Allan Spencer: Director of Finance


Allan Spencer joined the University of Sussex in 2005 and has been working in Higher Education finance for thirty years, having worked previously at the University of Bristol in the 1990s and at the University of Southampton from 1999 to 2005.

Allan was awarded a Modern Languages degree at the University of Oxford in 1983 and then trained as a Charter Accountant in an external audit group with Spicer and Pegler in Cambridge. After qualifying with the ICAEW, he moved to be a Financial Analyst at Unipart which provided experience of producing accounts from the client side in a blue-chip financial environment. He broadened his skills and experience working with SMEs in Management Services at Spicer and Oppenheim in Bristol, assisting clients in selecting computer systems and business planning and decision-making.

He moved into the Higher Education sector at the University of Bristol in the early 1990s. Working as one of the first Financial Systems Accountants in the HE sector, he led the successful implementation of a leading finance system and improved management reporting and forecasts. He moved in 1999 to the University of Southampton as Deputy Director of Finance, leading around fifty staff in management and financial accounting functions, and was Acting Director of Finance for six months at an important stage of the University’s planning.

At Sussex he heads a division of around 80 staff providing a full range of financial services to schools and professional services and he leads proposals to the University Executive Group and Council on financing and financial strategy. He is committed to helping colleagues reach their full potential and collaborating within and outside the University. He is a trustee of the University’s non-academic pension USPAS, and chairs the governance board of the USPSS pension scheme. He has been Regional Secretary and a national Executive Member for the British Universities Finance Directors Group, is a long-standing a member of the Employers Pension Forum and was formerly a member of the ESRC Audit Committee.

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