Board of Governors

Governor members and profiles

The Board of Governors is made up of a cross section of internal and external members.

Independent members (9–13)

Richard Bacon

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).

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.

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. 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

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 and oversees 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 and Faculty of Actuaries.

Charitable interests
David was a Trustee of the St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation from 2007 to 2019.

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.

Grant Mansfield

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, Grant 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 and Grant Mansfield was recently voted the Daily Telegraph’s SME Business leader of the year.

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.

Charitable interests
Mark became President of the Grateful Society in 2019.

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 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, former President and current Trustee of the Colston Research Society.

Kalpna Woolf

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.

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 council member of the RNLI and a member of their audit and risk committee. He is also a member of the Board of Governors at UWE Bristol. He is co-chair of the 'Men As Change Agents' action group.

In 2018, Denis co-authored a 'Men as Change Agents' toolkit to assist CEOs and other business leaders in achieving better gender balance and inclusion in businesses. In 2016, Denis co-authored a report for the Women's Business Council focused on Women in Enterprise and co-chaired the Enterprise sub-committee until January 2018. 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.

Academic Board nominees (1)

Jane Roscoe

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.

Student nominee (1)

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.

Charitable interests
Augusta is a trustee of The Students' Union at UWE.

Co-opted members (2)

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.

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


Vice-Chancellor, ex officio

Professor Steve West CBE, DL

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.

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