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Gill Ball OBE

Gill spent the majority of her career within Higher Education with the last 20 years as Director of Finance at the University of Birmingham until she retired from that role at the end of 2014. She was awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education in 2012.
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Gill developed a deep interest in the finances of the wider sector through supporting a number of Funding Body (HEFCE) initiatives such as the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group (FSSG), the TRAC Review Group, and the Sustainability Metrics Group (SMSG) - all of which impacted on the sector’s sustainability agenda.

From 2002 until she retired, Gill worked with the Leadership Foundation delivering the "Strategic Financial Management in HE" element for 31 of the cohorts of the Top Management Programme which she enjoyed very much. Gill remains committed to the HE Sector by continuing as a member of FSSG and SMSG, mentoring senior staff in a number of Universities and working as an advisor to Accelerus Education which is developing models for reviewing efficiency of teaching and supporting leadership teams in implementing change. 

She delivers on the Senior Women's Leadership Development and Strategic Finance Programmes for Advance HE and facilitates its De-mystifying Finance Programme.

She is a non-executive director of Professional HE Services Ltd and has recently joined the Audit Committee for the Commonwealth Games 2022. She is a trustee of a charity and a pension scheme and a governor of three secondary schools. Gill is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and was Global President of ACCA in 2007/8.  Until October 2018 she was a member of the Science and Technologies Facilities Council - one of the UK Research Councils.

She was awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2012.