Programme Governance

Programme Board

The Student Information Management Programme (SIMP) Board provides strategic oversight and direction for the delivery of the Programme outcomes and the realisation of associated benefits. The SIMP Board is accountable to the Vice Provost of Education for the delivery of the Programme benefits during the lifetime of the Programme.

The members: 
  • Champion the SIMP vision
  • Oversee the delivery plan for progress
  • Ratify change requests recommended by the Design Authority to optimise the benefits  
  • Manage interdependencies with other College initiatives 
  • Remove obstacles to the success of the Programme 
  • Review and manage risks, issues and opportunities 
  • Review Programme expenditure
  • Provide strategic direction and support to the Programme Sponsor
  • Members of the Board
    Alan Spivey (Chair) Sponsor - Professor of Synthetic Chemistry, Assistant Provost Accountable for the successful delivery of the programme outcomes, in order that the benefits may be realised. Chairs the SIMP Board.
    David Ashton Senior User – Academic Registrar Responsible for the definition and acceptance of the business requirements.
    Mike Russell Senior Supplier - CIO Responsible for the technical resources and acceptance of the solution design.
    Omar Matar; Emma McCoy; Edgar Meyer; Leila Guerra

    Faculty Vice Deans

    Responsible for representing the views of their Faculties from an academic perspective and for championing the changes planned by the programme in their areas.
    Nazia Hirjee; Chris Watkins; Jon Tucker; Richard Martin

    Faculty Operating Officers

    Responsible for representing the views of their Faculties from an administrative perspective and for championing the changes planned by the programme in their areas.
    John Whitlow Director of Financial Services and Procurement Responsible for the definition and acceptance of the Finance business requirements.
    Chris Burne SIMP Programme Manager Responsible for delivering the Programme within cost, time and quality criteria in order to allow the benefits to be realised.
    Louise Lindsay Director of HR and Organisational Change Responsible for the impact of the Programme on stakeholders where requiring significant engagement and for championing the changes planned by the programme.
    Tara Jewell SIMP Change Manager Responsible for stakeholder engagement, readiness and adoption of the business change.
    Dan Todhunter Business Authority (Director of Student Administration) Responsible for the day to day guidance and direction of the business requirements.
    Russell Gibson Technical Authority (Head of Service Strategy and Planning, ICT) Responsible for the day to day guidance and direction of the technical designs.
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Design Authority

The members: 
  • Receive reports on Programme delivery progress and provide direction and support to the Programme Manager 
  • Provide approval of the on-going design and implementation approach
  • Encourage collaborative working and review policy tasks for acceptance into the Programme 
  • Identify vision related risks and issues for escalation to the Provost Board 
  • Manage escalated risks and issues
  • Review policies and procedures
  • Act as Change Authority and recommend changes for ratification to the Board.
Members of the Design Authority
Alan Spivey (Chair) Sponsor - Professor of Synthetic Chemistry, Assistant Provost Accountable for the successful delivery of the programme outcomes, in order that the benefits may be realised. Chairs the SIMP Board.
David Ashton Senior User – Academic Registrar Responsible for the definition and acceptance of the business requirements.
Mike Russell Senior Supplier - CIO Responsible for the technical resources and acceptance of the solution design.
John Whitlow Director of Financial Services and Procurement Responsible for the definition and acceptance of the Finance business requirements.
Chris Burne SIMP Programme Manager Non-voting attendeeResponsible for delivering the Programme within cost, time and quality criteria in order to allow the benefits to be realised.
Tara Jewell SIMP Change Manager Responsible for stakeholder engagement, readiness and adoption of the business change.
Dan Todhunter Business Authority (Director of Student Administration) Responsible for the day to day guidance and direction of the business requirements.
Russell Gibson Technical Authority (Head of Service Strategy and Planning, ICT) Responsible for the day to day guidance and direction of the technical designs.
Mark Tolley Supplier Representative (Ellucian Programme Lead) Non-voting attendee.

Programme Review Group

The Programme Review Group is responsible to the Design Authority.

The members: 
  • Champion the SIMP vision, Student Journey project outcomes and benefits to the College. 
  • Help build support and understanding of the business change amongst Faculty and Department members. 
  • Receive an update on the SIMP plan for progress against key deliverables, related milestones and associated timing of activity. 
  • Review and discuss emerging Programme matters (risks, issues, opportunities, change requests) that will impact Faculty and Department working.  
  • Use the Group as a forum where Programme Team and Faculty representatives effectively collaborate in support of managing the business change impact.  
  • Review stakeholder engagement and support plans to maximise Faculty and Department user participation, business readiness and adoption. 
  • Advise on anticipated points of resistance, risks and barriers to adoption.  
  • Use the Group as an opportunity to raise Programme matters for discussion. 
  • Facilitate escalations to the Design Authority.
Members of the Programme Review Group
Tara Jewell (Chair) SIMP Change Manager Responsible for stakeholder engagement, readiness and adoption of the business change.
Chris Burne SIMP Programme Manager Responsible for delivering the Programme within cost, time and quality criteria in order to allow the benefits to be realised.
Dan Todhunter Business Authority (Director of Student Administration) Responsible for the day to day guidance and direction of the business requirements.
Russell Gibson Technical Authority (Head of Service Strategy and Planning, ICT) Responsible for the day to day guidance and direction of the technical designs.
Phil Power; Rebecca Middleton; Trisha Brown; Karen Tweddle / Veronica Russell Faculty Education Managers
Responsible for representing the views of their Faculties from an administrative perspective and for championing the changes planned by the programme in their areas. 
Will Bennett; Sean Connor; Ellen Pengelly; Anj Mahal Digital Partners (ICT) Responsible for representing the views of their Faculties from technical perspective and for championing the changes planned by the programme in their areas.