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 former 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. Keith is an active investor and sits on the advisory board of the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner.

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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, Ozone, Nimbuzz, New Sparta Asset Management, ExaroNews (an investigative journalism company), bne IntelliNews, Walpole Holdings (including Moving On magazine, Notgoingtouni, Enrola, 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 Board Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society and a Vice President of the Essex Community Foundation.

Jerome is the Chair of the Board of Governors.

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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).

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David Crowe

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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.

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Margaret Hyde

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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.

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John Keddie

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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.

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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.

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Professor Iain Martin

Iain Martin MD M.Ed(dist) MBChB FRCS

Iain is the Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, having taken up the post in March 2016.
After growing up in Hampshire, Iain spent the next 18 years in Leeds where he studied medicine prior to undertaking surgical training and working as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Leeds. In 2000 he moved to New Zealand to take up the role of Professor of Surgery at The University of Auckland. During this time Iain’s clinical and research interests focussed on gastro-intestinal cancer, especially cancer of the stomach and oesophagus. Over the next 12 years he had a number of roles at the University including Head of the School of Medicine, Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and Deputy Vice Chancellor. In 2012 he was appointed to the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where he was, as chief academic officer, responsible for the community of 52000 students and 3000 academic staff.
Iain is married to Fiona and they have two adult children. Having grown up on the edge of the Solent he loves sailing and is a passionate watcher of rugby union.

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Leigh Rooney




Leigh is Students' Union President. She is also a member of the Student Matters Committee and the Nominations Committee.

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Alan Rose


Alan Rose is trained as an economist, with busines-related degrees from Edinburgh University and Columbia University. His first career was in the energy sector with Royal Dutch Shell, followed by a second career in strategy consulting with Booz Allen & Hamilton in the USA and Europe. In recent years he has served as Chairman of York Teaching Hospital, which worked closely with the Hull York Medical School. York Hospital was named 'Board of the Year' from the entire NHS in 2012. In 2015 he moved to Suffolk and is currently the Chairman of Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust, which has a number of educational and research links with Anglia Ruskin.


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Dr Alhajie Saidy Khan

Alhajie Saidy Khan is a senior lecturer in Human Resources Management.  Alhajie is an academic staff member of the Board of Governors.

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Judge Richard Seymour Q.C.

Richard Seymour





Richard Seymour was, until he retired, 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 tried 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 and Report Writing Skills for Social Workers, 2nd edition 2011, and Practical Child Law for Social Workers 2013. He was appointed a member of the Chapter of Chelmsford Cathedral in 2015.

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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.

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John Spence MBE OBE CBE

ohn Spence





John Spence is Finance Chairman of the Archbishops’ Council for the Church of England. As such , he leads the Renewal and reform programme and is engaged with all aspects of the Church’s work. He was previously a Church Commissioner, Chairman of the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance.

John is also Cabinet Member for Finance in Essex County Council, Treasurer of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Finance Chairman of Business in the Community and President of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. He is non-executive Chairman of the Spicerhaart Group Ltd (based in Colchester) and of Callcredit Information Group Ltd.

John previously spent 32 years in the Lloyds Bank Group, a career which included six managing director roles. He served as Chairman of both the British Bankers Retail Committee and its Business Committee. Previous non-executive directorships and trusteeships include HM Revenue & Customs, Capital for Enterprise Ltd, Money Advice Service, and the Royal National Institute for the Blind. He has served as Chairman of Blind in Business. Action for Blind People and Revitalise and was President of Enable (Scotland’s Mencap).

Married with three children and five grandchildren, John lives in Chelmsford. Registered blind for 25 years, he still enjoys motorcycling, alongside swimming, sport, eating and drinking.

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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.

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Julie Walkling


Julie Walkling has been Director of Student Services at Anglia Ruskin University since January 2010, leading a wide range of developmental, support and administrative functions. In particular her work has focussed on the student experience and student engagement, with ARU having seen a 16 point increase in NSS overall satisfaction since 2010 and winning a THELMA for best Student Services Team in 2012. She has worked in higher education for 20 years, with a professional background in counselling. Julie has been an active member of AMOSSHE (The Student Services Organisation) since 1999, including nine years on the Executive, with two as Chair. Prior to HE she worked in the voluntary sector coordinating support services and in retail management selling luxury goods.  Julie co-founded a Therapy Centre in North London in 1995 and is Chair of their advisory committee.

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Christine Whatford CBE

Christine is an experienced manager who was a Director of departments in three London Councils, being responsible for budgets up to £150 million and the management of up to 1500 staff.

She has been especially successful in Interim Director roles, both in Education and Children’s Services.  Her success as an interim was formally recognised when she received the SOLACE Interim Manager of the Year Award in 2009 in the Education Health and Social care category.

Christine was formerly a secondary Head teacher, a sector where she has considerable experience.  Christine undertakes assignments across the whole education age range and the broader children’s agenda, both in schools, colleges and universities, in local government and in central government.

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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 a member of the Regional School Commissioners headteacher board.

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