I have been Vice-Chancellor of Brighton University since 1st October 2005.
I am a member of the University's Board of Governors and of its Finance and Employment, Nominations and Remuneration committees. In addition I am a director of the University of Brighton Trading Company Limited and a Trustee of the University of Brighton Foundation. I was educated at the University of Sussex (BSc (Hons) Biology 2:1) and the University of Warwick (PhD Biology (Molecular Biology). Previously I was Professor of Molecular Biology and Special Adviser to the Vice Chancellor at the University of Liverpool, where I held a range of senior appointments including Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor. I have extensive experience of strategic leadership including research, third-stream initiatives, finance and personnel. I am a Fellow of the: Royal Society of Arts, Institute of Biology, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Royal Entomological Society (elected Honorary Fellow in 2001); member of the Genetical Society, and the British Society for Parasitology. I am the founder and editor of Insect Molecular Biology; Editorial Board member of three other journals. I am co-founder and non-Executive Director of Insecta Ltd. I have published widely and supervised 31 PhD students and 20 post-doctoral researchers.
I was formerly Headmistress of the City of London School for Girls and St. Helen's School, Northwood and I am a Governor of a number of independent schools. I am a member of the Education Panel for the Wolfson Foundation, the chair of the Education Panel of the Cherwell Schools Group and the Lead Associate on Education for Thewlis Graham Associates. I was also responsible for setting up and co-ordinating the Eton College/Slough/Windsor/Hounslow and Haberdashers' Independent and State School Partnerships.
I am a Trustee of a number of charities and mentor and appraise Heads and Senior Leaders and advise on change management. I am a Past Master of the Company of Educators and a JP in the City of London and have publishing experience. In 2008 I was awarded the OBE for services to education in London. I have a keen interest in unlocking the potential of young people. Much of my career has focused on raising standards in education and helping to develop partnerships between the state and independent sectors with a view to raising aspirations and opening up opportunities. The invitation to become a Director of the Academies' Trust enables me to continue this work in Hastings and St Leonards.
I was elected Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye in May 2010. I have an MA Hons in History from Edinburgh University. I have worked in finance and venture capital with a particular interest in helping new companies start and expand. More recently I have specialised in recruitment and written as a financial journalist on matters to do with small companies, recruitment and finance. I am a Governor of Rye Community Primary School and a Trustee of the Snowdon Trust, which provides support for disabled people continuing education post 16.
Securing the finance, commitment and local support for the Academies in Hastings has already been a huge journey and a great triumph in a time of budget cuts. Now the real work of construction and preparation begins. It is a hugely ambitious, exciting project. I am absolutely committed to playing my part to making this a success. All our children in Hastings deserve to have the best opportunities to excel and achieve that we can offer them. This is our opportunity to give them that chance, and I am sure they will seize it when the time comes. It is a real privilege to be a Director for the Academies.
I have worked in the Teacher Education and School Improvement teams as part of my HMI role. Currently I am working as part of the Department for Education's Academies' Unit on a range of evaluation and research projects.
I was an adviser in the government's Standards and Effectiveness Unit, Chief Inspector in the London Borough of Wandsworth and latterly Senior Regional Director for the National Strategies in the South East and interim Head of Service of CfBT Education Trust, a leading education consultancy and service organisation.
I was elected as the member for Rye & Eastern Rother on 1 May 1997; I am a member of the Cabinet, Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Community and Corporate Resources.
I have been involved in raising Education standards in Hastings for many years as Lead Member for Childrens' Services at the County Council. Being involved in the federating of the 3 Schools has been, and remains, a priority to see the continued advances in attainment.
I am Director for Local and Devolved Government within BT Global Services. I am responsible for leading BT's services to local authorities and educational establishments in the Midlands, South of England and Wales.
I joined BT in January 2006 from Liberata, one of the UK's leading Business Process Outsourcing companies, where I was a Director in the Public Sector group. Prior to that, I spent 18 years with LogicaCMG (CMG prior to the merger), one of Europe's leading IT Services companies.
I have been involved with the formation of the Hastings Academies from early on in their inception, via my personal and business relationship with East Sussex County Council. As an employer, I have been very conscious of the need to play a more prominent role in helping children to increase educational attainment, improving their chances of moving to higher education or securing gainful employment, ensuring they are better equipped to support the growth of the UK economy in future years. I see the Hastings Academies initiative as a vehicle by which I and BT can influence this outcome, by contributing ideas, experience and expertise, resulting in a real positive impact to the community of Hastings. The success in forming the Hastings Academies has in no small part been down to the strong relationship that has been created between the Brighton University, BT and East Sussex County Council - one which I am sure will lead to even greater success in the years to come.
I have been an independent member of the University of Brighton's Board of Governors since October 2010. Previously I was Chief Executive of East Sussex County Council for 16 years and I now run my own management consultancy. I have served as chairman and member of a wide range of national, regional and local public and private sector bodies. Prior to joining ESCC I worked in Whitehall for 16 years, mainly in the Cabinet Office.
As part of my professional responsibilities in my previous role as Chief Executive of East Sussex County Council I was closely involved in helping to formulate and implement the regeneration plan for Hastings. As a founder member of the Hastings and Bexhill Taskforce I helped ensure that education at all levels in the community, from early years to Higher Education, was at the very heart of that programme. I believe that it is education that holds the key to opening up opportunities to help those from a deprived background succeed and improve the quality of their lives - it certainly did for me. I am delighted to join the Academies Trust as it will help build on, consolidate and improve further the excellent work already achieved through the federation of secondary schools in Hastings, thereby enhancing the aspirations and life chances of the town's young people and its future generations.
I have been actively involved in the business community in Hastings over the last 20 years, retiring as Chairman of Marshall Tufflex in 2008. In July I will be retiring after 21/2 years involvement as CEO of Pestalozzi International Village Trust based in Sedlescombe. Pestalozzi offers 2 year scholarship programmes, in partnership with Sussex coast College, to enable 16-19 year old students to develop their potential intellectually and morally using the Pestalozzi principles of education using head, heart and hands. Students are selected from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in developing countries and encouraged to experience a multicultural community whilst studying for their International Baccalaureate. The Academies are a grand opportunity to change and raise the aspirational expectations of many of the youngsters in the Hastings and St Leonards areas. It is great to be part of the directoral team that will help oversee and steer these achievements.
With the University of Brighton's campus in Hastings, the recent development of Sussex Coast College Hastings and these two new Academies we have the complete range of tools to develop an excellence in education in the Hastings area, and for this to establish 'concrete' foundations to see regeneration achievements coming through in the future.
I am Director of Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA), which is a Council for Voluntary Service. HVA promotes the principle and practice of voluntary action by both individuals and organised groups and by supporting the development of local initiatives to meet community needs.
Having chaired all the public meetings which gave rise to the Academies proposal I know first hand just how much people care about the education of their children. I was delighted to be approached to play a role as a Board member and am looking forward to working with our sponsors and partners to create two new institutions of which we as a town can be proud.
I am Dean of the Faculty of Education & Sport at the University of Brighton, prior to this I was the founding Head of the School of Education at the University. Before joining Brighton I had a range of teaching experience in schools, a sixth form college and lectured, at what is now the University of Greenwich. I have held a number of external advisory and consultancy roles including as a school governor, examiner for numerous universities and colleges, and as a higher education quality auditor for the Higher Education Funding Council. Currently I am an education advisor to the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.
I have been centrally involved, as one of the university team of the principal sponsor, with the development of the academies at Hastings since their beginning, and I am committed to improving the educational opportunities of young people of the town. I am consequently delighted to become a Trust Director and to help shape the academies' future success.
I am General Manager Business Solutions for BT’s Business division with over 20 years’ experience in the Telecommunications industry.
I am currently responsible for the operational performance of BT’s newest IT system supporting over 1.5 million business customers across the UK. Prior to joining BT in 2007, I was Vice President for Liberty Media’s Business division in Amsterdam for 11 years responsible for communication services across Western Europe and the United States.