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Governance and Structure

​​​​​The University Executive Committee is responsible for all matters associated with the development and management of the university.

Council members

Last updated: 17 May 2021

Members of council as of February 2021

Ingrid Barker

External Member
Member of Audit Committee

Ingrid Barker is Chair of Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. She has been Chair of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust since April 2011. She was previously a Non-Executive Director on the Board of NHS Gloucestershire for five years.

She is a Trustee and board member for NHS Providers, elected to represent the Community Trusts across the country. Ingrid has undertaken national policy and service development roles through the Centre for Mental Health Services Development. She was Deputy Chief Executive of an NHS Trust in Surrey and led Croydon Mental Health Unit as Unit General Manager, transforming institutional services to community provision. A qualified social worker, Ingrid established a service for young homeless people in Central London and was Regional Director of MIND. She also led the creation of the first mental health Patients Councils and Advocacy projects in Britain.


Luc Brown

Student Member of Council
Member of Remuneration and Human Resources Committee

Luc was born in London before quickly moving away to a small village in Northamptonshire where he was raised alongside his two sisters. He always had a strong passion for creating short films and editing little clips when he was young, so knew early that he wanted to pressure a career in multimedia.

At university, he studied TV Production, as well as fitting as much extra-curricular activity in as possible. He joined multiple sports teams, started a society that went on to win the Society of the Year award and sat on the executive committee of the SU in his final year. Being so involved with the Students’ Union, naturally he felt that he wanted to give back to those that had shaped his experience at university, so after running and being elected as President, Luc intends to use this opportunity to give back and help as many students as possible in having a life-changing experience at UoG.

Luc works with the other elected officers at the SU to represent all students; hearing student concerns and raising these at the appropriate places, organising events to build community relations and representing the student voice at many committees, groups and panels.


Peter Bungard

External Member
Vice-Chair of Council
Chair of Remuneration & Human Resources Committee
Member of Honorary Awards Committee

Pete was brought up on the south coast near Brighton, attending Portslade
Community College and then Birmingham University, where he graduated in Civil Engineering, later qualifying as a Chartered Engineer.

Pete has worked for councils in Yorkshire, Essex, Cornwall and now Gloucestershire, with secondments in his early career into a Department for Transport motorway construction unit and British Rail. His first chief officer role was in 1998 as Environment Director for Gloucestershire, and he took up his current role as Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council in May 2005.

Pete has a real passion for promoting equalities and diversity, in the workplace and the local community.

Pete’s interests include cycling, skiing, and cricket – in declining order of competence!


Paul Crichard

External Member
Member of Audit Committee

Biography to follow


Nicola de Iongh

Chair of Council
Chair of Governance and Nominations Committee
Member of Remuneration & Human Resources Committee

Nicola is an independent Management Consultant focusing on strategy,
organisational development and change. She has 20 years experience of working with complex organizations to shape and deliver significant cultural and operational change.

She is also an experienced coach, trainer and facilitator who has worked with executives and teams to help them identify and achieve their goals.

Nicola has a degree in French and Russian and an MBA. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Directors.

She is interested in mental health issues and serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Gloucestershire Counselling Service. Nicola is married with two children and lives in the Cotswolds.


Christopher Fung

External Member of Council
Vice-Chair of Audit Committee

Chris is the Co-Founder of Lunch.Co, a peer-to-peer marketplace platform for colleagues to buy and sell home-cooked lunches from each other in the workplace. Lunch.Co is reinventing the workplace lunch and unlocking human potential by connecting colleagues through the passion of food and cooking.

He is also the former CEO of Crussh Fit Food & Juice Bars, London’s leading juice, smoothie and healthy eating chain with over 30 sites and a NED/Board Advisor/Investor in a number of disruptive high-growth potential Food/FoodTech and Education/Edtech businesses.

His background spans consulting at Bain & Co across the Sydney, Stockholm and London offices to having previously studied Manufacturing Engineering and Industrial Design.

Alongside a number of Board Advisor/NED roles in Food and the Food Tech space he has joined the University of Gloucestershire as an External Member of Council with his longstanding interest in education and using education as a force for good.   He joins the University of Gloucestershire as an External Member of Council with a longstanding interest in education and using education as a force for good. With his two young children, the future of education and the way we shape extraordinary educational experiences for the next generation of young adults is an area of high interest He attended the University of New South Wales in Sydney studying Manufacturing Engineering winning a full scholarship as a Co-Op Scholar for his undergraduate degree and also completed his Master of Science (Industrial Design) at UNSW with an exchange semester at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign within the Master of Fine Arts (Industrial Design) programme.


Steve Gardiner

External Member
Member of Finance and General Purposes Committtee
Member of Governance and Nominations Committee

After beginning in the Hospitality industry Steve quickly moved into Retail
management where he has spent the majority of his career, firstly with Marks & Spencer, then Safeway then joining The John Lewis Partnership In 1996 as a Senior Management Trainee for Waitrose. Steve has led many branch operations, as well as taking on multi-site roles. He assess, coaches and mentors senior leaders throughout the business.

In addition to his operational leadership role in Waitrose & Partners In Cirencester, Steve had his first experience of Governance in a Parent Governor role at his daughter’s school in Stroud, since then he has now spent eight years as an Elected Director on the John Lewis Partnership Board as well as taking on additional roles in Remuneration, Nominations and Audit & Risk sub committees.

Steve also worked for the past five years with Gloucestershire University
supporting the Business School and has been recently recognised by
Gloucestershire University with an Honorary Fellowship.

Steve has a passion for the employee ownership model and because of this he joined Useful Simple Trust In 2018 as a Trustee Director and now Chairs the Trustee Board.

After multiple moves around the South of England and London, Steve very much now enjoys living in Stroud and has done so for seventeen years. He is married to Lisa and has two daughters, both of whom are still in education.


Julie Hopkins

External Apprentice Member

Biography to follow


Stephen Marston

Vice-Chancellor
Chair of Honorary Awards Committee
Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee
Member of Governance and Nominations Committee

Stephen joined the University in August 2011 as Vice-Chancellor. He had previously been Director General, Universities and Skills, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Before then, Stephen was Director General for Lifelong Learning and Skills in the former Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and prior to that he was Director of Skills Group at DfES. Stephen joined the Department for Education and Science in 1983, where he worked on a range of schools, Further Education, Higher Education, and finance issues in various posts across the Department.

Stephen worked in the Cabinet Office Economic Secretariat in the early 1990s. Between 1998 and 2002, he worked in the Higher Education Funding Council for England as Director for Institutions.

Stephen won a scholarship to Cambridge University where he studied Classics.

Stephen is a non-Executive member of the Board of Advance HE, Gloucester Culture Trust, and South Gloucestershire and Stroud Commercial Services Ltd.


Steve Mawson

External Member
Member of Audit Committee

Steve is the Executive Director of Corporate Resources at Gloucestershire County Council with an extensive portfolio including Finance, Digital, Property, Performance and Governance to name but a few. Steve was previously the Chief Financial Officer for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council for whom he had worked for 15 years. He has previously worked at Leeds Education and Leeds City Council. He is CIPFA qualified and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. Steve has twenty nine years’ experience within local government finance, which includes working on a range of services, reviewing spend and improving outcomes.


Stephen (Steve) Maycock

External Member
Vice-Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee
Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee

Member of Council and Foundation Standing Group

Steve holds a BA (Business Studies) Brighton Polytechnic, currently the University of Brighton with marketing, financial and legal specialisms.

A career Corporate Executive with the Ford Motor Company, Xerox Corporation, Grand Metropolitan PLC, S.C. Johnson & Son Inc and the Willis Group.

An experienced Board Director, NED, Operation Vice President and until July 2017 a Board Governor with the University of Brighton.

Steve’s specialism is Human Resources. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (UK) and a member if the International Human Resources Institute (USA).

His experiences range from working with public, private and family enterprises, through to the MOD, charitable and philanthropic organisations. He works with the National Trust and a LBGT charity, given his specific interest in educational opportunities and advancement for young people.

His business experience is global and he has lived in the UK and the USA, working globally throughout his career. Steve has experience of LBO’s, M&A’s, the establishment of a marketing focused, corporate Euro-University and Undergraduate, Graduate and Masters recruitment and development programmes.


Imaani Mitchell

Student Member of Council

Imaani was born and raised in Birmingham where she stayed until coming to university. She has worked in the Hospitality and Retail industry alongside her studies. Imaani joined the University of Gloucestershire graduating with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.

Whilst at university, Imaani was highly invested in Students’ Union activities, having been on the committee of a society and a sports team, a course rep, Experience officer and Student Trustee. This was the influence behind Imaani running for Students’ Union President in 2019 and Education Officer in 2020, and having been elected, she can now help the Union have a positive impact on the new and current students here at the University of Gloucestershire.

Imaani works closely with the university to ensure students have the best
experience possible whilst studying at the University of Gloucestershire. This is through making sure the student voice is heard, inclusive activities for all and that the support available for all students is widely known. Imaani sits on multiple boards and committees within the university in order to represent students’ views.


Dr Andrew Misiura

Academic Staff Member of Council
Member of Honorary Awards Committee

Graduated from the University of East Anglia Norwich with a BSc Biology & Chemistry (1st Class) and a PhD Biochemistry in 1988. Undertook research at UEA and The Food Research Institute Norwich in Methanogenic Cofactors and Enzymes (biochemistry of biogas production from organic waste). Independent school teacher at Mill Hill School, London and the Cheltenham Ladies College for 10 years. Qualified and practised as a HCPC registered Surgical Chiropodist in London. After 6 months in Birmingham hospitals became a Lecturer Professions Allied to Health (Human Physiology) at Birmingham City University, gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and became Fellow of Higher Education Academy. Senior Lecturer (Human Physiology) at University of Gloucestershire since 2000, Field Chair (Exercise & Health Sciences), Academic Conduct Officer, AP(E)L, Staff Member of University Council and Academic Board and Chair of University College Union branch. Ordained Christian Minister in 2017. Outside activities and interests include the relationship between science and religious belief and have written for ‘Inside the Vatican’ and currently writing “The Quantum God; Christian Ministry including baptism, marriage and funerals; travel especially to biblical sites overseas.


Mehjabeen Patrick

External Member
Vice-Chair of Finance & General Purposes Committee

Mehjabeen has over 20 years’ experience of working in senior finance and
management positions. Currently the CFO/COO of Creative England, Mehjabeen oversees all finance, operations and investment activity for the company. Previously Mehjabeen worked as Director of Finance for an international sustainable development environmental NGO Stakeholder Forum and at United Nations Associations. At both these organisation she gain valuable experience of working with multinational and multi government organisations from across the world. Before this Mehjabeen worked as a senior banker for world first and only Bank for women – First Women Bank. At the bank Mehjabeen led regional team and help grow the bank in its early stages of development. Mehjabeen has an MBA with majors in Corporate Finance & Financial Management. At her current role in Creative England oversees all investment activity for the company and has a keen interest in growing its commercial activities and diversifying its income stream. Her passion lies in supporting businesses, helping them to grow, scale and prosper and enabling public and private partnerships to build and flourish. Mehjabeen is lives in Bristol and married with a daughter who is at her first year of university studying Philosophy.


Sophie Perret

External Apprentice Member

Sophie was born in Argentina from French/Belgian parents and grew up in the Patagonia, moving later to the north of the country. She studied hospitality management in Buenos Aires and gained her first work experience in various operational roles in hotels, including as part of the opening team of the first InterContinental hotel in Buenos Aires. She later moved to Paris, France, where she completed an MBA in hospitality finance from IMHI (a strategic alliance between Essec Business School, France and Cornell University, USA).

On completion of her studies she joined the headquarters of the international hotel chain IHG in Paris as part of the team organising the tender and acquisition process for both refurbishment or new built projects in France. With ten years’ experience in South America and Europe under her belt, she then went on to join the Madrid offices of HVS. HVS is a specialist consultancy practice focused providing finance advice for the hospitality industry. Clients include banks, investors, developers hotel brands and operators, and HVS’s expertise is focused on feasibility studies, valuation and strategic consultancy for both existing or proposed hotels.

Sophie is currently a senior director at the HVS London office. Since joining HVS, she has advised on hotel investment projects and related assignments throughout the EMEA region, and is responsible for the development of HVS’s business across Europe. Sophie completed an MSc in Real Estate Investment and Finance at Reading University in 2014 and qualified as an RICS registered valuer in 2017.

She co-chaired the European chapter for hotels for ULI from 2014 to 2017, and is currently an Ambassador for WiH (Women in Hospitality). Sophie is married with two boys, and lives in London. She loves walking and reading, and is passionate about travelling – both for leisure and for work.


Daniel Ramsay

General Staff Member of Council

Biography to follow


Dr Adeele Shafi

Academic Board of Member of Council
Member of Governance and Nominations Committee

Biography to follow


Pam Sissons

External Member
Chair of Audit Committee
Member of Honorary Awards Committee

Pam is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators and a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute. She has strong governance, financial and commercial experience having worked for a high profile publicly listed company with well-known brands and aspirational products. She has significant legal, intellectual property and corporate social responsibility experience.

Pam started her career in the insurance sector. On relocating to Gloucestershire in the mid 1990’s, Pam studied at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education graduate in Business Management and Human Resources Management in 1998. This enabled her to forge a career in the engineering and manufacturing sector with Glynwed International plc and she subsequently became company secretary of Aga Rangemaster Group plc in 2004. She worked on a number of merger and acquisitions transactions, including the sale of the company completed by a scheme of arrangement in September 2015. She is a pension scheme trustee.

Pam has a real passion for education and volunteers with Inspiring the Future and is a governor of a local secondary school. She has other charitable and community interest in Gloucestershire and the West Midlands. Pam lives in Cheltenham and is married with one daughter. Pam enjoys most sports, keeping fit, exploring the great outdoors and owns two working cocker spaniels.


Elonka Soros

External Member of Council
Member of Remuneration and Human Resources Committee

Biography to follow


David Soutter

External Member of Council
Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee
Vice-Chair of Remuneration and Human Resources Committee

David is a chartered accountant – a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He trained with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells in London and qualified in 1981. He worked in practice for 10 years after qualifying in 1981 in the audit and then consultancy practice and then back in the main audit and accounting practice in London, Southampton and finally Birmingham offices.

For the last thirty years he has worked as an executive director responsible for Finance, but also Strategy and Planning, Legal, Procurement, IT, Estates, Commercial Services at the following universities: Gloucestershire, Hull and Coventry as a full-time employee and more recently at Liverpool and Manchester as an interim on a part time basis.

Since retiring from full-time employment in 2016, he has run a consultancy business, Soutter Associates providing business and financial consultancy to the education and charitable sectors.

At the University, to which he is delighted to reconnect, he chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

David is a graduate of Trinity College, Oxford University where he studied Literae Humaniores and achieved first class honours in both stages. He also has an honorary MA.

He is married and has lived in Cirencester since 1991 with his wife Julie. Their two daughters live in London. He volunteers with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the Corinium Museum and is a keen sportsman.


The Rt Revd Robert Springett

External Member
Chair of Council & Foundation Standing Group
Member of Honorary Awards Committee

Robert is the Bishop of Tewkesbury sharing with the Bishop of Gloucester in the oversight of the work and ministry of the church in diocese which covers the whole of Gloucestershire and parts of South Gloucestershire. He is chair of the Diocesan Board of Education overseeing the work of its 117 church schools and a trustee of All Saints Academy in Cheltenham.

Before moving to Gloucestershire Robert, who studied business before reading Theology at Nottingham and undertaking postgraduate studies at Kings College London, was Rector of Wanstead, in East London. He was also Area Dean of the London Borough of Redbridge and an Honorary Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral. Prior to this he served as a curate in Colchester and then Basildon, parish priest in South Ockendon, Thurrock and as Area Dean of Thurrock.

Robert is married to Helen, who is a primary school teacher and then have two daughters.


Peter Warry

External Member of Council
Member of Remuneration and Human Resources Committee

Peter is a former chairman of several PLCs, private companies and public bodies, most recently he was chairman of The Royal Mint and Cobalt Health. He is a past chairman of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council and of the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Previously in his executive career h worked in a variety of industrial sectors finishing as Chief Executive of Nuclear Electric (based in Gloucester).

Peter read Engineering and Economics at Oxford University and is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Peter was a member of the original Cheltenham & Gloucester College Advisory Board which supported the College’s application for university status. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University in 2017.

Peter is married with one daughter and has lived in Cheltenham for the last 25 years. He spends his spare time doing Archaeology (in which he holds a PhD).

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