Who's who on our Board of Governors
Structure and governance
The current membership of the Board consists of the following:
- 12 external governors
- 1 staff governor elected by and from professional services staff
- 1 staff governor elected by and from academic staff
- 1 Academic Council Staff governor (this is currently undertaken in a job share capacity)
- 1 Student governor
- UPSU Elected Officer
Further information about each member of the Board can be seen below.
Jenny Crighton (Chair of the Board of Governors)
Jenny joined the Board in August 2017 and was elected to become Chair of the Board of Governors from 1 August 2021. Jenny has over twenty five years’ experience of working in the public sector and over fifteen years working at a senior level in national organisations.
She is a qualified CIPFA (chartered institute of public finance & accountancy) accountant. Jenny has broad ranging experience which includes over ten years of external audit experience (both financial and value for money audit) and also has considerable experience of leading and developing lobbying and communication strategies, developing corporate business strategies, and delivering national research programmes and policy development.
Bahram joined the Board in August 2020 and is a member of the Audit and Quality Committee. Currently, Bahram is President of the Higher Education Policy Institute, a member of the Higher Education Commission and a member of the Higher Education Authority of Ireland. Formerly, Bahram was the founder and Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute and Director of Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Roger joined the Board in February 2018 and is a member of the Infrastructure and Finance Committee. Roger is co-founder and managing director of DigiThreadz and a non-executive director of a number of companies who specialise in the citizen-centric transformation of public services, health and social value, including non-executive director at Portsmouth Hospitals Health Trust.
He is a former senior civil servant with experience in information solution architecture, supply chain and software intellectual property, particularly for human centred/citizen enabled services, data and cloud-based technologies.
Penny joined the Board in August 2022. She is the Chief Executive of Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust and has worked at director level in the NHS for over ten years. Her areas of expertise focus on strategy and performance management where she is passionate about embedding continuous improvement methodologies to ensure delivery of the best possible health care for local people. Prior to her roles at PHU, Penny held national and regional roles in London and the South East.
Claudia joined the Board in December 2017 and was elected Chair of the People, Culture and Engagement Committee in 2019. Claudia is also the Chair of the Senior Postholders and Vice-Chancellors Remuneration Committees.
Claudia has over 25 years of experience working as an HR Director in matrixed, multinational and corporate environments. She is currently an HR Consultant, providing solutions to clients in the areas of Talent Management, Team Effectiveness and Diversity & Inclusion.
Liz joined the Board in August 2020 and is a member of the Infrastructure and Finance Committee. Liz is Chief Librarian at the British Library and an executive board member and a Trustee of SCONUL (the UK National and University Library Directors’ group). She has over twenty years’ experience in the modern university sector, most recently as Director of Student and Library Services at Teesside University. A Principal Fellow of the HEA, Liz is a Fellow both of CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and the RSA.
Vineet joined the Board in August 2020 and is a member of the Infrastructure and Finance Committee. Currently, Vineet is the global CFO for the Global Business Services (GBS) segment for IBM. Previously, he was Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for IBM Europe. Vineet has been with IBM for close to 20 years in a series of progressive financial roles across the US and Europe and prior to that he worked for Allied Domecq in various commercial/sales roles.
David joined the Board in August 2020 and is a member of the Audit and Quality Committee. David is a former Partner at KPMG, where he spent 20 years as a corporate debt adviser working with a wide range of public and private companies and not for profit organisations. Prior to KPMG he had a number of roles in retail and corporate banking. He is a Trustee of The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and is a member of the NFER Audit Committee.
Frances joined the Board in March 2015 and was elected Chair of Audit and Quality Committee in 2018. Frances is also a member of the Nominations Committee. Frances is an experienced Board director and business leader with extensive knowledge of the international energy sector.
David joined the Board in August 2018 and is a member of the People, Culture and Engagement Committee. David is currently Director of Planning at Twitter UK. Previously David worked at PHD where he oversaw PHD’s planning product on brands such as Sainsbury’s, Warner Bros, Mondelez, YouTube and the BHF. Prior to PHD, David worked at Mindshare and Zenith Media.
David joined the Board in 2016 and was elected Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors in 2019. He is a member of Infrastructure and Finance Committee, Nominations Committee, Senior Postholders and Vice-Chancellors Remuneration Committees.
David is an entrepreneur and B2B marketing specialist, having founded and overseen the growth of a number of marketing consultancy companies. He was formerly a main board director of Portsmouth Football Club and is currently a director of the Heritage and Advisory Board and Chair of the Presidents Group.
Chris joined the Board in February 2018 and is a member of the Infrastructure and Finance Committee and People, Culture and Engagement Committee. Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a retired senior property executive with over 30 years working within and leading the real estate functions for major retail businesses including WHSmith plc, Tesco and Marks and Spencer as Group Property and Development Director.
Chris has previously held non-executive roles as a Board member of the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC); the Chair of the National Conference of the BCSC; a Board member of the British Property Federation and of the New West End Company.
Elected staff governors
Becky joined the Board in January 2022 and attends the People, Culture and Engagement Committee. Becky is the Professional Services Staff Governor, elected by and from University of Portsmouth professional services staff. Becky is the Business Development Liaison Officer in the Faculty of Business and Law.
Professor Richard Thelwell
Richard joined the Board in August 2022 is the Academic Staff Governor, elected by and from University of Portsmouth academic staff. Richard is Head of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at the University.
Academic Council Nominated Teaching Staff
To be confirmed
To be confirmed
Aleksandra joined the Board in August 2022 and attends the Audit and Quality Committee. She is a BA (Hons) International Relations second year student.
UPSU Elected Officer
Dom is the UPSU representative on the Board during the 2022/2023 academic year. He also attends Nominations Committee and the Infrastructure and Finance Committee.
Vice-Chancellor of the University – ex-officio
Professor Graham Galbraith
Graham has been the Vice-Chancellor of the University since September 2013. He is an ex-officio governor of the University. Graham sits on the Infrastructure and Finance Committee, the Audit and Quality Committee, People, Culture and Engagement Committee, Nominations Committee, and the Senior Postholders Remuneration Committee.