About Us

The Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA) is the representative body for senior University managers (Registrars, Chief Operating Officers, Heads of Administration) in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with Associate Members in other countries. The AHUA has 190 members from 140 institutions and is managed by an elected Executive Committee. The AHUA aims to represent the collective views of members on key issues and policies to the higher education (HE) sector, government and other stakeholders. It also brings together members to exchange information, share knowledge and experience, and to develop colleagues who aim to fill senior roles in HE administration. Our national sponsors are Mills & Reeve, Burness Paull and Carson McDowell.


How much does it cost to join AHUA?
The annual membership fee is £1,490 per institution. The same fee applies to both UK and Associate Members. This allows two members of staff at the appropriate level to benefit from AHUA services and attend our events and conferences. A membership application form can be downloaded here.
How often are regional meetings held?
Each of AHUA’s five regions holds meetings three or four times a year. For information about the dates of future meetings, see the Regional Group pages on the site.
I’ve heard that AHUA members can join the FDA (union for senior civil servants). Is this the case?
AHUA has brokered an agreement with the FDA for AHUA members to join the organisation. The FDA will provide advice/representation and public relations advice to members. For obvious reasons, it has not been asked to undertake collective bargaining, but there is the facility for it to represent the collective interests of members who might be affected by a particular policy proposal. Contact www.fda.org.uk
What’s the best way to contact other AHUA members?
AHUA has a members only Forum. This is a secure system where messages can only be viewed by members. (See Forums under the Membership tab in the Members’ Area of the site). You can also view all members’ contact details here too (NB - you will need to be logged in to use the forums and see membership details). In addition, you can request an Excel file of AHUA members’ details from the AHUA office.

The Executive

The Executive Committee consists of:

  • five Officers
  • five Regional Convenors
  • up to five elected members
  • up to four co-opted members (including the organiser of the next conference)
  • a representative of the Committee of University Chairs

All posts are held for three years except for the conference organiser.

The Officers are:

Nicola Owen


Deputy Chief Executive (Operations)

Lancaster University

Mike Shore-Nye

Deputy Chair

Registrar and Secretary

University of Exeter

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David Duncan

Deputy Chair (Devolved Regions)

Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary

University of Glasgow

Paul Greatrix

Honorary Secretary


University of Nottingham

Helen Galbraith

Honorary Treasury

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience)

University of Chester

The Board

Employer Institution
Job Role
Paul Ratcliffe
Regional Convenor for AHUA London
St George's, University of London
Chief Operating Officer
Matthew Andrews
Regional Convenor for AHUA South
University of Gloucestershire
University Secretary and Registrar
June Hughes
Regional Convenor for AHUA Midlands
University of Derby
University Secretary and Registrar
Lynda Brady
Regional Convenor for AHUA North
Edge Hill University
University Secretary
Jim McGeorge
Regional Convenor for Scottish Secretaries' Group
University of Dundee
University Secretary
James Rolfe
Elected Member
Anglia Ruskin University
Chief Operating Officer
Rachel Sandby-Thomas
Elected Member
University of Warwick
Helen Watson
Elected Member
City, University of London
Chief Operating Officer
Amanda Wilcox
Elected Member
York St. John University
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Stephen Dudderidge
University of Brighton
Registrar & Secretary
John Rushforth
Executive Secretary
Gavin Douglas
Host of Spring 2023 Conference
University of Winchester
Chief Operating Officer

Our partnerships

AHUA has partnerships with a range of organisations, influencing key issues across the sector.