Director of Finance
Rob Brelsford-Smith took up his appointment as Director of Finance in July 2013. He previously held the role of Executive Director of Finance & Asset Services at Charles Darwin University in Australia for five years.
Prior to joining Charles Darwin University, Rob worked for nine years at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand; the last four as Director of Financial Services. Having gained a BSc (Major in Mathematics), Rob trained as a Chartered Accountant in the UK with Deloitte and worked as Group Auditor for APV plc (a multi-national engineering group) and as Financial Accountant for British Airways Travel Shop Ltd. Rob is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Finance aims to provide a professional cost-effective and efficient financial service which includes advice, direction, guidance and support to all members of the University. Finance consists of approximately 50 members of staff and has an annual budget of £2.2 million.
As Director of Finance, his responsibilities include promoting financial sustainability, driving value wherever possible, maintaining effective systems of financial control, including the preparation of comprehensive financial policies and procedures, and securing efficient systems of income collection and payments. Rob also has line management of the internal audit function.