Chair of the Board
Gillian Camm was appointed Chair of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education in November 2015 succeeding Sir Andrew Cubie. Gillian spent most of her career in the private sector - she was on the Board of Clerical Medical Investment Group and prior to that was a Partner in Hay Management Consultants. Since 2009 she has been Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of the West of England and is also currently a non executive director for Wessex Water. Over the last 15 years she has held a portfolio of non executive roles for a variety of organisations and was a lay member of Council for the General Medical Council, where she also chaired the Fitness to Practise Committee.
Deputy Chair and Chair of CUC
Geoff is the chair of the Committee of University Chairs (CUC), and chairman of Sporrance Ltd, a management consulting company. He is the former Chair of the Board of Governors, Sheffield Hallam University.
Geoff’s career started in technical roles with British Rail, GEC and British Aerospace, before he joined Scicon Ltd, the IT subsidiary of BP. Following secondment to a Whitehall Department, where he designed and implemented the first strategic planning system in the Public Sector, Geoff returned to Scicon and took up his first director level role, in the sales and marketing of complex IT services.
Wide national and international business experience followed, all at senior management/director level, including five years as a regional director for EDS. On his return to the UK in early 2000, he became one of the managing directors of EDS UK, managing the Energy and Utilities, Travel and Transportation, and Retail Industries business.
After leaving EDS in 2006, he re-entered university life as a student and, having studied Classics at school, he obtained an MA in Ancient History from University College London.
Vice-Principal (International), University of Dundee
Wendy Alexander is Vice-Principal (International) at the UNiversity of Dundee. She was previously Associate Dean of Global Business and Associate Dean for Degree Programmes and Career Services at London Business School.
Educated in Canada, UK, US and France Wendy is a graduate of Glasgow and Warwick Universities and holds an MBA from Insead, France. She subsequently worked in international strategy consultancy with Booz & Co. in US, Europe and Asia.
She spent over a decade in government, public policy and elected office initially in the European Parliament, then as a UK Government adviser to Rt Hon Donald Dewar and as a Member of the Scottish Parliament (1999-2011). She served in the first three Scottish Cabinets, where her portfolios included: enterprise; transport; tourism; energy; trade; higher and further education; local government and housing. She also chaired the Scottish Parliament’s Finance & Scotland Bill Committees. From 2007-08 she served as Labour Leader in Holyrood.
Wendy has published widely on devolution and spent a decade as a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde where she led the Allander Series bringing Nobel Laureates to Scotland and co-editing New Wealth for Old Nations: Scotland’s Economic Prospects (Princeton Uni Press, 2005). She holds Honorary Degrees from Strathclyde University and UWS, is a member of the Investment Advisory Board of SEP LLP and a Trustee of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. She has sat on the Advisory Boards of the Social Market Foundation, Reform Scotland, Demos and is an FTSE Woman to Watch 2013.
Chief Operating Officer, Middlesex University
Sophie Bowen joined Middlesex University as chief operating officer in June 2016. Her portfolio includes strategic planning, human resources, IT and computing services, registry, business enhancement and governance and compliance. Prior to this she was secretary and director of academic administration and quality at St George’s, University of London and held a variety of roles at the University of Birmingham, including director of student services. Her experience includes leading cross-institutional change programmes, major international development initiatives and strategic reviews. Sophie is a member of the executive of the Association of Heads of University Administration and convenor of the London Regional Group.
Partner, DLA Piper
Janet Legrand studied law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and has spent over 30 years in the legal profession. She is a partner, Senior Elected Board Member and former Senior Partner and Chairman of DLA Piper, a global business law firm which has offices in over 30 countries, including 30 offices in the US.
She also leads the firm's Women's Network, is Board sponsor for the firm's award winning pro bono practice and is an Advisory Board member of New Perimeter, the US non-profit through which the firm delivers high impact global pro bono projects.
Janet is a Trustee and Board member of PRIME, the body that delivers the UK legal profession's commitment to ensure fair and equal access to quality work experience.
She is also a member of the Audit Committee of the University of Cambridge and a Board member and Trustee of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.
Her client successes include representing the Republic of Zambia in a series of high profile and successful proceedings including the Country's flagship anti-corruption case against its former President, the outcome of which had a transformational effect on governance in Zambia.
Vice-Chancellor, Harper Adams University
David Llewellyn was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Harper Adams University in September 2009. His earlier university career involved posts at Queen Mary, University of London, King’s College London and the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London.
David joined Harper Adams in 1998 as the Director of Corporate Affairs. In this role he helped implement a wide range of projects and developments across administrative and academic areas of the University College; worked as a consultant on higher education strategic planning in an agricultural higher education institution in Brazil; and undertook research on UK higher education governance.
David was an undergraduate at University College London and a postgraduate student at Birkbeck, University of London. He holds a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in Higher Education Management from the University of Bath. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.
In 2009 David served as a member of the BBSRC/Food Research Partnership’s Working Group on Skills and Capacity in the Agri-Food Sector. Amongst other appointments he is currently a member of the West Midlands European Advisory Panel, a Trustee of LANTRA, the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based industries, a board member of Landex, the representative body for specialist FE/HE institutions in land-based subjects, a member of the Telford Business Board and a Council member of GuildHE.
Vice-Chancellor, University of South Wales
Julie became vice-chancellor of the University of South Wales in April 2013 having previously held the roles of deputy vice-chancellor and then vice-chancellor of the University of Glamorgan.
Following completion of an honours degree in economics, she worked for the Tube Investments group for ten years in a variety of management roles. She has a strong reputation of academic leadership including major change projects in strategic academic development, curriculum design, widening access, partnerships and quality. This leadership experience includes the merger that resulted in the formation of her current university.
Her research interests and publications are in the fields of organisational change and collaboration within higher education. She is a board member of the Cardiff Capital Region Board, CBI Wales Council, Newport and Cardiff Business Council and the UCEA Board.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of Scotland
Professor Mahoney is Principal and Vice-Chancellor at the University of the West of Scotland. Previously he served as CEO at the Higher Education Academy. A dynamic public advocate of higher education, Craig has a keen interest in differentiated student-centred learning, teaching excellence, internationalisation and research informed teaching. He is an ardent supporter of the use of e-learning; technology enhanced learning and open educational resources. A chartered psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an internationally recognised sport psychologist, Professor Mahoney has worked with high profile companies such as England Netball for 7 years, English Premier League Referees for 6 years, The Lawn Tennis Association for 6 years, Irish Olympic Sailing for 20 years and is now a member of the Sport Scotland Board. He is also Professor of Higher Education Strategy at the University of Huddersfield.
Vice-Chancellor, University of Gloucestershire
Stephen joined the University of Gloucestershire in 2011 as Vice-Chancellor.
He had previously been Director General, Universities and Skills, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Before then, Stephen was Director General for Lifelong Learning and Skills in the former Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and prior to that he was Director of Skills Group at DfES. Stephen joined the Department for Education and Science in 1983, where he worked on a range of schools, Further Education, Higher Education, and finance issues in various posts across the Department.
Stephen worked in the Cabinet Office/Economic Secretariat in the early 1990s. Between 1998 and 2002, he worked in the Higher Education Funding Council for England as Director for Institutions.
Stephen won a scholarship to Cambridge University where he studied Classics.
Vice-Chancellor, University of Northampton
Professor Nick Petford is the vice-chancellor of the University of Northampton. He is a former Royal Society university research fellow and fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. A geologist by training with expertise in volcanoes, Nick has worked in industry and on academic and commercial research projects throughout the world. He has held visiting research appointments at the Universities of Michigan and Vermont (USA) and NASA and is currently visiting professor at Macquarie University, Australia. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Nick champions social enterprise and social impact across the UK university sector, is chair of Procurement UK and works with the Cabinet Office to promote social value in procurement.
Nick is currently a member of the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership Board, the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership Board, the Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board, the Universities and Colleges Employers Association Board and the Universities UK Board.
President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University
Professor Colin Riordan took up the post of President and Vice-Chancellor at Cardiff University in September 2012. Previously he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex, having been appointed in October 2007. He moved to Essex from Newcastle University, where he had been Pro Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences since August 2005.
Professor Riordan taught English as a foreign language at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in Germany (1982-1984) and was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in German at Swansea University (1986-1998). He became Professor of German at Newcastle University in 1998, where he remained until his move to Essex in 2007. He has published widely on post-war German literature and culture, including editing books on the writers Jurek Becker, Uwe Johnson and Peter Schneider. Other research interests include the history of environmental ideas in German culture.
He is a Vice-President and Board member of Universities UK, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the Edge Foundation, NARIC, UCAS and the Equality Challenge Unit. In 2013 he became chair of Higher Education Wales, the body which represents the interests of Higher Education Institutions in Wales. He is also a member of the South East Wales City Region Board. As chair of the International Policy Network of Universities UK, he is active in promoting and advancing the role of UK universities aboard. He is also chair of the UK Higher Education International Unit, and is a member of the International Education Council sponsored by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
Executive Coach and Business Consultant
Farley Thomas runs an executive coaching and business consulting practice focused on leadership development and sustainable business growth. He mainly works with business leaders in a variety of industry sectors.
Prior to establishing his practice in 2014, Farley Thomas had a successful 20-year career in financial services, ultimately holding global leadership positions within the asset management and investment banking divisions of one of the world's largest banks.
He was widely recognised for his ability to foster collaboration with clients worldwide, as well as with internal teams and diverse business units. Farley Thomas's experience spans marketing, sales, planning, global business management, new product and market development, mentoring and coaching.
Global Business Director, WPP
Rose Wangen-Jones is a senior director at WPP, the world’s largest communications company. She has spent all of her career in the private sector, leading the development of marketing communications for top national and multi-national brands.
Rose is part of Common Ground, a sector-led initiative working with the UN to accelerate the achievement of its stated Sustainable Development Goals, with specific focus on gender equality. And while head of marketing at BT she was involved in Front Foot, the Advertising Association’s member network creating advocacy for the advertising sector, proving its contribution to business and culture.
Rose Wangen-Jones is currently a member of the Marketing Society and the IPA. She studied economics at DePauw University and holds a Masters in marketing from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England
Professor Steve West took up the post of vice-chancellor of the University of the West of England Bristol in 2008 at the age of 46.
Steve trained as a podiatrist and podiatric surgeon in London and developed his research interests in lower limb biomechanics and the diabetic foot at King’s College London. He holds a number of national and international higher education advisory appointments in healthcare policy and practice.
Steve is chair of the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN). He is also a board member of Universities UK and chair of the Universities UK Health Education and Research Policy Network. Steve is also the higher education representative on the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Board.
He is president of Business West, chair of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative and vice-chair of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) South West.
Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK (UUK)
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Chief Executive, GuildHE
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Senior HE Policy Advisor, Hefce
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