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.
Trustee of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and of the EC Roberts Centre (a family support charity) in Portsmouth.
Charitable interestsAhmd is a trustee of the UWE Bristol Students' Union.
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.
Martin is a Trustee of the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
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 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.
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. 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.
Mark is heavily involved in The Prince’s Trust as Chairman of the South West Development Committee.
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 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 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.
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Professor Steve West
Steven is the current Vice-Chancellor at UWE Bristol, leading the development and delivery of the strategic plan. He is a trained Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeon, moving into academia during the 1980s, and 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.