Board of Governors’ Membership

Here you can find information about the current members of the Board of Governors’ at the University of Northampton.

Members are from private, public and voluntary sectors, plus staff and students from the University.

  • Dayo Adedapo is a talented and experienced senior risk leader in financial services with experience in the infrastructure and fintech industries. Earlier in his career while working for Network Rail and consulting for Arup he has led high performing risk teams and held responsibility for directing risk management activities on a number of major infrastructure and transformation programmes.

    More recently, Dayo has been working for HSBC, firstly leading the implementation and embedding of a new Operational Risk Management framework in their Digital Bank and subsequently leading risk governance and oversight activities for the Wealth and Personal Banking division for resilience and cyber security risks specifically.

    Dayo is very passionate about equality and fairness and believes higher education can be a strong tool in addressing many issues in the world today. Dayo also chairs the board of trustees for a local charity.

    Dayo Adedapo, Independent governor

  • Damilola Akhigbe is an ACCA qualified Accountant with over 10 years’ experience in financial management, accounting, risk and compliance for both SMEs and some of the largest organisations in the world.

    Damilola serves as a Financial Controller for an organisation with approximately $500 million in annual revenue. Damilola has spearheaded innovation efforts and strategies that have helped to create growth in revenue of over $10 million in her role as a Financial Controller.

    As a leader of a team of professionals, Damilola works to ensure that she empowers people to develop outstanding professional and leadership skills. This is achieved by maximising the power of different opinion, cultural and perspective differences.

    Damilola earned a BA in Financial Economics from Kingston University, London and from the State University of New York, Newplatz.Photo of Damilola Akhigbe

  • Zoe Boyer was elected as Vice President Welfare and Activities of the Students’ Union for the 2021-22 academic year. Zoe previously completed a BA Criminology at the University of Northampton. Whilst studying, Zoe was incredibly involved in the Students’ Union, and was passionate about the student experience.

    Whilst being VP Welfare and Activities, Zoe has led many campaigns, including work relating to students welfare and safety. She works closely with the student body to ensure her campaigns have the best possible impact. Through her sabbatical officer role, Zoe has been able to understand the needs of the student body and enjoys working with the University and Students’ Union to address these during her term as an officer.

    Zoe Boyer, member of UON Board of Governors


  • Sue Dutton has extensive teaching and managerial experience in education. She began her professional career teaching English in secondary schools and held a number of senior posts before moving into higher education.

    At the Open University she was appointed to senior administrative roles in Student Services and the Vice-Chancellor’s Office before becoming Director of Strategy, Planning and Resources in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She now works as a counsellor and psychotherapist.

    Her academic research interests focus on the factors that attract and retain young students at university.

  • Beth Garrett was elected as Vice President Education of the Students’ Union for the 2021-22 academic year. Beth previously completed a BA Primary Education and is finishing up an MA Education at the University of Northampton. Alongside her studies, Beth has engaged in research work with the University; her research interests include digital pedagogies, technology in education, teacher identity and mathematics education. Beth has also worked as a tutor for a number of years, initially as a primary tutor specialising in maths and English, moving into GCSE maths tutoring and, most recently, tutoring in an FE context.

    Prior to being elected as VP Education, Beth had two years experience as a Course and Faculty representative and chaired the Education Committee during this time. Through this role, Beth has been able to develop her understanding of the educational issues which affect our students and she looks forward to working with the University and Students’ Union to address these during her term as officer.

    Photo of Beth Garrett, Student Governor, Vice President, Education of the University of Northampton Students’ Union, standing on the bridge outside of the Waterside Campus

  • Matthew has over 20 years’ experience in senior roles in the finance sector and brings to the Board significant experience in strategy, finance, product, marketing, project management, business development and relationship building. He currently has global product responsibility for Mastercard’s largest credit portfolio.

    He studied PPE at Keble College, Oxford and also holds an MBA from Warwick Business School (WBS) where he is a member of the WBS Board.

    Matthew has a keen interest in the role that the University can play in the development of the local and regional community. He is a Trustee, Founder and Treasurer of the Northampton charity Friends of Abington Park and is also a Governor and Director of Castle Phoenix Multi-Academy Trust in Coventry.

  • Richard Horsley is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years professional and commercial experience. He spent 22 years with KMPG, in the UK and Middle East, including eight years as a corporate finance partner in Milton Keynes.

    Since 1992, he has been an executive or non-executive Director or Company Secretary of a number of PLCs, private companies and UK based charities, with operations both in the UK and overseas.

    His main business focus has been project management, governance and the management of change.

    Richard Horsley

  • Harriet is an experienced finance practitioner having worked in a variety of not for profit organisations, acting as an enabler and business partner to embed commercial disciplines and drive evidence based decision making, Harriet has led finance and wider support functions including technology and digital, data, governance, property and HR teams to deliver efficient and effective business operations. Harriet is a Chartered Accountant by training and is currently Director of Planning and Resources at the Royal College of General Practitioners.

    Harriet Jones, Board of Governors

  • Shivani is an experienced strategic risk and transformation consultant and has worked in many diverse and global environments and organisations, across the public, private and financial services sectors, managing onshore and offshore teams.

    Shivani has been accountable for many large-scale programmes covering cloud, digital and artificial intelligence. She continues to work with organisations and boards advising them on best practice frameworks and strategy to help them achieve their goals.

    Photo of Shivani Kaushike

  • Deborah Parker is a Senior Human Resources professional with more than 20 years working in the HR field.  She has worked across a range of industries from banking, brewing and logistics within globally well-known household brands.   She is currently Vice President HR for an American-owned global chemical cleaning company where she has responsibility across the European region.

    Where people are seen as the key differentiating asset in any business, Deborah has a keen interest in the role that the University can play preparing people for the workplace and fostering strong links with local employers.

    Deborah has a BA in Comparative American Studies from the University of Warwick and gained her MA in Human Resource Administration from the University of Northampton.

    Deborah Parker, Board of Governors

  • Ivna Reic is the elected Academic Staff Member of the Board of Governors where she brings the academic staff perspective to the Board’s conversations and decision-making processes. She has been with the University of Northampton since late 2013 and currently holds the post of Subject Leader in Events, Tourism and Hospitality within the Faculty of Business & Law. Prior to this, Ivna taught events management at two other HE institutions in London. She has authored a number of scholarly outputs related to events management, including contributing chapters to leading edited textbooks in the field, as well as publishing her own authored book Events Marketing Management: A Consumer Perspective, which has been adopted as a core text on events management programmes across the UK HE sector since its publication in 2017.

    Ivna is passionate about the role of education in empowering young people to discover their passions and realise their potential, as well as the impact of an authentic and inclusive curriculum in shaping the student experience and enhancing their career prospects. Ivna’s interest and involvement in education transcends HE, as she also serves as a school governor in a local primary and secondary school.

    Photo of Ivna Reic

  • Jon is a higher education consultant with extensive experience in quality assurance and developing practice in learning and teaching. His most recent academic roles were as Professor of Bioscience Education and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at the University of Leicester.

    Jon has led on a range of projects, including assessment and feedback, academic integrity, belonging and retention and the student experience. In 2011 he was named UK Bioscience Teacher of the Year, a National Teaching Fellow in 2012 and Principal Fellow of AdvanceHE in 2013.

    Jon is actively engaged with various HE organisations including as a member of the TEF Panel, as a longstanding QAA Reviewer and UKPSF Accreditor for AdvanceHE.

    Photo of Governor Jon Scott.

  • Michelle has an extremely broad working experience, both across industries (medicine, banking and social finance), and geographies (London, Hong Kong, Singapore, the US). She is committed to making a positive change in society, and strongly believes that education can help address inequalities in the world.

    Currently, she is Chief Investment Officer at a social finance company that uses innovative finance to increase access to healthcare products in underserved communities. Michelle has a key leadership role providing strategic oversight and direction, and is also responsible for all deal investment activity.

    Michelle was previously an accomplished managing director in the corporate finance team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and is a proud recipient of a BA (Physiological Sciences) and a BM, BCh from the University of Oxford.

    Michelle Teo, Board of Governor

  • Suzy Wallace is the elected Professional Services Staff Member of the Board of Governors where she brings the professional services staff perspective to the Board’s conversations and decision-making processes.

    Suzy is a registered mental health nurse and accredited psychodynamic psychotherapist with over 10 years’ experience of working in the mental health field.  She has been with the University of Northampton since late 2018 and currently holds the post of Senior Counsellor within the Counselling & Mental Health Team, Student Services.

    Suzy Wallace, elected Professional Services Staff Member of the Board of Governors

  • Paul is an expert in corporate communications and brings to the Board significant experience in fields such as change communications strategy, employee engagement, stakeholder management and media relations.

    In a career that has taken him around the world, Paul has worked with market leaders across many industries, including aviation, precision engineering, financial services, insurance, telecoms, utilities, e-commerce, health and social care.

    After a successful career in journalism and public relations in the UK, Paul lived and worked as a PR consultant in the Far East (Tokyo, Hong Kong, Brunei, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur) and the Middle East (Bahrain, UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar), before returning to the UK, where he held a number of senior in-house corporate communications roles with multi-nationals.

    Since 2008, Paul has run a successful consultancy specialising in supporting FTSE 100 / 250 companies experiencing operational, organisational and cultural change, where reputational management and employee engagement are key.

  • Vikramaaditya (Vikram) is an experienced business and transformation leader with over 25 years in the financial services domain. This has included leadership roles across Investment Management, Asset Servicing and Banking at some of the world’s leading financial institutions with responsibility for driving the growth and transformation of businesses. While Vikram has lived and worked in UK and India, his responsibilities have covered developed and emerging markets across Asia, Europe, Middle East and Americas. Vikram has wide cross-functional experience spanning business leadership, Transformation, Operations, Strategy, Product Development and Risk. He also has previous Board experience as Chair and Member along with experience in the development and implementation of governance frameworks and related best practices.

    Vikram is an advocate for diversity and continuous learning with a firm belief that learning is fundamental to the development of people, communities and society.

    Vikram is a Gold Medallist from the MBA programme at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and an engineering graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

    Vikramaaditya, member of the Board of Governors

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