The Board of Governors

Lay Governors

Gareth Williams, Senior Partner, Hugh James Solicitors

Chair of the Board and Chair of the Nominations Committee: Senior partner of Hugh James solicitors, the largest law firm in Wales, with offices in Cardiff and London. Formerly a deputy judge and the first lawyer in Wales to be a licensed insolvency practitioner. Former chairman of the Wales Commercial Law Association. Specialist commercial litigation and sports lawyer. Company Secretary of the Welsh Rugby Union. Trustee of Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust which supports severely injured rugby players. Non-executive director of Thomas Carroll Group plc. Trustee of Prostate Cymru.

Professor David Baker

Member of Finance and Resources Committee: Former Deputy Chair, Joint Information Systems Committee; formerly Principal, University College Plymouth, St Mark & St John and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia; formerly Chair of Universities South West and GuildHE; Principal Consultant, SERO-HE; member of the Board of Governors, University of Northampton; Chair of the Governors, Trinity Academy, Halifax; professional musician. Lives in West Yorkshire.

Graham Edwards, Chief Executive of Wales & West Utilities

Member of Remuneration Committee: Chief Executive of Wales & West Utilities, Non-Executive Director of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, former Chair of CBI Wales and Business in the Community Wales. A Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and the Institute of Directors, Graham has held senior positions across a wide variety of business disciplines - including Engineering, Production and Human Resources - prior to his latter roles at business leader level.

Chris Freegard OBE DL, former Managing Director of Newport City Council

Chair of Audit: Chris holds a degree in economics and is a qualified town planner. He has had a high profile career in local government leading on regeneration in Sheffield, Nottingham and Plymouth before coming to Newport in 2001, where he was Newport City Council’s Managing Director until his retirement in 2009. He is the former Chair of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives in Wales and received the OBE in 2008 for services to Local Government. Chris was, until the formation of the University of South Wales, the Deputy Chairman of the University of Wales Newport and is a governor of Coleg Gwent. Chris is also Chairman of Kaleidoscope the largest substance misuse charity in Wales.  He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Gwent.

Professor Michael Gunn, former Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University  

Member of Audit Committee and governor nominee on the Higher Academic Awards Committee: Michael is the former Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University. Before that he had a long career in Universities, having been a pro-vice chancellor at Derby University, Dean of Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University, a research professor in mental health law at De Montfort University, Leicester, Head of the Law School at University of Westminster and a lecturer and senior lecturer in law at University of Nottingham. 

Clare Hudson,  Former Head of Productions, BBC Cymru Wales

Member of RWCMD Board of Directors:  Until October 2016, Clare was Head of Productions BBC Cymru Wales - Ieading major growth in BBC network TV production inhouse and in the independent sector in Wales (from £5m in 2000 to £55m in 2015).  Programmes such as Doctor WhoSherlock, Crimewatch and Casualty are now made in Wales as a result of this expansion. In this role, Clare has been focussed on the key challenge of motivating and influencing creative leaders to do their best work while delivering on the BBC’s strategic goals.  From 2000-2011, she was Head of English Language Programmes, BBC Wales, commissioning a range of programmes for Welsh audiences, including history strands CoalHouse and Snowdonia 1890 and drama series such as Belonging and Baker Boys. Editorial judgement, creative ambition and audience insight were key to this role.  Clare was also Acting Director of BBC Wales 2009-10.  Prior to working at the BBC, she was Editor of Wales This Week, HTV Wales’s award-winning investigative current affairs series, and in the 1980s worked as a print journalist in South Wales, London and Yorkshire.  Currently a member of the Board of Artis, a community arts organisation based in Pontypridd, which works on projects mainly in Rhondda Cynon Taf.  Also a member of the advisory board of Adoption UK Cymru.

Hélène Mansfield OBE, former Headteacher of Croesyceiliog School, Cwmbran

Member of Finance and Resources Committee and member of the Merthyr Tydfil College Board of Directors:  Former Headteacher, Croesyceiliog School, Cwmbran (retired August 2009); member of GTCW, 2007 onward (Registration, Investigation and Disciplinary Committees, member of the Council’s Task and Finish Groups on School Inspections and on Leadership of Schools); lives in Whitchurch, Cardiff.

Tony Morgan, Chair of Audit at Geldards and retired senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers

Chair of Finance & Resources Committee and member of Remuneration Committee: A chartered accountant and former partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was latterly senior partner of the South Wales practice and Deputy Chairman of the Wales and West Region; former Chairman of the Remuneration Committee at the Welsh Assembly Commission; currently Chairman of the Audit Committee at Geldards Law Firm and a non executive director of Monmouthshire Building Society.

Sandra Spray, former Director of HR & OD, NHS Wales Business Services Centre

Deputy Chair of the Board, Chair of Remuneration Committee and Chair of Human Resources Committee: Retired in 2006 from directing the HR & OD function at the NHS Wales Business Services Centre – an NHS body providing shared services to 21 Local Health Boards in Wales; prior posts include heading up the HR and OD service in the North Glamorgan Trust, Merthyr Tydfil, as Assistant General Manager Group HR for the Bank of Wales Group and Head of HR and Training for HTV; previously held directorships in the Cardiff ITEC (a company providing training for disadvantaged and low achieving young people) both as non-executive Chair Deputy and Chair; fellow of the CIPD; currently engaged in part time HR consultancy and lives in Tonteg. Sandra says: “As a proud alumna of the University of Glamorgan, I am delighted to continue my relationship with the institution and provide leadership for future alumni to flourish during their studies.”

Michael (Mo) Stevens, Head of International Market Development – Airbus

Member of Audit Committee: Michael Stevens is Head of International Markets Airbus Defence & Space, Board member Airbus Defence & Space UK and former CEO/Head of Cassidian UK joined Airbus Group from BAE Systems in April 2012. With a background in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and an MSc in Information Systems Management, Michael has held various senior level roles in Design & Development, Manufacturing, Project/Programme Management, Strategy, Business Development and Business Management over the last 30 years in the areas of leading edge technology, complex systems, solutions & services primarily within the Security, Defence & Information sectors.

Chris Sutton, Regional Director, Jones Lang LaSalle

Member of Finance & Resources Committee: Regional Director Jones Lang LaSalle and immediate past Chair of CBI Wales. Chris is a chartered surveyor and has reported to the Welsh Government on various matters including property strategy, devolved taxes and the use of assets in the public sector. Chris is Chair of the Welsh Government’s advisory board for the Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone and was a member of the board for the Cardiff Capital Region. Chris graduated from the Polytechnic of Wales (the Treforest campus) in 1988. 

Jemma Terry, Managing Partner, Odgers Berndtson Wales

Member of RWCMD Board of Directors: Managing Partner and founder of the Wales Odgers office and team, covering the Private, Public and Charitable Sectors and based in Cardiff.  Jemma has 20 years’ search experience delivering Executive, Non-Executive and senior management assignments across all functions from general management roles to highly specialist technical, clinical and engineering positions.  Member of the Prince’s Trust Cymru Council; Director of the Cardiff Business Club; a Member of the CBI Council for Wales and an Ambassador for Pembrokeshire, where she was born and raised.  Jemma began her career in search in London, where she spent 10 years with two of the largest executive search firms before joining Odgers 10 years ago.  Jemma's early career was spent with Marks and Spencer on their Graduate Programme and in commercial, operational and general management roles in stores and Head Office.  Jemma has a BSc Honours in Management Science and French with subsidiary Maths and Spanish. She is a graduate of one of France's celebrated 'Grandes Ecoles' business management schools - L' Ecole Superieure de Commerce.


Professor Julie Lydon OBE

Julie Lydon OBE took up the position of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan in April 2010. She was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development) at the University which she joined in 2006. 

From 2003 to 2006, she was Assistant Vice-Chancellor at UWE Bristol with oversight for academic quality, student services, academic secretariat and timetabling. Previously she was Associate Dean of the Business School at the University of Wolverhampton. With a strong personal interest in standards and quality in higher education, she was previously an auditor for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and is currently a member of the QAA Advisory Panel for Wales.

Her representational roles include board membership of UCEA, HECSU, University Alliance, Higher Education Wales, HEFCW Student Experience, Teaching & Quality Committee and she is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education. When time allows, her research interests include organisational change and collaboration within higher education.

Student Governors

Jonathan Jones, President of the University of South Wales Students’ Union

Rachel Watson, Vice President of the University of South Wales Students’ Union

Co-opted Members of the Executive

Helen Langton, Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Helen is responsible for development of the University’s course portfolio across its five campuses. A children’s cancer specialist, Helen ran cancer care courses at the University of the West of England in the early 1990s working as Head of School for children's nursing and later adult nursing. She has also held the posts of Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences at the University of Derby and Associate Dean at the Coventry University. Helen is involved in several national working groups, including her position as co-chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Group for Health Education England.

Huw Williams, Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Huw Williams qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in 1988 and joined the University in 1992. He initially joined the University on contract to establish its financial position following its transition from Polytechnic to full University status. He subsequently became Head of the Finance department, then Director of Finance, then part of the Directorate Structure in 1998.

Academic Board Nominee

Professor Diana Wallace

Professor of English Literature and Professoriate's nominee to Academic Board

Co-opted Members of the Board’s Committees

Steve Blake

Co-opted member of Audit Committee. Credit Quality Manager with Julian Hodge Bank

Dr John Graystone

Co-opted member of Audit Committee and member of the Board of Directors of Merthyr Tydfil College Ltd: Until 2014, Chief Executive of Colegau Cymru/Colleges Wales, representing all further education (FE) colleges and FE institutions in Wales. John has taught in schools and in further and higher education. He was a researcher for the Health Education Council and later a research associate at the University of Bristol. He developed education policy at the Trades Union Congress and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities. He was a senior manager at The Staff College, the management development centre for further and higher education, responsible for external consultancy and overseas work. He served as Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region (ACER) and then Regional Director for the Association of Colleges in South West England, representing in total around 80 FE colleges. He has sat on numerous Welsh Government committees and working parties. John has also served on several Boards including the Council of the National Extension College, the Board of Tourism Training Wales and the Board of Directors and Finance and General Purposes Committee of Bristol Old Vic Theatre. He is currently chair of WEA YMCA CC Cymru and executive chair of Agored Cymru, a Welsh awarding body. He is also a governor of Bridgend College and a member of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water.

Hugh Jones

Co-opted member of the Human Resources Committee: Hugh works as a management consultant supporting the UK higher education sector, following over twenty years’ experience in professional service roles in UK universities, including executive level roles at Cardiff University and Goldsmiths, University of London. Hugh is based in Cardiff; is a Fellow of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) and holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the Institute of Education, University of London.

Alison Philips

Co-opted member of the Audit Committee: A Qualified Accountant with a commercial background from PwC and also NHS finance. Alison is the Chief Executive of the Public Services Staff Commission and immediately prior to this was Deputy Older People's Commissioner for Wales. 

Kevin Gardiner

Co-opted member of the Finance and Resources Committee: Kevin Gardiner is a Managing Director and Global Investment Strategist at Rothschild & Co. He joined in 2014 from Barclays, where he was Chief Investment Officer (Europe) for the Wealth Management unit. He has also worked at several investment banks and the Bank of England in a City career spanning more than 30 years. In 1994, at Morgan Stanley, he wrote the “Celtic Tiger” report on the Irish economy. He was educated at Hywel Dda and Glan Ely Comprehensive schools (Cardiff); Atlantic College (Llantwit Major); the London School of Economics, and Cambridge University. He is a Governor at Atlantic College, a member of the Welsh Government’s Advisory Panel on Financial and Professional Services, a member of the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal's Growth and Competitiveness Commission, and the Chair of Wales Public Services 2025. His book, “Making Sense of Markets”, was published in August 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan. He is married with two daughters, lives in London and is a keen amateur musician, runner and hill-walker.