Following several years of unprecedented external emergencies and complex pressures, we have learnt much about the importance of business continuity, preparedness and resilience. At the same time, we have faced increasing sector governance demands for assurance around compliance.

To achieve our goals and sustain our growth, we must be prepared for external demands, and the need for resilience and agility to thrive in a fast-changing landscape.

Key changes in structure

Dr Nicky Kemp has been appointed as Chief Compliance Officer reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Ian White. Dr Kemp leads a new Department of Risk, Resilience and Compliance, responsible for organisational resilience, including business continuity, risk and compliance management, as well as data protection and FOI requests, legal advice and internal audit.

By combining these capabilities, we build a strong resource to help equip and navigate the University safely through changing regulatory requirements and external challenges.

Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor, said: “I pay tribute to Dr Nicky Kemp for her outstanding work in ensuring successful Business Continuity within the University in relation to emergency and risk management and compliance. This department recognises the major advances that have been made, in particular through the pandemic, and will ensure that we are in a stronger position to face challenges, make informed choices and meet our obligations in the future.”

Dr Nicky Kemp said: “I am looking forward to working with colleagues across all departments to ensure that the University is as resilient as it can be. The business continuity challenges we face are significant, ranging from compliance with new regulatory environments to climate adaptation. One of the first things I would like to do is to set up an informal network of colleagues working on compliance matters. Please contact me if you would like to join this network.”

The website page for the new Department is in the process of being updated to reflect the change.