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External members

  • David Currie (Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council)

    Lord David Currie

    Biography

    David Currie is founding Chairman of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the UK’s new competition and consumer protection agency which has replaced the Office of Fair Trading and the Competition Commission. In his career, he has worked in business and finance, government and academia. He was Deputy Dean at London Business School and Dean at Cass Business School, and was the founding Chairman of Ofcom, the UK communications regulator.

    On appointment to the CMA, he stepped down from the Boards of BDO, IG Group, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Mail, and as Chairman of the Alacrity Foundation and Semperian PPP Investment Partners. He continues to serve as a Governor of the Institute for Government and on the board of the Dubai Financial Services Authority.

    He sits on the cross benches in the House of Lords as Lord Currie of Marylebone.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    David Currie Ex Officio
    • 1/8/2007 - 31/7/2012
    • 1/4/2016 - 31/7/2018
    Remunerated Appointments
    • Chairman, Competition and Markets Authority
    • Director, Dubai Financial Services Authority

    Other connections/appointments
    • Cross bench in the House of Lords, Lord Currie of Marylebone
    • Governor, Institute for Government
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 16 September 2016
    Last updated: 16 September 2016

  • Paul Gray

    Mr Paul Gray

    Biography

    Paul Gray joined Council in September 2008 and also serves on the Resources Committee. His principal career was in the Civil Service, working in HM Treasury, the Prime Minister's Office, Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs.

    He also spent several years working as a corporate planner in the private sector, and later served as a non-executive director of Laing Management Ltd. Paul's original professional discipline was as an economist later moving into broader managerial and leadership roles in both policy development and operational delivery, culminating in his period as Executive Chairman of HM Revenue and Customs, from which he retired in late 2007. He served as Head of Profession for Operational Delivery across government and chaired the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development group, Heads of Tax Administration in the major developed countries. After retiring from the Civil Service, Paul qualified as an executive leadership coach and is an associate of Praesta Partners LLP.

    He is currently serving a second three year term as chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee, an independent statutory body which advises Government on social security issues. He complements these paid roles with a number of other pro bono roles.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Paul Gray External
    • 1/8/2008 - 31/7/2017
    Remunerated Appointments
    • Chair, Social Security Advisory Committee
    • Associate, Praesta Partners LLP

    Other connections/appointments
    • Executive coach, Government Departments and agencies.
    • Trustee, Jane Bradbury Educational Foundation
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 6 August 2016
    Last updated: 6 August 2016

  • Dr Elizabeth Hall

    Elizabeth Hall

    Biography

    Elizabeth Hall qualified in Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, now linked with Imperial College.
    She moved to Colchester in 1968 with her husband who is a GP. She has therefore known the University of Essex, the changes in Colchester, and the importance of consolidating the links between the town and the University for over 40 years.
    She was closely involved in founding St Helena Hospice, was chair of the steering committee and its Medical Director for nearly 20 years.

    She has worked in various areas of the Health Service including 20 years working in and developing Family Planning Clinics in the Colchester area. She was also a Magistrate on the Colchester bench for 20 years. She was a Governor of the Sixth Form College, Colchester for 10 years. As a member of the Local Strategic Partnership Colchester 2020 she was chair at a time of review of the Strategic Plan and Vision. She was a Trustee of a grant giving charity, Colchester Catalyst.

    She continues to be a Trustee of Beacon House, which provides Primary Healthcare for the Homeless. At present she works as Medical Adviser to the Barnardo’s London North and South East adoption panels. In1996 she was given an Honorary Degree by the University of Essex and in 2011 she was awarded an MBE for services to health care and the community.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Dr Elizabeth Hall External
    • 1/8/2012 -
      31/7/2018
    Remunerated Appointments
    • None

    Other connections/appointments
    • Self - Beacon House Ministries
    • Son - employed by University of Essex
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 8 August 2016
    Last updated: 8 August 2016

  • Simon Hall, MBE

    Biography

    Simon was educated at Ampleforth College, York and St Catherine's College Cambridge.

    He qualified as a solicitor in 1979 and trained with the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and was a partner in the company from 1985 to 2014. He was head of their Finance Practice, sat on the Partnership Council and was head of their global corporate responsibilities programmes.

    Simon was a past trustee of a number of charities, including in the fields of education and social inclusion, including St Marys School, Career Academies UK; Mistley Maltings Trust, Brentwood Cathedral Choral Trust, Colchester and North East Essex Building Preservation Trust, Caritas Anchor House.

    Simon was awarded an MBE in 2006.

    He is Editor and a contributor of a number of editions of Aircraft Financing and a contributor to Leasing Finance, both published by Euromoney.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Simon Hall Ex Officio
    • 1/8/2016 -
      31/7/2019
    Remunerated Appointments
    • None

    Other connections/appointments

    • Shareholder / Non-executive director, Qualification Check Limited
    • Trustee, Mistley Maltings Trust
    • Trustee, Colchester and North East Essex Building Preservation Trust
    • Trustee, Caritas Anchor House
    • Trustee, Brentwood Cathedral Choral Trust
    • Nominated, High Sheriff for Essex (April 2017)
    • Nominated, Finance and General Purposes Committee, Ampleforth College, York
    • Shareholder / Non-executive director, Kudocs Limited
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 8 August 2016
    Last updated: 16 January 2017

  • Jane Hamilton

    Jane Hamilton

    Biography

    Jane Hamilton has 25 years of experience at a senior executive level in major global banks, investment management and property corporations across multiple geographies.

    She is currently on the Board of Trustees at the Institute of Cancer Research and a Non-Executive Director of Walberswick Car Parks Limited. She is also a member of the Teaching Faculty of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor's.

    Prior to these appointments, she was the European Head of Corporate Real Estate for HSBC.

    Before moving to the United Kingdom in 2009, Jane lived in Australia and held the roles of Global Head of Corporate Real Estate for ANZ Bank, Managing Director of Commercial and Industrial Management at AMP Henderson Global Investors as well as senior property leadership roles with Jones Lang LaSalle and Lend Lease Corporation.

    Jane has a passionate interest in good design and its positive influence on business performance, staff engagement and the surrounding community. During her career, she has also been actively involved in managing: organisational change, talent development and environmental sustainability and promotion diversity.

    Jane has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). She is a previous winner of both the CoreNet, Australia and New Zealand region, Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year Award and the BOMA, Australian Commercial and Industrial Property Management Award.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Jane Hamilton External
    • 1/8/2015 -
      31/7/2018
    Remunerated Appointments
    • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Teaching Faculty

    Other connections/appointments

    • Trustee, Institute of Cancer Research
    • Non-Executive Director, Walberswick Car Parks Ltd
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 25 October 2016
    Last updated: 25 October 2016

  • Judith Judd (Pro-Chancellor)

    Judith Judd

    Biography

    Judith Judd is a former education journalist and editor of the Times Educational Supplement. She was news editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement, education correspondent of the Observer and education editor of the Independent and Independent on Sunday. She also covered religious affairs for the Observer and politics for the Independent on Sunday. She is a director of Whole Education, a network of schools that promotes innovation and a rounded education, and a trustee of the Education Media Centre.

    My husband was a former Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral and is an Anglican vicar.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Judith Judd External
    • 1/8/2010 -
      31/7/2013
    • Pro-Chancellor
      1/8/2012 -
      31/7/2019
    Remunerated Appointments
    • None

    Other connections/appointments
    • Patron, Education Media Centre
    • Director, Whole Education
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 8 August 2016
    Last updated: 8 August 2016

  • Joe Lister

    Joe Lister

    Biography

    Joe Lister is the Chief Financial Officer at Unite Students who are the leading provider of student accommodation in the UK, providing homes for 45,000 students. Joe is responsible for Unite Students financing and investment strategy and has played a major role in driving the growth of the business over the past 10 years.

    Joe is also a trustee of the Unite Foundation, a charity that provides financial support and accommodation to vulnerable students.

    Prior to joining Unite, Joe spent seven years at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he qualified as a chartered accountant and worked in the corporate finance team, supporting companies requiring capital for growth.

    Joe read politics at Bristol University and now lives in Wiltshire.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Joe Lister External
    • 1/8/2015 -
      31/7/2018
    Remunerated Appointments
    • Director, Unite Group plc

    Other connections/appointments

    • Unite Foundation
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 15 August 2016
    Last updated: 15 August 2016

  • Milan Makwana

    Mr Milan Makwana

    Biography

    Milan Makwana is Human Resources Director for Moody’s Corporation in Europe, Middle East and Africa. His primary responsibilities include developing and implementing human resource strategies and programmes aligned with business objectives as well as building and managing the HR infrastructure for the Corporation’s 1,500 employees across 10 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In March 2013, he was appointed as the UK Country Manager for Moody’s Investors Service in addition to his responsibilities leading the Human Resources team. Prior to joining Moody’s, Milan spent twelve and a half years at JP Morgan where he held a series of HR roles of increasing responsibility. In his last role at JP Morgan Investment Bank, Milan was HR Director for Investment Banking Coverage, Mergers & Acquisitions and Global Sales supporting more than 2,000 employees. He also served as HR Head of EMEA Emerging Markets covering JP Morgan’s growing businesses in Russia, South Africa, the Middle East and Turkey. Milan Makwana graduated from the University of Essex with a degree in Economics and Politics. He also holds a master’s degree in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management from the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the London School of Economics Alumni Association, and on the Advisory Board of Brunel Business School.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Milan Makwana External 1/8/2014 - 31/7/2020 Remunerated Appointments
    • Managing Director , Moody's Corporation
      Managing Director , Moody's Investor Services Limited
      Managing Director , Moody's EMEA Holdings Limited

    Other connections/appointments

    • None
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 24 October 2016
    Last updated: 24 October 2016

  • Tim Porter (Treasurer)

    Biography

    Tim is a chartered accountant and was a tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for 24 years. He was senior tax partner for East Midlands, Middle Market Division, London and Mid Cap plc Market Division, London.

    Tim has been a Trustee of the Blue Cross, animal welfare charity since 2011, Chairman of the Finance, Investment and Remuneration Committees and appointed Chairman since 2015.

    Tim has been a member of the University Council since 2014 and appointed Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee from August 2016.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Tim Porter External
    • 1/8/2014 -
      31/7/2020
    • Treasurer 1/8/2016 - 1/8/2020
    Remunerated Appointments
    • None

    Other connections/appointments
    • Trustee & Chairman, Blue Cross
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 21 August 2016
    Last updated: 21 August 2016

  • Geoffrey Probert

    Geoffrey Probert

    Biography

    Geoffrey grew up and has lived most of his life in Bures on the Suffolk/Essex border. He spent his working life with Unilever from 1976 to 2012, where he worked on all sides of the business, starting as a marketing trainee in Lever Brothers UK. In 1982, Geoffrey became Marketing Director for Mattessons UK.

    He went on to become Business Director of Unilever International. In this role he opened up new businesses for Unilever in Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, Lebanon, Bolivia and Paraguay. Geoffrey developed and managed Unilever’s innovation process before becoming the Executive Vice President for the global Personal Care business.

    He has now started his own management consultancy business and is Chairman of a London advertising agency. In addition, he runs the family farm on the Stour valley.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Geoffrey Probert External
    • 1/3/2014 -
      31/7/2020
    Remunerated Appointments
    • None

    Other connections/appointments
    • None
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 12 September 2016
    Last updated: 12 September 2016

  • Hayley Read

    Hayley Read

    Biography

    University of Essex graduate, Hayley Read, joined the council in August 2015 with a decade’s experience of working in education and a fervent involvement in the local communities around the university.

    As Head of General Qualification Assessment at Pearson, Hayley is responsible for the assessment of all Edexcel GCE and GCSE qualifications, which sees over 10,000 examiners mark more than 4 million exam papers every year. Her ever-expanding remit oversees the strategic management and operational delivery of all assessment activities from question paper production to the setting of grade boundaries. Hayley has a proven track record of excellent operational delivery; ensuring - without exception - 100% completion of delivery activities in a highly regulated environment.

    She has extensive experience of organisational development, change management, and maximising business development opportunities. Hayley is passionate about maximising performance, be that through the coaching of individuals or motivating large groups of people, who are often required to deliver in a high-pressure environment.

    Hayley volunteers for Inspiring the Future, a charity that connects schools with employers; activities include speaking at career events and interview practice. She has recently held the position of Mayoress of her home town, during which she organised and hosted numerous events, raising over £11,000.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Hayley Read External
    • 1/8/2015 -
      31/7/2018
    Remunerated Appointments
    • Head of Assessment, Pearson

    Other connections/appointments

    None
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 13  October 2016
    Last updated: 13 October 2016

  • Maria Stanford (Pro-Chancellor)

    Maria Stanford

    Biography

    Maria Stanford is a senior Executive specialising in Human Resources and now has a portfolio career, working with and advising organisations on culture, change and Executive Development. Having graduated from the University of Essex with a degree in Government, she joined a Graduate Training Programme in Human Resources and quickly established herself as a highly credible HR professional.

    Her career has been largely in the retail sector. She spent 11 years with Selfridges Group, starting with Selfridges & Co in the UK and becoming the first Group HR Director for the global business which comprises businesses in Ireland, the Netherlands and Canada, in addition to the UK business. It also includes, amongst other things, a 6-year career break and senior roles with Marks and Spencer and Pret A Manger. Maria also worked as a self-employed consultant and collaborated on many exciting and innovative projects, including one to set up a corporate university at BAA. She has led many major change programmes at all levels within organisations.

    Maria is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is an accredited Executive Coach.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Maria Stanford External
    • 1/8/2011 - 31/7/2020
      • Pro-Chancellor 1/8/2015-31/7/2020
    Remunerated Appointments
    • Green Park Executive Search

    Other connections/appointments

    • None
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 26 August 2016
    Last updated: 26 August 2016

  • Adam Wright, PhD

    Biography

    Adam works for the National Union of Students as their lead adviser on higher education policy He directs NUS' policy work on higher education funding, research and knowledge exchange, university governance, consumer rights in HE and postgraduates. He also coordinates research and organisational risk strategy across the NUS Group and acts as a consultant on several externally-funded research projects. He is a member of the HEFCE Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee, the UK Performance Indicators Steering Group, the QAA Research Advisory Group and Postgraduate Advisory Group, and the HEA Surveys Advisory Group. He is also a Trustee and Executive Committee member of the Council for Validating Universities.

    Adam is a three-time graduate of the Department of Government at Essex. He completed his PhD at Essex on the implementation of schools policy under New Labour. He remains active in academic research on UK education reform, giving talks and seminars, and publishing research in his spare time.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Adam Wright External
    • 1/8/2016 -
      31/7/2019
    Remunerated Appointments
     
    • National Union of Students (UK), employee

    Other connections/appointments

    • member, BEIS Research Commissioners Group
    • Member, HEFCE Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategic Advisory Committee
    • Member, HEFCE UK Performance Indicators Steering Group
    • member, Council for Validating Universities Executive Committee
    • Member, HEA Surveys Advisory Group
    • Member, HEA HEAR Committee
    • Member, HEA GPA Advisory Group
    • Member, UKCGE Postgraduate Funding Working Group
    • Member, UK Labour Party
    Related Party Transactions Declaration N/A
    Date: 31 August 2016
    Last updated: 31 August 2016
  • Paul Jackson, CEng FIET IMA

    Biography

    Paul Jackson has been Chief Executive of EngineeringUK since 2009 (previously Engineering and Technology Board). Paul has led the organisation through the development of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair and Tomorrow's Engineers, a careers engagement programme in schools and colleges.

    Paul has held a variety of roles in technology based business, encompassing contract R&D, the media, the charity sector and local government. Paul spent the early part of his career at ERA Technology before moving into technology media. After a series of progressive roles within United Business Media, he moved to the Institution of Engineering and Technology, later becoming Director of Professional Operations. He subsequently established JASIA as a company to support membership and media organisations in their strategic development.

    Non-executive roles have included the International Broadcasting Convention Partnerships Board, Board of CIRED, the Advisory Committee for the Electricity Distribution Community, and Technical Director of EUREL. He is currently a Trustee of the Engineering Council, a Council member of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee All-Party Group and a member of the Court of London South Bank University. Paul is a Chartered Engineering and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Paul Jackson External
    • 1/1/2017 - 31/7/2019
    Remunerated Appointments
    • CEO and Director, EngineeringUK

    Other connections/appointments

    • Trustee, EngineeringUK
    • Director and Chair of Board, Big Bang Education CIC
    • Member of Court, London Southbank University
    • DBEIS funded Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Group
    • Elected Labour member LBI 1994-1998
    • Director, Victoria Street Capital
    • Director, Big Bang Education CIC
    Related Party Transactions Declaration N/A

    Last updated: 24 January 2017

University members

  • Lynn Bowman-Burns

    Biography

    Lynn has worked at the University of Essex since 1990. Initially she was the Administrative Director for an independently funded Centre within the University. She then worked within the then Business Development and Research Office before moving in 2002 to the disability services within Student Support. She was a University of Essex Harassment Adviser from 2003 to 2008. As part of her role in Student Support she acted as an assessor for the Cambridge Access Centre responsible for producing Assessment of Need reports for Disabled Students’ Allowances. In 2014 she completed the University of Essex BA (with Honours) Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Communications. As well as personally rewarding Lynn found this a valuable ‘back to the floor’ her understanding and appreciation of the student experience. Lynn is currently a Senior Disability Adviser providing support, advice and information to various student communities including disabled students, mature students, students who are care leavers etc. She is line manager for two Disability Advisers and 25+ Student Support Workers. She provides specialist advice and information to members of staff on all our campuses and also at two of the University’s partner institutions.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Lynn Bowman-Burns University
    • 1/8/2016 -
      31/7/2019
    Remunerated Appointments
    • None

    Other connections/appointments
    • None
    Related Party Transactions Declaration N/A
    Date: 31 August 2016
    Last updated: 31 August 2016

  • Professor Joan Busfield

    Biography

    Professor Busfield trained initially as a clinical psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic. She then worked on a study of the social influences on family size published (with M.Paddon) as Thinking About Children: Sociology and Fertility in Post-War England (l977). Since then her research has focussed on psychiatry and mental disorder. Her main publications include: Managing Madness: Changing Ideas and Practice (l986) Men, Women and Madness (1996). She has recently edited a special issue of the Sociology of Health and Illness which will be published in October as Rethinking the Sociology of Mental Health and Health and Health Care in Modern Britain (2000). Her main teaching interests are: medicine, illness, psychiatry, mental health and illness, health services and health policy.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Professor Joan Busfield University
    • 1/8/2012 -
      31/7/2018
    Remunerated Appointments
    • None

    Other connections/appointments
    • Trustee, Colchester Catalyst
    • Sociology of Health and Illness Foundation
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 24 August 2016
    Last updated: 24 August 2016

    Dr Nilufer Demirkan-Jones

    Dr Nilufer Demirkan-Jones

    Dr Nilufer Demirkan-Jones

    Biography

    Nilüfer Demirkan-Jones followed a career in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics with a PhD in English Linguistics from Hacettepe University and an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Essex.

    Nilüfer is currently a Senior Lecturer and Head of Essex Pathways Department. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has been a member of the Senate since January 2015.

    She has substantial experience in most aspects of teaching and learning including Management of Educational Change, Teacher Education and Intercultural Communication. Prior to joining the University of Essex, Nilüfer worked as a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Erciyes University in Turkey, where she established and led the Department of English Language and Literature.

    Since joining the Essex Pathways Department at the University of Essex in 2003, she has been involved in a range of activities: at an academic level, has taught a number of courses, across a variety of topics, on most of the International Academy’s pre-undergraduate, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She has also taught on the BA and MA TEFL/TESOL courses for the Department of Language and Linguistics, and jointly supervised PhD and MPhil students.

    At an administrative level, Nilüfer played an active role in the management of the IA as an Assistant Director (2009-2012) with overall responsibility for the English Language Teaching and Teacher Education provisions, as Graduate Director (2010-2014) and then as Director of Education (2014-2016). She has set up and implemented international partnerships with overseas HE institutions through European Council (EACEA) funded projects.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Dr Nilufer Demirkan-Jones University
    • 1/8/2016 -
      30/6/2019
    Remunerated Appointments
    • Head of Department, International Academy, University of Essex

    Other connections/appointments
    • None
    Related Party Transactions Declaration N/A
    Date: 12 September 2016
    Last updated: 12 September 2016

  • Zoe Garshong (student member)

    Biography

    Biographical details to follow shortly.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Zoe Garshong University
    • 1/7/2016 -
      30/6/2017
    Remunerated Appointments
    • President,  Students' Union

    Other connections/appointments
    • University of Essex, Students' Union
    Related Party Transactions Declaration N/A
    Date:
    Last updated: 23 August 2016

  • Professor Anthony Forster

    Anthony Forster

    Biography

    Professor Anthony Forster took up his post in 2012 and is the sixth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex. Anthony is a political scientist and his work has focussed on the duty of care owed by the state and society to service personnel. Anthony has published 11 books and nearly 50 articles and chapters. He is an elected Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences (2009); a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturing (2010); and Fellow of the Leadership Foundation in Higher Education (2014). Between 1999 and 2002 Anthony was the Special Advisor to a House of Lords Select Committee.

    Following a first degree in Politics from the University of Hull and a commission in the Army, Anthony read for an MPhil and a DPhil in European Politics at the University of Oxford. He held posts at the University of Nottingham, King's College London and the University of Bristol. He moved to Durham University in 2006 to take up the post of PVC Faculty of Social Sciences and Health before becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) in 2008 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2011.

    Anthony is equally committed to excellence in research and education. He completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2007.

    He is a member of HEFCE's Teaching Excellence & Student Opportunity Strategic Advisory Committee. Anthony is also a Board member and trustee of the Blue Cross charity which provides nationwide support for pet owners who cannot afford private veterinary treatment and helps to find homes for unwanted animals. In 2015, he chaired an independent government review of the Defence Advisory Notice (DA Notice) System, a voluntary system established to limit the inadvertent media disclosure of information where release would pose a risk to life or national security.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Professor Anthony Forster Ex Officio
    • Sine Dine Vice-Chancellor
    Remunerated Appointments
    • None

    Other connections/appointments
    • Fellow,  Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturing
    • Member, Political Studies Association
    • Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences
    • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
    • Fellow, Leadership Foundation in Higher Education
    • Member, HEFCE - Teaching Excellence and Student Opportunity Strategic Advisory Committee
    • Member, UUK - Students Policy Network
    • Board Member/Trustee, Blue Cross Animal Charity
    • Member, Audit and Service and Delivery Committees, Blue Cross Animal Charity
    • University of Essex Knowledge Gateway Limited
    • University of Essex Knowledge Gateway Holdings Limited
    Related Party Transactions Declarations I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.

    Date: 4 August 2016
    Last updated: 4 August 2016


  • Professor Fabian Freyenhagen

    Fabian Freyenhagen

    Biography

    Fabian Freyenhagen read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford, and then completed a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. Before joining the University in 2007, he was Lecturer at Cambridge. He is currently Professor in Philosophy and Head of School of the School of Philosophy and Art History, which also houses the Interdisciplinary Studies Centre (ISC). He was Co-Investigator of two AHRC funded projects under the umbrella of the Essex Autonomy Project, which investigates how the ideal of self-determination plays out in human affairs (especially in care settings) and which he continues to co-direct. He has published a monograph with Cambridge University Press on Adorno’s Practical Philosophy and scholarly articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He has also published in more public and interdisciplinary venues, including in the British Medical Journal.  

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Professor Fabian Freyenhagen University
    • 1/8/2015 -
      31/7/2018
    Remunerated Appointments
    • None

    Other connections/appointments
    • None

    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 3 August 2016
    Last updated: 3 August 2016

    Dr Nancy Kula

    Biography

    Nancy Kula

    Nancy Kula studied for her PhD (2002) at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands working on phonology – an investigation of sound systems – in sub-Saharan Bantu languages. She then won a 3-year post-doc award from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research which she held jointly at the Leiden Centre for Linguistics and SOAS, University of London, from 2004 to 2006. In September 2007 she joined the Department of Language and Linguistics at Essex as Lecturer in Linguistics and became Senior Lecturer in 2013. Her research is both theoretical and descriptive. Theoretically she aims to contribute to a better understanding of the universal principles that underpin cognitive linguistic function, by testing hypotheses against empirical evidence through descriptive work conducted on Bantu languages. She has worked in different field sites including Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. Her work also focuses on endangered languages where she looks at relatively less well-described Bantu languages, such as Mbowe and Mwenyi spoken in Western Zambia (research funded by the Endangered Languages Project 2012-13). She has published her work in many international journals and is co-editor of The Continuum Companion to Phonology (2011/2013).

    In the department of Language and Linguistics she is involved in the teaching of Phonetics and Phonology. She held the role of Undergraduate Admissions selector for Linguistics from 2009 to 2014 and is involved in recruitment and conversion initiatives. Since September 2015 she is acting HoD overseeing the running of Language and Linguistics for the 2015-16 academic year.  

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Dr Nancy Kula University
    • 3/12/2015 -
      31/7/2018
    Remunerated Appointments
    • None

    Other connections/appointments
    • None
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 5 September 2016
    Last updated:  5 December 2016

  • Professor Jules Pretty OBE, FRSA, FSB

    Professor Jules Pretty

    Biography

    Jules Pretty is a Professor of Environment and Society and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex. His sole-authored books include The East Country (2017), The Edge of Extinction (2014), This Luminous Coast (2011, 2014), The Earth Only Endures (2007), Agri-Culture (2002), The Living Land (1998) and Regenerating Agriculture (1995). Environment((4 vols, ed 2006), Biological Approaches to Sustainable Soil Systems (2006, co-authored), The Earthscan Reader in Sustainable Agriculture (2005, ed), The Pesticide Detox (2005),  and Guide to a Green Planet (ed, 2002).

    He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts, former Deputy-Chair of the government’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE), and has served on advisory committees for Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Royal Society. He was a presenter of the 1999 BBC Radio 4 series Ploughing Eden, a contributor and writer for the 2001 BBC TV Correspondent programme The Magic Bean and a panellist for Radio 4’s The Moral Maze.

    He was appointed A D White Professor-at-Large by Cornell University from 2001, and is Chief & Founding Editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. He has a total of 120 peer-reviewed papers; total 370 publications; and has a research impact of total lifetime citations at 29,247 (Google Scholar, August 2016), h-index = 73 (at August 2016).

    He has received a number of awards: an OBE in 2006 for 'services to sustainable agriculture in the UK and overseas', and an honorary degree from Ohio State University in 2009.

    Indian Ecological Society (1997): the International Contributions to Sustainable & Ecological Agriculture

    Runner-up for the 2002 European Sicco Mansholt Prize for agricultural science; Agi-Culture short-listed for 2004 World Hunger Year Harry Chapin Media Awards, USA (2004); This Luminous Coast, East Anglian nature book of the year (2011); short-listed for UK Writers Guild non-fiction book of the year (2011); winner New Angle Prize for Literature (2013); British Science Association Presidential Medal, Agriculture and Food Section (2015).

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Professor Jules Pretty Ex Officio
    • 1/8/2011 -
      31/7/2019
    Remunerated Appointments
    • None

    Other connections/appointments

    • None
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 4 August 2016
    Last updated: 4 August 2016

  • Professor Christine Raines

    Biography

    Christine joined the University of Essex as a Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences in 1988 following a three year period as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Plant Science Research in Cambridge.

    She became a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at Essex in 1995, was appointed Reader in 2002 and a Professor of Plant Molecular Physiology in 2004. Prior to becoming a Reader, she spent a term as a Visiting Fellow at the Research School at the Australian National University in Canberra.

    Christine has been a member of the Senate since August 2011 when she became Head of the School of Biological Sciences.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Professor Christine Raines Ex Officio
    • 1/8/2014 -
      31/7/2017
    Remunerated Appointments
    • Editor, Journal of Experimental Botany

    Other connections/appointments

    • None
    Related Party Transactions Declaration I declare that I have no material related party transactions to disclose.
    Date: 1 November 2016
    Last updated: 1 November 2016

  • Professor Dominic Micklewright

    Biography

    Dominic Micklewright attended St Thomas More High School in Westcliff-on-Sea where he completed his school education in 1987. In 1988 he joined the Royal Navy where he served for almost 7 years as a submariner and diver on two nuclear submarines HMS/m Resolution and HMS/m Talent. In 1995 Dominic resigned from the Navy and joined the Metropolitan Police Service where he served for 9 years as both a uniformed and plain clothes police officer in London's east end. While he was in the Police, Dominic studied part-time for a BSc in Psychology before going on to complete a full-time MSc in Sport & Exercise Science in 2000 and a PhD in Sport & Exercise Psychology.

    In 2003 Dominic was appointed as a part-time teaching fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Essex, in 2004 he was appointed as a lecturer, in 2012 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer and in 2016 promoted to Professor. In 2007 he became a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and was also made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has enjoyed a successful academic career and is well-published in his field. He has given numerous conference presentations and mass media interviews.

    He is the founder and former head of the Sport, Performance and Fatigue Research Unit at the University of Essex and a former Chair of the Division of Sport & Performance at the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science. Dominic has fulfilled a number of leadership roles including Dean of Academic Partnerships (2013-2016), Associate Dean of University of Essex Online, University of Essex (2011-2013), Director of Sports & Exercise Science (2012-2013), Executive Director, Wivenhoe House Hotel Limited (2013-current) and Local Education Authority School Governor and Vice-chair of Personnel Committee, St Benedict’s Catholic College, Colchester (2008-2012).

    Presently, Dominic is the Dean of Partnerships at the University of Essex where he has strategic oversight of the University's domestic and international partners.

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Professor Dominic Micklewright University
    • 28/11/2016 -
      31/7/2019
    Remunerated Appointments
    • None

    Other connections/appointments
    • Director, Wivenhoe House Hotel Limited
    Related Party Transactions Declaration N/A
    Date: 9 December 2016
    Last updated: 9 December 2016

  • Professor Martyna Sliwa

    Biography

    To follow

    Declaration of interests

    Name Membership Tenure Interests declared
    Professor Martyna Sliwa University
    • 1/1/2017 -
      31/7/2019
    Remunerated Appointments
    • to be confirmed

    Other connections/appointments
    To be confirmed
    Related Party Transactions Declaration N/A
    Date:
    Last updated: tbc

Observers

  • Chief of Staff: Monica Illsley

Secretary and Clerk to Council

  • Bryn Morris