Dual Assurance

For the first time in 2007/08 various areas of the University’s business, many of which had been governed by a committee in previous years, were governed through a new mechanism known as dual assurance. As its name suggests, this model involves two people. The first of these is a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group, who takes responsibility for the management and development of policy in a particular area of business. The second member of the dual assurance partnership is a lay member of Council, knowledgeable in the same area, who provides assurance to Council that this activity is well-managed and that decisions have been reached following due process and appropriate consultation.

The table below shows the areas to be governed through dual assurance and the Management and Lay leads in 2015/16. To find out more, contact the dual assurance co-ordinator.

Further information on Task and Finish Groups.

Guidelines for the Operation of Dual Assurance 

Dual Assurance

Business AreaManagement LeadLay LeadCoordinator
Finance and Investment Chief Financial Officer Pro-Chancellor (Finance) Sally Harrington
Research and Impact DVC (Research and Impact) Robin Nicholson El James
Human Resources and Health and Safety (including Wellness) Director of Human Resources Bettina Rigg Sophie Hawkes
Equality and Diversity DVC (Innovation and External Engagement) Bettina Rigg Dorcas Cowan
Infrastructure and Environmental Sustainability Registrar and Secretary Peter Lacey Lianne Moore
Information Technology Registrar and Secretary Sally Wilcox

Alan Hill

Education DVC (Education) Sarah Buck Rhiannon Brobyn
Global Engagement and Development

merged from formerly:
Provost Gerry Brown Anne Greenway
Risk Registrar and Secretary Judy Hargadon Chris Lindsay
Communication and Reputation Director of Communication and Corporate Affairs Amanda Conroy Tracey Smith
Sport Registrar and Secretary Nicholas Bull Alison Davidson
Ethics DVC (Research and Impact) Steve Tomlinson Gail Seymour

Dual Assurance areas no longer operating

Corporate Social Responsibility Chief Operating Officer Chris Pomfret Lianne Moore

Advisory Panels

Business AreaManagement LeadLay AdvisorCoordinator
Cornwall DVC (External Affairs) Judy Hargadon (Chair) Helen Wonnacott

In addition to the Dual Assurance (DA) portfolios, and where it has been considered that the DA model is not necessary for good governance, a small number of Advisory Panels have been set up. The Cornwall Advisory Panel replaces the Cornwall Advisory Board.