Governance and Nominations Committee

This Committee will recommend to the Board of Governors the appointment of new independent and co-opted Governors.

It will act as Search Committee, responsible for the selection of a new Vice-Chancellor. It will recommend to the Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Board the appointment and re-appointment of Pro-Chancellors. It will also monitor and report to the Board on any governance matters delegated to it by the Board of Governors.

 Governance and Nominations - Constitution and Terms of Reference

Keith Bissett

Keith Bissett


Currently the Chair of the Board of Governors, Keith began with Coventry University as a co-opted member of the Audit and Risk Committee and became a full Board member in 2010, taking over as Chair of the HR Committee. Keith also chairs the Strategy, Finance and Resources Committee.

Keith is Chair of the Warwickshire based consultancy and training company Bourton Group. Their clients include the MOD, Highways Agency, Sellafield Rail, Rolls-Royce and other blue chip companies.

Previously a member of the Council for the Management Consultancies Association for 17 years, they have served for 9 years as a member of the Warwickshire Advisory Committee, which is responsible for the selection and appointment of magistrates.

As lead ambassador for cancer support charity Maggies, Keith has helped to raise £5m for a new centre at Walsgrave hospital which will be the first in the West Midlands.

Keith is also a member of the Strategy, Finance and Resources Committee, Remuneration Committee and Board of Governors,

Nick Sale

Nick Sale

Deputy Chair

Appointed as an Independent Governor in September 2018, Nick became Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors and Pro-Chancellor in September 2020.  They are an experienced business leader and company director who worked as a chief operating officer in the automotive industry until early in 2018. Nick has had a successful track record working throughout the world in the IT and engineering services industry, with particular expertise in outsourcing and offshoring. In addition to working as an independent consultant, Nick has also started a cyber-security consultancy with an old work colleague. They are a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Nick is also a member of Human Resources Committee, Strategy, Finance and Resources CommitteeRemuneration Committee, the Board of Governors and Commercial Advisory Committee.

Nick Owen

Nick Owen

Co-opted Governor

Nick was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in September 2018.  They were awarded an MBE for services to arts-based businesses in 2012 and are passionate about generating culturally inspiring and socially engaging creative practice within an educational context both nationally and internationally. The heart of Nick’s career has been working in the cultural education sector, including early years settings, mainstream schools, further education and vocational training, higher education and life-long learning.

In 1994 Nick was appointed one of the first academic heads of department at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (Head of Community Arts), during which time they led the development of the BA in Community Arts, the UK's first Certificate in HE for Disabled People and a range of part-time and outreach provisions. Nick also established the Aspire Trust in 2002, the Merseyside based international arts education business, during which time they also completed a PhD at the University of Hull, supported by a unique scholarship from Creative Partnerships Hull.

In 2012 Nick was awarded an Honorary Fellowships in Education at the University of Hull and University of Tasmania, Australia. They were recently been appointed Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Education at the University of Nottingham and is also CEO of The Mighty Creatives.

Nick is also a member of Board of Governors and Education Advisory Committee.

Helen Nixseaman

Co-opted Governor

Currently in their 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, with a career that 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 chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Board of Governors

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