UNE Senior Executive Team (SET) & Charter

The role of the Vice-Chancellor and the Senior Executive Team (SET) is to provide effective operational management of the University to achieve its strategic objectives.

The SET will:

  • meet weekly to discuss relevant matters of business
  • meet monthly under a formal agenda to approve strategic business matters
  • meet on an ad hoc basis to address critical issues.

All SET discussions are confidential until an agreed position is resolved and decision(s) supported by the relevant communication strategy is/are approved. SET will use their acumen to decide if a matter should be taken to meetings.

The SET Charter

The SET Charter has been developed to provide guidance to SET to ensure the University achieves its strategic objectives.

View the SET Charter (PDF, 32.67 KB)


1. We will be explorers, we will be inspiring, ambitious, innovative risk-takers. We are brave and bold.


We will:

✓ Listen to new ideas that will help us realise our purpose

✓ Value the ability of diverse views to take us in new directions

✓ Show courage in our decisions

✓ Open up existing activities to evidence-based challenge and change

✓ Not limit ourselves to the current boundaries

✓ Plan the journey and measure our progress

✓ Adapt and adopt a ‘can do’ attitude

We will not:

× Accept or turn a blind-eye to things that don’t meet our standards

× Manage our commitments in a way that precludes effective engagement with the SET community

× Step back or away from decisions once they are made


2. We will be valued partners. We are trustworthy and honest, and will always function with integrity.


We will:

✓ Deliver on our commitments

✓ Communicate openly, honestly and transparently (with a plan!)

✓ Recognise and rely on the diversity of our SET

✓ Participate in and utilise robust, respectful debates to drive decision making

✓ SET will operate under the principle of Cabinet solidarity and confidentiality

We will not:

× Undermine the process or disown collective decision

× Elevate decisions to the group that individuals should be taking


3. We will be a successful, professional team. We are collaborative, we will share responsibility and pursue common goals.


We will:

✓ Recognise individual responsibility to the Team

✓ Understand and value the skills of each individual SET member

✓ Collectively celebrate success

✓ Take responsibility for failure and adopt a learning approach

✓ Be well prepared and contribute our best individually

✓ Commit to an agreed plan

✓ Invest in improving our individual and collective performance through development

✓ Make attending executive meetings a priority and be present

We will not:

× Transmit blame or criticise collective failure

× Avoid our responsibility to prepare, contribute, attend and be present

× Abrogate or shift responsibility when things are not going right

× Caucus for support or form alliances to bias decision making


4. We will be recognised for the quality, value and relevance of what we do. We are committed to excellence.


We will:

✓ Submit high quality, evidence-based papers at least one week before meetings

✓ Question and discuss respectfully

✓ Embrace a spirit of open and rigorous enquiry

✓ Set goals and targets that are agreed and understood

✓ Use other experts to support our decisions

✓ Use appropriate structures and functions to drive excellence

✓ Share the agenda and SET decisions with others in the organisation and community

We will not:

× Accept or turn a blind-eye to things that don’t meet our standards

× Manage our commitments in a way that precludes effective engagement with the SET community

× Step back or away from decisions once they are made


5. We will listen, hear and engage. We are focused, responsive and informed.


We will:

✓ Respectfully crowd-source ideas and opinions to ensure we operate in a rich environment

✓ Close the loop … tell people the outcome and the rationale for decisions

✓ Ensure everyone feels valued, cared for, successful, supported and respected

✓ Develop and sustain a culture of objective engagement

✓ Make sure we are hearing the truth

✓ Put more effort into communication which is honest and fulsome

✓ Value feedback from our peers and from partners

We will not:

× Punish those who convey difficult messages

× Limit the progress of others through poor communication

× Change decisions without effective consultation and communication