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Chief Financial Officer and Executive Divisional Director of Finance, Infrastructure and Commercial Services

Andrew Connolly

Andrew joined the University in 2012. A member of the University Executive Board and is responsible for leading and managing the University’s financial affairs.

Previously he was Director of Finance at the University of Essex from 2001 to 2012 and before that worked at the University of Birmingham as an Assistant Director of Finance.

At Exeter Andrew led a major finance transformation project, Future Finance, involving significant organisational changes to create a unified finance function, new business partners supporting senior decision-makers, supported by the implementation of new finance systems. More recently, a new investment policy has been implemented, based on excluding fossil fuel and tobacco producers, driven by principles of investing in best in class entities on a range of environmental, social and governance factors.

Andrew is active within the national British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) at a national level, having led on the sectors first-time implementation of IFRS-based financial reporting in 2016 and is currently a Vice-Chair of BUFDG. He is also a member of the UK TRAC Development Group that oversees the development and implementation of activity based costing across the UK higher education sector.

He also holds a BA in Economics from the University of Reading.