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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 Division.

Office hours: full time

Elle Bateman: Audit and Regulatory Compliance Officer

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 support the work of the University's Audit Committee as Assistant Secretary.  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: Tuesdays to Fridays

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 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

I am one half of the job share role of Senior Governance Manager, which I share with Madeline McKerchar.  We support the University Council - the University's principal executive body - and the Committee for Benefactions, External and Legal Affairs (CBELA), by servicing these committees and undertaking related governance projects.  These projects typically involve drafting terms of reference, policies and reports.  We work closely with Dee Vincent, who provides administrative support for the Council, and many other colleagues within the Division who support such central committees as the General Board and the Audit Committee. 

Office hours: part-time, 2.5 days per week (Mon, Tues, Weds)

 Clara East: Senior Assistant Registrary

I support emergency management and continuity planning in the University.  I provide guidance to institutions on effective emergency planning, including in relation to specific threats/incidents as necessary, report annually to central Committees on the status of emergency plans and offer further assistance as needed.  I am also Support Officer to the University’s emergency 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.  In a similar capacity, I currently support the joint University and Colleges’ Covid-19 Management Team.  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 (Mon-Fri, 9 to 3)

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: 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 Division.

Office hours: full time

Madeline McKerchar: Senior Governance Manager

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 Dee Vincent, 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.  I also help to coordinate the University's interactions with the Office for Students. 

Office hours: part-time (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays)

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

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