The Board of Governors


Professor Michael Gunn, former Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University  

Chair of the Board, Chair of the Nominations 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. 

Lay Governors

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

Deputy Chair of the Board, Chair of Remuneration Committee and Chair of HR Committee: Retired Director of HR & OD at the NHS Wales Business Services Centre; 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  both as non-executive Chair, Deputy and Chair; fellow of the CIPD; currently engaged in part time HR consultancy and lives in Tonteg. 

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. 

John Derrick

Chair of the RWCMD Board of Directors:  An experienced leader in investment and private banking, including senior roles at Barclays, Lombard Odier and Goldman Sachs. Chair of the RWCMD London advisory group and Pimlico Opera and trustee of Orion Orchestra. Lives in London.

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, former Managing Director of Newport City Council 

Chair of Audit Committee: 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 was 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.

Clare Hudson, former Head of Productions BBC Cymru Wales

RWCMD Board of Directors:  Until October 2016, Clare was Head of Productions BBC Cymru Wales - leading growth in production in Wales (Doctor Who, Sherlock, Crimewatch and Casualty).  Clare was Acting Director of BBC Wales 2009-10 and from 2000-2011, Head of English Language Programmes, commissioning CoalHouse, Snowdonia 1890 and dramas Belonging and Baker Boys.  Prior to the BBC, she was Editor of Wales This Week, HTV Wales’s award-winning investigative current affairs series, and a print journalist in South Wales, London and Yorkshire.  On the Board of Artis, a community arts organisation in Pontypridd and advisory board of Adoption UK Cymru.

Hélène Mansfield OBE, former Headteacher of Croesyceiliog School, Cwmbran 

Member of Finance and Resources Committee and Chair of the Merthyr Tydfil College Board of Directors;  Former Headteacher, Croesyceiliog School, Cwmbran (retired August 2009); Panel Member and Chair of EWC Suitability and Fitness to Practise Hearings; lives in Whitchurch, Cardiff.

Alison Philips, Chief Executive of the Public Services Staff Commission

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. 

Michael (Mo) Stevens, Group CEO Shearwater Group plc

Member of Finance and Resources Committee: Michael Stevens is Group CEO Shearwater Group, former Head of International Markets & Board member Airbus Defence & Space UK, former CEO of Cassidian U. Michael joined Airbus Group from BAE Systems in April 2012, leaving Airbus to join Shearwater in September 2016. With a background in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and an MSc in Information Systems Management, Michael has held various senior & board 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, Cyber & 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 

RWCMD Board of Directors: Managing Partner and founder of the Wales Odgers office based in Cardiff.  Jemma has 20 years’ search experience delivering Executive &Non-Executive assignments across all functions. Member of the Prince’s Trust Cymru Council; Director of the Cardiff Business Club; Member of the CBI Council for Wales and an Ambassador for Pembrokeshire.  Jemma's early career was spent with Marks and Spencer.  Jemma has a BSc Honours in Management Science and French with subsidiary Maths and Spanish. She is a graduate of one of France’s 'Grandes Ecoles',  L' Ecole Superieure de Commerce.

Other co-opted member

Louise Evans

Louise Evans, member of leadership team at Grant Thornton UK LLP and the Tax Partner in the Cardiff and Bristol Offices Member of the Finance and Resources Committee: Louise has worked for Grant Thornton since 2000, firstly as Tax Partner, then as Managing Partner of Bristol and Cardiff Offices from 2006. In 2010 Louise became one of the three members of the Region’s Managing Board. In 2015 she was invited to be a member of Grant Thornton’s national leadership team and as Business Unit Leader for the South Region she has overall responsibility for 5 offices and almost 700 employees. Louise is also a non-executive director of No Fit State Circus and a Trustee for Kidney Wales, and a former board member of the Welsh National Hockey Union.


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

Mishan Wickremasinghe

President of the University of South Wales Students’ Union

Second Student Governor - TBC

Elected Staff Governor

Angela Lewis

Academic Board Nominee

Co-opted Members of the Executive

Sara Owen, Deputy Vice Chancellor

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.

Co-opted Members of the Board’s Committees 

Steve Blake. 

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

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.