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Biographies of the Members of the University Council

Please note, this page is in the process of being updated for the 2018/19 academic year.
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Keith Bedell-Pearce CBE

Keith Bedell-Pearce is the Treasurer of the University and is an independent member of the University Council. Keith began his first term of office as an independent member of the Council in August 2009 and became the University Treasurer in October 2011. Keith's current term of office on Council is due to end on 31 July 2020. Keith Chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Investment Sub-Committee and is a member of the Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee, University of Warwick in California Sub-Committee, Financial Plan Sub-Committee and the University of Warwick Foundation. Keith is a member of the Warwick Business School Advisory Board.

Keith was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2009 for public service. Keith is an Honorary Professor of Warwick Business School.

Keith is the non-executive chairman of 4D Data Centres Ltd. Before he retired in 2001, Keith was a main board director of Prudential plc. His 30 year career at Prudential spanned being a computer systems designer, the company's in-house solicitor, a director of its investment management business, marketing director and running operating businesses both in the UK and abroad. Immediately after retiring from the Prudential, he was appointed chairman of the Student Loans Company and chairman of the Norwich & Peterborough Building Society. He retired from both businesses in 2008 after extended second terms of office. In 2004, he was asked by the Government to become chairman of Directgov, having been closely involved in the design and early stage development of what was to become the Government’s destination website for individuals for all public sector information and transactions. Keith is a Solicitor. Keith is a Fellow of the Marketing Society. From 2002 to 2014, he was a non-executive director of F&C Asset Management plc and from 2008 was Senior Independent Director.

Keith has been connected with the University of Warwick for more than 50 years, having gained an MSc as part of the second year intake of the fledgling Warwick Business School in 1968.

Anita Bhalla

Anita Bhalla OBE

Anita Bhalla OBE is an independent member of the University Council. Anita began her first term of office in December 2016 and this term is due to end on 31 July 2019.

Anita is also currently Chair of Performances Birmingham PLC (Town Hall and Symphony Hall), Chair of Creative City Partnership, Director of Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership), Governor of the RSC, Non-Executive Director of Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, Chair of INIVA, Chancellor of the Birmingham Children’s University and Chair of WM Mayor's Leadership Commission.

Anita's media career has been extensive of which she spent over 25 years working with the BBC; from setting up the BBC Asian Network to a news Correspondent, Documentary maker to being Head of Political and Community Affairs in England, then Head and Editor of the BBC's Public Space Broadcasting and President of Circom (a European wide group of public service broadcasters).

Anita has a strong commitment to public services and her portfolio in this area ranges from being a Commissioner on the Chancerllor's Commission (Warwick University), member of Birmingham's Social Inclusion Commission to being the past Chair of mac (Midlands Arts Centre), a previous Chair of a Junior and Infant School and member of the governing body of Birmingham City University.

In 2009 Anita was awarded an OBE for services to Broadcasting and Communities.

In 2012 Anita was the High Sheriff for the West Midlands. Anita has been awarded Honorary Degrees from Wolverhampton University, Birmingham City University and Warwick University. She is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Professor Daniel Branch

Daniel is one of four academic members of staff who are nominated to represent the Senate on the University Council. His current term of office on Council is due to end on 31 July 2019.

Daniel is a Professor of African History and the Head of the Department of History. His main interests are in the colonial and post-colonial history of Kenya. Daniel's first book was a study of loyalism during the Mau Mau rebellion in late-colonial Kenya and his second a narrative of post-colonial politics up to the present. These two projects have led to other interests in contemporary Kenyan politics and counterinsurgency. Daniel is currently completing a co-authored monograph (with his colleague Professor David Anderson) on the history of loyalism in the British Empire. As a result of his links with Warwick's Global History and Culture Centre, he has also run a number of events on the place of Eastern Africa in global history.

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Viki Cooke

Viki Cooke is a Pro-Chancellor of the University and is the Vice-Chair of the University Council. Viki began her first term of office as an independent member of the Council in August 2008, became Vice-Chair of the Council in February 2013, and became Pro-Chancellor in July 2015. Viki's current term of office is due to end on 31 July 2019. Viki chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the Nominations Committee, Gift Acceptance Committee and the Honorary Degrees Committee. Viki is also a member of the Governing Instruments Review Group.

Viki is the founding Director of BritainThinks, a consultancy that aims to put the public - as a citizen, consumer or colleague - at the heart of decision making. BritainThinks was launched in July 2010. Prior to setting up BritainThinks, Viki was Joint Chair of the Research and Engagement Division of Chime Communications. This incorporated several businesses that Viki set up over the last 20 years including Opinion Leader Research, The Smart Company, Brand Democracy and Caucus.

Viki began her career in advertising before founding Opinion Leader Research in 1992. Opinion Leader grew to be one of the most highly respected market research agencies in the UK winning numerous awards and an enviable reputation for innovation.

Viki has been a pioneer in the use of deliberative research methods and has been closely involved in designing and delivering programmes that engage citizens in an informed dialogue on a wide range of complex policy issues including reform of the NHS, future funding of the pensions system, climate change and, most recently, dealing with the deficit.

Viki is a frequent media commentator, particularly on news and current affairs programmes, a regular conference speaker and writer. She is a member of the Marketing Society, Chair of the new sustainability charity, Hubbub Foundation, Trustee of Hubbub Enterprise and The Climate Group.

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Professor Stuart Croft

Professor Stuart Croft serves on the University Council as an ex-officio member in his capacity as Vice-Chancellor and President of the University. Stuart was appointed to the role in February 2016. Stuart chairs the Gift Acceptance Committee and the Financial Plan Sub-Committee and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, Nominations Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee, University Estate Committee, University of Warwick Foundation and the Investment Sub-Committee.

Stuart moved to Warwick as Professor of International Security from the University of Birmingham in 2007, where he worked for 18 years, during which time he also served for three years as the Head of the School of Social Sciences. From the 2011/12 academic year, Stuart was the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Arts and Social Sciences) at Warwick, and is an appointed member of the governing Council of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

From 2003-10 he was Director of the ESRC’s New Security Challenges Programmes, which were also funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is an elected Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, and also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. From January 2009, Professor Croft was the Chair of the British International Studies Association, and is now the President of that Association.

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Professor Christine Ennew

Professor Christine Ennew serves on the University Council as an ex-officio member in her capacity as Provost, where she supports the Vice-Chancellor in the academic leadership of the University. Christine chairs the Equality and Diversity Committee and is a member of the University Estate Committee, Finance and General Purposes Committee, Nominations Committee, University of Warwick in California Sub-Committee, Gift Acceptance Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee, Financial Plan Sub-Committee and the Investment Sub-Committee.

A key aspect of her role is leading the development and delivery of the University’s academic strategy, ensuring that Warwick remains competitive and relevant within HE and beyond. She is responsible for the efficient and effective use of academic resources (including departmental resources, capital planning and space management, and information resources).

Christine graduated from Cambridge University and completed her PhD at Nottingham. Until recently she was one of Nottingham’s Pro Vice Chancellors, as well as serving as Provost and CEO of the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. She joined the University of Warwick in August 2016

She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, a member of the Board of Directors for Common Purpose Student Experiences. She is also a Board Member for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and Chair of its Regulation Committee.

John Ferrie

Dr John Ferrie CBE

Dr John Ferrie is an independent member of the University Council. John began his first term of office in August 2014. John's current term is due to end on 31 July 2020. Prior to this, John was an external expert member of the University's Audit Committee for the 2013/14 academic year. John is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee and the University of Warwick in California Sub-Committee. John is also a member of the University Health and Safety Committee.

John was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Honours list in 2004 for services to the defence and aerospace industry.

John has a DEng from the University of Warwick and holds a BSC (Hons) from the University of Strathclyde. John is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS).

John's Aerospace career spans 44 years with Rolls-Royce, Smiths Group and GE.

 

Catharine French

Catharine French is an independent member of the University Council. Catharine began her first term of office in August 2018 and this term is due to end on 31 July 2021.

Catharine is Chief Administration Officer at Barclays UK; holding a seat on its Executive Committee with a mandate to drive its strategic priorities and build the brand of Barclays in the UK.

Catharine joined Barclays in 2003 and prior to her current role, she served as Consumer and Corporate Affairs Director for UK Retail Banking and subsequently as Group Corporate Affairs Director and Chief of Staff to the Group CEO.

Catharine graduated in History and Economics from Oxford University. She initially trained as an investment analyst at Cazenove and Co, before moving to work for the Treasury Select Committee at the House of Commons on economic and regulatory issues. She then worked at the Bank of England and Financial Services Authority leading the supervision of major UK and European financial services groups.

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Noel Gordon

Noel Gordon is an independent member of the University Council. Noel began his first term of office in November 2017 and this term is due to end on 31 July 2020. Prior to this, Noel was an external expert member of the University's Audit Committee.

Formerly an economist and a banker, Noel spent most of his career in consultancy until his retirement in 2012 including, for the last 16 years, with Accenture where he was global managing director of the Banking Industry Practice and a member of the Executive Committee. He was responsible for restructuring the strategy, technology and operations of major global banks; opening new markets in China, SE Asia and Latin America; running global innovations centres; and, speaking on global economic themes. He has extensive practical experience of driving fundamental innovations in transforming industries, and of big data, analytics, mobile and digital technologies.

Noel now holds non-executive positions in Health Care, he was appointed Chairman of NHS Digital (HSCIC), Chair of Healthcare UK (export organisation for NHS services) in 2016 and Non-Executive Director of NHS England in 2014, and Life Sciences, he is a member of the government’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Advisory Committee. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the PSR (Payment Systems Regulator). He is also a Patron of, and adviser to, several Social Enterprises; Mybnk (financial advice for young people); Springboard (learning difficulties among disadvantaged children); Planting Promise (education in West Africa); Aleron Partners (consulting for the 3rd Sector).

Noel read Economics and International Studies at Warwick from 1974-1977. He won a scholarship to Cranfield School of Management in 1981 to take a full time MBA. He also studied at Kellogg School of Management and the Aspen Institute

Laura Green

Professor Laura Green OBE

Professor Laura Green OBE is one of the four academic members of staff who are nominated to represent the Senate on the University Council. Her current term of office on Council is due to end on 31 July 2020. Laura is Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Interdisciplinary Research and Impact) and is a member of the Financial Plan Sub-Committee.

Laura graduated from Bristol with a bachelor's degree in veterinary science. She was awarded a Wellcome Trust Scholarship that funded an MSc in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and then a PhD at the University of Bristol.

Laura moved to Warwick in 1999 after 6 years as a lecturer at the University of Bristol. Laura was promoted to a personal chair in 2005 and was Head of School from 2014 - 2017. Laura is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham.

Laura is a member of the Food Standards Agency Science Council, the Biological and Biotechnological Research Council, Agriculture and Food Security Strategy Advisory Panel and the Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellowships Committee.

In June 2017, Laura was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list for her services to the health and welfare of farmed livestock.

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Professor Christopher W Hughes

Professor Christopher Hughes serves on the University Council as an ex-officio member in his capacity as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education. Chris is a member of the Financial plan Sub-Committee.

Chris is a Professor of International Politics and Japanese Studies in PAIS; Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation; Research Associate at the Edwin O. Reischauer Centre for Japanese Studies, Harvard University, and also holds research associate positions at the University of Waseda and University of Hiroshima in Japan. He was previously Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at the Department of Government, Harvard University, and Asahi Shimbun Visiting Professor of Mass Media and Politics, University of Tokyo. He was President of the British Association of Japanese Studies, 2010-2013.

 

Liam Jackson

Liam Jackson is the President of Warwick Students’ Union and is a student member of the University Council.

Liam is the outward face of Warwick Students’ Union, representing students from Warwick's international 25,000+ strong student community. Liam previously served as Education Officer for the Warwick SU.

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Dr Deborah Keith

Dr Deborah Keith is an independent member of the University Council. Deborah began her first term of office in August 2015 and this term is due to end on 31 July 2018. Deborah is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Deborah has over 30 years of experience in the science and technology sector, most recently in corporate R&D with Syngenta, a global agri-business. Following an early career in academic research in plant genetics, and in international development in Bhutan, she spent sixteen years focused on the commercialisation of R&D innovation, which included heading up the Syngenta crop protection research portfolio to deliver global products to development, leading R&D strategy development and organisational change. As Head of External Collaborations at Syngenta, Dr Keith headed global teams to build strategic partnerships with academia and commercial enterprises.

Dr Keith is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Boards of the BBSRC, the Aerospace Technology Institute, the John Innes Centre, the James Hutton Institute and Redag Crop Protection Ltd, and Chair of James Hutton Ltd..

 

Professor Andy Lockett

Professor Andy Lockett is one of the four academic members of staff who are nominated to represent the Senate on the University Council. His current term of office on Council is due to end on 31 July 2019. Andy is Dean of Warwick Business School.

Prior to becoming Dean in 2016, Andy undertook a number of leadership roles in WBS including the Head of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, Associate Dean, and Pro-Dean. He became Deputy Dean of the school in 2014 with specific responsibility for the school’s research, engagement and impact strategy.

Andy’s research and teaching interests intersect the areas of strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship.

 

Ben Newsham

Ben Newsham is Democracy and Development Officer of the Warwick Students’ Union and is a student member of the University Council.

Ben’s role covers two main areas of Students' Union (SU) business. The first is the democratic processes of the SU. Ben is in charge of running All Student Votes, Autumn Elections and Sabbatical Officer Elections.

The development side of the role covers overseeing SU outlets, as well as the Unions' approach to issues such as housing, transport and facilities for students on campus.

David Normington

Sir David Normington

Sir David Normington is the University’s Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor. Sir David began his first term of office as Chair and Pro-Chancellor on 1 August 2017. Prior to this, Sir David has served as an Independent Member of Council since August 2011. Sir David chairs the Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee (except when it is considering the Vice-Chancellor's remuneration), Honorary Degrees Committee and the University of Warwick Foundation and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the University of Warwick in California Sub-Committee.

Sir David was a civil servant for 37 years, working in the fields of employment, education and criminal justice. He was Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Skills from 2001 to 2005, at a time when the Department was responsible for further and higher education and skills in addition to its responsibilities for children and schools. From 2006 to 2010 he was Permanent Secretary at the Home Office leading a department with over 30,000 staff and responsibility for controversial issues like immigration and law and order. He worked with five Home Secretaries over his five-year term as Permanent Secretary and led a major transformation programme to restore the Home Office’s capability and reputation.

After retiring from the civil service at the end of 2010, Sir David was the First Civil Service Commissioner and the Commissioner for Public Appointments from April 2011 to March 2016. In these roles he regulated appointments to the civil service and public bodies, seeking to ensure that they were on merit after fair and open competition.

Sir David received a KCB in 2005 and was appointed GCB in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list. Sir David has an M.A.(Oxon) in Modern History and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development. Sir David was a Trustee of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) from 2011 - 2018. He is currently the Chair of Birmingham Royal Ballet, a Royal Ballet governor and a member of the advisory board to Westminster Abbey.

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Adrian Penfold OBE

Adrian Penfold is an independent member of the University Council. Adrian began his first term of office in 2016 and this term is due to end on 31 July 2019. Adrian chairs the University of Warwick in California Sub-Committee and the University Estate Committee.

Adrian joined British Land in 1996, following his time in local government and at the London Docklands Development Corporation.
At British Land he has dealt with major mixed use development projects in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland, with a particular focus on central London, including the award winning Regent’s Place and Leadenhall Building (the 'Cheesegrater').

He was a member of the Barker Review of Land Use Planning’s Panel of Experts and led the Government appointed independent Penfold Review of Non-Planning Consents which reported in July 2010. He is a member of the DCLG Planning Sounding Board and the Government appointed Local Plans Expert Group which reported in 2016. He was awarded the OBE in March 2016 for Service to the Property Industry and Public Service to Planning.

He is Non-Executive Chairman of Design South East.

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Andrea Pulford

Andrea Pulford is the non-academic member of staff nominated to serve on the University Council. Her current term of office on Council is due to end on 31 July 2019.

Andrea is the Director of Planning and Operations at Warwick Arts Centre, which is located on the University of Warwick campus. She leads on strategy and business development, organisational planning and operations. Her role includes collaborating with University departments, business, stakeholders, as well as the arts industry. Andrea is currently leading the redevelopment of the Arts Centre - "Warwick Arts Centre 20:20" Capital Project.

Andrea has over 20 years’ experience leading cultural and creative organisations, managing change and developing resilience, increasing audiences, artistic partnerships and financial sustainability.

Experienced in marketing and management Andrea has worked in and lead organisations across the UK.

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Professor Lesley Roberts

Professor Lesley Roberts is one of the four academic members of staff who are nominated to represent the Senate on the University Council. Her current term of office on Council is due to end on 31 July 2019. Lesley is Pro-Dean Education and Deputy Dean in Warwick Medical School.

She joined Warwick in 2014 from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham having held various roles within education (medical and allied subjects) at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels including management of intercalated degrees and delivering student welfare within the MBChB.

With extensive experience in primary care and population based research and epidemiology, her particular area of educational delivery relates to research training in both quantitative and qualitative methods, although her education portfolio encompasses all aspects of medical education and training and postgraduate delivery.

Lesley’s research interests are broad, but include research in education, irritable bowel syndrome, thyroid dysfunction and work with 'difficult-to-engage' populations including those with mental ill-health, young people and those living in developing nations with healthcare access challenges.

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Neil Sachdev MBE

Neil Sachdev is an independent member of the University Council. Neil began his first term of office in 2016 and this term is due to end on 31 July 2018. Neil is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Financial Plan Sub-Committee. Neil is also a member of the Warwick Business School Advisory Board and the Campus and Commercial Services Executive Committee.

Neil joined Tesco PLC in 1978, rising to the position of property director before joining J Sainsbury PLC as commercial director in March 2007.He was subsequently appointed property director in June 2010 and held this position until leaving J Sainsbury PLC in March 2014. He was Chairman of the Institute of Grocery Distribution until April 2014.

As well as Non-Executive Director at Network Rail Property, he is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Martins Properties (Chelsea Limited), Cake Box Holdings Ltd, Bonhill Group PLC and Exclusive Contracts Group Limited.

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Professor Simon Swain

Professor Simon Swain serves on the University Council as an ex-officio member in his capacity as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement. Simon is a member of the University Estate Committee, University of Warwick Foundation and the Financial Plan Sub-Committee.

Simon works with the University’s Vice-Chancellor and President on Warwick’s external relations. His responsibilities include international, national, and regional collaborations across the Higher Education, private and public sectors.

Alongside the Strategy and Engagement teams he is responsible for the University’s regional relations with Coventry, Leamington and the wider West Midlands. He is also the Academic Director of the major partnership with Monash University in Melbourne. His current international priorities focus on two areas of strategic importance for the University: research, impact, and public engagement interests in Continental Europe, and significant research and teaching links with leading universities of China and South East Asia.

Simon began his academic career at All Souls, Oxford and is the author of eleven books. He serves on major national funding and strategy committees and is a Fellow of the British Academy.

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Professor Pam Thomas

Professor Pam Thomas serves on the University Council as an ex-officio member in her capacity as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research. Pam is a member of the Gift Acceptance Committee, Nominations Committee, University of Warwick Foundation and the Financial Plan Sub-Committee.

Pam works across Warwick’s departments to maintain the University’s research excellence. Pam oversees departmental and inter-faculty developments, and heads the University’s efforts to generate the impact research at Warwick deserves. The Global Research Priorities programme, for which she provides leadership, has provided the University with significant international attention.

Pam was educated at Oxford University, where she took a degree in Physics, a DPhil in the Clarendon Laboratory and undertook post-doctoral research. She is currently a Trustee of the Alan Turing Institute and chairs the UK taskforce for Open Research Data to report to government.

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Gail Tucker

Gail Tucker is an independent member of the University Council. Gail began her first term of office in 2016 and this term is due to end on 31 July 2019. Prior to this , Gail was an external expert member of the Universtiy's Audit Committee for the 2015/16 academic year. Gail is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the University of Warwick in California Sub-Committee.

Gail is an experienced audit partner and lead Global IFRS technical partner responsible for insurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a member of the EFRAG Insurance Accounting Working Group and the ICAEW Insurance Committee in the UK. Gail was admitted to the partnership in 1997 and has worked with insurance companies for over 20 years.

Gail is a frequent speaker at conferences and author of several publications. She works closely with clients and engagement teams on a number of the largest companies reporting under IFRS.