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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

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Diana Burton, Professor

Professor of Education at University of Wolverhampton

Diana Burton is an established academic with extensive University leadership experience. She held senior leadership posts in 3 institutions, including HOD at MMU, Dean of Education at LJMU and later Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research & External...

Jane Pither, Dr

Researcher at 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...

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Darcia Roache, Dr

Lecturer at Capilano University. University Canada West. University of Fraser Valley

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

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Andrew Clapham, Dr

Associate Professor at Nottingham Trent University

Andrew Clapham is an Associate Professor and Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for Behavioural Research Methods. Andrew examines the sociology of education and focuses upon how education policy plays out in...

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Morag Redford, Professor

Associate Dean Education at University of the Highlands and Islands

Professor Morag Redford is Head of Teacher Education in the University of the Highlands, a federated institution situated in nine colleges across the north and west of Scotland. Her research focuses on teacher education and the interface between...