Director of Finance
Rob Brelsford-Smith took up his appointment as director of finance in September 2013. He previously held a similar position 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 Touche Ross (now Deloitte) and worked as Group Auditor for APV plc (an engineering group) and as a financial accountant for British Airways Travel Shop Ltd. Rob is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.
The finance department aims to provide a cost effective, efficient and professional financial service which includes advice, direction, guidance and support to all members of the University. The department consists of approximately 40 members of staff and has an annual budget of £1.3 million.
As director of finance, his responsibilities include 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.