Current membership

The current membership of the Board consists of the following:

Further information about each member of the Board can be seen below.

External Governors

Jenny Crighton (Chair of the Board of Governors)

Jenny joined the Board in August 2017 and was elected Chair of the Infrastructure and Finance Committee in 2019. Jenny has over twenty five years’ experience of working in the public sector and over fifteen years working at a senior level in national organisations.

She is a qualified CIPFA (chartered institute of public finance & accountancy) accountant. Jenny has broad ranging experience which includes over ten years of external audit experience (both financial and value for money audit) and also has considerable experience of leading and developing lobbying and communication strategies, developing corporate business strategies, and delivering national research programmes and policy development.

Bahram Bekhradnia

Bahram joined the Board in August 2020 and is a member of the Audit and Quality Committee. Currently, Bahram is President of the Higher Education Policy Institute, a member of the Higher Education Commission and a member of the Higher Education Authority of Ireland. Formerly, Bahram was the founder and Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute and Director of Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Roger Burke-Hamilton

Roger joined the Board in February 2018 and is a member of the Infrastructure and Finance Committee. Roger is co-founder and managing director of DigiThreadz and a non-executive director of a number of companies who specialise in the citizen-centric transformation of public services, health and social value, including non-executive director at Portsmouth Hospitals Health Trust.

He is a former senior civil servant with experience in information solution architecture, supply chain and software intellectual property, particularly for human centred/citizen enabled services, data and cloud-based technologies.

Mark Cubbon

Mark joined the Board in August 2020 and is a member of the Infrastructure and Finance Committee. Mark is Chief Executive at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust. Mark first qualified as a nurse before moving into general and senior management roles within the NHS. He has worked at senior director level at a number of high-profile London hospital trusts, including Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He also held the role of Managing Director at Whipps Cross, and in the newly merged Barts Health NHS Trust he became Executive Director for Delivery. Before taking up the post of Chief Executive at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, Mark held the role of Regional Chief Operating Officer for the Midlands and East at NHS Improvement. Mark is a member of the Policy Board of NHS Employers, South East Regional Talent Board and is on the Board for NHS Elect.

Claudia Iton

Claudia joined the Board in December 2017 and was elected Chair of the Human Resources Committee in 2019. Claudia is also the Chair of the Senior Postholders and Vice-Chancellors Remuneration Committees.

Claudia has over 25 years of experience working as an HR Director in matrixed, multinational and corporate environments. She is currently an HR Consultant, providing solutions to clients in the areas of Talent Management, Team Effectiveness and Diversity & Inclusion.

Liz Jolly

Liz joined the Board in August 2020 and is a member of the Infrastructure and Finance Committee. Liz is Chief Librarian at the British Library and an executive board member and a Trustee of SCONUL (the UK National and University Library Directors’ group). She has over twenty years’ experience in the modern university sector, most recently as Director of Student and Library Services at Teesside University. A Principal Fellow of the HEA, Liz is a Fellow both of CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and the RSA.

Vineet Khurana

Vineet joined the Board in August 2020 and is a member of the Infrastructure and Finance Committee. Currently, Vineet is the global CFO for the Global Business Services (GBS) segment for IBM. Previously, he was Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for IBM Europe. Vineet has been with IBM for close to 20 years in a series of progressive financial roles across the US and Europe and prior to that he worked for Allied Domecq in various commercial/sales roles.

David Madoc-Jones

David joined the Board in August 2020 and is a member of the Audit and Quality Committee. David is a former Partner at KPMG, where he spent 20 years as a corporate debt adviser working with a wide range of public and private companies and not for profit organisations. Prior to KPMG he had a number of roles in retail and corporate banking. He is a Trustee of The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and is a member of the NFER Audit Committee.

‌Frances Morris-Jones

Frances joined the Board in March 2015 and was elected Chair of Audit and Quality Committee in 2018. Frances is also a member of the Nominations Committee. Frances is an experienced Board director and business leader with extensive knowledge of the international energy sector.

‌David Wilding

David joined the Board in August 2018 and is a member of the Human Resources Committee. David is currently Director of Planning at Twitter UK. Previously David worked at PHD where he oversaw PHD’s planning product on brands such as Sainsbury’s, Warner Bros, Mondelez, YouTube and the BHF. Prior to PHD, David worked at Mindshare and Zenith Media.

‌David Willan

David joined the Board in 2016 and was elected Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors in 2019. He is a member of Infrastructure and Finance Committee, Nominations Committee, Senior Postholders and Vice-Chancellors Remuneration Committees.

David is an entrepreneur and B2B marketing specialist, having founded and overseen the growth of a number of marketing consultancy companies. He was formerly a main board director of Portsmouth Football Club and is currently a director of the Heritage and Advisory Board and Chair of the Presidents Group.

‌Christopher Williams

Chris joined the Board in February 2018 and is a member of the Infrastructure and Finance Committee and Human Resources Committee. Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a retired senior property executive with over 30 years working within and leading the real estate functions for major retail businesses including WHSmith plc, Tesco and Marks and Spencer as Group Property and Development Director.

Chris has previously held non-executive roles as a Board member of the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC); the Chair of the National Conference of the BCSC; a Board member of the British Property Federation and of the New West End Company.

Elected staff governors

‌Professional Services Staff Governor

Vacancy

‌Professor David Sanders

David joined the Board in August 2018 and attends the Human Resources Committee. David is the Academic Staff Governor, elected by and from University of Portsmouth academic staff. David is a Professor in the School of Engineering at the University.

Academic Council Nominated Teaching Staff

‌Dr Catherine Carroll-Meehan

Catherine joined the Board in August 2019 and is a member of the Nominations Committee and attends the Infrastructure and Finance Committee. Catherine is a Teaching Staff Governor (job share) nominated by Academic Council. She is Head of the School of Education and Sociology.

‌Dr Jenny Walden

Jenny joined the Board in August 2016 and is a member of the Nominations Committee and attends the Infrastructure and Finance Committee. Jenny is a Teaching Staff Governor (job share) nominated by Academic Council. She is the Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Technology.

Student Governor

UPSU Elected Officer

‌Michael Kiddell

Mike will be the UPSU representative on the Board during the 2021/2022 academic year. He will attend also Nominations Committee and the Infrastructure and Finance Committee.

Vice-Chancellor of the University – ex-officio

‌Professor Graham Galbraith

Graham has been the Vice-Chancellor of the University since September 2013. He is an ex-officio governor of the University ex-officio. Graham sits on the Infrastructure and Finance Committee, the Audit and Quality Committee, Human Resources Committee, Nominations Committee, and the Senior Postholders Remuneration Committee.

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