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.

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