CHEAD is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the Registered Charity Number 1174589. CHEAD’s primary object is to advance education for the public benefit by promoting knowledge and understanding of art and design within higher education institutions.

CHEAD’s work is supported by our governance structure and by the commitment of its Trustees who lead our strategic priorities and uphold our Charitable Objectives.

CHEAD Trustees

Our Executive Committee consists of 3 elected trustees, the Executive Secretary, 6 elected members and up to 4 co-opted members. In addition, the Chair of the Group for Learning in Art & Design is an ex officio member of the CHEAD Executive Committee.

We seek to ensure that the Trustees reflect the diversity of our CHEAD membership, the four nations, and the breadth of our strategic and charitable objectives.

For 2017 / 18 the Executive Committee is as follows:


Professor Anita Taylor
Dean, Bath School of Art & Design

Vice Chair

Professor Kerstin Mey
Dean, Faculty of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster


Dr Tim Coole
Head of Departmental Design and Craft, Bucks New University.


Professor Karen Fleming
Director of the Art and Design Research Institute
Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster

Professor Vicky Gunn
Head of Learning and Teaching, Glasgow School of Art

Dean Hughes
Head of the School of Art, University of Edinburgh

David McGravie
Head of the School of Arts, University of Derby

Professor Sally Wade
Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University


Dr Virginia Button
Director, The Falmouth School of Art

Huw Swayne
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales

Election of Trustees

The Executive Committee ensures that CHEAD operates in accordance with the objects enshrined in its constitution.

Members of the Executive Committee, including the officers of Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer, are elected by the registered representatives of CHEAD member institutions.

Six elected trustees and up to four co-opted members. The terms of appointment for officers and members of the Executive Committee is normally for three years.

In order to ensure continuity, it is the aim to arrange elections and terms of office of the elected officers in each year, so that only one elected officer shall stand for election. Retiring members of the Executive Committee are eligible for re-election but should not normally serve for more than two terms of appointment consecutively.

Elections are held following the CHEAD Business meeting in Spring each year. A call for nominations is issued in April and candidates are introduced at the CHEAD Membership & Networking meeting in May.

For more details about the election process, or to submit a nomination, please click on the link below.

Election nomination submission

Administering CHEAD

CHEAD is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the Registered Charity Number 1174589.

CHEAD operates in accordance with the objects enshrined in its Constitution, which is compliant with the legal framework of CIOs as set out in the Charity Act 2011 (and in further regulations).

Any changes to the Constitution are put before the membership for approval. The Executive Committee is charged with the strategic and operational management of the association on behalf of the membership.

Members of the Executive Committee give their time to CHEAD free of charge and remuneration and meet six times yearly. CHEAD employs a part time Policy and External Relations Manager and a part time Membership and Adminstration Manager.

CHEAD’s latest Annual Report and accounts can be accessed through the links.

CHEAD Constitution

Download CHEADs consitution here: CHEAD – CIO Constitution