Current membership

The current membership of the Board consists of the following:

Further information about each member of the Board can be seen below.

External Governors

‌‌David Willan (Interim Chair of the Board of Governors)

David joined the Board in 2016 and was elected Interim Chair in November 2022. 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.

Bahram Bekhradnia

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 Burke-Hamilton

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.

Madeline Denmead

Madeline joined the Board in October 2022 and is a member of the Infrastructure and Finance Committee. She has over twenty years’ experience in leading organisations to deliver substantial benefits as part of complex strategic transformation programmes.

Madeline is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA) having trained and qualified with Deloitte Haskins & Sells London, now part of PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers). She has held a variety of Finance & Business Director roles in the not-for-profit sector, including at the BBC and most recently Cancer Research UK.

Penny Emerit

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 Iton

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 Jolly

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 Khurana

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 Madoc-Jones

David joined the Board in August 2020 and was elected Chair of the Infrastructure and Finance Committee in October 2022. 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 Morris-Jones

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.

Professor Sandy Pepper

Sandy joined the Board in October 2022 and is a member of the Audit and Quality Committee.  He is currently Emeritus Professor of Management Practice at the London School of Economics, where he worked full-time from 2008 until September 2022. Prior to this he had a long career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he held various senior management roles, including as Global Leader of PwC's Human Resource Services consulting practice from 2002 until 2006.  He trained as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and spent most of his career in practice working in tax and human resource services.  His academic background is in organisational behaviour, management theory and new institutional economics.  His research interests include executive pay, corporate governance and business ethics.

‌David Wilding

David joined the Board in August 2018 and is a member of the People, Culture and Engagement Committee. Previously David worked at Twitter UK as Director of Planning and 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.

‌‌‌Christopher Williams

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 Miles

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

‌Dr Adrian Hull

Adrian joined the Board in August 2022 and is the Academic Council Nominated Teaching Staff Governor.  Adrian is Head of the School of Creative Technologies at the University.

Student Governor

‌Aleksandra Siedlecka

Aleksandra joined the Board in August 2022 and attends the Audit and Quality Committee.  She is a BA (Hons) International Relations third year student.

UPSU Elected Officer

‌Dominic Owen

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.