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.
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.
Lucie was appointed to the Board following an election from the University’s professional services staff. Lucie has worked at the University for 15 years and is now the Faculty Operations Manager (Professional Regulations) in the Faculty of Health, Education and Society. Whilst Lucie no longer has a professional career in Healthcare/Education (Childcare), the role enables Lucie’s passion for healthcare and education to be realised through supporting staff and students in a wider context, which she finds very rewarding. Lucie enjoys a challenge and problem solving. This continues at home as she is a mum to two young children.
Lucie’s role is key in ensuring that the Board has an insight and view from the University’s professional services staff. She brings to the Board extensive experience of the University and Faculty support services and management, having wo
rked in office administration and management since 2000.
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.
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.
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.
Rayna Miller is an award winning corporate communications professional, who began her career as a Broadcast Journalist, working for the Guardian Media Group. Her career has been a varied one, spanning a number of disciplines within the communications profession. From crisis communications, to internal communications, media relations and PR. She’s led teams, managed international accounts, and has designed and implemented strategies for business.
More recently, she has been focused on employer branding, engagement and social responsibility. Having worked for some notable British brands – from public sector, to the FTSE100 and financial services – her focus now rests in supporting businesses to become socially responsible, diverse and inclusive.
Mark Mulcahey is an experienced strategy consultant and has extensive experience of detailed financial and market information analysis, strategy review and the presentation of complex information to senior staff at Board level.
He has over 26 years’ experience in strategy consulting for some of the world’s leading companies, with over 19 years in the telecommunications market and corporate experience in Arthur D Little and Adventis. He has created, managed, developed and sold a series of successful service businesses.
His international experience spans Europe, US, Canada, China and Japan including: mobile start up, mobile media strategy and media acquisitions as well as in the computer games industry.
He has previously been a visiting fellow in the Faculty of Business and Law and a school governor and occasionally lectures on strategic partnerships to MBA students.
Hi, I am Nikhil Paul and I was recently elected as the President of the Northampton Students’ Union for the academic year 2021-22. I completed my first year of post graduate studies in Project Management and moved on to Internships.
I believe it’s a wonderful opportunity to work with the student community. As a young engineering graduate with some work experience, the university was a great place for me to improve myself.
Martin Pettifor has pursued an international marketing and general management career in consumer goods, retail and, more recently, healthcare.
His experience covers the private, public and charitable sectors, with 20 years at director or Board level. He has lived and worked in eight countries across Europe, North America and Asia having an international marketing and general management career with Unilever, Boots, Novartis and within the NHS working across a variety of product and service sectors.
He has experience pioneering new services and leveraging intellectual property. He established a joint venture in Newcastle between their University and the NHS to capitalise on genetic testing technology.
Nick Pitts-Tucker is a Company Director and a Charity Director. He has had a professional career in banking spanning 40 years, as a leading project finance banker for international banks such as Grindlays, Morgan Grenfell and Sumitomo Mitsui. His banking experience includes evaluating requests for financing from universities and other parts of the public sector for their major development projects.
He has also spent over 16 years involved in Social Enterprise work with such organisations as Riders for Health. For the past 7 years he has been a non-executive Board member involved in Corporate Governance with Seaspan Corporation, a NYSE listed major container shipping company and Blackrock Frontiers Investment Trust, an LSE listed Investment Company.
He is also a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and commissions new music through the charity Cantata Dramatica.
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.
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.
John is an independent technology executive with experience ranging from start-ups to blue-chip companies covering areas such as large scale transformations, innovation, strategy, engineering, Digital, design, cultural change and talent development.
He has worked in senior roles with well-known organisations in the public and private sector including high-street banking groups, water utilities and universities.
John brings breadth and depth of Digital experience to the Board, helping to ensure that the threats and opportunities presented by technological advancement are considered, along with the impact of new technology on the University, its students and staff and the realisation of its vision.
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.
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