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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: Head of Governance and Compliance Division

The Head of the 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

Delrene Abeysundera: Assistant to the Compliance Officer and to the University Draftsman

I assist the Information Compliance Office in handling requests for information under data protection legislation and Freedom of Information Act.  I also support the University Draftsman, the Reporter Office, and the Audit and Regulatory Officer with general administrative duties.

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 Information Compliance Officer with data protection work and service some committees that fall under the remit of the Registrary’s Office.

Office hours: full time

Elle Bateman: Audit and Regulatory Compliance Officer

Ells is currently on maternity leave until November 2020 and her role is being covered by Samantha Skehel. 

Office hours: part-time, four days per week (Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri)

Ceri Benton: University Draftsman

Ceri BentonThe 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 Office as appropriate. I also provide administrative support to the Council Committee for the Supervision of the Student Unions, the Standing Appointments Committee (which approves appointments in the UAS at Grade 10 and above), and ad hoc review bodies which currently include the Governance Review Working Group.

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

Joanna Craigwood: Senior Governance Manager

Office hours: part-time, three days per week (Mon, Tues, Weds)

Clara East: Audit and Regulatory Compliance Officer

Clara EastMy work consists of three inter-relating strands of governance: audit, risk management, and emergency management planning. I liaise with the internal auditors and institutions on internal audit work; I offer guidance and training on the University’s risk management processes and maintain the University’s Key Risk Register; and I work with the Security Office and institutions on effective emergency management planning. I also support the University’s emergency management team. I am assistant secretary to the Audit Committee and secretary to the Risk Steering Committee. Aside from these, I support various Registrary Office activities including termly meetings and special projects.

Office hours: part-time, three days per week (Tues, Weds, Thurs)


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 Draftsmans office I work closely with Sadie, 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: Information Compliance Officer

As Information Compliance Officer, I am the University’s lead on all matters relating to information legislation (principally the General Data Protection Regulation 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, as part of the wider work of the Registrary’s Office.

Office hours: full time

Madeline McKerchar: Senior Governance Manager

Office hours: part-time, three days per week (Weds, Thurs, Fri)

Justine Kent: Office Manager and Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer

As Office Manager my role covers a broad area of support-based tasks.  A good knowledge of the University is often key in order to answer or to direct enquiries to the correct areas, as I am usually the first point of contact for general enquiries.  The overriding aim of my role is to ensure the day-to-day management and running of the office is adequately facilitated.  I am also the PA to the University's Chief Financial Officer. 

Office hours: full time

Samantha Skehel: Senior Audit and Regulatory Compliance Manager (Secondment)

I am currently working in the Registrary's Office on a secondment, covering for Elle Bateman whislt she is on maternity leave.  My work is involved with Risk Management and Internal Audit; I am Assistant Secretary to the Audit Committee, as well as liaising with the internal auditors (Deloitte LLP) to help co-ordinate internal audit activity (including the annual Departmental Assurance Survey).  I offer training and guidance on the University's risk management process, and support the processes that maintain and update the University's Risk Register. 

Office hours: full time

Dee Vincent: Administrative Assistant (Council and Committees)

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.

Office hours: full time