The UKCBC Board of Governors
UKCBC’s Board of Governors is comprised of various external experts, directors, and members of senior management, at the College. The Board oversees the academic affairs and related areas of UKCBC and provides strategic direction to the College by making recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Non Executive Members On The Board of Governors
Professor Roger King (Chair)
Professor Jane Longmore
Professor Jane Longmore joined Southampton Solent University in November 2007 and was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in January 2010 with the responsibility for learning, teaching, research and innovation. She is Professor of Urban History and is currently editing a British Academy-funded study of eighteenth-century Liverpool.
She has worked in a wide range of universities across nearly three decades, holding roles in both teaching and academic management. She pursues her interest in pedagogy at a national level through involvement with the Higher Education Academy and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, most recently as a member of the Expert Group advising on the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework. She also sits on the QAA's Advisory Committee on Degree-Awarding Powers. With a strong commitment to widening educational opportunity, she is a Director of the University Vocational Awards Council. Locally, she serves as Chair of the Standards Committee of Barton Peveril College and as a Trustee of Sport Solent in the Community, as well as the University’s Maritime Trust Fund.She studied history at the University of Oxford, gained a PCGE from the University of Durham and was awarded her doctorate by the University of Reading. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her contribution to the promotion and knowledge of history led to the award of an Honorary Fellowship of the Historical Association in 2013.
Professor Michael Philip Thorne CBE, BSc (Hons), PhD, FIMA, FBCS
Professor Thorne retired as Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University in March 2016 and founded its Postgraduate Medical Institute which is behind Anglia Ruskin's rating in the Times QS rankings as 38th in the UK and which has also led to the establishment of Anglia Ruskin University's Medical School which opens its doors to students in 2018. He began his university lecturing career at UCL followed by a decade at Cardiff University and thereafter became a Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland, Vice Principal (Deputy Vice Chancellor) at Napier University and then Vice Chancellor at the University of East London.
He has a first-class honours degree in Pure Mathematics from Queen Mary University of London and a PhD in Computational Group Theory from the University of Birmingham. He is the author, co-author and editor of a large number of books and has been writer and presenter of more than 100 radio and television programmes for both the BBC and ITV. He has been a member of a number of government committees. He is currently Chair of the Music Therapy Charity and Deputy Treasurer (Vice Chair) of the Sir John Cass Foundation as well as acting as a consultant to a number of universities and colleges. Now that he has retired, one of his major preoccupations has become conducting, especially opera and especially those of Wagner (he has now conducted three complete cycles of Wagner's Ring) and Strauss.
Professor Carl Lygo
Carl is a non-executive director of the Higher Education Founding Council for England (HEFCE) and is a non-executive director of the newly formed Office for Students. Carl is best known for being the founder of BPP University, where he served as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer until 2017 having joined BPP as a lecturer in 1996. Carl is currently a non-executive director at another leading alternative provider, UCFB which specialises in sports business education based at Wembley Stadium and the Etihad in Manchester. Carl is also the Chairman of the Association of Cost Lawyers Training and the founding Chairman of the Turner Schools UK group (a multi academy trust group based in Kent). Carl is a member of the advisory boards of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and WonkHE.
A barrister by profession, Carl is a professor of English common law and winner of the Association of Colleges Gold Award, a Blackstone and Diplock Scholar. Carl was included in The Lawyer Magazine’s “Hot 100 Lawyers” and has previously been a member of faculty at the University of Leeds, City University London, London Guildhall University and the University of East Anglia. Carl was appointed by the Lord Chief Justice to the Advisory Committee of the Judicial Studies Board and by the Secretary of State for Education to the General Chiropractic Council.
Carl lives in Canterbury, Kent with his wife Faye and their 5 children. His hobbies include Mountain trekking and he has successfully climbed the 3 peaks, Mont Blanc, Mount Etna, Table Mountain and Everest Base Camp 2.
Dr Elizabeth Halford
Dr Elizabeth Halford is an independent consultant working with universities and colleges in the UK. She was Head of Research and Intelligence at QAA from 2012-16 and was previously a senior manager and academic in higher education, most recently as Head of Validation and Review at the University of West London. She has an EdD from UCL/IOE and has contributed to ESRC research on higher education delivered in diverse settings, presenting and publishing in the UK and internationally on the regulatory challenges of diversity in higher education.
Mr Amarjit Basi
He has practised as an inspector, chief moderator and consultant on curriculum and quality matters for key national development and quality agencies over the past 20 years. He is currently a Board member at Pearson, the largest learning company in the world and holds a City & Guilds Fellowship for services to vocational educational and training.
Professor Robert Campbell
Professor Campbell has recently retired after five years as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the University of Bolton where he is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy. As Pro Vice Chancellor his main responsibility was for the strategic academic development of the University, including quality assurance and enhancement, learning, teaching and research. Prior to that appointment he was for four years Research Director for the University. As well as being a Governor of the UK College of Business and Computing, he is currently also the chair of the NHS Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards for North West; he chairs the Bolton Virtual College for Care Leavers and is a member of the Steering Committee for the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing and a Director of the Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton.
As a philosopher, his special areas of interest are in applied philosophy and he has published books and articles on business ethics, legal and social philosophy and medical ethics. Most recently he has authored a number of articles on health policy.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Society of Medicine and the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing.
Members from the Industry / Corporate Sector
Dr James Jacob
Director of the Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) and Chairman, International Rubber Research and Development Board (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).
Dr. James Jacob has been Vice Chairman of IRRDB for the past five years. He had also served as the Liaison Officer of Physiology Specialist Group of IRRDB. He has been serving as the Director of RRII for the past eight years. A graduate in Agriculture, he has a PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, and another PhD in Biochemistry from Imperial College, London. Before joining RRII, he had worked with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in the US.
Ms. Yvette Bloxham-Smith
An HR professional with expertise in Shared Services, Resourcing, Business Partnering, Organisational Change, Learning and Development. Her experience spans businesses from the FTSE 250 including Retail, Financial Services, Airline and Leisure businesses, where she has been involved in and taken a lead role in transformational change, service improvement and leading HR professional and customer facing teams.
1. Mr G Joseph Director, UKCBC
2. Mrs S George Director, UKCBC
Secretary to the Board of Governors
Mr Naga Sai SK Dinavahi
Head of Quality Assurance & Enhancement, UKCBC