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About Durham University

Sally McGill, Chief Financial Officer


The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for all aspects of the University’s Financial Strategy including financial planning and reporting, treasury, investment, procurement and value for money. She provides financial and commercial leadership within the University, ensuring that Financial Sustainability is embedded within the University's decision-making processes and operations.

Professional background and expertise

Sally joined Durham University in July 2014, having previously served as Deputy Director of Finance at the University of Manchester, where she was a senior member of the team responsible for the issue of a £300 million public bond in 2013.

Previously Sally held senior finance roles within various publicly listed and privately owned organisations providing training, consultancy, information technology and facilities management services.

Sally is Vice-Chair of the British Universities' Finance Directors' Group (BUFDG). She is also a Trustee of Endeavour Trust, a Multi Academy Trust based in Middlesbrough, and Chair of their Finance Committee.

Education and qualifications

Sally holds an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages from Durham University and a Master’s degree in Information Technology Management from Sheffield University. She is also a Chartered Accountant.

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