University Executive Committee

Terms of Reference

The University Executive Committee:

  • Provides advice to the Vice-Chancellor with respect to decisions made under the exercise of the Vice-Chancellor’s delegation.
  • Supports strategy development, effective governance, resource allocation and the academic and financial sustainability of the University. 
  • Supports the University to deliver on strategic objectives for Māori and to meet its obligations with respect to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 
  • Promotes the interests of students. 
  • Advises on engagement with Pacific communities. 
  • Supports the University to deliver strategic Equity objectives. 
  • Supports University staff to achieve career aspirations and to contribute positively to the wider education and research mission of the University. 
  • Provides oversight of the implementation of the strategic plan and achievement of key objectives, programmes and performance targets, including:
    • Monitoring the Semestral Review process outcomes for faculty, institute and service divisions including performance against plans and budgets.
    • Monitoring the University’s capital and strategic investment portfolios.
    • Reviewing proposals from the Capital Planning and Development Committee and advising the Vice-Chancellor accordingly.
    • Advising on key operational matters. 
  • Reviews reports and recommendations from the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee, provides active leadership of HSW across the University and champions the implementation of adopted action plans. 
  • Reviews recommendations from the Risk Management Advisory Group and advises the Vice-Chancellor on risk-related matters including:
    • Effective responses to legislation and government policy with a University-wide impact.
    • University risk appetite and framework.
    • Risk and business continuity matters. 
  • Supports the development of effective University-wide policies; employee relations, international, fundraising, alumni, reputation, Brand, marketing and recruitment positions; systems and delegations. 
  • Reviews recommendations from Budget Committee and advises the Vice-Chancellor on:
    • Resource allocation principles (taking into consideration advice from the Academic Leadership Committee).
    • The University’s annual budget. 
  • Advises on the academic structure of the University including major changes to the grouping of academic disciplines and the organisation of professional staff functions.


Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategic Engagement
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Operations & Registrar
Director of Human Resources
Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori
Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific

This committee reports to the Vice-Chancellor.

Committee members and term of office

Vice-Chancellor         Holds Office until
Professor D Freshwater Ex-officio
Provost                                      Holds Office Until          
Professor V Linton Ex-officio                              
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Holds office until 
Professor J Metson  Ex-officio 
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement)                               
Holds Office Until                                
Dr E Lithander Ex-officio                                         
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Operations) & Registrar                                   
Holds Office Until                                       
Mrs A Cleland Ex-officio
Director of Human Services                                  
Holds Office Until              
Mr A Phipps Ex-officio
Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori                                   
Holds Office Until
Associate Professor TK Hoskins
Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific                                   
Holds Office Until
Associate Professor J Tiatia   Ex-officio

Schedule of meetings

The committee meets weekly on Tuesday at 11.30am.

Committee Secretary
Ms J Tomov
Extn: 87751