CHEAD is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the Registered Charity Number 1174589. CHEAD’s primary object is to advance education for the public benefit by promoting knowledge and understanding of art and design within higher education institutions.

CHEAD’s work is supported by our governance structure and by the commitment of its Trustees who lead our strategic priorities and uphold our Charitable Objectives.

CHEAD Constitution

Download CHEADs consitution here: CHEAD – CIO Constitution

CHEAD Trustees

Our Board of Trustees consists of 9 elected trustees and up to 4 co-opted trustees.

We seek to ensure that the Trustees reflect the diversity of our CHEAD membership, the four nations, and the breadth of our strategic and charitable objectives.

For 2022/23 the Executive Committee is as follows:


Professor Sally Wade
Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Anglia Ruskin University

Vice Chair

Professor David McGravie
Head of School of Arts Deputy Dean College of Arts, Humanities and Education
University of Derby

Interim Treasurer

Professor Alistair Payne
Head of School – Art and Architecture
Kingston School of Art Kingston University


Sophia Phoca
Dean of Art- Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon
University of the Arts London

Dr Roddy Hunter
Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Art, Design and Architecture
University of Huddersfield

Dr Roderick Adams
Associate Professor – Deputy Head of Design
University of Northumbria

Roger Bateman
Head of Art and Design, Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Richard Sawdon Smith
Dean of Faculty: Arts & Media
Norwich University of the Arts

Professor Jake Kaner
Associate Dean, Research
School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University

Professor Sunil Manghani
Professor of Theory, Practice & Critique and Deputy Head of School, Director of Research
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

Election of Trustees

The Executive Committee ensures that CHEAD operates in accordance with the objects enshrined in its constitution.

Trustees, including the officers of Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer, are elected by the registered representatives of CHEAD member institutions.

Six elected trustees and up to four co-opted members. The terms of appointment for officers and members of the Executive Committee is normally for three years.

In order to ensure continuity, it is the aim to arrange elections and terms of office of the elected officers in each year, so that only one elected officer shall stand for election. Retiring Trustees are eligible for re-election but should not normally serve for more than two terms of appointment consecutively.

Elections are held following the CHEAD Business meeting in Spring each year. A call for nominations is issued in April and candidates are introduced at the CHEAD Membership & Networking meeting in May.

For more details about the election process, or to submit a nomination, please click on the link below.

Election nomination submission.


Anna Maloney

Director of Membership and Operations

Anna joined CHEAD in 2015 and is responsible for leading CHEAD membership and operations, regulatory compliance, governance and delivery of CHEAD’s membership activities. Anna has a strong track record in delivering projects and high quality events in the art and design sector as well as experience with charity, community and membership organisations. Anna oversaw the incorporation of CHEAD as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in 2017.

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Sandra Booth

Director of Policy and External Relations

Sandra joined CHEAD in 2018 and is responsible for leading CHEAD policy and external relations, development and communication of CHEAD’s corporate identity and advocacy, relationships and engagement with external stakeholders and lobbying on behalf of members. Sandra has a track record in higher education, enterprise and marketing, developing policy, securing collaborative partnerships and ensuring effective stakeholder engagement.

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Administering CHEAD

CHEAD is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the Registered Charity Number 1174589.

CHEAD operates in accordance with the objects enshrined in its Constitution, which is compliant with the legal framework of CIOs as set out in the Charity Act 2011 (and in further regulations).

Any changes to the Constitution are put before the membership for approval. The Executive Committee is charged with the strategic and operational management of the association on behalf of the membership.

Members of the Executive Committee give their time to CHEAD free of charge and remuneration and meet six times yearly. CHEAD employs a part-time Policy and External Relations Manager and a part-time Membership and Administration Manager.

CHEAD’s latest Annual Report and Accounts can be accessed through the key document links.

Learn more about becoming a Trustee

The role of the Board of Trustees is to carry out CHEAD’s charitable purpose to advance education for the public benefit by promoting knowledge and understanding of art and design within higher education institutions and to represent and respond to the demands of the membership.

In order to stand for election a candidate must be the main representative for a CHEAD institutional member, or have received the support of the main representative. Please note that no single institutional member may be represented by more than one Trustee on the Board.

CHEAD is proactive in the receipt of nominations from underrepresented communities within our membership as we continue to build capacities in incorporating different perspectives.

As a membership body focussing on equity, diversity and inclusivity, we want to promote and support better representation across our board membership. We seek applicants for Treasurer with additional knowledge and expertise within social justice practice and creative HE, to build capacity within our board and centre the voices of staff of colour and marginalised groups at the foreground of meaningful change.

Benefits of becoming a CHEAD Trustee
It is appreciated that Trustees are already busy people and will be contributing even more of their time for the benefit of CHEAD and its general membership. The Board of Trustees runs as a relatively informal group and past members have almost all said how much they have enjoyed their periods of office, that as well as making a contribution to our sector, they benefited in many ways themselves.

Some of the benefits former Trustees have reported include:

• Satisfaction of being closely involved in the strategic planning and decision-making of a national body.
• Representing their own institutions at the highest level
• Always having the latest information and news of the sector
• Being aware of latest Government and Funding Council Policies and decision making
• Invaluable networking opportunities inside and outside of HE
• Promoting their individual institutions
• Opportunities to speak to national and international peers
• Other professional opportunities, eg presenting and speaking at events, advisorial, involvement in case studies, consultation as a senior advocate, making useful new contacts

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