As Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of Staffordshire University, Sally is responsible for the University’s Financial, Commercial and Environmental Sustainability. As the Executive Lead for Sustainability, Sally is working with colleagues from across the University to ensure that Sustainability is embedded within the governance and reporting frameworks of the University in order to achieve the University’s strategic priorities. The University has set a target of 2030 to achieve a Carbon Net Zero position for scopes 1 and 2 and 2050 for scope 3.
Sally was previously Chief Financial Officer at Durham University where she was the Executive Lead for a £225m Private Placement. She also led the procurement, negotiations and financial close for a DBFO agreement to create two new colleges totalling 1,000 beds. Sally is currently working on a similar project to create a new Student Village for Staffordshire University, with a specific focus on how projects of this type can contribute to both the University’s and the UK’s carbon reduction targets, whilst also providing an excellent environment for students.
A former Chair, Sally has been active within the British Universities Finance Directors Group for many years and is currently the Co-opted Lead for Sustainability.
Sally is a graduate of Durham University, where she studied modern languages, and holds a master’s degree from Sheffield University in Information Technology Management. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. On a voluntary basis, she is a Trustee of Staffordshire University Students Union and a Trustee and Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee for the Laurus Trust, a Multi Academy Trust in the North West of England.