Members of Council

Members of Council

Information on NUA’s current Members of Council.

Ms Cathy Armor: Independent member who joined Council in 2019. Former Director of People at Cambridge University Press. Deputy Chair of Council, Chair of Personnel and a member of the Remuneration committee.

Ms Catherine Bray: Independent member who joined Council in 2020. Commissioner, producer and writer-director of films and currently Head of Arts at Little Dot Studios. Catherine also freelances as a print and broadcast journalist.

Ms Ri Chakraborty: Independent member since 2019. Film producer for Spring Films and film evaluator for the Malta Film Commission. Member of the Nominations and Remuneration committees.

Professor Lady Rachel Cooper OBE: Co-opted member with a background in education, Joined the Council in 2018. Professor of Design Management and Policy, Lancaster University and manager of Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts. Member of Nominations and Remuneration committees.

Ms Alex Ferguson: Independent member, who joined the Council in 2019. Professional accountant. Finance Director for a property services company, previously holding a variety of roles with Aviva plc. Member of the Finance and Resources Committee.

Mr Andy Grimbly: Independent member since 2015. Professional accountant and assurance partner with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) based in East Anglia. Chairs the Finance and Resources and Remuneration committees.

Mr Mark Jeffries, Chair of Council: Independent member who joined Council in 2016. Non-practising solicitor and former national managing and senior partner at Mills and Reeve, solicitors.  In addition to Council, Chairs the Nominations Committee and is a member of the Finance and Resources and Remuneration committees.

Ms Natalie Lanzalaco: On taking-up the role of president of the Students’ Union, Natalie joined the Council on 1 August 2020. Ex-officio member of the Council and graduate of the University.

Mr Colin Lawrence: Independent member who joined the Council in October 2021. Consultant and adviser to different organisations. Previously held senior positions with the National Theatre and the BBC.

Derren Lawford: Joined the Council in 2020. Derren is the Creative Director at Woodcut Media where he is responsible for editorial strategy and securing co-production, distribution and programme finance.

Ms Alanna Mound: Co-opted member appointed by Senate from the body of the University’s professional services staff in March 2021. Qualified accountant and Finance Manager at the University.

Prof. Simon Ofield-Kerr: Vice-Chancellor since May 2021, and ex-officio member of Council. Member of the Finance and Resources, Nominations and Personnel Committees.

Kemet Pink: Co-opted member who joined the Council in October 2021. Works in the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), following periods with UK Research and Innovation and the Cabinet Office.

Mr James Smith: Co-opted member of the University’s academic staff nominated to be a member of the Council by Senate in 2018, and again 2020. Course leader for BA (Hons) Photography. Member of Nominations Committee.

Mr Ian Watson: Independent member who joined Council in 2017. Chief Executive of Hotter Shoes. Previous roles included Chief Executive of Start-rite Shoes Ltd and European Managing Director for Britax Childcare based in Germany. Member of Finance and Resources Committee.

Mr Toby Wilson: Independent member who joined the Council in 2020. Audit Partner with Lovewell Blake LLP. Chair of Audit Committee.

Mr Tom Wood: Independent member since 2017. Entrepreneur. Member of Audit Committee.

Ms Gemma Young: Independent member who joined the Council in October 2021. Founder of the digital platform, Settled.

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