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Board of Governors

How we deliver on our strategic vision

Our Board plays an important non-executive role in the success of the University. Our Governors are dedicated to the development of our staff, the learning of our students and the growth of the University as a whole. They are an essential part of our One Middlesex family.

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Meet our Governors

Our current Governors have all made notable contributions to business, academic and public life. They contribute their professional, specialist and general management skills to drive the development of the University. Members of the Board bring an independent view to their work so they can hold the Executive to account.

Meet the inspiring individuals who volunteer their time and expertise to Middlesex.

  • Our chair

    Geraldine ProudlerGeraldine Proudler

    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.

  • Professor Nic BeechProfessor Nic Beech

    Nic is the Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University. Previously he has been Provost of the University of Dundee and Vice-Principal at the University of St Andrews. Currently, he also holds the role of President of the British Academy of Management.

    His research and industrial engagement have focused on identity, diversity and the leadership of change in complex settings, particularly health and creative industries.

    He has held visiting chairs in the UK, the Netherlands and Australia and is a fellow of the British Academy of Management, the Academy of Social Sciences, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a distinguished fellow of the Academy of Management of Australia and New Zealand.

  • Simon Darling

    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.

  • Elita Eliades

    Elita Eliades is the Head of Education Liaison and Outreach at Middlesex and is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for outreach and recruitment, ensuring offerings are current and responsive to government agendas, implementing plans to broaden routes and enhance pathways and leading on initiatives to develop and maintain relationships.

    Following graduating with a BA English Studies and an MA in Arts Criticism, she 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.

    In a voluntary capacity Elita has held committee roles in state, independent, and Saturday community schools where she has led on child safeguarding agendas, fundraising and estate planning projects.

  • Michael Ekpe

    Michael Ekpe is the Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Managing Director of the UK Parliamentary Digital Service. He is responsible for all aspects of the Parliament’s digital strategy, innovation and improvement. Michael leads the Digital Service in its mission to improve the functions of UK Parliament, for its members, staff and the public.

    Michael’s past roles include Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Public Health England, Digital Lead at HM Treasury and Chief Architect at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (now BEIS). He served on the ministerial delegation to the UK-China Health Dialogue in Beijing and led the development of the Health’s Secretary’s Predictive Prevention programme.

    Michael specialises in working with large technology-enabled transformations involving strategy, cost reduction, performance improvement and organisational effectiveness. He has worked with organisations in financial services, telecommunications, automotive industry, energy and utilities, and public sector.

    Michael graduated from Middlesex University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems

  • Chris Fenton

    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.

  • Gagandeep Kaur

    Gagandeep Kaur is the President of Middlesex Universities Students Union.  Leading a team of three Student Officers, she represents the Middlesex University student body and also act as a spokesperson within the local community. Policy - forming bodies and national groups such as the National Union of Students.

    She leads on priority campaigns to promote change for the benefit of students while working alongside other students Officers to campaign on campus -wide

  • Mark Leach

    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

    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-RolfeMarianne Neville-Rolfe

    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.

  • Paul PughPaul Pugh Profile picture

    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

    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 TaylorMartin Taylor

    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 includes 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 WilsonAndy Wilson

    Andy is the recently retired 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.

  • Join our Board of Governors

    If you'd like to become a Governor and play a role in shaping the development of Middlesex then we'd love to hear from you.

    Start by finding out about the roles and responsibilities of Governors and how to apply.

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