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Members of the Board of Governors

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Member of the Board Membership of a Committee of the Board
Matt Borg Co-opted member elected by and from a University-wide, professional services constituency

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Matt Borg Matt Borg is an academic librarian working within the Virtual Learning Centre and supporting the Sheffield Business School. Matt has worked in higher education for over 10 years, in various departments. For five years, he was Communications Officer for Sheffield Hallam Unison branch, he was involved in a number of initiatives, supporting staff at all levels.


He is currently based in Learning and Information Services within the Directorate of Student and Learning Services, working with academic and professional services staff across the University. Matt works on specific projects such as the Library Gateway that enable students to more easily access the academic resources that the University provides both on and off campus.


Period of office: August 2008 - July 2012 (re-elected from August 2010)

Stuart Britland Member of the Finance and Employment Committee

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Stuart Britland Stuart Britland is the managing director of ROMPA Ltd. After leaving grammar school Stuart joined Shell Chemicals UK as a management trainee. He later took an opportunity to work in Cape Town, South Africa for the then newly formed BP Marketing Company where he worked for a little over 10 years. His final position with BP was as the retail development manager for a network of over 1500 service stations.

During his time at BP he was a guest lecturer at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town where he taught a range of subjects from basic marketing to management. Stuart then pursued a career in a smaller corporate entity and in 1988 he took over the management of a fledgling business called ROMPA. ROMPA is involved in improving the quality of life opportunities to people of all ages with learning disabilities and is recognised as the world's leading specialist in this area with active business in over 40 countries.

Stuart is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine and is involved in the Disability Forum at the RSM.  He also works closely with the College of Occupational Therapy and many disability charities.

Period of office: August 2008 - July 2012

Janet Dean Member of the Finance and Employment Committee, Remuneration Committee

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Janet Dean Janet Dean is chairman and co-founder of the Dean Knight Partnership and leads DKP Regeneration which is a consultancy combining expertise in the development and delivery of physical projects with strategic advice and interim resourcing for organisations and partnerships. The company also provides architectural, project management and historic buildings consultancy services. Previously Janet worked in London and Yorkshire in housing regeneration, social services and strategic planning and policy.

Janet has a national reputation for her work in housing and has been contributing to national policy and legislative developments over the past 10 years. She has been the national strategic housing adviser to the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government and since April 2009 has been strategic adviser to the Homes and Communities Agency Academy, supporting the development of a national programme of skills for sustainable communities.

Janet is a non-executive director of NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in September 2009 became chair of Sheffield Homes, the arms length housing management company of Sheffield City Council.

Period of office: August 2008 - July 2012

Caroline Dowd President of the Students' Union and member of the Nominations Committee

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Caroline  DowdCaroline Dowd is the president of the Students' Union for 2010/11. Caroline's aim is to ensure Hallam Union is a democratic and inclusive place for students, and to develop stronger links with international, mature and part-time students. Caroline is keen to listen to feedback from students on what they want from the Union.

Before running for student president Caroline studied for three years as an undergraduate on the BSc Physical Education and Youth Sport at Sheffield Hallam University. Being a keen sports player Caroline played canoe polo for the University for three years and as a result of this attained her club colours.  Caroline was also a very active member in various areas of the Union during her time as a student here. 

As president Caroline aims to improve the presence of officer's profiles around Sheffield Hallam University.  She aims to work with the University to help market and communicate the importance of the Union, and how the engagement with the Union can enrich the student experience.

Period of office: July 2010 - June 2011

Rosemary Downs Member of the Audit Committee

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Rosemary Downs Rosemary Downs has been a solicitor in the city region throughout most of her career, joining Keeble Hawson in Sheffield in 2004 where she is a partner and head of the corporate department.


Rosemary is a member of the South Yorkshire panel of the Princes Trust which makes grants/loans to young people who wish to start businesses and cannot source funds elsewhere. She is a member of the Enterprising Doncaster Board which seeks to develop enterprise and an improvement of the skills base locally, to the benefit of the regional economy.


Period of office: January 2008 - July 2012

Geoff Dawson Chair of the Board of Governors, Nominations Committee and Remuneration Committee. Member of the Finance and Employment Committee and the Honorary Awards Committee of the Academic Board

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Geoff Dawson chair of the Board of Governors, Nominations Committee and Remuneration Committee Geoff Dawson is a senior business executive with an extensive background in global organisations for strategic consulting and IT service provision to commercial organisations. Educated as a scholar at Manchester Grammar School and then at Loughborough University, where he read mechanical engineering and played four years 1st XI cricket, his career started in technical roles with British Rail, GEC and British Aerospace, before he joined Scicon Ltd, the IT subsidiary of BP. Following secondment to a Whitehall Department, where he designed and implemented the first strategic planning system in the public sector, he took up his first director level role in sales and marketing in the mid 1980s.


Wide national and international business experience followed, all at senior management/director level, living and working in more than 30 different countries including five years in Singapore as one of four Asia-Pacific regional directors for Electronic Data Systems (EDS), which was at that time the world’s largest computer services company. On his return to the UK in the early 2000’s, he became managing director for the consumer industries, energy and utilities, and travel and transport business sectors of EDS UK. After leaving EDS in 2006, he re-entered university life and obtained an MA in Ancient History from University College London.

He joined the Board of Sheffield Hallam University in 2006, became chair of its Finance Committee in 2009, and chair of its Board of Governors in March 2010.


Period of office: August 2006 - July 2012

Philip Drury Member of the Board Governors

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Philip Drury Philip Drury worked for 20 years in medical physics in academic and hospital environments and spent most of these in the Department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital with an honorary lecturer position at the University of Sheffield. Subsequently, he became the first chief executive and technical manager of an organisation set up by the Hospital and University to commercialise the technical evaluation of electromedical equipment and implant devices.

In 1995 he set up his own company, Philip Drury Medical Technologies, now Mediqol Limited, a medical devices regulatory affairs practice with offices in Sheffield, Amsterdam and Glasgow.

Philip has recently retired from full-time employment to pursue other business interests. He has significant academic experience, knowledge of the health service, business skills, understanding of the commercialisation of research, and strong links with many large companies and research and government institutions in the UK and Europe.

Period of office: August 2005 - July 2013

Professor Philip Jones Vice-Chancellor, Member of the Finance and Employment Committee, Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee and Chair of the Academic Board

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Professor Philip Jones Vice-Chancellor, Chair of the Academic Board Professor Philip Jones has been Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since 2007. He was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Sub-Warden at Durham University (2004-2007), with responsibilities for strategic planning and external relations. Prior to that he had been a Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield (1998-2004), with responsibilities for learning and teaching, student services and information services.


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Steve Jones One of two co-opted members of academic staff on the Board elected by the academic staff

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Steve Jones Steve Jones has been a lecturer in the Faculty of Development and Society since 2004, specialising in school leadership in highly disadvantaged communities and internationalisation. He spent much of his working life as a secondary school teacher in South Yorkshire before completing a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University.


Steve was also a member of Sheffield City Council, representing an inner city multicultural area for the Labour party from 1980 until earlier this year, being deputy leader in recent years. He also chaired the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority up until 2008. He is now concentrating on his work at the University.


Period of office: August 2009 - July 2011

Colan Leung Student member

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Colan Leung Colan is the sports officer at Sheffield Hallam Students' Union for the year 2010-2011 starting on 1 July 2010. Before he began this role, he was a student at Sheffield Hallam University for three years studying sports and exercise science.


This year will see lots of great changes to sport at Sheffield Hallam and Colan is excited about the new challenges that are ahead. His role is to represent the students' views and to make sure their voices are heard. His role as sports officer is to help support and develop the Union sport clubs and individuals throughout the year to enrich their student experience.


Colan has also recently been elected as a British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) student officer. This position is one of the communication pathways linking the Board, Advisory Group and BUCS staff with the membership. The position will also help these groups have a direct insight into the opinions and views of the student body involved in BUCS. Colan will sit on the advisory group and provide input into the internal strategy of BUCS, with particular focus on areas relating to the student sporting experience.


Period of office: July 2010 - June 2011

Michael Longden Member of the Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee

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Michael Longden Michael Longden was a tax inspector for seventeen years, latterly in Sheffield, before moving to work in law firms which have included Pinsent Curtis, DLA Piper and now Irwin Mitchell. Michael has practised as a management consultant as well as a senior paralegal. In his current post he leads Irwin Mitchell's national team that supports the commercial initiatives of a number of universities, colleges and other education providers.

Michael specialises in advising on crisis management and change, procurements, joint ventures, spin outs, PFI's and re-financings throughout the public and voluntary sectors. He advises widely, for example, on the consortium based use and safety of information technologies in education. He also advises in particular on costings methodologies for universities and has provided training for the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG).

Michael has considerable experience of being a governor in the education sector, mainly in colleges and schools in Leeds.

Period of office: August 2005 - July 2013

James Newman Deputy Chair of the Board and member of the Finance and Employment Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Nominations Committee

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James Newman deputy chair of the Board of GovernorsJames Newman has a portfolio of non-executive directorships. These include  Dignity plc, the UK's largest independent provider of funeral services and Bglobal plc the UK's leading smart metering and energy data management company. He is also chairman of the Board of Finance Yorkshire, the regional gap funder for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Yorkshire and Humberside and is chairman of a number of other public companies listed on AIM as well as being treasurer of a national charity, which runs care homes for the elderly.

James is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a former Master Cutler of the Cutlers Company in Hallamshire, an office in existence since 1624. Much of his career has been spent as a finance director but he has also been deputy chief executive of Kelda Group plc, the holding company for Yorkshire Water, and chairman of Waste Recycling Group plc.

Period of office: August 2003 - July 2011

Christine O'Leary One of two co-opted members of academic staff on the Board elected by the academic staff and member of the Nominations Committee

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Christine O'Leary Christine O'Leary is a principal lecturer in Sheffield Business School. Since her appointment at Sheffield Hallam University in 1993, she has held a number of leadership and management roles including programme leadership, learning, teaching and assessment co-ordinator, and more recently associate director for the Centre for Excellence in Promoting Learner Autonomy and teaching fellow. She serves on a number of University committees including the Academic Board and is presently vice-chair of Sheffield Business School's Information and Consultation Committee.

Outside the University, she is a member of a number of professional associations including the Higher Education Academy and the British Educational Research Association. She is the UK representative on the Western Commission of the International Federation of French Teachers (CEO-FIPF) and is currently Vice-Chair and Treasure of the Commission. She is an active researcher and participant in local, national and international research networks in her area of interest, the development of learner autonomy. She has presented papers at both national and international conferences, and published articles in refereed publications in this area since the mid 1990s.

Period of office: August 2007 - July 2011 (re-elected in 2009)

Beryl Seaman CBE Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominations Committee.  The governing body's representative on the Military Education Committee which advises the University of Sheffield on matters of military education and supports and encourages interest in defence studies

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Beryl Seaman Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominations Committee Beryl Seaman has been involved in social care all of her working life. She worked with Sheffield social services from 1974 to 2001 and was chair of the South Yorkshire Probation Board until 2005 helping the local service to make its transition to become part of the National Probation Service. Beryl received a CBE for services to the National Probation Service in the 2006 New Year Honours List. Since the early 1990's Beryl has been increasingly involved with governance of public and voluntary organisations and has developed a portfolio of non-executive positions centering around social justice and inclusion. Beryl is a commissioner for the Legal Services Commission and an independent member of South Yorkshire Police Authority and a trustee of Target Housing.

Period of office: January 2007 - July 2014

Emeritus Professor Judy Simons Member of Audit Committee, Deputy Chair of the Nominations Committee and member of the Honorary Awards Committee of the Academic Board

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Emeritus Professor Judy SimonsJudy Simons is an independent Higher Education consultant with wide experience of advising universities across the sector. She is emeritus professor at De Montfort University where she was formerly Pro Vice Chancellor. Judy has chaired a range of national HE bodies, including the Higher Education Academy Council, and was a member of the HEFCE strategic committee for Leadership, Management and Governance. She currently chairs the HEFCE research impact pilot panel in English, is on the Arts & Humanities Research Board grants panel, a governor of Lady Manners School, Bakewell and Deputy Chair of Standards for England, which was the body established by the Committee for Standards in Public Life.



Period of office: August 2009 - July 2013

Chris Welsh Chair of the Finance and Employment Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee

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Chris Welsh chair of the Finance CommitteeChris is an experienced chief executive, non-executive director and investor.


A business angel Chris has invested in several software start-ups and early stage companies.  He is currently chair of Frooly Ltd (a start-up e-commerce platform for small local traders), a non-executive director of X4i Ltd (a European freight trading platform) and advising on a university technology spin-out.  Previously Chris has led as chief executive listed and family-owned international businesses in the construction, environmental and fuel card sectors (up to 2000 people and c.£100m turnover).  He has extensive experience of building value in these through organic growth, acquisition and partnering models.

He was the first chair of the successful £45m Magna science adventure centre before becoming the founding chair of Yorkshire South Tourism until 2009. In 2009 Chris was an executive board member of the Sheffield 2018 World Cup bid team. Chris is a regular speaker on leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation for London Business School, Common Purpose and Business Link, and has sat on the advisory board of Connect Midlands, which assists early stage technology companies.

Period of office: August 2008 - July 2012

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