising with individuals across the University and Colleges on matters concerning content. As a member of the team in the Draftsman's office I work closely with Ceri, Julia and Delrene as we attempt to meet our many looming deadlines. In addition to our publication-centred tasks we have a number of other responsibilities, including facilitating and recording University Discussions, maintaining various websites and determining the eligibility of certain University officers for Cambridge degrees under Statute B II 2. 

Office hours: full-time

James Knapton: Head of Data Protection and Information Compliance

As Head of Data Protection and Information Compliance, I am the University’s lead on all matters relating to information legislation (principally the UK General Data Protection Regulation, the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000).  I provide advice, training and guidance to members of University staff, manage data breaches and requests for information and personal data under the relevant legislation, and oversee policy in these areas.  I also carry out various other functions, in particular with regard to the Prevent Duty and freedom of speech, as part of the wider work of the Division.

Office hours: full-time

Madeline McKerchar: Head of Council Support Services

I support the University Council, the University's principal executive body, by servicing the Council and undertaking related governance projects.  These projects typically involve drafting terms of reference, policies and reports.  I work closely with Anna Ulyanova, who provides administrative support for the Council, and many other colleagues within the Division who support central committees such as the General Board and the Audit Committee.

Office hours: part-time (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus Friday mornings)

Office Manager

Currently vacant, the Office Manager role covers a broad area of support-based tasks, with the overriding aim being to ensure the day-to-day management and running of the office is adequately facilitated. 

Office hours: full-time

Angela Stratford - Senior Administrator (Governance and Committees)

I support the Information Services Committee, the Health and Safety Executive Committee, and the General Board Museums Committee.  

Office hours: full-time

Anna Ulyanova: Council Secretariat Administrator

I upload Council papers and maintain other Council content within the University governance website, as well as helping organise the arrangements for Council meetings.  I am also responsible for a variety of other tasks, including acting as Clerk to the Advisory Committee on Committee Membership and External Nominations (ACCMEN).  Using the Cambridge Committees Database I take responsibility for keeping Council appointed memberships current.  I prepare all ACCMEN material for circulation and meetings.  I also support the Council Committee for the Supervision of the Student Unions (CCSSU).  

Office hours: full-time

Rowena van Asselt: Senior Administrator (Risk and Assurance)

I am responsible for the overall administration of the University's risk management processes, working with colleagues across the University as the main point of liaison for risk management. I also provide high-level support to the Head of Assurance in relation to the administration of the Audit Committee and the work of the internal auditors. 

Office hours: full-time

Tom Yates: Deputy Head of Data Protection and Information Compliance

As Deputy Head of Data Protection and Information Compliance, I work on all matters relating to information legislation as well as the Prevent Duty and freedom of speech.

Office hours: full-time