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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 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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Iliana Calambokis




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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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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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Richard Margrave

Richard is a consultant in communications, advising a wide variety of charities, NGOs, businesses and governmental agencies on public relations, policy formulation and public affairs. He has worked directly for senior politicians in both Westminster and Brussels.

Richard gained a BSc(Econ) at University College, London and his PhD from the London School of Economics. His study of labour mobility between Britain and the United States of America in the nineteenth century was published in New York in the ‘Outstanding Theses of the London School of Economics’ series. He has held awards from the American Council of Learned Societies and New Jersey Historical Commission and served as academic fellow with the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Washington D.C.

Richard has a keen interest in education policy, widening access to higher education and life-long learning having worked as Director of Communications for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (now part of the National Education Union), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Cambridge Primary Review based at the University of Cambridge and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. For four years he led the annual publication of national A-level and GCSE results on behalf of JCQ and the UK assessment boards. He served on the government advisory board that led to the establishment of the Engineering Technology Board (now Engineering UK) to promote UK engineers, technology and manufacturing.

He is a senior trainer with the International School of Communication based in London and Dubai. As a freelance journalist he has written for a range of publications including The Guardian, Times, Sunday Times and Times Educational Supplement.

Richard has a passion for the arts and creative writing and is a recent alumnus of the Faber Academy and the playwriting workshop course at the National Theatre. He currently leads the ELE Group (East London and Essex Playwriting Group), a member-led playwriting network based at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch in East London.

Yorkshire-born, Richard retains a fierce loyalty for Doncaster Rovers F.C. but since living in West London and for the past 25 years, south Essex, he is a season ticket holder at Fulham F.C.

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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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Pamela Page

Dr Pamela Page has worked as an academic at Anglia Ruskin University for over 25 years, receiving her long service award in 2017. Originally qualifying as a critical care nurse in London, Pam has had a career spanning both academic and clinical practice. Pam is the elected Academic Staff Governor to the ARU Board of governors and as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy she is committed to enhancing quality in HEIs. 

Pam is the official correspondent for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and also works with a number of other PSRBs as well as working closely with Health Education England. Her research interests relate to the survivorship experience of both patients and their families post critical illness and she has published and presently widely in this sphere of practice. Pam is a member of the Royal College of Nursing, Intensive Care Society and the Higher Education Academy. She also sits on the following charitable organisations and NHS Trust Board of Governors).

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George Reid

George Reid’s working life was involved with the University of Cambridge and its Colleges.  The first part of his academic career was as a Lecturer in Mathematics.  He served as a Tutor in St John’s College, and then briefly Senior Tutor, before becoming Senior Bursar in 1991, an office that he held for 14 years.   That was followed by work for the Colleges collectively on legal, administrative and policy matters.  He is a Life Fellow of St John’s College.

Having served for 14 years as a member of Cambridge City Council, he is now an Honorary Councillor.  He was Mayor of the City of Cambridge in 1990-91.  He has also served as charity trustee of various local charities, including Wintercomfort for the Homeless, Cambridge and District Citizens Advice Bureau, and Ely Cathedral Trust.

While a member of Cambridge City Council he served briefly as a Governor of Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology in the 1970s, and looks forward to seeing at first hand the transformation that has occurred in its evolution to Anglia Ruskin University.

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Alan Rose


Alan Rose is trained as an economist, with business-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.

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Adam Sharples CB

Adam Sharples





Adam is the Chair of Ixion Holdings. 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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Jamie Smith

Jamie is the Students’ Union President and current student studying Forensic Science at Anglia Ruskin University. She is also a member of the Student Matters Committee and the Nominations Committee.

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John Spence MBE OBE CBE

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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

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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 list she 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 Year's 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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Abigail Trencher


Abigail Trencher is a Partner at Birketts LLP and Head of its Employment Team in its Cambridge office and is also Head of Birketts’ Education Team.

Abigail Trencher lives and works in Cambridge and is also a co-opted Board member of Cambridge Regional College.  Abigail has worked with clients in the education sector for over 15 years and looks forward to having the opportunity to bring her experience to the Board of Anglia Ruskin University and to further her interest in education and the skills agenda with such a growing and innovative University. 

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Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward is a journalist and communications specialist with over 25 years’ experience writing about education, politics and social affairs. She has worked as an education correspondent for the Guardian, Independent and the Times Education Supplement, and was a Guardian Lobby journalist based at Westminster. Since 2015, she has been the first Head of Communications at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

Lucy grew up in Manchester and read English at Balliol College, Oxford. She lives in Saffron Walden with her partner and three children.

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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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Magdalena Zawisza


Magdalena is a Senior Lecturer in psychology and Senior Fellow of HEA at ARU. She holds MSc in Organisational Psychology and PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London in psychology of advertising. She specialises in consumer, gender and related social issues. She has over ten years of experience in researching advertising, brand image and consumer issues more generally in national and global context. She is a co-editor of The Routledge International Handbook of Consumer Psychology, an editor of MediaMattersFacebook page and has experience of  Course Leadership for MSc Consumer Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She employs her expertise in her consultancy Insights: Brand, Advertising & Society set for businesses, government and charitable organisations. Her research has been published in peer review journals and her work has attracted media attention from The Independent, BBC and Newsweek among others.
Magdalena is an academic staff member of the Board of Governors.

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