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Past governors

Professor Eileen Baker (Chair) OBE BA MSc PGCE DLitt FRSA
Lady Janet Jones DL
Jane M James, ARAgs
Chris Burgoyne ACIB
Matthew Hart
Sir David Henshaw Kt BA M.Soc.Sci  FRSA CCMI
Brian Howes OBE DL BSc
Professor John Last CBE MA DLitt HonFMA FRSA
Professor Katharine Perera BA MA PhD LLD
Peter Purdom CCIPD BA Hons
Aldham Robarts DL ACBA, FLJMU FRAS
Ms Hilary Stevens
Basil Towers BA FCIPR
Robert (Bob) Hill
Judge R Philip Hughes
Lynda Powell MBA MIH
Professor Peter Toyne DL
Michael Cant (Chair) BArch MBA MIoD MRICS
Pam Hope BSc, DipN, PGCDE, RGN, RNT
Dr Janet Wademan BA, PhD, FCMI, FRSA

Professor Eileen Baker (Chair) OBE BA MSc PGCE DLitt FRSA

Appointed February 2005, Chair from February 2009

Eileen Baker text

Eileen Baker taught in secondary schools from 1969 until 1974 when she took up her first lecturing post.

Recruited to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate in 1988, she specialised in the inspection of English in the university sector and production of the Chief Inspector’s Annual Report.

Formerly the Principal of Bishop Grosseteste College of HE, she has served on amongst others the Standing Committee of Principals’ Council, The Teacher Training Agency Board, the General Teaching Council, the National Mathematics Inquiry, the HEFCE Sector Strategy Group, Lincoln Cathedral Council and the ‘Vision of Lincolnshire’ committee.

Awarded a professorship by the University of Hull in 1998, on retiring in 2003 she received an OBE for services to higher education and an honorary doctorate and Visiting Professorship from Leicester University.

Lady Janet Jones DL

Appointed July 2006

Lady Janet Jones DL text

Lady Janet Jones was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Clwyd in 1998.

Lady Janet is a long-serving magistrate who has held a number of high profile magistrate roles throughout England and Wales.

She was formerly a Council Member of the Wales and England Magistrates’ Association and an Executive Member of the Clwyd Magistrates’ Association.

She was formerly a member of the Lord Chancellors’ Advisory Committee in Clwyd and Chairman of the Flintshire Bench of Magistrates (2001-2005).

Lady Janet is committed to the Voluntary Sector.

She is currently president of Flintshire Pre-School Playgroups Association, Deeside Mencap and Deeside Guides Association.

She is a trustee of P.A.C.T and North Wales Victim Support.

She was formerly a Member of Clwyd’s School Governing Bodies.

Jane M James, ARAgS

Appointed July 2006

Jane M James text

Jane James was appointed in March 2009 as Policy, Government & Public Affairs Manager for Chevron Ltd, based at their Pembroke Oil Refinery. Chevron’s Pembroke refinery is one of the leading employers in South Wales. The company has around 1,100 Texaco-branded service stations in the UK as well as lubricants, marine and aviation businesses.

Jane was Director of Prince’s Trust Cymru from 2004 to 2008 delivering programmes to over 4,000 young people throughout Wales.

Her involvement in the Welsh food industry over the previous ten years has included Managing Director of the Welsh Meat Company, Centre Manager of Food Centre Wales – a food technology centre, and agricultural PR across a range of production sectors.

She has also played a major role in developing and diversifying the family farming business in Pembrokeshire.

She was a Licensed Reader of the Church in Wales for twenty years, and was a member of the BBC’s Audience & Broadcasting Councils for Wales from 1998 until 2009. She was the first holder of the Welsh Woman Farmer of the Year title in 1997.

Jane is a Governor of Christ College Brecon and an associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies. She is married with two grown up daughters.

Chris Burgoyne ACIB

Appointed May 2004

 Chris Burgoyne has been Area Director for HSBC Bank in North Wales since July 2004. Prior to that he was Area Director for North East Wales for two years and has undertaken various managerial roles across Wales during his 27 year banking career. He is responsible for HSBC’s retail, commercial and corporate operations in North Wales.

Matthew Hart

Governor from 2008 - June 2009

Student Governor

Matthew Hart

Originally from Yorkshire, Matt  moved to Wrexham in 2004 to study for a BA in applied arts /jewellery metalwork.

After completing his degree in 2007 he  was elected Vice President of the Students' Guild.

This post provided him with a good introduction to working with the University and with the National Union of Students on a wide range of student campaigns.

At the end of his term of office as Vice President, Matt was elected President of the Students' Guild for 2008/09 and has been working to strengthen further the relationship between the Students' Guild and the University, including encouraging students to become more involved in representing the student body in all aspects of University life.

Sir David Henshaw Kt BA M.Soc.Sci  FRSA CCMI

Governor from February 2008 - May 2009

Sir David Henshaw text

Sir David Henshaw was the Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council from 1999 to 2006.

He was also Chief Executive of Liverpool Culture Company, Deputy Chair of the board of the Mersey Partnership and Chair of Liverpool Partnership Group.

A past President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Adviser to the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, he was also an adviser to the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit, a member of the Treasury’s Public Services Productivity Panel and a member of the OGC Efficiency Programme Board.

He is also an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University and an Honorary Doctor of Sheffield Hallam University, a former Fellow of Liverpool University, a former Visiting Fellow of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chairman of the Faenol Trust, and a member of the Board of the European Institute for Urban Affairs at Liverpool John Moores University.

After leaving Liverpool in 2006 he was appointed by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to undertake a re-design of the child support system in the UK.

He is also Chairman of NHS North West and Executive Chairman of Rethinking Consulting Ltd.

Most recently he has been involved in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit Capability Review programme of central government departments.

He is also a Non Executive Director on a number of other private and public bodies.

Sir David was knighted in 2004.

Brian Howes OBE DL BSc  

Appointed April 2007; Chair from October 2007 to February 2009

Brian Howes text

Brian Howes spent 40 years in the pharmaceutical and paper industries.

He chose to move to Wales in 1988 as President of a European Business Division of Kimberly-Clark Corporation to establish a manufacturing site and European office in Flintshire.

He also managed Kimberly-Clark’s pan-European logistics and human resources functions. 

He was awarded an OBE in 1993 for services to the paper industry.

Brian was appointed Chairman of Finance Wales plc in 1999.

He has had various non-executive appointments including the OpTIC Technium in St Asaph and served on the Advisory Board of Business in the Community – Wales.

He has an interest in enterprise education, having chaired Livewire Cymru, the Prince’s Youth Business Trust and Young Enterprise in North Wales.

He has also served as a board member of Theatr Clwyd and is Treasurer of Oriel Mostyn.

Professor John Last CBE MA DLitt HonFMA FRSA

Governor from September 2001 - December 2007

Professor Last spent most of his working life based in Liverpool, first working for Littlewoods and then for United Utilities as Director of External Affairs. He now has a part-time teaching contract at City University, London, together with a visiting professorship. He is non-executive Chairman of Dernier Property Group based on Merseyside and non-executive Chairman of Bute Communications Ltd, a PR/Public Affairs company based in Cardiff. Professor Last was awarded a CBE in 1989 for services to the Arts.

Professor Katharine Perera BA MA PhD LLD

Governor from September 2001 - December 2007

After an early career in teaching, Katharine Perera took up a post as lecturer in the Department of Linguistics in the University of Manchester, being appointed professor in 1991 and pro-vice-chancellor in 1994. Having served as Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, with responsibility for academic development and academic and financial planning across the University, she retired in September 2004. She is chair of governors of Withington Girls' School, Manchester, a non-executive director of Hope Hospital, Salford, and a member of the Board of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Peter Purdom CCIPD BA Hons

Governor from October 2005 - July 2008

Peter Purdom has over 30 years experience in human resource management and development, spanning both the public and private sectors.  Following his role as County Personnel Officer with Cheshire County Council, he took up a senior consulting role with KPMG and subsequently with Sanders and Sidney plc. After then establishing a successful search and selection consultancy, he joined Penna plc as Regional Head of Client Partners. Peter was previously the National Vice President of Education for the former IPM and, for six years until 2005, he served as the National Honorary Treasurer for the CIPD. He is a Chartered Companion of the CIPD, a previous trustee of  the CIPD Pension Scheme, as well as a Member of CIPD’s Professional Standards and Conducts Committee.

Aldham Robarts DL ACBA, FLJMU FRAS

Governor from January 2003 - January 2009 

Canadian citizen resident in Denbigh for the past 28 years, Aldie Robarts has worked on 11 Thomson Newspapers worldwide, finally as a Marketing Director. He founded the Wirral Globe in 1973, one of the first free distribution newspapers in the UK, and launched Northwest AutoTrader magazine. Former Chairman of the Wrexham Maelor Hospital NHS Trust (1992-99) and former Director of Telescope Technologies Limited (1996-2004) and Chairman (2001-04), he is a Trustee and former Board Member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society and a Trustee of Liverpool John Moores University.

Ms Hilary Stevens

Appointed December 2007

Ms Hilary Stevens

Hilary Stevens was Chairman of Conwy & Denbighshire NHS Trust from 2001 to May 2007 and a member of the NHS Confederation Management Committee for Wales.

She chaired the first Strategic Partnership Board in North Wales. Prior to joining the Trust she was a non-executive Director at Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology & Clatterbridge Cancer Research Trust.

Hilary previously founded the National Childbirth Trust on the Wirral and became the first President.

She is a Tutor and Counsellor with the National Childbirth Trust and was Chairman of the Maternity Liason Group for the Wirral (one Trust & two Primary Care Trusts) for six years.

She has held board positions in both the private and voluntary sectors and has a background of initiating patient and public involvement in the Health Service and bringing the Arts into the healthcare setting, a template now being rolled out across Wales.

Basil Towers BA FCIPR

Governor from December 2001 - December 2007

Basil Towers has spent over 23 years in public relations consultancy with particular emphasis on corporate reputation and issue management programmes. He established his own London based consultancy, Christow, in 1989 which became one of the UK’s leading corporate reputation consultancies. Prior to Christow he was Managing Director of Shandwick Communications, which he founded, and a director of Shandwick UK plc, the UK’s largest PR consultancy. He now runs Hesleden Partners a reputation management consultancy. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations of Wales.

Geoff Andrews BSc MSc

from February 2005 to  January 2010

Geoff Andrews text

Geoff Andrews has spent over 30 years working at senior management and board level in high-tech, high growth businesses.

He has a first degree in Physics and Mathematics and a Master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Management of Technology.

In 1993 he led a management buyout team to acquire a Pilkington business in Communications Systems.

The business grew to have a £60 million turnover by 2001 when it was acquired by a large American multinational.

Geoff is now Chief Executive of Clearview Associates Limited, a successful management consultancy company currently working with a number of blue chip clients on strategic organisational managerial and business development projects.

Robert (Bob) Hill

Appointed March 2002

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Bob Hill has lived in Milton Keynes since 1972 where he became Commercial Director and later Deputy General Manager at the Development Corporation.

He joined the British Rail Property Board in 1992 as Managing Director and in 1994 became Property Director of Railtrack plc.

In 1998 he established his own property consultancy, Peerless Hill Partnership.

He is currently a Trustee of the Milton Keynes Parks Trust and of the Powell Foundation - a charity helping the aged and those with disabilities, and has been a Board Member of De Montfort University, Buckinghamshire Health Authority and the Milton Keynes Theatre and Gallery Company.

Judge R Philip Hughes

Appointed February 2008

Judge R Philip Hughes text

Judge Hughes was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1971.

He initially practised in London as well as on the Wales and Chester Circuit in Chester where he specialised in Crime, Family and Civil Law.

During his distinguished career to date he has held a number of senior appointments including Head of Chambers at 40 Kind Street, Chester; Assistant Boundary Commissioner (Wales), Assistant Recorder, and Recorder.

He was appointed Circuit Judge in 1998 and for seven years until April 2007 he was Designated Family Judge for Warrington.

Judge Hughes is currently appointed as a Judge on the Wales Circuit sitting in the Crown and County Courts in North Wales, and Liaison Judge for Powys Magistrates as well as Diversity and Community Relations Judge for North Wales.

He was elected in 2007 to the national Committee of the Council of Her Majesty’s Circuit Judges.

Professor Bim Bhowmick DL OBE MD FRCP

Appointed April 2007

Professor Bim Bhowmick text

Professor Bhowmick retired in 2009 as Consultant Physician Intermediate Care County Hospital Pontypool. He remains Emeritus Consultant physician Glan Clwyd Hospital Rhyl, ex-Associate Postgraduate Dean Wales, ex-Clinical Director of Medicine.

He pioneered many services for the elderly in Wales and was awarded the OBE.

He chaired the Standing Committee of Postgraduate Medical Education and played a pivotal role in shaping the education and training of junior doctors in Wales for almost a decade.

He established the first in UK Academic Department of Geriatric Medicine in a small district general hospital.

He initiated and led the development of Medical and Clinical Audit in Wales.

Cardiff University awarded him the Fellowship and a Personal Chair.

In recognition of his significant contribution for Stroke Services the Stroke Interest Group in Wales has created the Annual Bim Bhowmick lecture and Bim Bhowmick Bursary.

He has been a Councillor and first ever Censor from Wales of Royal College of Physicians, London.

He is a senior MRCP examiner and Chairman of the Equality and Diversity Committee.

He has been awarded the prestigious Founders Medal by the National British Geriatric Society – the highest honour for the most distinguished physician.

He recently published his memoirs “You Can’t Climb A Ladder With Your Hands In Your Pocket” which has been reviewed as “Riveting”, ”For any reader there will be 10% perspiration and 90% inspiration”.

Professor Bhowmick won the BUPA foundation Medical Charity UK award in recognition of his pioneering work in Intermediate Care in 2008. In 2009 he received the Lifetime Achievement NHS Wales Award, given for the first time ever.

He is a Fellow of Glyndŵr University.

Mr Malcolm Thomas

Appointed October 2007

Mr Malcolm Thomas text

Malcolm Thomas was appointed Director of NFU Cymru in 1999 and in 2008 became Director of Membership and Regions of NFU UK, working from the NFU Headquarters at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

He was previously the Deputy Director and Head of Policy in NFU Cymru for ten years.

Mr Thomas has vast experience within the agricultural industry having worked with the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (now known as DEFRA) and within the Agricultural Department of the Welsh Office in Cardiff.

Mr Thomas was born and bred on a dairy farm in Llangynog, Carmarthen and has since returned with his family to his roots.

Mr Thomas is a Member and past Chair of the Corporate Board of Coleg Sir Gar and a member of CBI Wales.

Mr Thomas was a governor until June 2011.

Mr Carwyn Minard

Appointed July 2009

Student Governor

Mr Carwyn Minard

Originally from Pontypridd in South Wales, Carwyn moved to Wrexham to study for a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies.

He achieved his degree in 2009 and was elected Student President for the academic year 2009-10.

Carwyn is a keen rugby player and throughout his three years has represented and captained the Glyndŵr University rugby team. This was a great honour for him, and it has taught him the need for diplomacy and clear thinking at difficult times. He was also scouted by the North Wales under 23s team and represented Glyndŵr University at the Welsh Universities trial in South Wales. 

Carwyn is keen to build on the achievements of his predecessors and to develop the Student’s Guild even further. His main aim is to create greater student participation in the University and ensure students have the best possible experience at Glyndŵr University.

Lynda Powell MBA MIH

Appointed October 2008

Elected co-opted operational staff member

Lynda Powell text

Lynda Powell is Director of Campus Management and Commercial Services at Glyndŵr University.

Graduating from Blackpool and the Fylde College with an HND in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management, she continued with her studies and in 2007 completed an MBA from the University of Wales.

Lynda has spent 20 years in the hospitality industry and now specialises in strategically managing a range of commercial services within the higher education sector, in order to ensure that a high quality standard of service is delivered to customers and to maximise the potential income streams from all available sources. She also advises on customer service practices across the University.

Lynda is a member of the Institute of Hospitality.

Professor Peter Toyne CBE DL

Appointed February 2008

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Professor Peter Toyne was appointed to the post of Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Liverpool Polytechnic in 1986.

His appointment to this senior position followed a very successful career in HE both as an academic and as a senior manager at a wide range of HEIs across the UK including the University of Exeter, Bishop Otter College, Chichester, and the North East London Polytechnic.

Under his leadership Liverpool Polytechnic grew and developed to become, as Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), one of the largest HEIs in the UK.

During his career in university management Professor Toyne was also appointed to a number of senior public appointments including chair or member of many bodies involved in Higher Education, including Vice Chair of CPD, Chair of CNAA Committee on Access and Qualifications, and Chair of CVCP Environmental Committee.

Professor Toyne has a keen interest in the environment and has been appointed to Chair of Groundwork Merseyside and member of World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Board, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of Forum for the Future working with Jonathan Porritt and Sara Parkin.

Professor Toyne retired from LJMU in 2000 and since then has continued to make a major contribution to public life in Liverpool and North West England.

His many senior appointments since 2000 include: High Sheriff of Merseyside (2001-02); Chair, Liverpool Capital of Culture Bid; Chair, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; National Chairman, Friends of Cathedral Music; Member of National Probations Service Merseyside Area Board (and chair of its Audit Committee); Chair, Woodlands Hospice Appeal; Chair, Liverpool Cathedral Trust and member of Cathedral Council;  President, Liverpool YMCA;  President, Liverpool Organists’ Association; and member of the Everyman Theatre Board.

Reflecting his academic interests, Professor Toyne has also published a wide range of books and articles in learned journals on various topics in human geography, mainly on environmental matters - e.g. World Problems (1969) and Recreation and Environment (1974) - together with three major government reports: Educational Credit Transfer (1979); Environmental Responsibility in Further and Higher Education (1993); Taking the Environment Agenda Forward (1996).

Professor Toyne was awarded a CBE in 2009 for his services to Liverpool.

Michael Cant BArch MBA MIoD MRICS

Appointed December 2007, Chair of the Board from July 2010

Michael Cant text

Michael was born in Zimbabwe and trained as an architect at University of Cape Town. 

He managed a Southern African property portfolio for one of the continent’s largest industrial conglomerates before completing an MBA at Witwatersrand University. 

Moving to the UK in 1982, he worked with Dunlop handling a global property portfolio and qualified as a chartered surveyor. 

He then held senior posts taking charge of infrastructure services for a range of commercial and leisure organisations before becoming one of the founding fathers of the FM profession in the UK.

Michael started Larch Consulting in 1995 and as Director of Consulting has led infrastructure strategy programmes for a wide range of household-name organisations including over 25 universities and colleges.

He has been an external examiner for the FM Masters degree at the College of Estate Management, Reading, has just completed a term as the founding chair of Action FM and is Vice Chair of the RICS FM Faculty Group.

Pam Hope BSc, DipN, PGCDE, RGN, RNT

Appointed December 2007

Academic Board elected teaching staff member

Pam Hope text

Following almost twenty years in the NHS as a qualified nurse and manager and then having acquired appropriate teaching qualifications, Pam joined Glyndŵr University’s predecessor NEWI in 1995/6.

Since joining as a nurse teacher, Pam has held the position of programme leader for the pre-registration Nursing programme and is now the Subject Leader for Health Studies in the School of Health, Social Care, Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Pam is a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Royal College of Nursing UK.


Brian Heath BSc MSc, MASI, FRSPH

Appointed December 2007
Elected co-opted teaching staff member

Brian Heath text
Brian Heath is Principal Lecturer at Glyndwˆr University in Occupational and Public Health and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health for whom he is also a registered tutor and examiner.

Having taken a first degree in Construction Economics and qualifying as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Brian has worked extensively in the construction industry and has consulted in a range of other industries including Aerospace, Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical, Process Manufacturing, Healthcare and Engineering.

Luke Murphy

Students’ Guild President
Appointed 1st July 2013

Luke Murphy

Newly elected president of the Student’s Guild Luke Murphy was born in Ruthin. He grew up in Windsor and Eaton and is studying sports coaching in Glyndŵr University. He is an avid sports fanatic and is a qualified coach in football, rugby, cycling and currently doing a personal training qualification.

He played rugby to a high standard in the south of England playing for clubs such as Henley, Windsor and London Welsh, whilst also representing Buck’s county. He also spent a season in Toronto, Canada playing for Toronto and Ontario before an injury ended his playing days at a young age. He then naturally started coaching. He has five years coaching experience; acting as head coach at Wrexham, Chester, and North Wales and for the University rugby team.

As well as his role as a Student President, Luke also works for the Welsh Rugby Union running the under fifteens academy in North Wales and has an active role coaching cycling in Wales.  He is also a member of the UOTC (University Officer Training Core). Luke has an identical twin; his better looking half is currently serving in the royal marines. 

Vincent Ryan LLB

Vincent Ryan LLB

Appointed May 2011

Vincent Ryan was born and educated in Wrexham. Having achieved a law degree at University of Wales, Cardiff he joined Allington Hughes Solicitors as a trainee in 1981 and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1984. He rose to Partner with Allington Hughes by 1988 and remained there until 2009 specialising in a number of areas including; employment law, criminal law disability rights, personal injury, commercial contracts and civil litigation.
During his time at Allington Hughes he worked part time as an employment judge (2002 – 2009). He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and trustee of a number of voluntary organisations and private trusts including chairman of trustees of the Charles Lloyd Foundation and the Wrexham Diocesan Child Protection Management Committee.

Vincent studied for an MA in Healthcare Law & Ethics at Manchester University graduating in 2009. In the same year Vincent was appointed as a salaried Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales) assigned to the Manchester and Liverpool Region

Mr Ian Williams

Mr Ian Williams

Appointed September 2009

Ian Williams is the chief executive of the Local Government Boundary Commission within the Welsh Government.
Ian joined the Welsh Assembly Government as director of International Business Wales (IBW) in 2006 with responsibility for managing all inward investment into Wales, as well as encouraging Welsh firms to improve their competitiveness by internationalising their businesses. Subsequently he was strategic change manager within the Welsh Government, and moved to his current role in 2012.

Ian became Director North Wales (leading economic development in the region) in 2008 and had pan-Wales accountability for the enterprise function (supporting growing businesses and entrepreneurs).

Ian is originally from Bethesda in North Wales and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

He has 20 years’ experience as an oil company executive with Shell International. Prior to joining Shell he spent some time as a pop singer and a television presenter in Wales.

Ian is married to Nest Williams, a television journalist with BBC Wales.

His Honour Judge Roger Dutton DL, BA

His Honour Judge Roger Dutton DL, BA

Appointed June 2008

Co-opted Member of Nominations Committee

Judge Roger Dutton was born in Wrexham and went to school locally. He was called to the Bar in 1975 and practised at common law chambers in Chester until October 1996 when he was appointed a Circuit Judge.
He now sits in the Crown Court in Chester and the North West. Since its inception he has been an interviewing judge for the Judicial Appointments Commission.

He is a tutor judge with the Judicial Studies Board. He serves on various justice committees in the area and since 2005 had been the Honorary Treasurer of Her Majesty’s Council of Circuit Judges.

Karen Lennox

Karen Lennox

Appointed September 2011

Karen has been a careers guidance practitioner for over 21 years across Merseyside and North East Wales and has been managing the careers service at Glyndŵr University for the past 6 years. She is chair of the Welsh Higher Education Careers Services Group. 

Born in Liverpool, Karen returned to education at the age of 28 and started working for Knowsley Careers Service eventually graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University and qualifying as a careers adviser.  

Her career started working in schools and colleges across the Merseyside region, before moving into managing large European-funded projects in some of the most deprived communities  supporting long term unemployed people.

Following a move to Wales in 2001 she worked for Careers Wales North East, then the  Careers Wales Association, before joining Glyndŵr University.

Karen is company secretary and a trustee of a small local charity and social enterprise offering out of school childcare.

Professor Michael Scott BA MA PhD FRSA FHEA DL

Professor Michael Scott BA MA PhD FRSA FHEA DL

Professor Michael Scott was educated at the University of Wales, Lampeter and Nottingham University and gained his PhD from De Montfort University.

He is a distinguished literary scholar having written numerous books and articles and edited two major series, most notably the influential Text and Performance series which helped develop Masters programmes in a new approach to Shakespeare Studies in the UK, the USA, Australia and elsewhere. Among his books are Renaissance Drama and a Modern Audience, Shakespeare and the Modern Dramatist and John Marston’s Plays: Theme, Structure and Performance.

He has spent over thirty five years in the higher education sector devoted to social inclusion and the opening up of universities to the community. He was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University, Leicester, which he joined in 1989 from Sunderland Polytechnic where he was Professor of English and Head of the School of Humanities.

For fourteen years he was Visiting Professor of English at Georgetown University, Washington DC which honoured him with the Bicentennial Award for Distinguished Teaching and Scholarship in 1989.  He was a Visiting Fellow at Harris Manchester, Oxford during 2010-2011.

Since his appointment to Wrexham in 2001, Professor Scott has led the team that has created Glyndŵr University.  He has been Chairman of the UNESCO Cymru Wales Committee, of the North Wales Film Commission and the North Wales Events Commission and has served on the BBC Council for Wales.

He has linked Glyndŵr University with universities in China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Russia and across Europe.  In Wales, Glyndŵr University has expanded across the North East working with AirBus in the development in Flintshire of a new teaching and research centre in advanced composite material technologies.  In Denbighshire it has developed Optic Glyndŵr in St Asaph which has become a significant European funded centre for research in ultra precision optical surface technologies relating particularly to the European Extra Large Telescope project.  Working with companies such as Sharp it is similarly engaged in solar energy research and in holographics.

In 2011 under his leadership Glyndŵr University opened Glyndŵr University London, taking in to the university the London School of Management and Science. It also acquired the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium in Wrexham and the Colliers Park sports training facility in Gresford for the benefit of the university’s students and the community the university serves while also securing a home ground for Wrexham AFC.

Michael Scott was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Clwyd in 2009.  He is married with two daughters and a grandson, Sam and lives in Marford, Wrexham.

Penny Anderson

Penny Anderson

Students’ Guild President

Appointed 1st July 2014

“Penny Anderson was born in South London, Croydon but grew up mainly in Kent and Hertfordshire. She has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and is involved in ‘Circuit’, led by the Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Circuit is a four year national programme connecting young people to the arts in galleries.

Gaining new skills and experiences is always on her list of things to do. She likes sailing and teaches canoeing at a Christian camp in Scotland.”

David Howard BSc (Hons), ACII

David Howard BSc (Hons), ACII
Appointed April 2010

David Howard spent his early years in Chester, before his family moved to Italy where he was educated in St. George’s School in Rome developing both French and Italian language skills.He studied Economics at Loughborough University and then entered the Lloyd’s International Insurance Market becoming a chartered insurance broker in 1974.

David was elected a Member of Lloyds’s in 1980 before founding LPH Group plc. This in turn gave rise to the establishment of Lloyd’s Broking and Underwriting Firm Lothbury Group, which currently has offices in both London and Chester.

David has resided in the Vale of Clwyd in North Wales for many years and farmed since the early 1980s in both organic and non organic in Denbighshire and Flintshire. David also serves as Council Member of the Country Land and Rural Business Association. He is a member of the Confederation of British Industry in North Wales and serves on Glyndŵr University’s Audit Committee.

Dr Janet Wademan BA, PhD, FCMI, FRSA

Dr Janet Wademan

Appointed September 2009

Co-opted member of Audit Committee

Dr. Wademan is passionate about a Wales of high value-added jobs within a dynamic ever-changing environment. Resilience and opportunism are key to survival in a complex adaptive system where conditions and stimuli are changing in real time as exemplified by today’s economic environment.

In pursuit of her passion, Dr Wademan has been working both within industry and with regional governmental bodies. In 2002 she was appointed as a founder member of the First Minister’s Economic Research Advisory Panel (ERAP) and in 2006 she was appointed to the Department for the Economy and Transport (DE&T) Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG). Her membership of both ERAP and MAG is unique thus providing a unique insight into the policy-making process in Wales and offering the opportunity to contribute ideas to the centre of Welsh government. Membership of these bodies allows much cross-fertilization of ideas amongst experts from a wide range of disciplines and experience. From 1998 to date Dr. Wademan has served on various health boards and headhunted by the Welsh Assembly Government to transfer leadership and management expertise from the private sector for the benefit of a failing local authority.

The ability to pursue these roles with governmental bodies is due to her successful career as an advisor to high-tech R&D companies; this advisory role pursued through her own company (van Helsing Limited) and as an associate of a well-known international organization. Van Helsing Limited was formed in 1995 after Dr. Wademan had spent 15 years as an employee in the international defence and airspace management industries leading state-of-the-art electronic systems development projects.

Kate Wagner BSc Ba FHEA

Kate Wagner

Appointed December 2013

Kate graduated from Salford University in 1986 with a degree in Social Sciences (Sociology and Politics). Following this, Kate undertook professional postgraduate qualifications in Administration, and, then, Law (Common Professional Examination and The Law Society’s Finals), qualifying and practising as a solicitor and partner in a law firm, working with children and families in family matters, and specialising in Community Law.

In 2004, Kate decided to make a career change and returned to study at Glyndŵr University. She gained a degree in Early Childhood Studies, following which she embarked on a new teaching career as a Lecturer. Kate is now joint programme leader for the BA (Hons) Sociology.

Kate is currently studying for an MA Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights at UCL, Institute of Education, and an MSc Learning and Technology at Glyndŵr University. 


Sir John Shortridge

Former Chancellor of Glyndŵr University 2012-2015

Sir Jon Shortridge

Sir Jon Shortridge was one of the main architects and builders of devolved government in Wales.

Following careers as a social researcher in central government and a town planner in local government, he joined the Welsh Office in 1984 where, amongst other things, he was responsible for reorganising local government, establishing the North Wales Child Abuse Inquiry and leading the team that established the National Assembly for Wales. In 1999 he was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Welsh Office and subsequently of the Assembly.

He remained the top civil servant in Wales until his retirement in 2008. In 2009 he returned to the civil service briefly as interim permanent secretary first at the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills, and subsequently at the Department of Business, Innovations and Skills.

He continues to pursue a wide range of interests both within Wales and more widely. Amongst other things, he is chair of Community Service Volunteers, the UK’s largest volunteering charity. He is an advisory member of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and a member of the Commission for Local Administration in England.

He was knighted in 2002 and now lives in Shrewsbury.

Mr Ian Morris

Appointed 2014

Ian Morris

Ian Morris is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Elected to Council in 1984, Ian was previously President of the Liverpool District Society of Chartered Accountants (1978-1979).

He is Partner at Chester-based Morris & Co, and a Partner at Turner Peachey in Shrewsbury.

Ian has held a number of senior positions in the English Speaking Union including Governor, Vice-Chairman of the National Committee for England and Wales, Treasurer to the International Council, and Treasurer to the English Speaking Union of the Commonwealth and the National Committee of England and Wales. He was previously Treasurer and Chairman of the Chester Music Society and Immediate Past Chairman of the Chester Business Club.

Ian was educated at Birkenhead School and Rydal School (now Rydal Penrhos School), Colwyn Bay.

Mr Graham Hillier

Appointed October 2012

Mr Graham Hillier

Graham Hillier is the senior manager for general affairs at Toyota UK’s engine plant in Deeside, North Wales.  

Following a 22-year career in logistics in HM Forces, he joined Toyota UK as a senior specialist at the company’s vehicle plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire in 1992.

He was assigned as manager, general affairs (now senior manager) at the engine plant in 2003 and in that role is responsible for all non-production matters at the plant including external affairs, human resources and site administration.

He is married with two daughters.

John Kenworthy

John Kenworthy

Appointed June 2009

John Kenworthy was born in Grimthorpe, Barnsley, in 1950. He was educated at St Wilfred’s RC High School in Featherstone and Christ’s College, Liverpool, and went on to teach at a number of Catholic high schools in the north of England.

He became Headteacher at St Joseph’s RC High School in Wrexham in 1997. Under his leadership St Joseph’s has achieved consistently high GCSE passes and has been recognised as one of the most consistently successful faith schools in Wales.

John himself was nominated for the RAF Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Welsh Secondary School in 2005. John has provided leadership and drive in creating the new St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School, the first joint Catholic and Anglican high school in Wales, which opened in its new state-of-the-art premises in 2006. He worked tirelessly to bring together the churches, the LEA, the Welsh Assembly in this ground-breaking project and brought his school community through a very challenging period which involved moving school premises twice in two years!
John Kenworthy is also an author; his acclaimed novel for children set during the miners' strike is called ‘Running Riot’ and was published in the 1980s. John’s other interests include supporting Barnsley FC, travel, reading, sport and writing.
John is an Honorary Fellow of Glyndŵr University.

Mark Caldecott

Marc Caldecott

Students’ Guild Vice President

Appointed 1st July 2014

Marc Caldecott was born in Rhosllanerchrugog and attended Wrexham based school Ysgol Uwchradd Morgan Llwyd.  He has a BA (Hons) in Families & Childhood Studies and is a trained community first responder.  Marc enjoys performing arts in his spare time, competing successfully in many National Eisteddfods.

Marc has also studied dance and drama at Manchester Metropolitan University and was once a member of the Urdd National Theatre of Wales. He also teaches performing arts in his local village.

Marc hopes to complete his initial teacher training and become a teacher in the Post 14 education sector.

Derek Griffin

Derek Griffin

Appointed April 2009 (Vice-Chair from March 2011)

Until his retirement in 2010 Derek Griffin was Chief Executive of CAFCASS CYMRU and a senior civil servant with the Welsh Assembly Government.

He was responsible for the effective delivery of services provided by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Services in Wales (CAFCASS CYMRU). He was appointed Chief Executive in April 2008.

Prior to that post he was Regional Director for North Wales, Department for Health and Social Services, Welsh Assembly Government, with day-to-day oversight of 10 NHS organisations with HQs in North Wales.

Before joining the Welsh Assembly Government in 2003, he held a range of posts within local government, including Chief Executive of Wrexham County Borough Coucil from 1995 to 2003, and Group Director at the City of Liverpool Council between 1992 and 1995.

As the Director of Economic Development of Clwyd County Council he was involved in the attraction of new companies to the county, the development of several enterprise companies of which he was a non-Executive Director, and development of the economic infrastructure.

He has a first degree in Industrial Engineering and Management, and a Masters degree in Environmental Planning and Design.

He is a Fellow of Glyndŵr University.

Bruce Roberts BSc BA FCA

 Bruce Roberts BSc BA FCA
Appointed 2009

Bruce Roberts was born and educated in Wrexham. After completing degrees in Physics and Philosophy he trained as a Chartered Accountant. He worked as an Audit Manager for a number of years before starting his own accountancy practice in 1997. 

Bruce has served the local community for many years as a Community Councillor and as a school governor.
Bruce served as a co-opted member of the Board's Audit Committee  prior to being appointed as an independent member of the Board.

Colette Bleakley

Colette Bleakley

Recently retired, Colette has over 30 years of experience in education and professional development. She has an honours degree in education and a masters degree in special educational needs.  Having started her career as a secondary school teacher, Colette moved into further education, lecturing on postgraduate professional development programmes and mentoring student teachers. She worked at the North East Wales Institute from 1996 to 2008 specialising in the management of staff and educational development, pedagogical research and human resource strategy.

During her career Colette contributed to numerous Wales and UK wide committees including the SKILL Wales Executive Committee, RSC Executive Committee, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) Organisation Development Group, and the Higher Education Academy CPD Pilot Group. Colette was awarded a LFHE Fellowship in 2006.

Invited to be a member of the Higher Education Academy Change Academy team in 2004, she worked with universities across the UK on a variety of strategic projects and retired from this in 2008. She actively promoted the interface between research, scholarship, curriculum design and pedagogical effectiveness. Colette has also had published a large number of journal articles and guidance books on strategic approaches to professional development, leadership and learning.

Julia Grime LLB ACA

Julia Grime LLB ACA

Appointed April 2010

Julia Grime was born and bred in the North West of England. Having obtained a Law degree at the University of Manchester, she became a Chartered Accountant and worked in commercial practice firstly for Ernst & Young, latterly for Grant Thornton.

After 11 years of this, she decided to pursue a career change and moved into Arts administration to follow a life-long passion for theatre and the visual arts. She is currently the General Manager of Clwyd Theatr Cymru, a world-class producing theatre and arts centre in North East Wales.

She has served on the boards of various arts organisations, most notably as a founder trustee of The Plaza, a community cinema in North Merseyside.

Emily Karim

Appointed 2015

Emily Karim is from North Wales. She came to Glyndŵr University and achieved a BSc in Psychology in 2014. She then continued her studies and obtained an MRes in Psychology in 2015, and is now studying for an  MSc in Psychology of Religion.

She has held a number of positions within the Students’ Guild, being first elected as the Clubs & Societies Officer in 2013 before being elected as Vice President in 2015 and then to the role of President of the Students' Union in 2016. She is strongly committed to representation, widening participation and to the problems faced by students with mental and physical disabilities. As well as being heavily involved with the Students’ Union, during her studies here at Glyndŵr, she also works in the university Library & IT Services, and as a Senior Student Ambassador. Emily wishes to continue to work in higher education, either within a Students’ Union or as a Psychology Academic.