University Board of Governors

What do we do?

Introduction to the Board of Governors

The primary responsibility of members of the board is to monitor and maintain the solvency of the University and in determining the educational character and mission of the University.

Governors take on two roles. One as Trustee of the Charity and one as Governor of the University of St Mark & St John. As a trustee, members are also responsible for annually signing off the accounts for the company. For more information see the Roles & Responsibilities as defined by the Articles of Association.


Charity exemption

Charities Act 2011

The University of St Mark & St John is an exempt Charity by Schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011.  We are required to publish the following information:

  • The legal name and address is The University of St Mark & St John, Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BH.
  • Plymouth Marjon University is a trading name of the University of St Mark & St John
  • The preferred name is Plymouth Marjon University and we are often also referred to as ‘Marjon’.
  • The articles, financial statements and trustees are listed on this page.

Who are we?

Members of the Board of Governors

Our Board members are: 

  • Dr Sue Cooper (Senate elected),
  • Mrs Kate Doodson (Directly Appointed), 
  • Mr Matt Evans (Directly Appointed),
  • Ms Claire Gibson (Directly appointed),
  • Mr Geoffery Gulzar (Student Union),
  • Ms Lindsey Hall (co-optee), 
  • Mr Alex Hawtin (National Society nominated), 
  • Prof Patricia Hind (Directly appointed),
  • Mrs Victoria Holbrook (directly appointed),
  • Mrs Jacynth Ivey (National Society nominated),
  • Prof Chris King CBE (co-optee), 
  • The Rt Rev'd Nick McKinnel (Diocesan nominated),
  • Rev'd Prof Gina Radford (Diocesan Nominated), 
  • Mr Graham Raikes MBE (Chair, Directly appointed), 
  • Mr John Searson (Diocesan nominated), 
  • Ms Michele Shoebridge (co-optee),
  • Prof Gary Shum (Academic elected staff governor), 
  • Mr Richard Stevens (Directly appointed), 
  • Mrs Lynn Tamsett-White (Professional Services Staff elected) 
  • Mrs Emma Van der Lugt (Directly appointed), 
  • Professor Rob Warner, (Vice-Chancellor),
  • Mrs Jackie Westerman (co-optee). 

Members come from a range of sectors and contribute a variety of skills to the Board. The Governing Body should comprise up to 19 members under three categories of membership including the Vice Chancellor, Elected Governors and Nominated Governors. The Board and committees may also recruit co-opted members. 

A list of board members, a short biography of each and the register of interests is available here


How we do things

Committees of the Board of Governors

The following committees report to the Board of Governors:

A diagram of the committee structure can be found here: Governance Structure Diagram

Further information about sub-committees of the Board can be found here: Committee Information  


Join Us

Expressions of interest

From time to time vacancies occur and new Members are recruited to ensure that the Board maintains a strong combined skill set. This advert does not refer to a specific vacancy. Plymouth Marjon University instead wishes to maintain a register of potential candidates for future vacancies.

Click on the below link for further information and how to register your interest in joining the Board and its sub-committees. 

Advert for Governors

External Resources

For governors

There are a number of useful guidance documents available for governors and those interested in governance arrangements in Higher Education Institutions. Links can be found below.

The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education has also published a number of useful 'Getting to Grips' Guides and these can be accessed below: