'This programme could usefully be a mandatory requirement for every senior manager. Decision making would be more collaborative, informed and, consequently, more effective.'
Previous participant, Strategic Finance
The Strategic Finance Programme is for executive and/or senior managers who are looking to build on their financial and legal literacy in higher education to enable them to operate confidently in the complex area of financial resourcing issues. Participants will leave the programme as more informed customers of financial services in the higher education environment, and be better prepared to directly contribute to both institution and system-wide growth, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability within their institution.
Please note, this programme remains in development, and it is our intention to continue to work with participants of current cohorts to further develop the programme and ensure it meets the needs of both the individual and the institution. We were therefore able to offer places at a reduced fee on current cohorts to reflect this development input.
This Strategic Finance Programme is split into two parts, each of which will comprise of two-day residential days. Therefore we would expect a commitment of 4 face-to-face residential days from participants in total.
In addition, following feedback and review of the pilot cohort, to support the contextualised application of knowledge and skills as a leader within complex organisational environments, there will also now be two 90-minute coaching sessions per participant as part of the programme.
Who should apply?
The Strategic Finance Programme is for senior higher education leaders in universities and higher education colleges who will need to engage with the strategic issues as much as the financial ones and in a position where they are able to implement what is covered on the programme.
We envisage that the ideal participants will include deputy vice-chancellors, pro-vice chancellors, deans and above, heads of schools, heads of professional services departments, and directors. Participants should also be part of, or reporting to the university’s senior management team as part of their role.
To register your interest in participating in 2017-2018 cohorts, please contact Simone Cohen, Marketing and Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
£4750 LF members £5937 Non members
*please note, fees include all residential costs
Sponsors and supporters
The Leadership Foundation is grateful for the advice and support of the British Universities for Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) in the creation of this programme.
The development of this programme has been made possible by the investment of the four UK higher education funding councils.
Be the first to know
If you are interested in participating in future cohorts of the Strategic Finance Programme, please register your interest by contacting Simone Cohen, Marketing and Communications Manager.
Melvyn’s thirteen years at Middlesex University began as Finance Director; he was appointed Deputy Vice-chancellor five years later and went on to become Deputy Chief Executive. In addition to leading the university’s financial strategy, he was also responsible for the university’s estate, IT, registry, library and international partnerships. Prior to his work at Middlesex, Melvyn served University of Cambridge as Interim Finance Director.
Before working in HE, Melvyn had finance roles in industry and worked for many years with Price Waterhouse and Andersen Consulting as a business strategy and financial systems consultant. For the four years immediately before moving to HE, he developed and delivered management training for PW consultants.
Melvyn served as Trustee of CASE Europe from 2009-2015; appointments from October 2015 include Trustee of NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research) and non-executive director of Professional HE Services Ltd. He holds a Degree in Engineering Science from Keble College, Oxford, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.