The majority of our Trustees are from higher education backgrounds, including five heads of providers of higher education, one head of a further and higher education provider, and one secondary education provider head.
Our Chair is a Vice Chancellor nominated by UUK (in consultation with GuildHE).
Our Board is supported by four Committees – Audit, Finance, Nominations, and Remuneration – comprising a majority of Trustees and also Co-opted Committee members, who have also been selected and appointed based on their specific skills, experience, and expertise.
University of Sheffield
Outline of Professor Koen Lamberts’ career
Before his appointment as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield in November 2018, Professor Koen Lamberts was Vice-Chancellor of the University of York. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of UCAS, Chair of the Board of Trustees of UKCISA, and Deputy Chair and Board Member of the Russell Group. He is also a Board member of the N8 Research Partnership, the White Rose University Consortium, the Worldwide Universities Network, Universities UK, and Yorkshire Universities.
Professor Lamberts was born in Hasselt, Belgium. He holds undergraduate degrees in Philosophy (1985) and Psychology (1987), and a PhD in Experimental Psychology (1992) from the University of Leuven.
Following a research appointment at the University of Chicago, he became a lecturer at the University of Birmingham in 1992. He was Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Warwick from 2000 to 2013. At Warwick, he served as Faculty Chair for Science, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Science and Medicine), and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost.
Professor Lamberts has a track record of experimental research into cognitive processes in perception, memory, and decision making, and of mathematical and computational modelling of these processes. He has collaborated with commercial and industrial partners in applied research that has focused on consumer behaviour and product design.
He was a recipient of the British Psychological Society’s Cognitive Award (1996) and of the Experimental Psychology Society Prize (1997).
Royal Holloway, University of London
Outline of Dr Ashton's career
David Ashton is Deputy Principal at Royal Holloway, University of London. He assumed this role having earlier served as Chief Operating Officer and Secretary at Royal Holloway.
David’s other past roles include Vice-Provost, and Vice-President (Administration) and Registrar at the University of Surrey, Registrar at Kingston University, London, and Sub-Dean of the Faculties of Economic and Social Sciences, and of Arts and Humanities at the University of Reading. He has also worked at the University of Warwick and in Japan.
Among his former non-executive roles, David was Vice-Chair of Council of West Thames College of Further and Higher Education, London, a member of Council of Guildford Cathedral, a governor of Guildford High School, and a governor of Guildford School of Acting Conservatoire.
David has bachelor and master’s degrees in history from Lancaster University, a doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford, and a MBA in higher education management from the Institute of Education, University College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
Committee membership: Audit Committee Chair.
University of Winchester
Outline of Professor Joy Carter's career
Professor Joy Carter is Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winchester. She is an academic with research based in geochemistry and health and was a former president of the international society in her field.
Professor Carter is the former Chair of GuildHE, and for many years served on the Universities UK Board. She has also chaired the Cathedrals Group of Universities and the Church of England’s Advisory Group for the Foundation for Educational Leadership. She currently chairs the Governing Body of a national sport and is also the Chair of St Ethelburgas Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. As an ambassador for higher level skills and vocational learning, Professor Carter chaired the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) for six years. Professor Carter is Vice-Chair of UCAS and a former board member of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). She also sits on the Board of the M3 LEP.
Professor Carter is patron of seven charities and is a Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Hampshire. Passionate about all aspects of sustainability and social justice, she has particular interests in climate change, widening participation, and animal welfare.
Professor Carter was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours in 2018 for services to higher education.
Non-executive Chairman/Director of several public and private companies
Outline of Thomas Chambers’ career
Thomas is a director of a number of public and private companies, including Chairman of Propel London Ltd (digital new media recruitment), and a Director of Kings Arms Yard VCT plc (venture capital trust) and Compare The Market Ltd (price comparison website). Until March 2018, Thomas was Chairman of First Utility (independent residential gas and electricity provider) and until January 2018, Thomas worked with the University of Surrey, having been Treasurer for four years until 2016, and a member of Council for nine years, also until 2016.
Thomas has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Durham University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, an Associate of The Association of Corporate Treasurers, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary Doctor from the University of Surrey.
Having trained as an accountant with Price Waterhouse, he worked in corporate finance with Kleinwort Benson, and with the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development. Thomas was Chief Financial Officer for Robert Walters plc, for First Telecom plc, and then for Symbian plc. Symbian was the creator/developer of the first mass market smartphone operating system, being a joint venture between the major mobile phone handset manufacturers. Whilst at Symbian, Thomas led the software engineering development, and then the sale of Symbian to Nokia Oyj in 2008.
Outline of Mark Felix’s career
Mark Felix is the Commercial Director for Insurance and Home Services at MoneySupermarket Group, a UK price comparison website listed on the FTSE.
Prior to this, Mark held numerous roles within retail. Latterly, he was the Online Director of Trade at John Lewis, responsible for the John Lewis website, its commercial performance (£2.4bn P&L), and the omni-channel experience for its customers. Prior to this, Mark was at Sainsbury's as Head of Online Grocery, Non Food and Clothing, and Head of Pricing and Promotions. Mark began his career in management consulting at Accenture.
Mark holds a BA Honours degree in history from UCL and has continued his executive education at London Business School.
Outline of Andy Forbes' career
Andy Forbes is the Principal and Chief Executive of City of Bristol College. Previously, he was the Principal of City & Islington College, before that, Principal of the College of Haringey, Enfield, and North East London, and before that, of Hertford Regional College. Prior to this, he was Vice Principal at Blackpool and the Fylde College, and before that, he was Director of Widening Participation at The Oldham College. He began his career as a secondary school teacher of English and drama, before making the transition to further education by joining Manchester College.
He has served as a school governor, Chair of a housing association, Chair of Oldham Race Equality Partnership, and specialist adviser to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Social Cohesion. His work with Oldham Housing Department won a National Training Award in 1996. He served for seven years as a member of the OCR Examinations Board Policy Committee, and more recently, has been a Trustee of UCAS. He is now Chair of UCAS Media Limited.
Andy has a degree in English, an MA from Cambridge University, and a PGCE and Diploma in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester.
Committee membership: Nominations Committee
Caroline works as an Education Consultant for the secondary sector operating in a range of settings and contexts and is a serving Ofsted Inspector. She is currently part of the Universities UK Advisory Group undertaking an admissions review.
Caroline was the Headteacher and subsequently Executive Headteacher of Haybridge High School and Sixth Form for twelve years. She oversaw the school becoming a Teaching School and National Support School in 2011 (when Caroline was designated as an NLE – National Leader in Education) and a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) in 2015. In 2018 Haybridge formed, in partnership with King Charles I School, the Four Stones Multi Academy Trust.
Caroline has also served as a representative on the Ofsted West Midlands Headteacher Reference Group and was the Chair of WASH (Worcestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers) from 2017 – 2019.
Committee membership: Audit Committee
University of St Andrews
Outline of Professor Sally Mapstone’s career
Professor Sally Mapstone FRSE is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, the second woman in succession to hold this role there.
She is a board member of Universities UK, vice-convener of Universities Scotland, vice-chair of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, a trustee of the Europaeum, and a member of the advisory board of the Higher Education Policy Institute. She is chair of the international advisory board for the University of Helsinki.
In 2017, she received the Foreign Policy Association of America medal for services to higher education. In 2019, she was elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. As an academic, Sally is a medievalist, with expertise in the area of medieval and Renaissance Scottish literature. She is President of the Saltire Society, which champions Scottish culture.
Committee membership: Nominations Committee
Imperial College Union
Outline of Tom Newman’s career
Tom Newman is the Head of Student Experience at Imperial College Union, an organisation that supports nearly 17,000 students to achieve the best experience and realise their potential while studying at Imperial College London. Prior to this, Tom held senior leadership roles at the University of Gloucestershire, University of Suffolk, and University of Westminster Students’ Unions. Tom was part of the National Union of Students Charity Advisory Group, providing support and expertise in student engagement with volunteering, sport, and societies. Tom has previously been a governor of a primary school in Gloucestershire.
Tom is passionate about student experience, inclusivity, widening participation, and empowering student voices to meaningfully inform policy and governance.
Tom holds an undergraduate degree in history from Swansea University, as well as postgraduate qualifications in leadership from the University of Gloucestershire, and the NUS leadership development programme hosted at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, City University of London.
Nottingham Trent University
Outline of Professor Edward Peck’s career
Professor Edward Peck joined Nottingham Trent University as Vice-Chancellor in August 2014. The university educates around 36,000 students, and employs circa 4,500 staff across four campuses. Prior to this, he worked at the University of Birmingham as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
His early career was as a manager in the UK National Health Service, and his academic interests encompass public policy and organisational leadership.
Edward has been a Non-Executive Director of an NHS Foundation Trust and an English Football League Club and the Chair of a Children’s Trust. He is currently on the boards of Universities UK, the University and Colleges Employers’ Association, and the Midlands Engine. He was a member of the Independent Panel established by Government to advise on the reform of Post-18 Education and Funding (the Augar Review).
Committee membership: Nominations Committee
Chief Information and Technology Officer, the International Olympic Committee
Outline of Gerry Pennell's career
A graduate in mathematics from the University of Manchester, Gerry’s career started in the development of mathematical models and real-time software for applications in anti-submarine warfare, gun and rocket artillery and for the Police.
He then spent seven years with Barclays Bank, particularly specialising in the planning and project management of electronic banking systems for global and corporate clients.
The next period in Gerry’s career was as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers where, as well as delivering IS effectiveness and strategy studies for a number of organisations, he also established a track record in troubleshooting and delivering large time-critical programmes and projects (particularly several M&A programmes in a quickly consolidating financial services sector).
He then took the role as Director of Technology for the 17th Commonwealth Games held in Manchester in 2002. This role required the establishment of the technology department, the selection of key suppliers and sponsors, and direction of the delivery of the IT and telecommunications for the Games.
After the Games, and prior to joining LOCOG, Gerry was CIO for the Cooperative Financial Services and the Cooperative Group – a £9.5bn turnover group of businesses covering banking, insurance, retail, etc. As well as the re-engineering of the internet bank smile and other major implementations, Gerry led an extensive modernisation programme, including the out-sourcing and off-shoring of significant elements of IT.
In November 2008, Gerry joined LOCOG as CIO responsible for the management and delivery of the very substantial technology programme required to stage the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. Gerry was appointed a Member of the Olympic Order – the IOC's highest honour – in August 2012. Gerry was also honoured with the award of an OBE in the Queen's New Year’s Honours List 2013.
After two and a half years as Director of IT at the University of Manchester – driving significant structural change and IT strategy development – Gerry was active as an independent Strategic IT Adviser for clients in both the private and public sector.
More recently, Gerry has taken up the role of Chief Information and Technology Officer for the International Olympic Committee.
Manchester Metropolitan University
Outline of Professor Malcolm Press’ career
Professor Malcolm Press was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015, having previously held positions at the Universities of Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester and UCL.
Malcolm is an ecologist with over 200 publications covering the impacts of climate and environmental change, tropical rain forest ecology, and subsistence farming in sub-Saharan Africa. He has studied plants and environments in a diverse range of ecosystems, from the tropics to the high Arctic.
Malcolm is a trustee of WWF-UK, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), the British Council, and sits on the Board of the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education. Previously, he has served as president of the British Ecological Society, a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, a council member of the National Trust, a council member of the Society of Biology, and as a deputy chair for a Research Excellence Framework panel.
Within Greater Manchester, Malcolm sits on the boards of Health Innovation Manchester, Corridor Manchester, Manchester Science Partnerships, and the Manchester International Festival. He is also a member of the North West Business Leadership Team.
Committee membership: Audit Committee
Outline of Professor Elizabeth Treasure's career
Professor Elizabeth Treasure, BDS PhD Birm FRACDS FDSRCS FFPH, is Vice Chancellor at Aberystwyth University. She is an Independent Member of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Her research centred around public health, and she was awarded the British Dental Association’s John Tomes Medal for her ‘research of direct relevance to public policy’ and an honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Committee membership: Remuneration Committee
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