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Director of Finance

About Irene

Irene Bews was appointed Director of Finance in March 2015. Previously working at the University of Aberdeen, Irene has an impressive track record, working in a number of related roles: deputy director of finance (1997), director of finance (2001) and most recently as the director of finance and IT (2011). Prior to working in the higher education sector, Irene spent 13 years working for Shell in the UK and overseas, in a variety of financial roles. Her final position at Shell was Financial Controller for Shell information Services, based in the Netherlands.

Responsibilities and portfolio areas

At Kingston Irene's responsibilities include:

  • group finance
  • financial operations
  • business partnering and research and enterprise accounting; and
  • procurement.

Also acting as a lead member of the University's Senior Management Team, Irene takes an overview of equality, diversity ans inclusion, and sustainability, along with taking a key role in developing and implementing the University's strategy.

External work

  • Work for Leadership Foundation on Aurora programme 

Major awards and qualifications

  • Associate of the Institute of Chartered management Accountants (ACMA)
  • Undergraduate degree from Robert Gordon's University in Aberdeen

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

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