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Court Members (C-E)

Neil has been an independent member of Governing Council since 2011. He chairs the Remuneration and Student Affairs Committees and became the Vice-Chair of Governing Council in 2015. Neil is Chief Executive of The Northworthy Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust which operates secondary schools in Derby and Derbyshire and also works extensively in initial teacher training with universities in the UK and overseas. He was Headteacher at The Long Eaton School from 2008 to 2016, an 11-18 institution of 1,200 students which was one of the first in Derbyshire to convert to Academy status, and took on the additional role of Executive Headteacher at King Edward VI School in Lichfield in 2014 to support the school through a change in leadership and a successful Ofsted inspection.

Neil is an employer representative on the Derbyshire LGPS Pension Board. He has held non-executive posts in several national not-for-profit organisations and is currently a Trustee of the DHL UK Foundation which supports education and employability programmes for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2013 he gave evidence in Parliament to a Commons Education Select Committee inquiry into the role of governing bodies in schools. [Updated 2019]

Neil is a former Senior Research Fellow and Programme Leader of American Studies with special interests in the contemporary American West. He wrote a trilogy of books on the subject, The Cultures of the American New West (2000), The Rhizomatic West and more recently Post-Westerns. His other interests include the cinema, travel, gardening and painting. [Updated 2017]

The Duke was educated at Eton and Exeter College Oxford, where he received an Honours degree in Modern History. After Oxford, he spent one-year studying agriculture and then went to work in the book publishing industry where he remained until his early thirties. Since then he has largely been assisting in the management of the family estates Chatsworth in Derbyshire, Eastbourne in Sussex, Lismore in Ireland, and Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire. He is Deputy Chair of Sotheby’s, the Patron of the Derby Museums Trust and President of the Arkwright Society. In April 2016 the Duke was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy.

He was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to racing in 1997 and was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) for his services to the Crown in the New Year’s honours 2009.

The Duke served as the third Chancellor of the University of Derby from 2008 to 2018 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University for his outstanding service to the institution in 2017. In recognition of his lifelong interest in the creative arts and his commitment to promoting new and established artists the Duke was made an Honorary Master of the Arts in March 2018. [Updated 2018]

William Burlington was installed as the University’s fourth Chancellor on 15 March 2018.

His career began in photography. After studying under Jorge Lewinski, he worked for eight years as a portrait photographer before setting up Jasmine Photographic Studios Ltd. Professionally he is known by the name Bill Burlington. After his grandfather (the eleventh Duke of Devonshire) died in 2004, Lord Burlington began to devote more time to his family’s businesses, at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire, and particularly at Lismore Castle in Co. Waterford, Ireland, where he set up Lismore Castle Arts, a non-profit organisation promoting contemporary art and education.

Among other responsibilities, he is Chair of the Devonshire Educational Trust, which is an independent charity that works in partnership with the Chatsworth House Trust, offering diverse and accessible educational opportunities; from learning about matters of historical, artistic and architectural interest, to learning about the countryside and rural landscape. He also Chairs the family’s sustainability and social responsibility steering group.

On 5 April 2019, Lord Burlington was installed as High Sheriff of Derbyshire for 2019-20, a role that involved taking an active part in the process of law and order within the county and undertaking duties to help local voluntary and statutory bodies.

Aside from family business and charitable pursuits, Lord Burlington’s passions are art, heritage, education, sport and his family. William is married to fashion consultant Laura Burlington, and they have three children. [Updated 2019]

Dr Charlton has dedicated over 40 years of his life to the conservation and restoration of the industrial heritage of the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire. In 1993 he become a full-time director of the Cromford Mills Project; a role he kept until he retired in 2008. In 1996, he became a member of the working party on Industrial Heritage established by the Prince of Wales. It was through the influence of this working party that the law on the disposal of government-owned Listed Buildings was changed. Hitherto, the Treasury rules required such buildings to be sold to the highest bidder. Subsequently, the decision regarding the buyer could take account of the proposed future use and the conservation of the architecture.

When Prince Charles established the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, Christopher was appointed a Trustee, a role he continued until December 2016. In 2001, following a very intensive campaign by the Arkwright Society and its Local Authority Partners for UK Government support led UNESCO to inscribe the Derwent Valley as a World Heritage Site. He was appointed Officer of the British Empire in 1997 for his services to the conservation of the built environment. In April 2009, Christopher was surprised and delighted to be listed in the Independent on Sunday’s list of 100 people who make Britain a better and happier place to live. [Updated 2017]

Andrew was appointed as an Independent Member of Governing Council in April 2019. He is Director of Estates and Facilities Management at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and an advisor to the Trust Board. He has been in post for four years previously having held the same position at the University Hospitals of Leicester.

Andrew is a Chartered Builder, a Member of the British Institute of Facilities Management and has an MBA from Sheffield Hallam University. In a career spanning 27 years, Andrew has worked in several NHS Trusts delivering estates and facilities services but also for John Laing’s as Chief Officer of Southern Derbyshire Local Investment Finance Trust and with Compass Group UK and Ireland as an Operations Director. He has a depth of experience in delivering support services and longer-term estate master planning. [Updated 2019]

The Hon. Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb, is a judge of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. She was born in Derby and is the first Asian woman to serve as a Justice of the High Court.

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb was educated at the city of Leeds School, she studied law at King’s College London and was called to the bar in 1989. She undertook pupillage at two, Hare Court, Temple subsequently specialising in prosecuting and defending cases of serious fraud, homicide and terrorism. In 2006 she was appointed Junior Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey and then Senior Treasury Counsel: the third woman ever to achieve this elite rank. In 2007 she became a Crown Court Recorder and eventually served as a Tutor-Judge for the Judicial College as well as teaching advocacy for Gray’s Inn and abroad for the Advocacy Training Council. She was appointed Queen's Counsel (QC) in 2014. She lives in Putney, London with her husband Russell and children Harriet, Hugo and Antonia.

Dame Bobbie was sworn in as a High Court judge on 25 November 2015. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University in July 2016. [Updated 2016]

Trevor has over 25 years’ experience in further education having previously worked at Arnold and Carlton College and New College Nottingham. In his role as Principal and Chief Executive of Chesterfield College, Trevor led the remodelling of the campus to create a modern and attractive space for students. Under his leadership, the College received Beacon of Excellence in Further Education status in 2004. Trevor created Learning Unlimited in 2008, focusing on the delivery of apprenticeships through effective partnerships in the region. Learning Unlimited Apprenticeship Academies subsequently opened in Manchester, Nottingham, Matlock and Derby. This led to the College being praised by Ofsted for its best practice in employer engagement and curriculum planning.

After 15 successful years at Chesterfield College, Trevor retired in 2014. Trevor still keeps ties with further education and serves as a Board member at New College Nottingham.

The University awarded Trevor an Honorary Doctorate of Education in 2016 in recognition of his commitment to the provision of high-quality further education in Chesterfield and its impact on the local community. [Updated 2017]

Andrew is Under Sheriff of Derbyshire. He was born in Chesterfield and lived in Matlock until 2007 when he moved to Derby. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in Politics and International Relations in 1988. He went to Law College in Chester before joining Flint Bishop in 1990. He is a Senior Partner at Flint Bishop specialising in the licensing of pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels. He serves as Local Authority Governor of Reigate Primary School at Mackworth, Derby. He was appointed Under Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2011. [Updated 2016]

Michel is a retired solicitor. He graduated from Imperial College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His first degree was followed by training with Davy United Engineering Company Ltd of Sheffield. Subsequently, he attended the College of Law in 1971. He qualified as a solicitor in 1973 and becoming partner in 1974 in the firm formerly known as Cockertons situated in Bakewell, which is now part of Taylor and Emmet LLP.

He has been a manager and governor of Bakewell Methodist School, St Anselms Preparatory School and Lady Manners Comprehensive School all located in Bakewell. Currently, Michael is Chair of two alms house charities and one educational endowment fund charity. He is married with three sons and five grandchildren. His recreational interests include golf and skiing. [Updated 2017]

David served the Derbyshire and Leicestershire constabularies during his 32-year career and was Derbyshire’s Chief Constable for seven years before retiring in 2007. A former member of the Police Authority said of him that he was a very well thought of Chief Constable, who ‘dealt with matters with a no-nonsense approach and with broad shoulders. He is a man who is considered to be of the highest integrity. As Chief Constable, David served as a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee and became the national lead spokesman on forensic sciences.

Following his retirement from the Derbyshire Constabulary, he became the Chairman of Derbyshire Association for the Blind, having been a member of their Board of Directors before that. In 2007 he raised money for five local and national charities that he was involved with via a 150-mile walk around Derbyshire. David is also a Trustee and the Chair of the Foundation Derbyshire Grants Committee and since his retirement from the police service he has also been President of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation.

David received the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2004, was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire in 2007 and was sworn in as Derbyshire’s High Sheriff for the year 2014-15.

The University awarded David an Honorary Doctorate of the University in 2016 in recognition of his considerable public service as Chief Constable of Derbyshire and latterly as High-Sheriff of the county. [Updated 2017]

Kenneth was the Headteacher of a large comprehensive school based in Sheffield for 21 years. The School (Meadowhead) was created after the amalgamation of two schools (Jordanthorpe and Rowlinson). He was the Headteacher of Jordanthorpeprior to this and he continued as the Headteacher of  Meadowhead, which was subsequently judged as 'outstanding' by Ofsted. After this success, Kenneth was asked to become the Headteacher of one of the 'named and shamed' failing schools based in Sheffield. He took the school through the Fresh Start process.

As a result of the success of the school, he was appointed as the Director of the Leadership Centre based at Sheffield Hallam University. The Leadership Centre provided support and training to school and college leaders in South Yorkshire. On retirement, he became the Commander and later the Chair of the Council of St. John, Derbyshire. During this time St. John developed a foundation degree in Leadership and Management in the voluntary sector with the University of Derby. More recently Kenneth was the Chair of the board of Ripplez, a social enterprise working with teenage parents in Derby and Derbyshire.

Other activities include Chair of the Sheffield Education and Business Partnership for nine years, member of the Strategic Education Forum working with the Cutlers Company, serving on the South Yorkshire Learning and Skills Council, Chair of Governors of a school in Sheffield. [Updated 2021]

Having always had an interest in old buildings, along with fellow Court member Derek Latham, Michael has developed and regenerated a number of old dilapidated churches into student apartments, a restaurant, and an antiques market, amongst others. Their most recent project is to establish a classic car centre in Derby within regenerated buildings. In 2018, Michael joined forces with Turning Point, an East Midlands business angels group to form their third fund consisting of a significant number of Derbyshire business people.

To date, they have invested in four companies in the East Midlands and backed a number of small residential developers. Two of the investments are University of Nottingham spinouts and they look forward to doing more with the University of Derby. [Updated 2021]

Professor Coyne was Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Derby from 2004 to 2015. Professor Coyne is an economist by original discipline with over 40 years of experience in higher education. His research, publications and external engagement have been principally in the fields of small business, business policy and human resource management. He led the University of Derby from August 2004 and was actively engaged in the city and county throughout that time, including as a founding Director of the new Local Enterprise Partnership.

His early career was at the University of Nottingham, where he was variously a member of the School of Management and Finance and the Department of Industrial Economics and Warden of Cripps Hall. He was a founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Management Buy-out Research and has consulted for a diverse range of companies, banks, venture capitalists and institutions. Prior to joining the University of Derby, John was Pro-Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University.

For the past 20 years he has also been a non-executive director of a small business that he co-founded as a Social Enterprise, Cfe Research and Consultancy Ltd. In 2011 he was appointed as Commissioner of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and also chaired the Investment Subcommittee of the Commission. He has an active interest in sport, theatre and the arts more generally.

He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 2016. [Updated 2016]

Maxwell is an author, historian, conservation lobbyist and graduate of the University’s predecessor, Bishop Lonsdale College. He was with Derby Museum 1974‐1998 as Education Officer, Assistant Keeper of Archaeology and for eighteen years, Keeper of Antiquities. He is in his second term as Chair of Derby Conservation Area Advisory Committee, and former Chair of the Civic Society and the Friends of Derby Museum, a member of the Cathedral Fabric Committee, the Council of Management of the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust, the Board of Derby Cityscape, the Georgian Group, the Ancient Monuments Society and a Trustee of the Derby Bridge Chapel.

He is the author of numerous books mainly on architecture, biography and local history, including a monograph on John Whitehurst FRS. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and appointed MBE in 1999, three years after having been awarded an Honorary Master's degree by the University (HonMUniv). He received a second Honorary degree from the University in 2013 (HonDLitt). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in December 2016. He was a member of the University Court Advisory Group until 2019. [Updated 2020]

Mike was the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Health and Community Studies and subsequently Dean of Flexible and Distance Learning. Former Pharmaceutical Officer for Derbyshire Area Health Authority and then Southern Derbyshire Health Authority. Former President of the Guild of Hospital Pharmacists and also former Vice President of European Association of Hospital Pharmacists. Founder of the UK Clinical Pharmacists Association. Retired magistrate and former Chairman of the Southern Derbyshire Bench Training and Development Committee. [Updated 2017]

Paul is a ceramic artist who graduated from the University of Derby in 2009 from the BA (Hons) Craft degree and went on to set up his own business in Derby. Since graduating his work has been commissioned by Chatsworth, Blenheim Palace and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. His Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red installation was the country’s leading project to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and saw the 'installation' of 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London. [Updated 2015]

Christopher was installed as Archdeacon of Derby in April 2006 and retired in December 2020. Christopher began his ordained ministry in the Diocese of Derby when he was Assistant Curate at St Mary and All Saints Church in Chesterfield (the famous Crooked Spire) from 1983-1985. He worked alongside his wife who was also a Curate at the church in one of the first job-share arrangements in the Church of England.

In 1985 he became Chaplain of Lincoln College, Oxford, until 1989, when he became Chaplain of the City University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. In 1991 he took a post in the Church of England's Advisory Board of Ministry, Westminster, which involved co-ordinating vocation and selection conferences for people seeking ordination. From 1997-2003 he was Director of Ministry in the Diocese of London, carried out an interim role for a large educational charity, and was Chaplain to the Bishop of Bradwell in the Diocese of Chelmsford from 2004-2006.

Christopher's wife, Helen, was formerly Archdeacon of St Albans and the couple were the first husband and wife Archdeacons in the Church of England. They have two grown-up children, Edward and Jacob. Christopher is a keen historian, with a doctorate in the subject and a continuing interest in research and writing. He also has an interest in African history and culture – particularly in Angola and Mozambique - stimulated by recent visits there. To relax, he enjoys reading fiction and poetry, listening to music, and watching sport. Christopher was a Member of the University’s Governing Council between 2009 and 2018. [Updated 2020]

Nina is a Student Representative Governor, having been elected Vice President (Education) of the Union of Students for the academic year 2020/21. She completed her undergraduate degree in Fine Art in 2020. During her time as a student, Nina was heavily involved with the Union of Students, first as a Programme Representative and then as a part-time Officer (Arts and Media).

She is passionate about creating inclusive and vibrant communities that support growth and development. Her key aims are sustainability and employability across the Union and University. [Updated 2020]

Alex has been Cabinet Member for Young People at Derbyshire County Council since May 2017. He is also Deputy Leader at North East Derbyshire District Council and is a Dronfield Town and Unstone Parish Councillor. Alex studied History at the University of York, achieving a master's degree whilst there. He also works for a Derbyshire MP. Alex has a strong interest in children and young people’s issues and education and is a Lead Member for Children’s Services. [Updated 2019]

Professor Davies was Dean of the College of Arts and the Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology at the University of Derby, posts he held from 2007. Prior to that, he held senior academic positions at several universities in the UK and USA, including 13 years at Edinburgh Napier University, where he was Head of the School of Arts and Creative Industries.

As a filmmaker and photographer, his work has been extensively exhibited, published and broadcast over the last 30 years and has included commissions for the Arts Council of England, BBC, Creative Scotland and the Discovery Channel and screenings at over 100 international film festivals. In 2004 he founded the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in England’s most northerly town and is and is currently Chair of its Board. Closer to home, he is a steering group and jury member for the Format International Photography Festival and is a current and former trustee of several arts and cultural organisations including QUAD, UK Young Artists and Derby Theatre. [Updated 2017]

Olivia is an Independent Member of Governing Council and Chair of the Further Education Governance Committee. Olivia was Strategic Director at the Joseph Wright Centre and Clerk to the Corporation at Derby College from 2004 until her retirement in 2006. During 2006-7 she served as Acting Assistant Dean and Head of Further Education at the University of Derby Buxton campus.

Olivia gained a Teacher's Certificate at Homerton College of Education, Cambridge before taking a BA degree with the Open University and a Diploma in Education Management at Derbyshire College of Higher Education. She taught at local schools and held senior management positions in two secondary comprehensives between 1968 and 1989 before taking a series of Assistant Principal posts at Derby Tertiary College, Wilmorton.

In 1997 she became Clerk to the Corporation of Derby College and was also employed by Derby PRIDE Limited and Derby City Council. Olivia was a member of the Derbyshire Learning and Skills Council from 2001 to 2005 and has served as a representative on two national examination boards. She is currently a Governor of an inner-city primary school in Derby. Olivia has also worked for the voluntary sector as a Board member, previously for Community Education and Training Association and the Padley Group, and currently for the Royal Crown Derby Museum Trust. [Updated 2019]

Peter has worked in higher education since 1987 taking on senior management roles first at the University of Wolverhampton and then in 2007 at the University of Derby’s Buxton campus, first as Assistant Dean, then in 2008 as Dean and in 2012 as Strategic Director with responsibility for both the HE curriculum and commercial offer at the University’s Buxton campus. During this period Peter’s “Real World Learning” vision for applied vocational learning contributed to the Buxton-based Tourism and Hospitality degree programmes being ranked first in the UK in the Guardian Subject League table of May 2014.

In August 2014 Peter took on the role of founding Director of the University Strategic Partnerships Unit. The Unit’s vision was “to enhance the University’s reputation and build its income streams through delivering inspirational and innovative partnerships that positively impact on the communities and other stakeholders with which the partners engage”. The Unit’s remit included overseas partnerships, UK academic partnerships and corporate partnerships that relate to the University’s core teaching and learning proposition.

In addition, the Unit was tasked with driving the University’s Higher and Degree Apprenticeship strategy, managing the commercial “Real World Learning” operation at the University’s Buxton campus, and ensuring the successful launch, in autumn 2016, of the University’s newest campus in Chesterfield. The Unit was successful in establishing enhanced partnership-related operating systems that helped deliver an extremely positive outcome in the University’s most recent institutional audit, whilst also delivering growth in the volume of partnership business. Other successes included a marked growth in commercial income from the Buxton campus and the opening of the Chesterfield campus on time and within budget.

In October 2016, Peter was given the role of Director of Strategic Projects, with responsibility for driving key institution-wide initiatives including the re-visioning of the University’s Buxton campus. [Updated 2017]

Nigel is Managing Director of Choices Housing Association one of the leading specialist housing, care and support organisations in the country and part of the Wrekin Housing Group. He has extensive experience of the statutory and voluntary sectors having held a number of senior management positions and board appointments. His voluntary sector experience spans over 20-years and includes 10-years as Chair of AgeUK (North Staffordshire) where he remains as a non-executive Director and Trustee. Previously he was a Trustee of Age Concern Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and Vice-Chair of Newark and Sherwood Council for Voluntary Services. For a number of years, he served as Landlord representative with the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) and was a member of the National Consultative Forum.

He is an Independent co-opted Member of the Further Education Governance Committee of Buxton and Leek College and was previously a governor at Leek College. He is married with two children and lives in Sandbach, Cheshire. [Updated 2017]

Lance was born and grew up in North Wales. He qualified as a Social Worker in Mental Health at Liverpool University, qualified as a teacher at Manchester University and was awarded a MA in Psychology by Keele University. Lance has undertaken a variety of voluntary work over the past 60 years. In 1986 he established and has, since then, personally funded and managed two voluntary organisations, The Cosmetic Surgery Helpline and Mantalk, a helpline for male victims of domestic violence.

He moved into education in 1972 lecturing at Stockport College, worked with the Hester Adrian Research Centre at Manchester University and lectured both there and at Salford College. Lance moved to New Mills in 1986 and since 1999 has served the residents of New Mills and the High Peak through his work on the Town and Borough Councils. He has twice been the Mayor of New Mills 2001/2 and 2006/7 and was the Mayor of the High Peak in 2002/3. He is a member of many voluntary organisations and is a member of the Stepping Hill NHS Foundation Trust and a Trustee of the High Peak CAB. He has been elected as the Public Governor for High Peak and Dales, Tameside and Glossop on the Stockport NHS Foundation Trust Hospital and also Chair of the Hayfield branch of the Royal British Legion.

His interests are his Council work, his voluntary organisations, his narrow boat, conservation, the environment, reading and walking. [Updated 2017]

George is the Managing Director of George Dutton Ltd. He started his business life in civil engineering works through the 1970s which ultimately led into building industrial premises for the company’s main depot. He then expanded the business property venture and developed a business park on the airfield at Ashbourne which has some very technical and innovative companies trading throughout every continent of the world.

His first involvement with the University was in 2001, providing and helping to set up an information Learning Centre on the Airfield Industrial Estate at Ashbourne, liaising with both the University and local companies to highlight the opportunities available through the learning centre for employees to attain the European Driving Licence qualification in IT. Seeing the information technology involved in every aspect of business life today highlights the crucial importance of having an approachable local university, interfaced in the development of systems and products with as many as possible local companies, for the development of students and future employees.

George has previously been involved in an environmental and engineering studies project at the University. [Updated 2017]

Tony was appointed as an Independent Member of Governing Council in April 2019. He is Vice President & General Manager of the aluminium gas cylinder business unit of Luxfer Holdings plc, headquartered in the East Midlands. Prior to joining Luxfer, Tony spent two years as Corporate Development Director for Renold plc and 15 years as a Managing Director in international B2B manufacturing groups headquartered in the East Midlands.

Tony is a chartered accountant, having qualified whilst at Price Waterhouse, then spending 14 years in a variety of increasingly senior group, divisional and operational financial roles with Rio Tinto plc, Norcros plc and the Filtrona division of Bunzl plc. Tony has a degree in Accounting & Finance from Nottingham Trent University and served as a Governor there for 11 years up to July 2016. [Updated 2020]

James is Professor of Health Psychology and Head of the University’s Centre for Psychological Research. He is a National Teaching Fellow and an HCPC-registered health psychologist, with special interests in pain coping and pain management in chronic illnesses including haemophilia and sickle cell disease. This includes the development and evaluation of interventions to improve people’s readiness to self-manage chronic pain and research on hospital pain management and on ways that people use pain medication. He also has a strong interest in student writing and developing ways to help students improve their writing and avoid plagiarism. [Updated 2017]

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