Samantha Foley has a BA Joint Honours Degree in English Literature and American Studies and she is a chartered accountant fellow of CIPFA . Samantha was previously the Director of the Government Finance Academy, where she was responsible for the creation and leadership of a new Academy providing high quality learning, development and talent management to circa 14,000 government finance professionals. Prior to that, she was the CFO for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and has held other senior finance leadership roles across Whitehall. She initially trained as an auditor with the National Audit Office.
As Chief Financial Officer at Reading, Samantha has responsibility for managing the University's finances, investments and business support, together with the provision of other services such as commercial activities and procurement. She is also a key member of the University Executive Board, with a particular responsibility for staff engagement.