Audit and Risk Committee

This Committee is responsible for directing and overseeing the University's arrangements for internal and external audit. It provides impartial advice to the Board on the discharge of the Board's responsibilities for proper financial management, for the effectiveness of risk management, internal control and management systems, and for the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which the University's activities have been properly discharged.

 Audit and Risk Committee - Constitution and Terms of Reference (CTRs)

Helen Nixseaman


Currently in her second term as Governor, Helen was appointed in September 2017. Prior to this Helen was an external co-opted member. Helen is a Chartered Accountant with expertise in risk management and internal controls. Her career has included being a risk assurance partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Helen has an MA in Natural Sciences and an MSc in Biochemical Engineering.

Helen is also a member of Board of Governors and Governance and Nominations Committee.

Linda Ryan

Linda Ryan

Co-opted Governor

Currently in her first term as Governor, Linda was appointed in February 2017. Prior to this Linda was an external co-opted member.  Linda is a Chartered Accountant with a commercial and operational focus, experienced at operating at board level, with a strong emphasis on team working.

Linda is also a member of Board of Governors.

Ian Davidson

Ian Davidson

Independent Governor

Ian is a Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years’ experience in the industry. Most recently he was chairman of the GSH Group Plc, an international facilities and energy management group with operations across the UK, Europe, North America and India. He has held board-level positions in several companies in a diverse range of sectors, including engineering, automotive, pharmaceuticals and retailing. He has a broad background of working internationally.

Ian has particular expertise in the financing and restructuring of businesses with a distinct emphasis on mergers, acquisitions and disposals.

Ian is also a member of the Board of Governors.


Gurdip Dhami

External Co-opted Member

Gurdip was appointed to the Audit & Risk Committee in September 2019. He is a Chartered Accountant and an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry and has held roles in corporate treasury, debt capital markets, finance and risk management. He has a BSc in Physics and a MSc in Operational Research.


Sara Leavesley

Sara Leavesley

External Co-opted Member

Newly appointed to the Board of Governors as an External Co-opted Member of the Audit & Risk Committee in September 2018, Sara is an English qualified solicitor with over 20 years’ experience working in industry on mergers and acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures across Europe, US, Asia and Latin America. Sara has primarily worked in private equity (3i) and in the energy industry (E.ON). Sara currently works for E.ON and has held a variety of senior legal counsel roles in the UK, including Head of M & A Legal for the E.ON Group based in Dusseldorf.

Sara is a member of International Advisory Committee.