UKCBC’s Advisory Board comprises of various external experts including experienced academics, legal and industry representatives. The Advisors provide strategic, academic and developmental advice and assistance to the Board of Directors.
Professor Robert Campbell
Professor Campbell is Director of Higher Education for UKCBC. He also chairs the college’s Advisory Board. He retired as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bolton in March 2015 but remains an emeritus professor of Philosophy of the University. He is Director of Quality Assurance for Finito Employability and Chair of the Board of Futureworks, a private HE provider in Manchester. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and the Royal Society of Medicine, and is a trustee of the National Forum of Health and Wellbeing. He chairs the NHS North West Advisory Committee for Clinical Excellence Awards.
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.
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.
Mr Glynne Standfield
Partner and head of international education group at Eversheds Sutherland, the UK’s leading law firm in advising education clients. He is recognised in Legal 500 and Chambers guides to the legal profession as a leading education lawyer. He read law at Oxford University and has acted on education related matters since 1992.
He has been involved in many high profile transactions including both sales of the University of Law and the purchase of BPP University (and the recent demerger of its parent Apollo Group). He was the lead lawyer in setting up the Quality Assurance Agency, Office of Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education and the Russell Group. He has also carried out a significant amount of work internationally including the setting up of the University of Newcastle’s Malaysia and Singapore campuses, City University’s Dubai campus and many China joint ventures.
He acted on the obtaining of degree awarding powers and university title for all recent private sector entrants to the UK higher education market.
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.