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 Office for Students.
Richard Bacon is an expert on governance spanning the public and not-for-profit sectors. He led the public sector assurance team at PwC, working most recently with teaching and research-intensive universities. He is an independent member of the Audit Committee of UK Research and Innovation and a governor of Red Maids School in Bristol.
Richard is also a keen musician, singing with the Bristol-based choir Exultate, and occasionally with the Choir of Bristol Cathedral where he is Chairman of the Choral Foundation. His involvement at the Cathedral has led to a number of governance assignments in the Church of England and in Wales and he is a co-opted member of the Dean and Chapter of Llandaff Cathedral. He is also a Trustee of St George’s Bristol.
Jenny Body CBE
Jenny (CBE, 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 Female President of the Royal Aeronautical Society of which she is a Fellow. She was Chair of its Education and Skills Committee and the RAeS Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Group. She will chair the RAeS medals and Award Committee from 2020. She is a member of the RAeS Nominations Committee and represents the Society on the Tribology Trust Awards Committee.
In 2019 Jenny was awarded a CBE for her services to Aerospace 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).
Laura has recently retired from her role as a partner at Burges Salmon LLP, where she spent all of her 30-year career as a lawyer, and where she led a team of competition and regulatory lawyers. She spent four years on the firm’s Board where she had oversight of all the People aspects of the business. She was also a trustee of Bristol Charities from 2009-2018, and was also Vice-Chair.
Laura is currently a Committee Member (non-executive director) of Exeter Racecourse (owned by Jockey Club Racecourses).
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.
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. He is currently appointed Director of Finance and Resources at a sustainability research charity.
Richard has 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 (Chair)
David joined St. James’s Place in 1992 and was appointed to the Board in 2007 as Managing Director with responsibility for Investments and International businesses. He retired from his full time role at the end of February 2019, and stepped down from the Board, but he remains non-executive Chairman of the Investment Committee.
David is a non-executive Chairman of Polar Capital Holdings and Senior Independent Director of The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc. He is a graduate of City, University of London and a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.
David was a Trustee of the St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation from 2007 to 2019.
Clive Lewis OBE DL
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 seventeen 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.
Ian is an actuary with over 25 years of experience in financial services and is currently Chief Operations and Technology Officer of St. James’s Place, where he has extensive responsibilities and experience across technology, transformation, financial services operations as well as governance and regulation.
He is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries as well as being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, of The Institute of Leadership and Management and of BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT.
Ian is a Trustee and Director of St. John’s Foundation, the Bath Charity founded in 1174 which helps the needy of Bath where he is Chair of the Investment Committee. He is also a Trustee of the Mayor of Bath’s Relief Fund, a Trustee and Director of The Holiday Homes Trust, a Director of The Scout Association Trust Corporation and a Director of The Monsters Foundation.
Grant Mansfield is the Chief Executive and Founder of Bristol-based Plimsoll Productions, one of the largest and fastest growing independent TV production companies in the UK.
Before launching the company, in September 2013, he spent three years in LA as CEO of Zodiak USA, leading a large creative team producing shows for a wide variety of US Networks. Previously, as Managing Director of RDF and, before that, Director of Programmes at Granada TV, Mansfield was the creative lead for two of the UK’s most successful production companies, producing shows as diverse as “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”, “Coronation Street”, “Cold Feet”, “Ladette to Lady” and “Secret Millionaire”.
He began his documentary career at the BBC in Bristol where he created and produced some of the Corporation's most popular documentary series, including “Driving School”, “Vets in Practice” and “War Walks”.
Plimsoll Productions’ rapid growth has been recognised with national awards from the Sunday Times and the British Chamber of Commerce. Grant Mansfield was recently voted the Daily Telegraph’s SME Business leader of the year and in 2019 led a successful process to sell a substantial minority stake in Plimsoll to private equity Group LDC: the deal valued his company at £86 million.
Doctor Mark Mason
Mark is currently the Executive Chairman of R&D Tax Consultancy firm, ForrestBrown. He is also 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 became President of the Grateful Society in 2019.
Chris joined UWE Bristol in 2012 as a lecturer in Anatomy and Physiology before becoming a senior lecturer later that year and a programme leader for the BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science in 2019. He has a background in Biomedical science from his undergraduate degree, a PhD in Oral Biology and Dental Science, and became an anatomist during his time at the University of Bristol following his first postdoctoral position in Bristol Dental School. He has a passion for teaching, particularly how it relates to and affects the student experience, and has developed something of an expertise and reputation for digital approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.
Chris is a member of numerous teaching and learning and digital boards and committees across UWE Bristol, is a member of the University’s Academic Board and is one of two Academic Board representatives on the Board of Governors.
Jamie has over 30 years’ experience in internal audit, risk management and compliance within both the public and private sectors. This includes 12 years in accountancy practice where he led engagements with the majority of higher and further education institutions in the south west, including UWE Bristol. As a former student, and proud Bristolian, Jamie has a real passion for UWE Bristol and for the HE Sector in general.
In December 2019, Jamie left his role with the global professional services firm, Vistra, where he led the audit assurance and risk management functions, to form Bristol Risk Solutions, providing business continuity, cybersecurity, governance, business transformation and assurance services.
Jamie is a long-standing co-opted member of Elim Housing’s Finance, Risk and Audit Committee, Treasurer of Christ Church Downend, where he is also a Sunday School Teacher, and an ardent fundraiser for Haven Home Orphanage in Visakhapatnam in south-east India, which he has visited a number of times.
Professor Jane Roscoe is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education at UWE Bristol. Her career includes senior posts in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, in both Higher Education and television. She was the Director and CEO of The London Film School, and spent ten years with SBS in Australia as a Head of Channels, responsible for Acquisitions, Commissioning and Programming for SBS 1 and 2.
Jane sits on a number of academic and industry boards, both in the UK and Internationally.
Jane is a member of the University’s Academic Board and is one of two Academic Board representatives on the Board of Governors.
Augusta Chidinma Nnajiofor
Augusta is the President of The Students' Union at UWE and Chair of the Board of Trustees. Augusta previously held the position of Vice President Community and Welfare at The Students’ Union at UWE, and has worked as a Human Resources Assistant during her placement year at UWE Bristol. Augusta has worked as a Peer Assisted Leader (PAL), Student Ambassador and has participated voluntarily in the delivery of multiple projects and events at UWE Bristol.
Augusta is passionate about making positive change within the student community and dedicated to initiatives that enable students to achieve their full potential, within and beyond the University’s diverse multicultural environment. Augusta is also a recent Business Management and Economics graduate of UWE Bristol.
Augusta is a trustee of The Students' Union at UWE.
Kalpna has had an award-winning 20-year career in the BBC, where she was Head of Factual TV Production, overseeing a £100m global business including the BBC’s world-renowned Natural History Unit. She continues to work with the creative sector in both an advisory and consultancy capacity. Alongside this, she has established an impressive portfolio career underpinned by her business track record and her passion for social justice and equality. She has been Chair of Trustees for Frank Water, trustee for Knowle West Media Centre and board member and Chair of the Skills Group for the West of England LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) Board. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Feeding Bristol and Bristol and Bath regional Capital.
She has written a successful food book – Spice Yourself Slim – and in 2015 she founded 91 Ways to Build A Global City, an innovative charity which seeks to bring together Bristol’s 91 language communities by sharing their different food cultures. The charity has already won three national awards and is being templated in other UK cities. In 2018, she founded BeOnBoard – an initiative to help businesses to improve diversity on their boards, acting as a one-stop shop for Board consultancy, training needs and recruitment.
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.
Denis Woulfe MBE
Denis is a director and owner of Denis Woulfe Consulting Limited, a company offering board and executive level business advisory services. He is a trustee and council member of the RNLI and Chair of their audit and risk committee He is co-chair of the 'Leaders As Change Agents' (LACA) board, which is an independent business-led, expert committee sponsored by the Government and focused on improving diversity and inclusion in business leadership. He is a member of the Board of Governors at UWE Bristol and a member of the audit committee.
Denis is a former Senior Partner and a Vice Chair of Deloitte LLP. He was a member of the Deloitte LLP board for nearly eight years and served on the audit and risk, community investment and property sub-committees. Denis has worked extensively in the consumer business, property, media and professional services sectors advising at executive and board level.