Human Resources Committee

This Committee has been temporarily suspended due to changed governance arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the Business Continuity Governance Committee for more information.

This Committee considers and determines matters in respect of the University's human resources. This includes ensuring that pay and conditions of employment are properly determined and implemented for all categories of employees and monitoring the University's staff composition. 

 Human Resources Committee - Constitution and Terms of Reference

Keith Bissett

Keith Bissett

Independant Governor

Currently the Chair of the Board of Governors, Keith began his time with Coventry University as a co-opted member of the Audit Committee and became a full Board member in 2010 when he took over as the previous Chair of the HR Committee. Keith also Chairs the Strategy, Finance and Resources Committee.

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

He was previously a member of the Council for the Management Consultancies Association for 17 years and has served many years as a member of the Warwickshire Advisory Committee, which is responsible for the selection and appointment of magistrates.

In addition to the Human Resources Committee, Keith is also a member of the Board of GovernorsStrategy, Finance and Resources CommitteeRemuneration Committee and Governance and Nominations Committee.

Andrew Meehan

Independent Governor 

Andy currently holds the role of Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors, following his appointment to the Board in February 2017. Andy is a graduate of Oxford University, a chartered accountant and for 30 years enjoyed an executive career mainly in the retail sector, having had roles as finance director and chief executive of several companies including Selfridges, Mothercare and Co-operative Retail Services.

He has a portfolio of chairmanships and non-executive directorships across commercial, public and charity sectors, including GHD Group, Fortnum and Mason and Myton Hospice.

He is currently Chairman of Ramsdens Holdings PLC and has previously been the Chair of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and the hospitals’ charity. He is also Chairman of Mayday Trust, a charity working with people experiencing homelessness, treasurer of his local church and is the Chairman of the Council at Coventry Cathedral.

In addition to the Human Resources Committee, Andrew is also a member of Strategy, Finance and Resources Committee, Remuneration Committee, Commercial Advisory Committee and Governance and Nominations Committee.

Robert Stockdale


Robert joined the Board in 2014 and is currently in his second term as an Independent Governor. Robert has over 30 years of international human resource experience, gained primarily in manufacturing and is experienced in managing, re-structuring and supporting growth across both Europe and the Americas, as well as parts of Asia-pacific.

Robert is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and volunteers as an adviser for Warwick District Citizens Advice Bureau.

Robert is also a member of Board of Governors and Remuneration Committee.

Nick Sale

Nick Sale

Independent Governor

Appointed as an Independent Governor in September 2018, Nick is 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. Nick is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Susan Morton

External Co-opted Member

Susan was appointed in September 2014 as an External Co-opted Member of both the HR and Remuneration Committees. Susan was one of the executive team responsible for Carillion's demerger from Tarmac in 1999. Her particular remit for 13 years focused upon people, values and culture change. Susan spent a decade working in a number of automotive and manufacturing companies leading behaviour changes for performance improvement. Whilst working in the finance sector Susan was instrumental in the transformation of and subsequent demutualisation of Birmingham Midshires Building Society.

Susan has a degree in Behavioural Science from Aston University and an MBA from Warwick University. Susan was a founder member of the Government Training Standards Council and the Deputy Prime Minister's private sector advisory panel on Neighbourhood Renewal.

Susan is also a member of Remuneration Committee


Karen Martin

External member

Karen’s background has been in the NHS where she has worked for 38 years. She has extensive experience as an Executive Board Director in different NHS organisations, including Deputy Chief Executive Officer, and a wealth of experience in transformation, Human Resources/workforce, organisational development, leadership, communications, corporate affairs and change management. Her career has spanned a range of health organisations including health authority and both acute and mental health services and she has always held responsibility for education, learning and development within these different organisations.

Karen has previously been a school governor and Trustee and is a qualified executive coach. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a Master’s Degree in Public Sector Management.