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Court Members (J-M)

Dianne was Pro-Chancellor & Chair of Governing Council of the University of Derby from 2002 to 2011. Dianne is Chair of Age UK, the foremost age charity in the UK providing support and information to people in later life, and of Age International which supports older people in developing countries. She served on the board of the University and Colleges Employers' Association (UCEA) and chaired the National Health and Safety Forum in higher education. Dianne served as an NHS Trust chair for 13 years, chair of the NHS Confederation from 2000-2003 and served as chair of Anchor Trust for five years.

In 2008 Dianne became Chair of Digital Outreach Ltd, a community messaging start-up company. She has served on the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands regional committee, and as Vice-Chair of the historic Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in Derbyshire. She is a Trustee of the Devonshire Educational Trust, Chatsworth, Derbyshire, and chairs the Peak District National Park Advisory Group.

Dianne served as High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2002/3 and is now an appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Derbyshire. Dianne's appointment as Honorary Colonel, Derbyshire Army Cadet Force, (Mercian Regiment) was approved by HM The Queen in 2003.

Dianne was appointed CBE in the Birthday Honours in 2011. She was awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Derby in 2012 and from Sheffield Hallam University in 2014. Dianne was educated at Badminton School, Bristol, and Sheffield University. [Updated 2017]

Brian has been Chief Executive Officer for the SENAD Group since 2006. Using his experience in special education with local authorities, the voluntary sector and independent sector, he has successfully led the group in designing and operating high-quality education, therapy and care services for young people and adults with a variety of needs. In July 2019 Brian received the Degree of Honorary Master of the University in recognition of his work to promote and ensure equality of education provision for young people and adults. [Updated 2019]

Craig, who hails from Derby and began his career as a trainee accountant with the city council, joined the University in June 2020 after 18 years in the corporate finance sector, working for some of the industry’s best-known firms, including KPMG, PwC and Deloitte.

While with Deloitte, he led major projects across a range of government departments including health, housing, local government, and further education. He has also overseen public sector mergers and service reconfigurations and led large-scale public procurement projects.

Prior to joining the University of Derby as Director of Finance, Craig worked as Finance Director in the social housing and care sector in the Midlands, helping to develop new companies and attracting substantial investment from within the UK and overseas. [Updated 2020]

Ashok was a Derby City Councillor for 16 years. He served as Cabinet member for the Environment and Direct Services between 1994-2000 and again in 2001-2002. He became Mayor of Derby 2000-2001. [Updated 2017]

John is life President and former Chair of the privately-owned Bowmer & Kirkland Group which comprises 27 construction, engineering, and development companies. John is also President of four companies in the USA within the Homeland Securities field. He was Chair of Derbyshire Learning Skills Council from 2000-2008 and the LSC East Midlands Regional Board from 2004-2008. John was appointed OBE in 1999 for services to Derbyshire and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Derby in 2001 (HonDUniv). He was the longest serving Director of Derby County Football Club, becoming President in 2006 until 2008. [Updated 2020]

David was employed at Derby as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology and later as Dean of the School of Mathematics and Computing for 11 years. On leaving Derby he worked for Westminster University on a project in Nigeria for 18 months. He is a firm friend of Derby and Africa.

Scott is Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire). He has worked within the Chamber network since 1999 when he first joined what was then North Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, initially providing advice and support to businesses about ICT and e-commerce solutions.

Subsequent mergers with South Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Chambers of Commerce have led to the formation of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire). Prior to 1999 Scott worked in the Information Communications Technology sector.

Scott’s key area of expertise is business development, creating sustainable revenue streams from a variety of sources including securing public and private sector business support contracts and revenue-generating property solutions. [Updated 2016]

Gordon joined the Court of the University of Derby in 1999, before becoming an Independent Governor in 2014. He retired from Governing Council in July 2020. He was a member of the University Court Advisory Group until 2019. During his career, he worked for the Open University from its inception in 1970 until 2010 in several different roles, but predominantly as a senior member of the University’s staff at its headquarters in Milton Keynes and also in the USA. He was Chair of the Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Nottingham Park Estate Ltd.

From 2006 to 2010 he chaired the Strategic Management Board of the HEFCE-funded Lifelong Learning Network. He has also been a consultant on distance learning for the University of Leicester. [Updated 2020]

Bishop Libby was the first woman to be appointed a bishop in the Church of England when she became Bishop of Stockport within the Diocese of Chester in 2015, where she was Chair of the Board of Education. In 2019 she became Bishop of Derby and also entered the House of Lords. She is a Chair of General Synod, Chair of Cranmer Committee for the Council of St John’s College Durham, Vice-Chair of Trustees on the Church of England’s Children’s Society and Chair of the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby. [Updated 2019]

Russ joined the University in 2012 as Head of Corporate Relations. This followed roles as Director of Marketing & Communications and Director of Corporate Planning & Performance. In his current role as Chief Performance Officer, he is Executive lead for Student Recruitment and Marketing; Communications (including Development and Alumni Relations); International; Strategic Insight and Planning; Partnerships; and the Change and Portfolio Management Office.

He was architect of the University's Strategic Framework and led the initial phase of our Cultural Transformation programme, helping ensure the University is best placed to achieve its ambitions through to 2030. Russ is a member of HESPA - the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association.

Prior to joining the University the bulk of his career was spent in sport communications – firstly working his way up to Head of Communications at UK Sport before taking on the equivalent role at British Cycling. He enjoys active pursuits, mostly cycling and running. Football has always been a passion, watching rather than playing these days, as an avid supporter of Liverpool FC. He had numerous media appearances during his time at UK Sport where he was established as a key point of contact for the media on all matters related to anti-doping. [Updated 2021]

 

Robert was elected the MP for High Peak on 12 December 2019.

Growing up in Manchester, Robert went to the local comprehensive school. He worked as a fishmonger to help pay for his tuition at Manchester University. He is a chartered accountant and a former Equity Capital Markets Manager at Deloitte. He also previously worked as a Government Policy Adviser.

As a member of the Transport Select Committee, Robert’s key focus has been on fighting for more transport infrastructure investment in the North.

Ruth was appointed to Governing Council as teaching staff governor in April 2021. Since joining the University of Derby in 2005, she has held a series of roles within the department of Humanities. She is currently a senior lecturer in History and the programme leader for the undergraduate History programmes.

Ruth teaches several modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level, covering a wide range of topics, including the history of the body, material culture studies and research methodologies. Her research expertise is in eighteenth and nineteenth-century British history and she has published widely on gender history, the history of the aristocracy and the country house.

Ruth is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Royal Historical Society and is part of the editorial board for the journal Midland History. She is committed to excellence in learning and teaching and was named the University Lecturer of the Year in 2010; she is especially dedicated in supporting undergraduate students to develop their distinct academic voice, in pedagogies of engagement, and championing students as co-creators.

Between 2016 and 2021 she was a governor at a primary school in Derby and is an active member of the East Midlands Centre for History Learning and Teaching.

Derek is an architect, town planner and landscape architect, with specialist qualifications in conservation and urbanism. He has led his practice, Lathams in Derby for 34 years. His book Creative Reuse of Buildings is used by conservation courses throughout the country. He founded the East Midlands Architecture Centre, ‘Opun’, advises the English Heritage Urban Panel, is Technical Adviser to the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust and is Chair of the Derwent Valley Trust responsible for the DV Heritage Trail and promoting a new off-road cycleway from Derby to Matlock. He is an Honorary Graduate and visiting professor to the University and is collaborating with the University on the development of a new eco-friendly house. [Updated 2017]

Pauline has been the Member of Parliament for Mid-Derbyshire since 2010 and has been involved in local politics in the area since 1987. For many years, Pauline was a local Councillor, representing Oakwood on Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and later became the Mayor of the City of Derby.

Pauline has a keen interest in education and was a school governor for 12 years. She has also championed several health causes including a Meningitis vaccination programme and life-improving drugs for melanoma patients.

Pauline sits on the International Development Select Committee and has a particular interest in women’s issues.

She was appointed as PPS to a Minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2014. [Updated 2015]

Bob is a lifelong resident of Derby and is passionate about the city. He was educated and then worked throughout his career in Derby.

During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Bob was an active member of the Labour Party and was elected to Derby City Council to represent Normanton Ward, was elected Secretary and Leader of the party then subsequently elected as Leader of the Council.

Bob’s career highlights include:

  • Being elected as the Member of Parliament for Derby North during which he served as a member of the Trade and Industry Select Committee and the Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Departments of Trade & Industry, Department of Education & Skills and Department of Work & Pensions
  • Overseeing the development of Pride Park in Derby and the relocation of Derby County Football Club to this site
  • Establishing the East Midlands Local Government Association and creation of the East Midlands Regional Assembly helping Derby City Council become an all-purpose Unitary Authority
  • Spent time abroad as a UK parliamentary representative on the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg and on the Defence & Security parliamentary Assembly based in Paris

2010 saw Bob retire as an MP and was awarded an honorary degree from the University the following year. His interests include walking, cycling, canals, narrow boats, international relations and politics. 

Judy operates Airways Airsports, a flying school in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. She has broken multiple world records for both hang gliding and paragliding and was awarded an MBE in 1989 for her services to hang gliding. With three World Championship titles to her name, Judy has built a worldwide reputation for her skill, fearless determination, and passion for free flight.

In July 2019, Judy received the degree of Honorary Master of the University in recognition of her achievements in the field of hang gliding and paragliding and her impact on the local flying community.

Tom represented High Peak as a Labour MP from 1997–2010. In that capacity, he was influential in securing the Buxton Campus for the University of Derby. Tom was an authority in Parliament on charities and volunteering. Since 2010 he has established himself as a consultant and writer on ‘using the tools of business to create public good'.

He is the author of 'Welcome to GoodCo' (2014), 'Partners for Good' (2012) and ‘The Company Citizen’ (2017). His positions held include being a member of the sustainable advisory panel for Walgreen Boots Alliance; a trustee of the Work Foundation; a non‐executive director of Outreach Solutions and Chair of the trustee board of Fair For You, a charity which he helped found, that operates a social enterprise of the same name to provide ethical, responsible loans for household goods for people who cannot access mainstream financial services.

In November 2011 Tom received the Degree of Honorary Doctor of the University of Derby in recognition of his remarkable dedication and achievement in his service for communities in Derbyshire. [Updated 2018]

Andrew was a Member of the University’s Governing Council between 2009 and 2018. He was elected the Member of Parliament for Northampton South in June 2017. Prior to that he served as a Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands and was the lead in Brussels for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group on the Culture and Education Committee and the Regional Development Committee.

He grew up in and around Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and studied History at the University of Newcastle and then at Downing College, Cambridge. Upon returning to Derbyshire, he worked in publishing. He was the youngest County Council Leader in the country as Leader of Derbyshire County Council from 2009-13 and served as Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association from 2011-14. In his time in local government, Andrew was Chair of the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Derwent Valley Mills, founding Chair of the Derbyshire Health and Wellbeing Board and a founding Director of the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, D2N2.

In addition to his duties as an MP, Andrew is a Vice-President of the Local Government Association. In the 2014 New Year Honours List, he was awarded an MBE for services to local government. [Updated 2018]

James studied a degree in fine art and auctioneering at Southampton before commencing his career briefly in London before joining leading provincial firm Neales of Nottingham in 1993. He is the founder of Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers and senior director of Richardson and Linnell and Neales. As an auctioneer James has a reputation for amusing the crowds whilst achieving great results; in doing so won UK top auctioneer two years in a row, holds the world record for the longest ever solo auction (26 hours) and as such is in high demand and travels all over the world for auctions. [Updated 2016]

Chair of the Institute of Couriers. Chairing Transport for London LoCity light vehicle group and Transport for Manchester Urban delivery group. LEP activities include former inaugural D2N2 LEP sector chair for transport and logistics and secretary to the LLEP Transport priority group. Carl is a Visiting Professional Fellow in Logistics at the University. Co-opted member of the Further Education Governance Committee of the University of Derby. Visiting professor of Logistics at London Metropolitan University.

Secretary to the BIS trailblazer apprenticeship courier qualification. Chairman GTA, Logistics Skills Alliance/West Thames College. Fellow RSA, long-time member of IOD. Former roles include: expert advisor to the Learning Skills Development agency, Chair of the National Motorcycle Council NTO board member, RHDTC. World sailing adventurer. Author, Certain Death in the Ice (London Press). [Updated 2017]

Carl is a Chartered Surveyor with experience operating across various sectors and property disciplines and has enjoyed working internationally. He held the role of Director of Estates at Oxford Brookes University from 1994 to 1998, after which he spent 20 years in various property roles with organisations such as Capital One, BBC, Severn Trent, and National Grid and has previously set up and operated an independent property development business for several years. This has been interspersed with leading other corporate functions such as Group Procurement and Process Management teams. Carl re-joined the Higher Education sector in January 2019 as Director of Estates at Derby. [Updated 2019]

Paul is a Professor of Plant Biotechnology at the University of Derby. His main research interest is in plant conservation biotechnology, particularly the use of cryopreservation and is a member of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre. He is Head of the Department of Natural Sciences within the College of Science and Engineering and chairs the University Professoriate. He is also a Trustee of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the Treasurer of the Heads of Bioscience, a special interest group of the Royal Society of Biology. [Updated 2017]

Following a sixteen-year career in Arts Administration culminating as Deputy Director of East Midlands Arts Council David established an arts consultancy, working for various national, regional, and independent agencies and was visiting lecturer at over thirty UK art schools. He joined the University as Deputy Dean of the School of Art & Design in 1994, became Dean of School in 1995 & Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design & Technology in 2000.

He retired in 2008 and now devotes his time to his first love, painting, exhibiting regularly, and a spot of lecturing and exhibition curation. [Updated 2017]

Warren is Provost - Innovation & Research at the University of Derby. He took up the position in January 2020 having previously held the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean for the College of Engineering and Technology. He joined the University in September 2017 from De Montfort University where he was Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean for the Faculty of Business and Law.

A graduate of Salford University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Leeds University, Warren recently led departments in Engineering and Sustainable Development before assuming his role at De Montfort University in 2016. [Updated 2020]

Anne was appointed as Headteacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (QEGS), Ashbourne in September 2012 having been a Headteacher in Stoke-on-Trent. QEGS achieved Outstanding for Leadership & Management in an Ofsted inspection in November 2014 and Anne became a National Leader of Education (NLE) in 2015.  Anne works in partnership with several schools and academies, as well as being a member of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust.

In early 2016 Anne became the CEO of QEGSMAT, school to school support focused on delivering school improvement, this is now a significant part of her role along with supporting other Headteachers and schools in the locality, including Derbyshire, Derby City and Staffordshire.

Anne was elected to serve on the East Midlands and Humber Headteacher Board from November 2017.  She is also a National Coach for Women into Leadership. In December 2019 Anne was awarded a Fellowship from the Chartered College of Teaching.

Anne is also a National Pupil Premium Reviewer and regularly carries out Pupil Premium reviews to ensure that children eligible for this type of funding leave education with the best possible outcomes.

From September 2020 Anne became part of the School Improvement Team at Derbyshire Local Authority and works with identified schools delivering work on school improvement as a Link Adviser.

 

 

Michael is a retired businessman and former seafarer. He is the Business Development Trustee of the charity Friends of the Baby Unit (which has raised over £2 million for the neo-natal unit at the Royal Derby Hospital since 1976). Matthew is a governor at Becket Primary School in Derby, a volunteer at the Padley Hostel in Derby and he is involved in local and national politics. His interests include politics and current affairs, travel, gardening, football (he is a Derby County season ticket holder), and motor racing. He is also a chorister. [Updated 2017]

Chief Executive, South Derbyshire District Council.

Gordon was appointed as an Independent Member of Governing Council in April 2019. He has been Chief Executive Officer of GuildHE since 2015, a key representative and advocacy body in the higher education sector. He joined GuildHE following a career in the Civil Service, most recently as Deputy Director for HE Strategy and Policy at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Gordon has led the implementation of the Browne review on higher education funding and successive government spending reviews. He has also worked with a range of ministers on innovative policies including tackling an increase in graduate unemployment and encouraging the growth of a more competitive sector. [Updated 2019]

Keith is the Interim Provost (Learning & Teaching) at the University of Derby. Keith joined the University in January 2018 from Canterbury Christ Church University where he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities while prior to that appointment he served successively as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of History & Archaeology at the University of Chester. An early modern military and naval historian of Britain and Europe who has published on war and warfare from the 17th to the 20th centuries, Keith holds an MA and PhD from the University of Glasgow, an MSc from the London School of Economics & Political Science and an Executive MBA from the University of Edinburgh. [Updated 2019]

David is Chair of Pearson Education Ltd, Vice-Chair of the Network for Black and Asian Professionals and a Board Member of Policy Connect and the Faversham Society. From 2001 to 2007 he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Further Education Funding Council, and before that he was Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University. His early career was as a Professor of Physics.

He has been Vice-Chair of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals and Chair or a member of several Research Council and HEFCE Committees. David has chaired or been a board member of many other organisations in the field of education. He is patron of the 157 Group, Comprehensive Future, the Disabled Sailors Association, Faversham Creek Trust, and the Thames Gateway Young Chamber. He was educated at Sheffield and Columbia Universities. David was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University in 2000. [Updated 2018]

George is a retired advisory teacher and magistrate. He is Chair of Derby West India Community Association; one of the founder members and Chair of East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (EMCCAN); and Vice-Chair of Derby Racial Equality Council. Former Chair of Derby Millennium Network and VCS representative on Derby City Partnership Board. He was awarded an MBE in 1990 for services to society and the University awarded him an Honorary Master's degree (HonMUniv) in 2012 for services to the local community. He was a member of the University Court Advisory Group until 2019.

George was awarded the Ordered of Distinction (OD) Officer Rank, by the Government of Jamaica on the 58th  anniversary of its independence on 6 August 2020 for services to the Jamaican Diaspora in England. [Updated 2021]

Nigel is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Amber Valley, Derbyshire. Mr Mills was elected Member of Parliament for Amber Valley in May 2010 after many years as both a town and borough Councillor. Before entering politics, he worked as a tax adviser to businesses and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1999. 

In Parliament, Mr Mills serves on the Work and Pensions Select Committee and the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee. Mr Mills actively represents his constituents’ concerns in Parliament about pensions, local transport services and immigration.

Mr Mills is also an active member of several All-Party Parliamentary Groups on a wide range of issues, he serves as the co-chair of the APPG on the East Midlands and the APPG on Anti-Corruption and as chair of the APPG on Pension and the APPG on Business, Finance and Accountancy.

His political interests include employment, education, pensions, and tax. [Updated 2018]

Kathryn is Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Derby.

Prior to joining the University in September 2015, Kathryn was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of West London with special responsibility for academic provision and quality across the university. She also held senior positions of Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic and Student Support Services and Dean of Students at West London.

Professor Mitchell was a Wellcome Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, London and has studied at the Universities of York and London. She has worked at the University of Chicago, the Rockefeller Institute, New York and the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel.

Kathryn is a chartered Psychologist and played an active role within the Institute for Practice and Interdisciplinary Research (INSPIRE), supervising and directing a range of research programmes.

In April 2019, Kathryn was appointed one of five new Deputy Lieutenants of Derbyshire, in recognition of the contribution she has made to the county.

She is married with two children. [Updated 2019]

Mel has 40 years of experience in the software industry and has played a leading role in six highly successful businesses collectively worth more than £4 billion.

Local successes include: Prevx, pioneers of cloud‐based internet security solutions; uDate, the world’s second largest matchmaking business; Minitech, pioneers of intelligent disk array technology and performance enhancement solutions; and the Mickleover Court Hotel. Mel also has investments in other local businesses, including BriefYourMarket and Serious Sports Technology Ltd. He is probably best known for his 12 years as non-executive Chair and financier of King Digital Entertainment Plc, the firm behind the global Candy Crush phenomenon.

Mel is a renowned philanthropist: he is the founder of MSTART Medical, Sports and Research Technology Trust and a Platinum Patron of the Prince’s Trust. Other philanthropic projects include the Royal Derby Hospital Robotic Surgeon initiative and dialysis research.

In June 2015 he became Chair of Derby County Football Club; later the same year, Derby-born Mel realised a life-long dream by becoming owner of The Rams.

The University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in July 2016 in recognition of his significant contribution to business, sport, charities, and young entrepreneurship in Derby and beyond. Mel was awarded Lifetime Achievement in the Derby Telegraph Sports Awards 2019. [Updated 2019]

Stephen is a nurse who has devoted his career to healthcare. He held senior NHS positions in nursing and general management, including Director of Nursing at the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The Secretary of State appointed him a Commissioner on the original NHS quality regulator where he helped to develop the first reviews of clinical quality across England and Wales.

For five years he was Chair of the Nurse Directors Association and provided advice on nursing and health policy to the Secretary of State. Sir Stephen was asked to undertake the role of Chair at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust following the Healthcare Commission's highly critical report. Those events were a defining moment for health and social care in the United Kingdom and a most challenging time in NHS history.

He currently holds non-executive director posts at Derby Teaching Hospitals and Health Education England, where he chaired the Steering Group for a pre-degree work experience pilot. The scheme, recommended in the Francis Report, provides prospective nursing students with ‘a year to care’. The University awarded him with an Honorary Doctorate in 2016 in recognition of Sir Stephen's services to health and social care as an outstanding nurse leader and role model. [Updated 2017]

Lord Justice Mummery, DL enjoyed a distinguished judicial career of hearing cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Ecclesiastical Cases Reserved.

He was born into an East Kent sheep and dairy farming family near Dover and between 1949 and 1957 attended Dover County Grammar School for Boys, where he won an Exhibition in Modern History to Pembroke College Oxford. He read law there, graduating in 1963 with degrees of BA and Bachelor of Civil Law. Pembroke elected him an Honorary Fellow of the College in 1989.

He was called to the Bar in 1964 after joining the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. During his career Sir John rose to the upper echelons of the judiciary, ultimately being appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1996 until his retirement from that full‐time position in September 2013.

Sir John has contributed his time and seniority of experience to the University of Derby including opening our new Law Court and delivering a fascinating talk entitled “Judicial All‐Sorts” which spanned his career at the Bench. He became an Honorary Doctor of the University at the Awards Ceremonies in January 2016. [Updated 2017]

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