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

Council members

Last updated: 2 August 2023

Members of Council as of August 2023


Student Member of Council
Member of Remuneration and Human Resources Committee

Biography to follow.

Ingrid Barker

External Member
Member of Governance and Nominations 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 5 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.

Paul Crichard

External Member
Member of Audit and Risk Committee

Paul has been around the University since it transitioned from College of Higher Education. He was a student back then and has supported the development of the business and cyber schools since leaving. He has been awarded a Fellowship of the British Computer Society, and is a Fellow of the University as well as an External Member of Council.

He has lived and breathed the world of Information Security for most of his working career dealing with Incidents across the globe with many companies, driving strategy for BT Security Globally and has recently joined Serco UK and Europe as their CISO.

Paul spends a lot of time working towards a world that benefits from the neural diversity at all levels and understand how we can develop our ways or working and learning can be maximised.

Outside work his family is top of the agenda being a family man and part-time cricket coach.

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.

Chris Fung

External Member of Council
Member of Remuneration & Human Resources 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 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 assesses, 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 nine 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 University of Gloucestershire supporting the Business School and has been recently recognised by University of Gloucestershire 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 nineteen years. He is married to Lisa and has two daughters, both of whom are still in education.

Dr Louise Livesey

Academic Staff Member of Council
Member of Honorary Awards Committee

Member of Academic Board

Louise is a Senior Lecturer, an elected Charity Chair (former Treasurer), campaigns for women’s rights, against prejudice and hate crime, for peace and freedom and is an anti-genocide educator with a particular interest of 1990s Bosnia. Her passion, and her career to date, focuses on addressing marginalisation, prejudice and stigma whether in relation to young people in deprived areas of London, creating successful grassroots women’s and LGBTQI+ campaigning organisations or in training people on issues regarding sexual violence. 

Clare Marchant

Vice-Chancellor (as of 18 September 2023)

Biography to follow.

Steve Mawson

External Member
Member of Audit and Risk 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 29 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, Foundation, and Chaplaincy Committee

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.

Mehjabeen Patrick

External Member
Vice-Chair of Finance & General Purposes Committee

Previously Mehjabeen worked as Director of Finance for an international sustainable development environmental NGO Stakeholder Forum and at United Nations Associations. At both these organisations 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 teams and help grow the bank in its early stages of development. Mehjabeen has an MBA with majors in Corporate Finance & Financial Management. 

Dr Adeela Shafi

Academic Board Member of Council
Member of Governance and Nominations Committee

Associate Professor in Education, University of Gloucestershire

Adeela’s research includes three EU research projects focused on improving the education of incarcerated children and young people so they can successfully re-enter society. Her other research includes resilience in education, which takes systems-based approach. Adeela has an established publishing profile.

Adeela is committed to equality and inclusion and through her work has contributed to research on improving Board diversity in universities, closing the awarding gap for BME students and decolonising the curriculum. Adeela is a member of the University of Gloucestershire Board and on the Strategic Advisory Group for Advance HE. As a Bristolian, Adeela has worked in a range of community roles for many years and is a founding member of BMSLG that works to ensure Muslims in the City of Bristol are not inadvertently disadvantaged in strategic planning and decision making in the City, so all can reach their potential and contribute fully to life in Bristol. Adeela is a Commissioner for Race Equality in the City of Bristol.

Pam Sissons

External Member
Chair of Audit and Risk 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 1990s, 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 interests 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

Elonka is a diversity and inclusion specialist who works with companies in the broadcast media and associated creative industries. She is a former BBC journalist and programme maker. As Editor Diversity and Communities, she ran the BBC English Regions network of specialist community programmes and partnerships with Arts Council England and the Community Media Association. Elonka left the BBC in 2016 having spent two years working in the Director General’s office developing and delivering an innovative Corporation wide diversity action plan. She is currently engaged in projects with European broadcasters and organisations where her particular interest is in the portrayal and media participation of minority communities including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people.

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 30 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 and two dogs. 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

Vice-Chair of Council
Chair of Council, Foundation, and Chaplaincy Committee
Chair of Remuneration and Human Resources Committee
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 116 church schools. In the wider church he is chair of the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust.

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 adult daughters.

Joe Sucksmith

General Staff Member of Council

Joe has worked at the University for over 16 years across a variety of student support roles. His current role is within the International Student Services team, where he specialises in the provision of immigration advice and guidance to international students. In addition, in his capacity as Convenor for the workplace trade union, UNISON, Joe provides specialist help to Professional Services staff and leads on negotiations with university management regarding staff terms and conditions.

Joe has degrees from Cardiff University and University of Bristol, and is passionate about the vital role higher education can play in advancing public purpose and democratising society.

Outside work, Joe enjoys spending time with his family, campaigning on a range of local and international issues (notably in support of Palestinian rights), long walks in the countryside, and pretending he can still play competitive football.

Julie Walkling

External Member of Council
Vice-Chair of Audit & Risk Committee
Member of Governance and Nominations Committee

Julie has worked in higher education since 1995. Originally starting as a University Counsellor, she worked at the University of North London /London Met, ARU, the Royal Agricultural University and the University of the West of Scotland. She has been a senior manager with oversight of the student experience in a range of professional services and cross institutional roles at Director, Executive and Board levels since 1999. She has also served on a number of Boards and was on the AMOSSHE Executive for 9 years including 2 as Chair. She is currently Deputy Chair of Exeter University Students’ Guild and a Parish Councillor for South Cerney/Cerney Wick in Gloucestershire.

Julie is Director of Academic Partnerships for the JS Group, a family run company that provides educational resources and supports student engagement in partnership with HEIs. Prior to working in HE, she worked in the voluntary and private sectors, was an LGBT activist and co-founded a community therapy centre that has just celebrated its 26th anniversary.

Peter Warry

External Member of Council
Senior Independent Governor

In attendance at Governance and Nominations 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 he 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).


Student Member of Council
Member of Council, Foundation and Chaplaincy Committee

Biography to follow.

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