At Middlesex, we're proud to attract a wide range of exceptional individuals who dedicate time, effort and considerable experience in making our University the success it is today. Below, you'll find a short summary of each of our governors.
Donna Beamish is the Operations Manager in the University’s International Recruitment and Development team. She liaises with Schools, Services, Regional Offices and external institutions to provide support in coordinating and implementing new areas of business and enhancing existing activities. She also supports the Director by assisting him in the day-to-day operational management of the University’s overseas Regional Offices.
Leaving the Caribbean in 1994, Donna joined Middlesex University two years later and has been developing professionally through the opportunity of various roles. She holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management.
Donna is fascinated with technology and gadgets and is interested in the use of social technologies for staff collaboration. She seeks out opportunities to engage with different cultures and enjoys gardening, walks in Snowdonia and sailing in the Caribbean.
Professor Tim Blackman was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University from 1 July 2015. Prior to coming to Middlesex he was Acting Vice-Chancellor at The Open University and previously Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Quality.
Professor Blackman has extensive leadership experience in higher education. Having graduated from Durham, he returned to the University to hold positions including the Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences, Director of the Wolfson Research Institute and the Dean of the University's campus in Stockton-On-Tees. He has also served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Teesside University and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Oxford Brookes University.
A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Royal Society of Arts and a Trustee of the Legal Education Foundation, Professor Blackman has also served as an assessor for Social Policy & Social Work in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework exercise.
Nick Fuller is Executive Chairman of EdComs, an award-winning educational research, publishing and communications company which he founded in 1995, following a ten year career in educational publishing.
EdComs works internationally with a wide range of clients, including Government Departments, third sector organisations and commercial companies to create learning programmes for young people in schools, colleges, Universities and informal/voluntary youth organisations. While at EdComs, Nick has pioneered innovative public-private sector partnerships, developed community education programmes for leading international commercial organisations and worked with global charities to raise awareness of their key issues through education.
Between 2007 and 2012, Nick was seconded to work as the Head of Education for the London 2012 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. He led the team which designed and delivered the Get Set suite of educational programmes, which were used in over 80% of UK schools. He was also a Trustee of International Inspiration, which used sport to inspire and educate over 15 million young people in 20 countries around the world.
Nick works closely with the British Olympic Foundation and the British Paralympic Association to ensure that Get Set continues to inspire a generation of teachers and young people, creating a robust educational legacy from the London Games.
In January 2013 he returned to EdComs. As well as being a Governor of Middlesex University, Nick is an Expert Advisor on education for the IOC, and is Chair of the IPC’S Education Board. He is also a Trustee of the Tennis Foundation.
Nick studied English at Exeter University for his BA, and Victorian Studies at Birkbeck College for his MA. He is a Fellow of the RSA and received an MBE for his services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Firoozeh Ghaffari graduated from University College London with a BSc and MSc in Economics. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She worked in practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London where she gained experience in auditing a wide range of blue chip UK industries. She later worked for four years as group financial controller in Canada, before returning to UK to join Middlesex University in 1996.
Firoozeh is currently the Head of the Accounting and Finance Department in the Business School. She has served on a number of committees including the Independent Remuneration Panel for Barnet Council, where she was Chair of the Committee. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of Heads of Departments of Accounting and Finance in UK. She is also the Chair of the Governing Body at Hendon School, a mixed multi-ethnic secondary school with 1500 students.
Colin Hughes joined HarperCollins in April 2012 as the new Managing Director of the Collins Education division. In October 2012 he was promoted to MD, Collins Learning - bringing together the Education and Language divisions.
Colin has most recently been Director, Guardian Business and Professional, a division of Guardian News and Media, a position he was promoted to having successfully launched Learn.co.uk for the Guardian group in 2000. This online digital curriculum business began as a joint venture and was then wholly owned by Guardian News and Media. It is now one of the largest collections of digital curriculum content in the world.
Having started his career as a journalist at the Sheffield Star in 1979, he worked at the Press Association and The Times before joining the Independent in 1986 as Political Correspondent. He went on to become Policy Editor, Education Editor, and US Correspondent, and spent his final five years at the Independent as Managing Editor of the Independent and Independent on Sunday, and Deputy Editor of the Independent. He joined the Guardian in 1998, and founded Learnthings Ltd, the Guardian's digital learning business, in February 2000. Colin was appointed Managing Director of Guardian Professional in March 2006, and Director, B&P in November 2009.
He is also a non-executive board director of Excelsoft, an education technology company based in Mysore, India, and is a former Chair of Governors of both Gospel Oak Primary School, Camden, and Yerbury Primary School, Islington. Colin attended Bulmershe Comprehensive School in Reading, Berkshire, read English Literature and Language at Hertford College, Oxford, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Wharton Business School, the University of Pennsylvania (autumn 2005). He is co-author of Labour Rebuilt: the New Model Party (Fourth Estate 1990) and editor of What Went Wrong Gordon Brown? (Guardian 2010).
Sulaiman Lkaderi is President of Middlesex University Students’ Union (MDXSU). Sulaiman was elected in April and has taken up the role after doing a degree in BSc Multimedia Computing. Sulaiman oversees the work of the union and leads the officer team who represent and support every student at Middlesex to get the most out of their time at university, as well as campaigning for changes that students want to see. Sulaiman has built up considerable experience at Middlesex whilst undertaking his studies – having been a student intern and previously having led a ground-breaking campaign to reform the Islamic Society at the University. Sulaiman has also been involved in raising the profile of issues affecting Muslim students at Middlesex and beyond – including the impact of the government’s Prevent strategy - and influencing decision makers to make their experiences in education better. Sulaiman is elected to be the voice of all Middlesex students.
Professor Angela McFarlane is an international authority on technology enhanced learning and a successful author. Her latest volume, Authentic Learning for the Digital Generation, was published by Taylor Francis in English in 2014 and will be published in Spanish in 2017. Formerly Head of the Graduate School of Education at Bristol and Director of Public Engagement and Learning at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Angela has held visiting chairs at University of Bristol, King’s College, London and Universities of Bath and Oslo. Her work in technology enhanced education has given her international recognition as an expert in this area and she regularly contributes to Masters and Doctoral programmes. She has experience of acting as an adviser to the PM and DfE. She led the campaign to establish the newly formed Chartered College of Teaching, secured a new Royal Charter and significant government funding. She remains an adviser to the project.
Professor McFarlane has a BSc and PhD in biological science and started her career as a science teacher. She then moved into the field of ICT in education becoming project director for the Homerton College IT Unit; followed by Director of the Homerton College, Cambridge Centre for Research in Educational ICT and Reader in Educational ICT. She was also Director for Evidence and Practice for Becta, the then government organisation for communication, technology and education.
Marianne Neville-Rolfe began her career with the Confederation of British Industry and was the first head of its Brussels office, before joining the Department of Trade and Industry. She later headed the Civil Service College and the Cabinet Office's Top Management Programme. Marianne was the first Director of the Government Office for the North West and later joined the South East England Development Agency as Business and then Strategy Director.
In recent years she has been involved in several small businesses in non-executive roles. She has been a Governor and Chair of the Board at the University of Bolton. She owns a small consultancy and coaching business, P&M Hill Ltd, jointly with her husband.
Geraldine Proudler is Head of the Reputation Management practice at Olswang and a member of the Board of Olswang which in October 2016 announced the largest ever merger in the UK legal market. Since 1995 Geraldine has been identified as a leading individual in both the Chambers and Legal 500 directories listings.
Geraldine was a Director of The Scott Trust, which owns the Guardian, for 11 years from 2002 to 2013, and is currently a Director of The Guardian Foundation and a trustee of English Pen, the writers' organisation.
In May 2016 Geraldine was elected by the Board as the next Chair of Middlesex University.
Alan Riddell is a regeneration and public affairs consultant. Until July 2007, he was Director of Local Development and Renewal at the English Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG), and Director of the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit.
Alan has a long history of involvement with regeneration, housing and the community sector, both in the civil service and with not-for-profit organisations. He was Secretary of the Nolan Committee, Principal Private Secretary to two Secretaries of State, and more recently Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Sustainable Access to Inshore Fisheries.
Martin Taylor has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, having qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He spent his early career in finance and consultancy and then joined Inchcape plc, the automotive distribution and retail Group.
At Inchcape, Martin worked in various international roles, including as MD/CEO and Chairman of the businesses representing the Toyota/Lexus brands in Greece and Belgium, where he lived with his family for a total of 18 years. In 2005 he was appointed as CEO (Europe, Africa and South America) and a member of the Inchcape Group Executive Committee.
Since 2009 Martin has been building a 'portfolio career' which has included the position of Chairman of Pcubed, an international project management consultancy. Martin also manages his own consulting/advisory business.
Martin is Chairman of Befrienders Worldwide, a registered charity, which previously operated as the international division of Samaritans. Between February 2012 and June 2013 Martin was an independent co-opted member of the Middlesex University audit committee.
Peter Thomas is a senior fellow at the Institute for Government, where he leads the Institute's research on civil service reform. He has published numerous reports on Civil Service Reform and directed the Institute's research on Civil Service Capabilities in 2013. He is co-author of the recent report Leading Change in the Civil Service.
Away from the Institute he is an expert adviser on delivery, capability, performance and reform. He also specialises in teaching people how to design and facilitate engaging workshops.
Before joining the Institute in 2011, Peter was Director of Strategy and Change at the Ministry of Justice. Previously, he developed and run the Capability Review programme in the Cabinet Office and was interim Head of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit. Earlier in his career he ran public sector research programmes at the Audit Commission and was a senior leader in local government.
Tevin Tobun is the CEO of GV Group (Gate Ventures), a company he founded in 2001. GV Group is a multi-sector business employing hundreds of members of staff across three divisions: food logistics, food distribution and property investment.
GV Group’s Food Transport Division focuses on food logistics within the Education, Social, Healthcare, Retail, and Business &Industry (B&I) sectors and currently delivers over 7 million food and food related items throughout the UK each year. GV continues to grow and currently is viewed as the no. 1 high density micro logistics company in the country.
Tevin is also the Chair of ‘Inspirational You’, a charitable organisation that empowers students, leaders and entrepreneurs. A life Patron of the Springboard Charity, and also a member of the Institute of Directors. In 2013 he was selected as a finalist in the IOD Young Director of the Year.
Prior to founding GV Group, Tevin completed his degree at Middlesex University. He is also a graduate of Cambridge University’s Executive Education programme having studied General Management, Finance and Strategic Performance Management.