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 BaconRichard 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 Chief Executive and Chapter Clerk of the Dean and Chapter of Llandaff Cathedral. He is also a Trustee of St George’s Bristol.

Jenny Body CBE

Jenny BodyJenny (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 Claydon

Laura ClaydonLaura 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).

Carolyn Donoghue

Carolyn DonoghueCarolyn is an experienced, highly skilled senior executive and Non-Executive Director with significant experience in the NHS and Higher Education in England and Wales. Originally qualifying as a Registered General Nurse, she later developed a clinical career – including a period of time in Western Australia – before moving into training and senior management. Carolyn held a number of senior roles in the NHS in Bristol before moving into Higher Education in the University of Bristol and latterly Cardiff University as College Registrar.

Carolyn has now developed a portfolio career which includes the role of Magistrate, Chair of the South East Wales Student Mental Health Project, and Chair of the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre. She also holds various voluntary roles in the local community.

Carolyn is a passionate advocate of the benefit of theatre and choirs, having participated in amateur dramatics and local choirs for many years. A more recent passion is Park Run, volunteering and running.


David Lamb (Chair)

David LambDavid has over 40 years’ experience in the asset management and finance industry. Following ten years working in investment management he joined St. James’s Place at its launch in 1992 to help build it from start up to a FTSE100 business managing in excess of £100bn in investments. During his time at SJP, David was responsible for product design, marketing, investments, finance, and systems development. He was appointed to the Board in 2007 as Managing Director with responsibility for Investments and International businesses, before retiring in February 2019. After stepping down from the Board he remained non-executive Chair of the Investment Committee and Asia Investment Committee, up to the end of 2020.

David has significant experience in wealth management, together with investment and portfolio management and was appointed Non-Executive Chair at the asset management firm Polar Capital in April 2020. He is also a Non-Executive Director of The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc and currently Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of the West of England, Bristol. 

He is a graduate of City, University of 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

Ian Mackenzie

Ian MackenzieIan 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 The Holiday Homes Trust, a Director of The Scout Association Trust Corporation and a Director of The Monsters Foundation.

Grant Mansfield

Grant MansfieldGrant 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.

Tim Simmonds

Tim SimmondsTim is a Partner at international law firm Osborne Clarke LLP. Tim is based in the firm's Bristol office where he specialises in investment funds, with a particular focus on the real estate sector.

Tim was, until recently, practice group head for the Projects, Real Estate and Finance practice and a member of Osborne Clarke's Executive Board, a post he held for six years. Prior to that he was head of the Financial Services sector.

Tim is a keen (if rather slow) runner and indoor rower and has an interest in all things military, having been a Naval Reservist for 15 years.

Dave Tansley

Dave TansleyDave is a Vice Chairman of Deloitte LLP and is an elected member of the Deloitte North and South Europe Board. In this capacity he chairs the UK/Swiss Partnership Council, Co-Chairs the Governance and Compensation Committee, and is a member of the Partner Matter and Fairness Committee, Nominations Committee, Compensation and Partner Units Committee, and Transformation Committee.

Dave leads the Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Growth Industry Sector for Deloitte in the UK.

Dave is a Chartered Engineer and spent his early career as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Air Force. Since joining Deloitte as a consultant in 1994, he has worked across all industry sectors – both in the UK and internationally - using his extensive technology and business transformation experience to drive innovation with purpose. Dave is passionate about developing talent and creating inclusive teams that embrace diversity and value strong ethics and moral courage to deliver impacts that matter.

Outside work Dave is a family man, married to Alison, and being the proud parents of a daughter and two sons. He is an avid motorsport fan (both watching and participating), and also enjoys music festivals and time on his canal boat.

Dave is a member of the Institute of Coding Accreditation Panel, and is a Mentor in Residence for the UWE Team Entrepreneur Programme.

Kalpna Woolf

Kalpna WoolfKalpna 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.

Andrea Young

Andrea YoungAndrea pursues a portfolio programme of work following 40 years in the NHS, the last 20 of those at CEO level. Her most recent role was Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust, a £700m turnover organisation employing over 10,000 staff. Andrea oversaw the move of two hospitals into a state of the art brand new hospital with 850 single rooms, 30 operating theatres and a 60 bedded intensive care unit. The Trust has been nationally recognised for its approach to staff health and well being, staff engagement, innovation and partnership. She chaired Bristol Health Partners from 2014-2020 which became 1 of 7 centres to achieve academic health status in 2020.

Andrea originally qualified as a nurse and midwife. Following a four-year stint as a mature student, she returned into NHS management and worked across a range of settings including membership of the NHS Management Board.

Andrea is an EMCC qualified coach/mentor with clients from the NHS and public sector and a member of a Bristol/Bath-based critical coaching group.

She thrives on the discipline of regular yoga and a more fluid love of cycling, cooking and the arts.

Academic Board nominees (2)

Professor Marc Griffiths

Marc GriffithsMarc’s professional background is in healthcare, having qualified and practiced as a Diagnostic Radiographer and Molecular Imaging specialist in the NHS, commercial and voluntary organisations. He has a Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care, focusing on the development of the hybrid workforce in the clinical imaging environments and has extensive experience in leadership, management and skills development. Marc completed his MBA in 2020, focusing on social corporations and people development and he has an extensive external presence across various professional and statutory groups. He holds three separate fellowships, as a Principal Fellow of AdvanceHE, Fellow of the Leadership Foundation in Higher Education and a Fellow of the College of Radiographers.

Chris Moore

Chris MooreChris 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.

Student nominee (1)

Evan Botwood

Evan BotwoodEvan is the President of The Students’ Union at UWE and Chair of the Board of Trustees. Evan has previously held the position of Vice President Societies and Communication at The Students’ Union at UWE. Evan has been on the committees of many student societies and groups, including as a President and an Events coordinator. Additionally, he has been a Student Ambassador and Peer Assisted Leader (PAL).

Evan is passionate about bringing the great variety of student voices to where they need to be, ensuring that every student can flourish and live in a sustainable, biodiverse, world. Evan is also a recent Philosophy graduate of UWE Bristol.

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

Co-opted members (1)

Professor John Craven CBE

John CravenJohn 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.

Co-opted Committee members (1)

Jamie Paddon

Jamie PaddonJamie 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 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.

Vice-Chancellor, ex officio

Professor Steve West CBE, DL

Steve WestSteve 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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