Geraldine Proudler is the Chair of our Board of Governors and she is responsible for leading the Board in setting the strategy of the University and supporting Nic Beech, our Vice-Chancellor, in his leadership of the University.
Geraldine Proudler is a senior partner of international law firm CMS. She is recognised by the Chambers legal directory as a Senior Statesperson in her field.
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.
Having joined the Board in 2013, in May 2016 Geraldine was elected by the Board as the next Chair of Middlesex University.
Nic joined Middlesex University as Vice-Chancellor in February 2020 having previously been a Vice-Principal of the University of St Andrews and Provost of the University of Dundee. He is President of the British Academy of Management, a member of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences and a board member of London Higher and the Chartered Management Institute Race Network.
His academic background is in business and management and his research focused on identity, diversity, change leadership and learning. His work has been funded by AHRC, ESRC, EU, Nesta and industry partners and he was Lead Fellow of the ESRC Advanced Institute of Management. Nic has worked extensively with industry and over the last decade has focused on change and innovation in creative industries and the health service. He also led the national academic input to the current Scottish cultural policy and is currently working on methods of impactful engagement between practice, policy and academia.
Nic has extensive experience of leading international and blended learning. As well as many journal articles, Nic has published seven books and his next book on Impactful Research is due out in 2021. Nic has held visiting chairs in the UK, Europe and Australia and holds fellowships or companionships of the British Academy of Management, the Academy of Social Sciences, the Royal Society of Arts, the Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management.
Simon Darling is the Managing Director of digital transformation consultancy, Jack & Anna. Clients include multinationals and startups within FMCG, telecoms, financial services, retail and healthcare sectors in both turnaround and high growth situations and PLC and private equity environments.
Simon started his career in Finance at Unilever. He has been Marketing Director at eBay, VP Marketing at Skype and Chief Commercial Officer at Trainline. He has founded two startups, one of which, Fonepark, was acquired by an AOL-backed company. He has a First in Economics from Cambridge University and is a prize winner and Passed Finalist with CIMA.
Michael Ekpe is a former Senior Civil Servant where he held positions as Deputy Managing Director of UK Parliamentary Digital Services and Chief Digital Officer at Public Health England.
He has 17 years’ experience of strategic and technical leadership in financial services, telecommunications, energy and utilities, and Central Government.
In his role at UK Parliament, Michael was responsible for all aspects of Parliament’s digital strategy, innovation, and improvement. He led the Digital Service in its mission to modernise and improve the functions of Parliament for its members, staff and UK citizens.
At Public Health England, he led the development of the Health Secretary’s digital prevention policy package and served on the ministerial delegation to the UK-China health dialogue in Beijing in 2018.
Michael is an authority on partnering with organisations to design and lead transformational change; shape functional and corporate turnaround strategies; and develop and implement policy.
He graduated with Honours from Middlesex University in 2005.
Elita Eliades is the Head of Education Liaison and Outreach at Middlesex University. Her strategic leadership shapes the direction for outreach and recruitment activities, as well as widening participation initiatives. Following graduating with a BA English Studies and an MA in Arts Criticism, Elita has been working within the FE and HE sectors since 2001 and has been at Middlesex University from 2004. She started her career through working as a Student Ambassador and has been promoting the benefits and rewards of Higher Education since.
Her ability to build and maintain relationships with education providers and HE partners (including government bodies, local councils and youth groups), has been fundamental in the delivery of a diverse range of initiatives that are aligned with young people’s needs, as well as responsive to government agendas. With a passion for social mobility and socio-economic integration, her initiatives aim to drive reform through a portfolio of deliverables, increase attainment and remove barriers to learning within educational establishments.
In a voluntary capacity Elita has held numerous committee and advisor member roles in schools and colleges, where she has led on child safeguarding agendas, fundraising, enterprise and estate planning projects. Elita is an advocate of positive mental health and actively promotes well-being practises in the workplace that aid a healthy work-life balance, such as meditation and mindfulness.
Chris Fenton, after an early international career in chemicals, has focused on infrastructure and services. Most recently Chris was Chief Executive of the Rail Safety and Standards Board after senior management roles at Amey, Tube Lines and BSI and a non-executive director at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
In education and skills he is currently on the Boards of City and Guilds Group and at JTL, a major apprenticeships provider. He was previously chairman of the National Skills Academy for Rail.
Twinkle Gupta is the President (Student officer) of Middlesex University’s Student Union. Leading a team of four other student officers, she represents the Middlesex University student body and acts as a spokesperson within the university, the local community and to government. She is responsible for representing student views on learning, teaching and your wider experience via a variety of committees as well as leading on a variety of campaigns throughout the year. As President, Twinkle ensures students have the right support and guidance from both MDXSU and the University throughout their MDX journey. She is also responsible for making sure that the Students’ Union is student led and that students can shape their Students’ Union. Her academic background with the university is in MA International Business management and doing research on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility bringing change in Corporate world’. Twinkle has an extensive experience on supporting international students and volunteered in many events within the university.
Mark Leach is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of Wonkhe - home of the UK higher education debate. Before setting up Wonkhe, Mark worked in policy and public affairs roles in and around higher education, working at the National Union of Students, HEFCE, University Alliance, GuildHE as well as a stint in politics as a special adviser to the former Shadow Minister for Universities and Science. As CEO of Wonkhe, Mark is responsible for running and developing the business and as Editor in Chief, oversees Wonkhe’s editorial platforms that span influential email briefings, Wonkhe.com and The Wonkhe Show podcast which he also hosts.
Matt Lewis retired from KPMG in March 2016 having worked there for 30 years and been a partner for 20 years. He worked in a number of industry sectors, including Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Retail, Leisure, Engineering, Defence and Business Services. His clients were predominantly large international listed groups. As well as audit, Matt supported clients on many significant transactions, including IPOs, mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Matt is also a trustee of the Weald and Downland Museum in Sussex.
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 Coaching Ltd’, jointly with her husband.
He was Chief Executive of HM Passport Office, and previously Executive Director of Operations, between 2010 and 2014. Previous roles include Regional Director of the Government Office for the East of England, Chief Executive of the national police training agency, and posts at Director level within the Home Office. He worked within the NHS as a non-executive director of North Central London Strategic Health Authority, Executive Director of North West London Strategic Health Authority, and HR Director at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust. Since 2015 he has held senior interim roles in London local authorities, supporting organisational transformation and strategy development.
He is a non-executive director of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust; a non-executive director of the Institute of Customer Service; and a trustee of the Campus Educational Trust.
Dr Mona Sakr is Senior Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood at Middlesex University. Her teaching and research centres around the integration of digital technologies in early childhood education, with a particular focus on digital play and creativity. She joined Middlesex in 2014 from the Institute of Education, where she was a Research Officer on a project investigating embodiment in digital learning environments. She earned her PhD in 2013 from Oxford Brookes University, with a thesis which explored digital technologies in early childhood art experiences and pedagogies. She currently teaches on BA Early Childhood Studies, BA Education Studies and MA Childhood and Education in Diverse Societies.
Martin Taylor spent his early career in finance and consultancy and then joined Inchcape plc, the international automotive distribution and retail Group. In 2009 he moved on to build a ‘portfolio career’ which now included, until March 2021 his role as Chair of Befrienders Worldwide, a registered charity, which previously operated as the international division of Samaritans. Martin is also Chair of Infinity Health, an early stage health technology business.
Martin has worked in various international roles, including a total of 18 years working and living with his family in Greece and Belgium. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Between February 2012 and June 2013, Martin was an independent co-opted member of the Middlesex University audit committee prior to becoming a governor. He was appointed as Deputy Chair in September 2016.
Andy retired in 2018 from his position as Chief Executive of London’s largest group of Further Education colleges (turnover of £110 million), a role that enabled him to successfully bridge the gap between the private and public sectors, as well as to transform a complex organisation.
He was Principal of Westminster Kingsway College for 12 years prior to the creation of Capital City College Group. He was one of the key architects of CCCG and became founding Group CEO when Westminster Kingsway and City & Islington College merged in 2016.
Andy successfully led the organisation as it expanded when the College of Haringey, Enfield & North East London joined and the Group’s innovative training arm, Capital City College Training, was created to work directly with London’s employers.