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 and is currently leading the RAeS Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Group. Jenny is an independent Governor of Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC and Chair of the HEAUTC Audit and Risk Committee.
In 2010 Jenny 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, an honorary Doctorate of Science from Kingston University in 2016 and is a Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute (October 2013).
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.
Trustee of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and of the EC Roberts Centre (a family support charity) in Portsmouth.
Charitable interestsZain is a trustee of The Students' Union at UWE Bristol.
Doctor Martin Hagen
Martin Hagen is a non-executive director of South West Water, an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and a non-executive board member and audit committee Chair of Companies House. He is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and was formerly a partner at Deloitte.
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 joined St. James’s Place in 1992 and was appointed to the Board in 2007. David is the Managing Director with responsibility for Investments 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.
David is a Trustee of the St. James’s Place Foundation.
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 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 currently the Executive Chairman of R&D Tax Consultancy firm, ForrestBrown. He is also non-executive director of Business West and a director of the Bristol Private Equity Club. Previously he was the founder and chairman of Mubaloo, an app development consultancy and Mason Zimbler, a digital marketing agency. Mark received an honorary doctorate in 2014 and an MBE for services to the digital economy in 2017.
Mark will become President of the Grateful Society in 2019.
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.
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.
Sonia is a trustee of Venturers Academies Endowment Committee, Chair of the Colston Hall Capital Fundraising Group, Chair of Leigh Woods and Abbots Leigh Community Cinema, a Board member of Bristol Music Trust and President of the Colston Research Society.
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
Charitable interestsSteven is a member of the Council of Bristol Zoological Society.
Graham van der Lely
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.
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.
Steve is currently a Non-Executive Director for the Higher Education Funding Council for England and from July 2017 to April 2018 he will be on the Office for Students (OfS) Shadow Board. When HEFCE is replaced by OfS in April 2018, he will continue to serve as a Non-Executive Director for the OfS.
Steve is Chair of UUK Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group, a Board member of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and a member of the Education Honours Committee.
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.