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.
Gillian Camm (Chair)
Gillian is passionate about UWE and the role of good governance in the University. As Chair she aims to lead a high performing governing body that connects with the University as a whole. She was a partner in Hay Management Consultants, building up a substantial South West regional office. She is an experienced non-executive director and has held a variety of senior and board level appointments in the Home Office, the General Medical Council, Clerical Medical, Rok, Halifax, and ICL.
Gillian is Chairman of Wycliffe College and a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers. She holds the position of Deputy Lieutenant for Gloucestershire.
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; and 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 in 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.
Chris Booy OBE
Chris has a background in the construction industry and is the Non-Executive Chairman of Capita Property and Infrastructure, the construction consultancy division of the Capita Group. Chris was awarded the OBE for services to the Ministry of Defence in 1996 following the delivery of several successful high profile MoD construction projects.
Chris is currently Vice Chairman of the Trustees of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, with particular responsibilities for the commercial aspects of the maintenance programme. He is also a Trustee of the SS Great Britain. In addition, he is a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers.
Chris is also a passionate supporter of Bristol Rugby Club and is the current Chairman of the Club.
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.
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 MA student in Philosophy at King’s College London.
Trustee of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and of the EC Roberts Centre (a family support charity) in Portsmouth.
Professor Alex Gilkison
Doctor Martin Hagen
Martin Hagen is a non executive director of South West Water and Chairman of Swallowfield plc. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the Financial Services Authority (FSA). He is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
Martin is a Trustee of the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
David joined St. James’s Place in 1992 and was appointed to the Board in 2007. David is the Managing Director with responsibility for Operations, including Client Services, Marketing, Business Development and the Group’s fund range.
He is also a member of the Investment Committee. David is a non-executive Director of The Henderson Small Companies In vestment Trust plc, a Director of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers and a member of the Council for the CBI (South West). He is a graduate of City University, London and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.
David lists scuba diving and basketball amongst his other interests.
David is a Trustee of the St. James’s Place Foundation.
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 and responsive web agency, TRW Digital. Mark is also Executive Chairman of tax R&D firm, Forrest Brown and non-executive director of Business West. Prior to starting Mubaloo in 2009, Mark was the co-founder of digital marketing agency, Mason Zimbler.
Mark is heavily involved in the Prince’s Trust as Chairman of the South West Development Committee.
Jocelyn is a consumer marketer who is passionate about understanding consumers and developing business strategies to meet their needs. She is a former marketing director at consumer goods giants Kraft Foods and Danone with a career that spans multiple categories in the UK, Europe and Australia.
Jocelyn is a Trustee for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
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.
Sonia is Chair of the following: Bristol Charities; Colston Girls' School Trust; Colston Research Society; the Dolphin Academy Local Governing Body and Day Services Committee.
Professor Steven Neill
Charitable InterestsSteven is a member of the Council of Bristol Zoological Society.
Charitable InterestsJack is a trustee of the UWE Students' Union
Graham van der Lely
Professor Steve West
Steven is the current Vice-Chancellor at UWE, leading the development and delivery of the strategic plan. He is a trained Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeon, moving into academia during the 1980’s, he is research active in the field of the Diabetic Foot and Foot Biomechanics. Steve is a Fellow of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrist and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Steve is a member of the Regional Council of The Prince’s Trust, a Patron of the Royal West of England Academy, and a Director of the Trust for Learning. His other interests include: President of the City Academy Bristol; member, Bristol Initiative; member, Honorary Vice President, The Bristol Oporto Association; Patron, DAVAR.
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.