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Simon Arthurs

Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director


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Simon Arthurs

Role Summary

As Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director I am proud to provide the financial leadership to ensure our University continues to excel and grow whilst managing risk and resources in a safe environment.

I have a broad and interesting portfolio with a strong management team delivering finance, procurement, IT & digital services whilst manging risk and business compliance to maintain a safe and healthy university environment. I have a variety of experience of working at a strategic level, leading change to deliver organisational cross cutting projects and commercial projects. 

We look forward to working and partnering with you to achieve success for our students.


  • Chartered Accountant with national honours (Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants)
  • PG Certificate in Enterprise Leadership (Plymouth University)
  • Business Analyst
  • Prince2 Project Manager (Practitioner)
  • Institute of Occupational Safety and Health







Expert Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, qualifying with national honours.

Roles on external bodies

I am a member of the British Universities Finance Directors Group and sit on the Learning and Development Committee.

Other Interests

In my spare time I am a keen landscape and nature photographer, enjoy walking over Dartmoor and along the coast and an avid supporter of Plymouth Albion Rugby Club.   I also enjoy being creative with cooking, painting watercolours and DIY.

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