Executive Board

Chief Financial Officer

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Paul Gowdridge

Chief Financial Officer

Personal Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer
Sue Hucknall


Paul is the Chief Financial Officer, leading financial performance and delivery of the University’s financial strategy. A member of the Executive Board and Senior Leadership team, Paul is responsible for all aspects of the finance at the University.

This ranges from maximising and managing our income; value for money procurement of goods and services; timely payment of our invoices; overseeing taxation; managing payroll and pensions; supporting our budget holders; financial planning processes, and ensuring we fulfil our statutory financial reporting duties. The role also involves managing relationships with key stakeholders including our auditors and banks.

Overall, Paul is focused on ensuring the University is financially resilient and sustainable, while leading a Finance Division which adds value and communicates clearly with its stakeholders.

Paul has been at the University since January 2017, initially as Deputy Director of Finance. In April 2019 Paul was appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer in recognition of his role across the whole of the Finance Division.

In March 2020, just as the COVID pandemic began, Paul was appointed Director of Finance and managed the University’s finances through a particularly challenging period. Most recently, Paul joined the Executive Board in October 2022. 

Prior to joining the University Paul held a number of positions in the NHS, most recently a series of roles at the University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) where he ended his time in the NHS as Head of Financial Performance and Planning for UHL.

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