Division of the General Counsel, Governance and Compliance

Who will be undertaking the review?

Following an open and competitive tender process, Halpin was appointed by the University of Sussex in January 2021 to conduct an independent review of the effectiveness of the University’s governance arrangements.

Halpin Partnership (Halpin) is a specialist higher education consultancy. Their assigned consulting team for University of Sussex has extensive governance expertise across the education, public and corporate sectors. Biographies of the Halpin review team are provided below.

Following a period of open consultation, Halpin’s team will present the review findings and recommendations to a specially convened Review Steering Group in July 2021.  The Steering Group has been established to oversee the review, chaired by the Vice-Chair of Council. Council, Senate and the USSU are represented within this group.


  • 3 independent members of Council
  • 2 elected Senators on Council
  • USSU Representative on Council and Senate member
  • Policy Pro Vice-Chancellor and Senate member
  • An elected Senate representative

Review Steering Group 


Adrienne Fresko CBE

Independent Council members

David Benson

Aleema Shivji

Professor Stephen Caddick

USSU Representative on Council and Senate member

Connor Moylett

Research Pro Vice-Chancellor and Senate Member

Professor Keith Jones

Elected Senators on Council:

Professor Sara Crangle

Professor Steve McGuire

Senate representative

Paul Gilbert

Also in attendance at meetings:

  • Dr Tim Westlake – Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary
  • Emma Potts – Interim Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Deputy University Secretary
  • Georgina Seligmann – Deputy Head of Governance Services


Halpin’s responses to frequently asked questions about the review can be found here.