Joint report of the Comptroller & City Solicitor and the Head of Audit and Risk Management.
The Committee received a joint report of the Comptroller and City Solicitor and Head of Audit and Risk Management on the Interpretation of Office for Students Guidance Concerning the Independence of Members. The Head of Audit confirmed that there was no reason from the criteria provided by the Office for Students that the Common Councillors serving on the Board of Governors of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama would not be considered independent. Furthermore, it was clarified that the report only related to Office for Students guidance as the Committee of University Chairs guidance was already clear and it was noted that it was best practice to co-opt external Members onto the Committee.
The Principle commented that the report was produced as a measure to manage the relationship with the Office of Students and highlighted the Committee’s terms of reference in which it clarifies that the Chairman would normally be a co-opted member. In addition, it was observed that it was important that the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Principle be consulted on the report.
The Chairman requested that the report be received by the Board of Governors of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for information.
RESOLVED- That the report be noted.