Finance Division general enquiries number: 01865 (6)16131
Postal address: Finance Division, University of Oxford, 23-38 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford, OX1 2ET
Director of Finance: Giles Kerr
PA to the Director of Finance: Dee Stepney
Deputy Director of Finance: Rob Williams
PA to Deputy Director of Finance: Ailsa Fowler
The Director of Finance reports to the Vice-Chancellor and works closely with the Pro-Vice-Chancellors (Planning and Resources, and Development and External Affairs) on strategic matters. The Director is supported in his role by the Deputy Director of Finance, Rob Williams. The Finance Division interacts with a wide range of officers on financial issues, including those at Oxford University Press and Oxford University Innovation. The Division also advises Council and other relevant University bodies on financial strategy; prepares the University’s financial statements, its operating plans and forecasts; and has oversight of the capital planning process and treasury management.
The Finance Division provides advice and information on financial matters affecting all University departments, divisions and subsidiary companies. The Division comprises a range of support services, including:
- financial operations: purchasing, supplier payments, payroll and expense payments, petty cash, accounts receivable, financial systems and training;
- financial reporting: management and statutory accounts, subsidiary company accounts, research accounts and gift registry;
- financial support: divisional teams, financial training, financial assurance and communications; and
- professional services: purchasing, treasury, insurance, tax and pensions.
The Finance Division operates both through specialist teams in the shared service centre in Hythe Bridge Street and dedicated divisional finance teams based in each divisional office.
Through the Financial Systems Support Centre, the Division also provides technical support and finance training to over 6,000 users of the Oracle Financials accounting system.
Profile of the Director of Finance
Giles Kerr graduated from the University of York in 1980 with a degree in economics. He began his career training as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen, becoming a national partner in 1989. In 1990, he joined Amersham International plc – then one of the Government’s early privatisations, specialising in the civil applications of radioactivity - as Group Financial Controller. He subsequently held the posts of: International Controller; Director of Corporate Development and Company Secretary; and Group Finance Director. During his 15 years with Amersham, which saw the company increase sales from c£300m to £1.65bn, he took a particular interest in establishing joint ventures and in intellectual property management and was involved in engineering strategic mergers and acquisitions. He took up his post as Director of Finance at the University in January 2005.
He is a Fellow of Keble College.