Membership of the Board

Keith Attwood

Keith was CEO of e2v technologies from 1998 to 2013, having previously worked at a senior level within the telecommunications, defence and aerospace sectors. e2v develops and manufactures leading edge technology products and services for advanced systems companies. Markets served include medical & science, aerospace & defence, and commercial & industrial markets. e2v has principal sites in UK, France, US and China and achieved sales of c£200m in 2012/13. Revenue is sourced 39% from USA, 17% from Asia and 44% from Western Europe and ROW. Keith led a management buy-out of e2v from Marconi plc in 2002 and subsequently floated the Company on the London Stock Exchange in 2004. He is former Chairman of the CBI East of England Regional Council and is currently chair of the CBI Employment and Skills Board. In 2012 Keith was awarded an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from Anglia Ruskin University and is a Companion Member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Details of Trusteeships

  • None

Jerome Booth

Jerome Booth, is an economist, author and commentator on emerging markets and global economic events. Dr Booth holds four degrees, including a doctorate in Economics in Oxford and an Honorary Doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University. He is currently a visiting Professor in the Practice of Investment Management in the Faculty of Finance, at Cass Business School and has lectured in Economics at Christ Church, Oxford in the past.

In May 2013 Jerome Booth retired from Ashmore, emerging market investment manager and established New Sparta Limited, through which he manages a number of his investments: New Call Telecom, ExaroNews (an investigative journalism company), bne (Business New Europe), Walpole Holdings (including Moving On magazine,  Notgoingtouni, app developer Appadoodle and Vocendi), New Sparta Films, Icon Film Distribution UK, IO Entertainment, CBC UK (a Lloyds broker).

His recently published book is titled Emerging Markets in an Upside Down World, Challenging Perceptions in Asset Allocation and Investment.

Jerome is also a supporter of the arts.  He is Chairman of the Fitzwilliam Museum Development Trust; Deputy Chairman of the Britten Sinfonia and a Council Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society and a Vice President of the Essex Community Foundation.

Jerome is the Chair of the Board of Governors.

Details of Trusteeships

  • Britten Sinfonia;
  • Chair of the Fitzwilliam Museum Development Trust.
  • Council Member: Royal Philharmonic Society
  • Essex Community Foundation
  • Cass Business School

Nigel Brown OBE

Nigel Brown

Dr Nigel W Brown OBE, MA (Hons), Winner Individual Queen’s Award For Enterprise Promotion (2007), Hon Member of Royal Society of Musicians, Founder of NWBrown Group Ltd (retired) and the Great Eastern Investment Forum (pioneering business angels’ forum), Chair (non-x) Thorman Hunt Ltd, wine shippers, Chair Cambridge CAB, Chair MAGPAS (Mid-Anglia GP Accident Service), Chair Saffron Hall Trust, personal charity The Stradivari Trust, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire (2010-2011).

Details of Trusteeships

  • Cambridge Citizens Advice Bureau (Chair);
  • MAGPAS (Chair)
  • Stradivari Trust
  • Saffron Hall Trust (Chair)
  • Cambridgeshire Police Shrievalty Trust

David Crowe

David Crowe photo




David Crowe has been a teacher in secondary education for thirty seven years, twenty four of them in senior leadership.  David has served as a head teacher for eighteen years, first at The Cornelius Vermuyden School on Canvey Island and then, for the last twelve years until his retirement at the end of August 2014, at The Boswells School in Springfield, Chelmsford.  Thirty one years of his career has been spent in Chelmsford where he and his family live.

As an active member of the Association of Secondary Headteachers in Essex (ASHE) David served as a member of ASHE Council and then ASHE Executive, including holding the positions of Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Chair.  As a Council and Executive member David was significantly involved in various County initiatives, working with county council officers and members as well as commercial organisations.  Under his leadership The Boswells School was recognised nationally and internationally and played a key role in offering operational and strategic support to other Essex secondary schools.  He was a member of the NFER National Headteachers' Panel for a number of years, playing a role in evaluating new products and research.  He was also a core member of the International Education collaboration for further European learning and citizenship.

David is no stranger to studying at Anglia Ruskin University and his wife is also an alumna of the university.  In preparation for his first headship David studied on the MSC Educational Management course at Anglia Polytechnic University, based in Danbury Park, achieving his Masters degree in 1996 and then working as a part-time tutor on the Educational Management Diploma and Masters degree programmes in addition to his day job.  As an alumnus of the university David feels a great affinity with its work of educating young people and brings a passion for lifelong learning and forging opportunities for young people to his new role as governor.

For relaxation David enjoys golf, music, reading and cycling but above all spending time with his family.  His love of football is lifelong:  he has been a supporter of Southend United since his very early years and is a season ticket holder.

Details of Trusteeships

  • Livingston School Academy, West London

Matt East

Matt East

Matt East started at Anglia Ruskin University in 2005, studying a BSc in Audio Music Technology and Creative Music Technology. He was elected in his final year of study as SU President in 2009, and re-elected in 2010. 

Matt is now the Learning Technologist for the Faculty of Science and Technology, driving forward the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching for the faculty. 

Details of Trusteeships

  • Trustee of NUS
  • NUS Charity

Margaret Hyde

Margaret Hydey

Margaret was a journalist, broadcaster and editor with the BBC for more than 30 years and more recently, interim CEO of the world wide women’s organisation, Soroptimist International.

She was the first woman news editor in BBC Local Radio and also worked in television management in Manchester.  She was managing editor at the radio stations in Cambridgeshire and Essex between 1987 and 2007.  Margaret coordinated the Corporation’s Charter renewal activity in the East of England under the key theme of building public value.

From 2006 until 2012, she was Chairman of the Ixion Group of companies, a non-executive board member of Business Link East, a trustee of the Essex Community Foundation, a former chairman of Essex Crimestoppers and now a volunteer with Cambridgeshire Crimestoppers.

Details of Trusteeships

  • Duxford Youth Initiative Trust

John Keddie

John keddie photo

John Keddie was formerly Vice-President, Global Operations for GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest health care companies, managing over 40 sites across four continents.  He has worked internationally for over 25 years and has experience of managing R&D and business operations in over 30 countries.  A scientist by background, John has a BSc (First Class Hons) in Biology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, a PhD from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from the Open University. 

Since leaving GSK, John has set up a property development business, and is Chair of the Harlow Enterprise Zone; Chair of the West Essex Alliance and Deputy Chair of the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium.

John is a regular visitor to the gym, enjoys cooking and wine, and spends most of his time looking after his two young daughters.

Details of Trusteeships

  • None

Helen Keyes


Dr Helen Keyes is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University. She holds a first class honours degree and a PhD in Psychology from UCD, Dublin, where she was awarded the Patrick Semple Medal for Excellence in Psychology in 2004 and the Postgraduate Scholarship Award in Human Sciences in 2005.

Helen joined Anglia Ruskin University in 2010, where she researches in the area of visual perception. In particular, she publishes work on how the brain perceives familiar faces and how drivers perceive and respond to road signs. She is a member of the Distance and Work-Based Learning University Subcommittee and the RDI Partnership Management Group.

Helen enjoys lecturing, particularly in the area of statistics, and has won several student-nominated awards for her teaching. Helen is an academic staff member of the Board of Governors.

Details of Trusteeships

  • None

Mark Lloyd

Mark Lloyd

Mark Lloyd became Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council in March 2008. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of Durham County Council.

Mark started his career as a civil servant. In 1990 he joined the Powys Training and Enterprise Council (TEC). In 1993 he worked on the Scott Inquiry into the export of arms to Iraq. In 1994 moved to the Central England TEC. He left to join Bolton and Bury TEC and Business Link in 1996 as Group Deputy Chief Executive. In 1999 he moved to County Durham where he spent 12 months as Chief Executive of County Durham TEC and Business Link before joining Durham County Council in 2000.

Mark is also: Chairman of the Association of County Chief Executives and a Trustee of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

Details of Trusteeships

  • Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Cambridge

Ian McManus

Ian McManus

Ian has operated at Main Board level in major multinational companies, as well as working in a number of blue chip agrochemical and pharmaceutical companies.

Details of Trusteeships

  • None

Helen Meixner CMG






Until her retirement Helen Meixner worked for the British Council.   At various stages Director of Human Resources, Libraries and Books and Central Europe, she finished her career as Regional Director for South East Europe and Director Romania, based in Bucharest.   She was also for some time in charge of the Council’s specialists including its professional educationists; this and her marriage to the Chief Education Adviser at the then Ministry of Overseas Development gave her a strong interest in education which she has pursued both personally and professionally in her retirement.  

Born in Australia, Helen has a degree in history from the University of Queensland.   After retiring she successfully completed an MA with distinction in South-East European Studies at University College London.    Helen was until recently the Chair of Governors of Langford Primary School in Hammersmith and Fulham; she is currently a member of the governing body of Sir John Cass and Redcoat Secondary School in Tower Hamlets, and a trustee of the Sir John Cass Foundation.   She also served for ten years both on the governing body of Book Aid International (for the last two as its Chair) and as a Justice of the Peace.

In 2001 Helen was awarded a CMG for services to overseas cultural relations.

Details of Trusteeships

  • Sir John Cass Foundation
  • Sir John Cass and Redcoat Secondary School

Judge Richard Seymour Q.C.

Richard Seymour

Richard Seymour is a Senior Circuit Judge permanently assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court. He obtained a First Class honours degree at Cambridge University, and practised as a barrister based in London until appointed a judge in 2000. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991. At the Bar he specialised in professional negligence claims and international arbitrations; as a judge he tries civil cases, primarily involving contractual disputes. He and his wife, Clare, who until 2009 was a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at ARU, have jointly written Courtroom Skills for Social Workers, 2nd edition 2011.

Details of Trusteeships

  • None

Daryl Sharpe




Daryl is the 2014/15 President of the Students' Union. She was formerly the Experience Officer (Cambs) 2013/14. Daryl is also a member of the Student Matters Committee.

Details of Trusteeships

  • Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union

Adam Sharples CB

Adam Sharples

Adam is the Chair of Ixion Holdings, the business owned by the University which provides employment, training and business advice and bids for research funding.

From 1988 to 2011 Adam was a civil servant in the Treasury, where he was Director of Public Spending, and then in the Department for Work and Pensions where he was Director General for Employment. Before joining the civil service Adam was head of research for a public service trade union and worked as an economist for the Labour Party.

Adam was made a Companion of the Bath in 2007. He lives in north London with his wife Barbara and has a daughter and a son, both in their twenties.

Details of Trusteeships

  • Director and Trustee of Princes Initiative for Mature Enterprise



John Spence MBE OBE CBE

ohn Spence

John Spence spent 32 years with Lloyds Bank/Lloyds TSB. His career culminated in six managing director roles across business banking, Scotland, retail distribution, personal lending and policy and risk. Past and present non-executive appointments include Edrington Ltd, HM Revenue & Customs, Capital for Enterprise Ltd, the Money Advice Service and Callcredit Ltd.

John is Chair of Spicerhaart Group Ltd, the SE Local Enterprise Partnership, Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance and the Essex Community Foundation. He is a governor of the Church Commissioners and Deputy Chair of Business in the Community. He is President of the Royal Zoological Society of Scorland.

Blind himself, he has chaired various disability charities such as Blind in Business, Action for Blind People and Vitalise -but still enjoys his motorbike! He was awarded the MBE for services to the community and the OBE for services to charity. He enjoys cooking, listening to sport, going to the theatre and swimming.

Details of Trusteeships

  • Church of England Central Services Ltd
  • Finance Chairman, Archbishop's Council, Church of England
  • Chelmsford Cathedral Council;
  • Guy Harlings Trust
  • Business in the Community Ltd
  • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (President)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Trust Ltd

Julie Spence OBE QPM DL

Julie Spence

Julie after taking her ‘A’ Levels, spent four years at Liverpool University and I M Marsh College of Physical Education where she trained to teach PE and Biology.

Teaching was not for her so in 1978 she joined Avon and Somerset Constabulary where she rose through the ranks to Superintendent. As  an advocate of lifelong learning she continued her personal development and undertook part-time and distance learning degree courses in law, police studies and management.  

In 1999 she was appointed to Assistant Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police; in April 2004 she was appointed to Deputy Chief Constable for Cambridgeshire; and on 1 June 2005 Julie was appointed Acting Chief Constable and subsequently appointed to Chief Constable on 10 December 2005.  

In the Queen’s 80th birthday honours listshe was awarded an OBE for her management of complex and contentious organisational issues, leadership of Thames Valley’s contribution to the operations to protect Heathrow and the Queen Mother’s funeral, her work for the ACPO Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee on Royalty and VIP Protection and her strong leadership and determination in taking forward the Gender Agenda and the development of the British Association of Women in Policing (BAWP), which have both become major drivers for gender equality in British policing.

In 2008 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Anglia Ruskin University: then in the 2010 New Years Honours list she received the Queens Police Medal (QPM).

In September 2010, after a 32 year career, she retired from policing. She is now pursuing a portfolio career and rebalancing her work/life balance equation! Her new responsibilities include being Chairman of the Police Mutual Assurance Society and Chairman of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. She remains committed to the county and has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant to support the Lord Lieutenant in his important county role.

Details of Trusteeships

  • ORMISTAN Families Trust

Roger Swain

Roger Swain

Roger is a qualified accountant (CIPFA) who semi-retired in 2004 after 38 years service in public sector finance.

Latterly this included 13 years as Finance Director, and Deputy Chief Executive for 4 years, of Cambridge University Teaching Hospital (Addenbrookes) preceded by 16 years at Cambridgeshire County Council.

Details of Trusteeships

  • Babraham Research Industry
  • Dry Drayton School & Village Association
  • Cambridgeshire Bird Club

Jonathan Swan JP

Jonathan Swan

Jonathan is a director of Operis TRG Limited, a specialist financial modelling and advisory firm working in the project finance and public-private partnership industry, and he is the author of the standard textbook on financial modelling. He serves as a governor of Chelmsford College and a Justice of the Peace, and he has previously served on the boards of several charitable and voluntary bodies. Jonathan has extensive experience of corporate governance in the public and private sectors, with particular expertise in audit and compliance.

A keen angler, Jonathan is often to be seen fishing the millpond on the Chelmsford campus, and may occasionally be heard practicing his bagpipes.

Details of Trusteeships

  • West Ham Non-Ecclesiastical charity.

Michael Thorne

Michael Thorne

Professor Thorne was appointed as Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Anglia Ruskin University in January 2007.

Mike has a first class honours degree in pure mathematics from the University of London and a PhD in computational group theory from the University of Birmingham. He held posts in University College London, Cardiff University, the University of Sunderland and Napier University in Edinburgh before becoming Vice Chancellor of the University of East London in 2001.

He is the author and co-author of a large number of books and academic papers and writes for newspapers and magazines and has written and presented numerous TV and radio programmes. He is a board member of Harlow College and the College of West Anglia and a trustee of the Sir John Cass Foundation. He has been a member of a number of government committees, most recently as chair of the Advisory Council on Libraries and for a time was on the Board of the LondonThames Gateway Development Corporation - and chaired its Planning Committee. He is on the Board of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP.

Mike is a very active musician and, among other projects, recently finished conducting his second complete sequence of Wagner's Ring Cycle in Edinburgh, as well as Tristan and Isolde, Parsifal (twice) and Die Meistersinger.

Details of Trusteeships

  • Cambridge Network
  • Cambridge Ahead
  • Sir John Cass Foundation
  • Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA)
  • Harlow College
  • College of West Anglia
  • Health Watch Cambridge

Margaret Wilson


Margaret is an educational professional with over 30 years experience of working in and leading a wide range of schools. She has been a Principal and Executive Principal in four comprehensive schools and academies from inner London to Essex.

She holds a BEd in Educational Administration, an MSc in Education Management and an MBA in Education Leadership and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.    In 2012 she was awarded a doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University for her contribution to education.

Margaret has been an adviser to the academies division of the DfE supporting a wide range of academies as a National Challenge Adviser and School Improvement Partner.  She regularly provides keynote presentations to school leaders on raising standards across a range of national and international venues.  She is also a non-executive director on the Board of Pearson Education Ltd.  

Margaret is a National Leader of Education and Principal of the highly successful King John School in Benfleet.  The school is the sponsor of a new academy and is the lead partner in a National Challenge Trust school. 

Details of Trusteeships

  • Chase High Trust
  • The James Hornsby Trust