Strategy, Finance and 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 is responsible for considering matters relating to the detailed development of University Group strategy and the determination of large scale and reputationally sensitive capital developments.

It determines matters in respect of the financial affairs of the University, including ensuring the solvency of the University and safeguarding its assets, approving the financial strategy, approving annual operating plans and budgets which reflect the Corporate Plan, ensuring that funds are used in accordance with the Funding Council's Financial Memorandum and approving the annual accounts.

It is also responsible for the oversight of the strategic management of the University's land and buildings. It approves and keeps under review the University's Estates Strategy, ensuring that space and property requirements are identified to fulfil the objectives of the Corporate Plan and provides a planned programme of maintenance.

 Strategy, Finance and Resources Committee - 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 Board of GovernorsRemuneration Committee and Governance and Nominations Committee.

Nick Sale

Nick Sale

Independent Governor and 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, Board of Governors, Governance and Nominations CommitteeRemuneration Committee and Commercial Advisory Committee.

Andy Meehan

Independent Governor

Andy currently holds the role of Pro-Chancellor, following their appointment to the Board in February 2017 and having served as Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors for three years. 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.

For the last 12 years, Andy has had a portfolio of chairing and non-executive directorships across commercial, public and charity sectors, including GHD Group, Fortnum and Mason and Myton Hospice.

Currently Chair of Ramsdens Holdings PLC and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and the hospitals’ charity, Andy is also Chair of the Mayday Trust, a charity working with people experiencing homelessness, treasurer of a local church and is the Chair of the Council at Coventry Cathedral.

Andy is also a member of the Board of Governors Remuneration Committee and Commercial Advisory Committee.

John Latham CBE


John leads the delivery of the University Group’s strategic objectives as agreed by the Board of Governors and was appointed Vice-Chancellor in 2014. A double graduate of the University, they have a background in information technology and telecommunications, having held high-profile roles at regional, national and European levels promoting innovation, technology and economic development.

John is a non-executive Director of Health Education England (the primary funder of health related education in England), is a Council member of InnovateUK (part of the UK’s National Research Agency (UKRI)) and is a Board member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. John is additionally an advisory board member of the UK’s National Growth Board, which is responsible for the oversight of the UK’s European Structural Funds Programme.

John is the Extraordinary Professor in the area of enterprise and entrepreneurship at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and is also a member of the Board of Governors.


David Frost CBE, DL

Independent Governor

David was appointed as an Independent Governor in February 2017 and is also currently Chair of the Education Advisory Committee. Between 2003 and 2011 they were appointed as the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, representing the interests of 100,000 businesses from Westminster. Prior to this, David was the Chief Executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

David is also Chair of the Education Advisory Committee a member of the  Board of Governors

Marion Plant

Marion Plant, OBE

Co-opted Governor

Marion is Principal and Chief Executive of NWSLC and Chief Executive of the Midland Academies Trust, which is responsible for four secondary schools and has also served a 3-year term as a non-executive director at the Department for Education.  In March 2018, Marion was awarded the ‘Business Woman of the Year Award’ by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and in September 2019 was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Leicestershire Live Women in Business Awards, devised to celebrate the outstanding achievements of female professionals in the region.

Marion serves on several national/ regional bodies including:

  • Deputy Chair and Trustee of WorldSkills UK
  • Board member (Director) for the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and skills lead
  • Member of Coventry and Warwickshire Skills Advisory Panel
  • Trustee of the National Society Council (Church of England)
  • Member of the Education & Skills Funding Agency Advisory Group
  • Vice Chair of Colleges West Midlands
  • Member of the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Programme Board
  • Vice Chair of the Nuneaton Towns’ Fund Board

Marion is also a member of Board of Governors and Academic Affairs Committee

Graham McKean

Independent Governor

Graham is in their second term as an Independent Governor, having been appointed in November 2015. A retired career banker, non-executive director and trustee, Graham was responsible for Santander’s UK Healthcare and Education team, providing funding and banking services to Higher Education and Further Education institutions, and healthcare businesses. They were formerly the Head of Real Estate for Lloyds Banking Group.

Graham is also a member of Board of Governors.


Edward Stroud

Independent Governor

Appointed to the Board of Governors in September 2018, Edward is a Cambridge University graduate, a business graduate of the Scottish Business School and a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. They have spent a number of years in manufacturing and exporting as a technical and managing director before a period in merchant banking. For the past 10 years Edward  has held a number of positions in Oleo International, a global leading technology business in the transport sector, most recently as a director, responsible for the Chinese factory and business operation and new product development.

They are also treasurer of a local registered charity responsible for the management of their local village hall.

Edward is also Chair of the International Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of Governors.


Fred Wright

Independent Governor

Appointed as an Independent Governor in September 2018, Fred is the Group Operations Director of the volume housebuilder and developer, HarperCrewe (Holdings) Ltd. As both a board advisor and consultant, Fred has worked with clients including the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Homes England, UK Home Office and a selection of FTSE 100 companies.

With over 30 years’ experience in the private sector, they have worked at C-level for a range of multinationals including Royal Dutch Shell, Michelin Tyre Plc, Calor Group Plc and on an international basis for the world's largest privately-owned trading group SHV Energy NV.

Fred currently holds a portfolio of non-executive director roles in both the public and private sectors and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee of two SE based local authority trading companies (LATCs), engaged in construction, regeneration and place making.

Fred is also Chair of the Commercial Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of Governors.

Mike Gansser-Potts

External Co-opted Member

Mike is in their last year as an External Co-opted Member of the Strategy, Finance and Resources Committee having been first  appointed in November 2015.  Mike is a Chartered Engineer with an MBA from INSEAD in France, and has spent the majority of their career in managerial roles in the UK industry. Alead member of the management buy-out of the Coventry based business Amtico International, they subsequently spent 15 years working in SMEs for private equity owners. In addition, Mike has 10 years' experience working for large businesses - Shell, Courtaulds, Lavendon Group and IMI. They are currently the Managing Director of MGP Executive Ltd, providing interim management services to industry and private equity.

Mark Jones

External Co-opted Member

Mark was appointed in September 2016 as an External Co-opted Member of the Strategy, Finance and  Resources Committee.  Mark is a Director of Arup, a global engineering and design company where they are  the leader of their Midlands office of over 800 staff. With over 31 years’ of international project experience in the UK, Europe, Russia, India and Asia, Mark’s  consultancy experience has a strong focus on the design, procurement, construction and operation of major capital projects in the UK and overseas in the energy, transport and industrial sectors. Their  Arup role links them  to a global Arup consulting network through which they have  responsibilities to develop and implement new projects. Mark has particular skills in city scale regeneration.

A Chartered Engineer and Accredited Project Manager, Mark has also been seconded into blue- chip organisations including Shell, Pirelli and Laing O’Rourke.


Peter Reynolds

Independent Governor

Peter, first appointed to the Board of Governors as an Independent Governor in September 2020, is a marketing and sales specialist with over 30 years’ experience in consumer goods and professional services in national and international leadership roles. They were previously a board governor of Instructus (a charity that supports apprenticeships and other workplace learning) and Chair of The Institute of Paralegals.

Peter’s international know-how comes from 15 years living and working overseas. Based in Bangkok for seven years, they worked across the whole of Asia helping companies create and implement growth strategies. On moving to Switzerland, they led the EMEA sales function for a large US consultancy.

Peter is active in his local community, being a committee member of drama and folk music groups.

Peter is also a member of the Board of Governors and International Advisory Committee.

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