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Governance

​Uniac has considerable experience in assessing governance effectiveness and suggesting improvements.  Strong and effective governance is becoming increasingly challenging in a sector that continues to navigate through significant change and good governance is fundamental to the health of any organisation.

We have undertaken a number of effectiveness reviews (covering the role of the Board and its Committees) which have included, for example – one to one meetings with all governing body members, workshop sessions and the completion of questionnaires as part of the reviews.

We have extensive knowledge of the revised Committee of University Chairs (CUC) HE Code of Governance and relevant effectiveness aids e.g. the Leadership for Higher Education Self-Assessment Tool for Governors.  In addition we:

  • organise regular training events aimed at non-executives (and executives) on topical and relevant themes – for example, as well as our annual audit forum, we recently ran a value for money event which covered the obligations and responsibilities of the audit committee
  • issue regular update briefings aimed at governors and governing bodies 
  • undertake benchmarking reviews – we recently engaged with thirteen HEIs who contributed to a report on audit committee practices which included, amongst other areas, details on the structure and composition of the committees, skills, induction and on-going training.

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Richard Young

Richard Young

Uniac
0161 247 2959

Richard is a Director at Uniac.  He has over twenty years’ experience of auditing within the HE sector and has held similar roles within the private and NHS sectors. ​ 

He holds the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors qualification and offers extensive experience of leading governance audits for Uniac members and non-members alike.  In addition, he has chaired the Audit Committee for a HEI for the last four years and has also been a Chair of the Audit Committee and Finance Committee (at different times) within a large six form college.

Richard leads Uniac’s extensive value adding services including the organisation of the annual audit forum and the various topical sessions which are aimed at non-executives and senior management teams.

Sean Ryan

Sean Ryan

Uniac
0161 247 2856
  • ​Sean is the Lead Director of Uniac.
  • He has twenty years' experience in higher education covering all aspects of university accountability, funding, governance and management.
  • His particular interests are in student recruitment, admissions and retention; together with workforce planning and performance management and development of staff.
  • Prior to joining Uniac he qualified as a chartered accountant which he later supplemented with an MBA.  He worked both in practice and in banking - both of which were excellent training grounds for his current role.
  • Outside of the sector, he chairs an audit committee within an arts organisation. 

We chose Uniac because of their sector expertise and competitive pricing. They provide good value for money.

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