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BERA Council and Committees

Finance & Operations Committee

The role of the Finance & Operations Committee is to:

  • Ensure that the financial basis upon which BERA operates is secure;
  • Ensure that the principles and practices of employment we offer to our staff are fair and uphold all the necessary standards of probity and good governance;
  • Ensure that HR functions within the organisation are in place and used appropriately
  • Monitor the allocation of resources against strategic objectives;
  • Review the arrangements for efficient control and management of BERA’s affairs, including finance, accounting and staffing policies;
  • Review regular management accounts and other financial and non-financial performance information in such form as it determines, ensuring that there exists on a timely basis, reliable reports and forecasts that provide a sound basis for decision-making;
  • Periodically review the systems through which financial and non-financial information is compiled and reported to BERA Council, to give assurance that the figures are of sufficient accuracy and reliability
  • Consider proposals for amendments to major operational systems
  • Review the external audit including the plan, engagement letter, staffing, costs, timetable and proposed fees and reviewing the external audit management letter and the responses of management to the issues raised, and monitoring subsequent agreed action by management

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Finance & Operations Committee

Sean Hayes

BERA Treasurer at London Borough of Hounslow

Sean Hayes is a longstanding senior local government manager and team leader as well as being an educational researcher, data analyst and statistician.  He manages a large team of more than 20 data analysts and researchers in Hounslow Council,...

Lesley Saunders, Professor

Newman University

Lesley Saunders has worked all her life in education, as teacher, researcher, policy adviser and independent consultant. She is an experienced evaluator, writer and presenter. She have an international profile in educational research and...

Diana Burton, Professor

University of Wolverhampton

Diana Burton is an established researcher and former Pro-Vice Chancellor with extensive University leadership experience. Diana held senior leadership posts in 3 institutions, including as Head of Education at MMU, Dean of Education at LJMU and...

Jane Pither

University of Huddersfield

Jane Pither has worked in financial settings, mostly educational, throughout her career, spanning roles in the private and public sectors.  She is a Life Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, holds an Ed.D. from...

Darcia Roache

Darcia Roache is from the island of Jamaica and worked for private and public sector organizations in Jamaica as an accountant, director of administration, and acted as chief executive officer. She also worked in the educational fraternity as...