Governor profiles

The Board is comprised of independent, internal and co-opted members.

Profiles of each of our current Board members can be found below. Details regarding their additional charitable interests have been collated to meet the requirements of our principal regulator the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Jenny Body OBE

Jenny (OBE, FRAeS, FCGI, DEng) is a past President of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Jenny's long and successful career in the aerospace industry began in 1971, as a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate apprentice with British Aerospace. Jenny's career encompassed flight software for the world's first fly-by-wire aircraft, the Airbus A320 in the 1980s; wing control surfaces and landing gear systems for the Airbus A320 and A340 in the 1980s/early 1990s. Thereafter holding increasingly senior positions, Jenny led large engineering teams working on improvements to Airbus in-service aircraft, and on Nimrod and Airbus A400M wing designs.

Her career culminated in industrial responsibility for determining the future of UK civil aviation through its forthcoming technology programmes when, working with Government and other industry leaders, Jenny established the huge multi-million pound UK Aerospace Research and Technology programme, designated 'Next Generation Composite Wing'.

Jenny works tirelessly as an active supporter of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) development in schools. She is keen to encourage diversity in the aviation industry and to dispel engineering stereotypes. In May 2013 she became the first-ever President of the Royal Aeronautical Society of which she is a Fellow. She is now Chair of its Education and Skills Committee.

In 2010 she was awarded an OBE for her services to engineering. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from University of the West of England in July 2013, and in October 2013 she became a Fellow of the City and guilds of London Institute.

Professor John Craven CBE

John retired in the summer of 2013 after 16 years as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth. Before that, he held a variety of academic and management roles at the University of Kent, starting as a Lecturer in Economics. John has an undergraduate degree from Cambridge, and was a graduate student holding a Kennedy Memorial Scholarship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2015 he obtained an MA in Philosophy from King's College, London.

He was the founding chair of the University Alliance mission group, and a member of the UUK Board for six years. He was a member of the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England for seven years to 2013, and continues to advise on matters relating to Higher Education. In Portsmouth, he has been a Board member of the New Theatre Royal, of Highbury College and of a secondary school. He is also enrolled as a part-time research student in Philosophy at King’s College London.

Charitable interests

Trustee of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and of the EC Roberts Centre (a family support charity) in Portsmouth.

Ahmd Emara

Ahmd is the President of the UWE Bristol Students' Union and Chairs their Board of Trustees.

Charitable interests

Ahmd is a trustee of the UWE Bristol Students' Union.

Sandra Forbes

Sandra is a qualified Solicitor who was a Banking partner at Burges Salmon from 1996 to 2014, having formed and established the Banking practice of the firm. At Burges Salmon, she served on the Management Board for eight years and was then appointed Head of the Corporate and Financial Institutions Department and the firm's Banking Sector Head. Sandra left Burges Salmon in May 2014 to join National Express Group PLC as its Group General Counsel and Company Secretary - a role she held until May 2016.

Rob Fraser

Rob has a real passion for the UK higher education sector. He has a background in IT and Consulting, primarily in the retail sector. His previous roles include IT Director for both Sainsbury’s and Boots the Chemist, and Vice President for retail at Computer Sciences Corporation. He is founder and chairman of Chris Fraser Associates, a technology and digital advisory firm that works with a wide range of UK companies.

Doctor Martin Hagen

Martin Hagen is a non-executive director of South West Water and an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). He is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and was formerly a partner at Deloitte.

Charitable interests

Martin is a Trustee of the Fleet Air Arm Museum.

Richard Holmes

Richard has spent many years working at Executive and Board level in both private and public sector organisations. For the majority of his career, he has worked in the water industry, leading front-line operational delivery teams and also running complex business-to-business commercial service delivery contracts as Finance Director. 

Richard has recent experience of the corporate shared services sector where, as Chief Operating Officer, he led a large business services centre providing Finance and HR services to a Government Department and its associated operating functions. Richard is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and an Associate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Richard is a keen volunteer for The Scout Association and spends any spare time he has left restoring his classic mini cars.

David Lamb

David joined St. James’s Place in 1992 and was appointed to the Board in 2007. David is the Managing Director with responsibility for Investments including Discretionary Fund Management and International businesses. He is also Chairman of the Investment Committee and is responsible for the development of the Group’s fund range.

David is a non-executive Director of The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc. He is a graduate of City University, London and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Charitable interests

David is a Trustee of the St. James’s Place Foundation.

Clive Lewis

Clive is a business psychologist and commercially trained mediator who pioneered a national scheme to increase social mobility and employability among young males from disadvantaged backgrounds, Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme.  As founder of the Globis Mediation Group, Clive specialises in resolving complex one to one, team, organisational and collective disputes.  

A former Kingfisher and Dixons executive, Clive is also a non-executive director of an NHS Foundation Trust and the author of several books.  He was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2012.  In 2011 Clive was appointed OBE in recognition of his work as Chair of the Reach project, to explore the costs of underachievement for young males from deprived backgrounds, and as Director of Globis Ltd. 

Andrew Martyn-Johns

Andrew is a retired Chartered Accountant and lives in Bristol with his family. Andrew worked for Deloittes for 30 years, specialising in the provision of Audit and Assurance services. He worked as the national lead partner for the Deloitte's audit work in the Education and Social Housing sectors, and as lead partner for the South Wales and West of England public sector group.

Andrew is Chair of the Monmouthshire Housing Association and a board member of Alliance Homes; has had responsibility for the external or internal audit of over 16 higher education institutions; is a co-opted member of the Finance and Audit Committee of Shelter and a Director of FCA Ltd, the Trustee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Pension Fund. Until June 2010, Andrew was also a Member of the Accountants Joint Disciplinary Scheme Appeals Tribunal. In recent years, his work has also included the review of corporate governance arrangements in a variety of sectors.

Doctor Mark Mason

Mark is Chairman of Mubaloo Group, comprising mobile consultancy, innovation lab and app developer Mubaloo. Mark is also Executive Chairman of R&D Tax Consultancy firm, ForrestBrown and non-executive director of Business West and Create Marketing. Prior to starting Mubaloo in 2009, Mark was the co-founder of digital marketing agency Mason Zimbler.

Charitable interests

Mark is heavily involved in The Prince’s Trust as Chairman of the South West Development Committee.

Jocelyn McNulty

Jocelyn is a marketing consultant with over 20 years' experience in the fast-moving consumer goods sector in the UK, Australia and around the world. She is a former marketing director at consumer goods giant Kraft Foods, and Danone, where her career spanned multiple food and drink categories. Until May 2016 Jocelyn was marketing director at private equity owned Tyrrells Crisps.

Charitable interests

Jocelyn is a Trustee for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Sonia Mills (Chair)

With a career in NHS management spanning 35 years, Sonia has held positions as the Chief Executive of Oxford and Buckinghamshire PCT, and as the Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust.

Charitable interests

Sonia is a trustee of Bristol Charities and Chair of its Day Services Committee. She is the Chair of the Colston Hall Capital Fundraising Group, a trustee of Colston Girls' School Trust and President of the Colston Research Society. Sonia is also Chair of the Dolphin Academy Local Governing Body.

Simon Moore

Simon is the International Director for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). CBI International is responsible for the work of the CBI in support of its members, primarily in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North and South America. CBI International leads on the CBI’s engagement with the UK government on export policy, foreign direct investment and economic and commercial diplomacy. The team is also the primary contact point for international business organisations.

He is a graduate of Exeter University and served in the British army before a 20-year career in corporate banking in London and New York. He was the CBI Director for the South West of England before his current appointment. Simon is a non-executive director of Cambridge and Counties Bank and Chairman of Pennant PLC. 


Professor Steven Neill

Steven is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. His background is in biology and he is Professor of Molecular Plant Science at the University. He is currently UWE Bristol Diversity Champion for Race Equality and Chair of the Collaborative Provision Committee. He represents the University on the Board of Bristol Health Partners, the Council of Bristol Zoological Society and the Education Expert Reference Group of Health Education England (South West).

Charitable interests

Steven is a member of the Council of Bristol Zoological Society.

Graham van der Lely

Graham is a nurseryman with business interests in both the horticultural and equestrian industries in Gloucestershire. Previously appointed as Chair of Hartpury College Board of Governors in 2006, Graham now serves as a Governor on Hartpury College Board of Governors.

Professor Steve West CBE

Steve has been the Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer of UWE Bristol since 2008. The Vice-Chancellor is the academic leader and chief executive, responsible for the strategic oversight, financial sustainability and academic direction of the University. More information can be found on the Vice-Chancellor’s Profile.

Charitable interests

Steve is a Patron of Royal West of England Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Honorary Vice President of the Bristol Record Society and a Patron of Avon Air Ambulance Charity.

National bodies

Steve is Chair of University Alliance, Vice-Chair of the South West Strategic Health Authority, Non Executive Director of the Leadership Foundation, Chair of Universities South West, Chair of the Health and Research Policy Committee of UUK and Board Member of UUK and Member of HEFCE Health Education Advisory Committee.

Donna Whitehead

Donna is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law. Donna leads the development of enterprise across the University and has a focus on university business engagement. She has a keen interest in innovative learning and teaching environments and she is looking forward to moving into the new Bristol Business and Law School building which will help to ensure that students, staff and businesses can take advantage of a first class learning environment.

Donna has sat on a range of external committees and is currently a committee member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools Research Committee.

Strategic plan

UWE Bristol Strategy 2020

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