Gabrielle Berring is a former Director of Real Estate at Metro Bank PLC and former Head of Function at Lloyds Banking Group. Her most recent role was the Director of Loans at Homes England where she led a team of 65 in the Investment Directorate.
Ian Hall has been Head of Membership at Advance HE since April 2016. As part of this role, Ian acts as relationship manager with 60 higher education institutions in 20 different countries, working with senior stakeholders and managing strategic partnerships.
Sameer Kothari has been the CEO of Zilico Limited, a medical device technology company developing cancer diagnostics, since 2007. Sameer is a founding council member of the Bessemer Society which is a forum of business leaders who are committed to creating new companies based on technological innovation in the fields of science and technology.
Dr Matt Lilley is currently CEO Africa at Prudential PLC, a role he has held since 2014. He was responsible for building and managing Prudential’s insurance operations across eight countries. Prior to this he worked as an Investment Analyst at Sanford Bernstein & Lehman Brothers.
Professor Keith Ridgway CBE is the founder of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield and was its Executive Dean from 2000-2019. He also established the AMRC Training Centre and led the expansion of the AMRC establishing new Centres in North Wales and Preston.
Giles Searby has 27 years’ experience as a solicitor working in London and Sheffield. His current role is Commercial Litigation Director at BRM Solicitors. He held a number of roles with the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and has held the role of Board Trustee at Sheffield Theatres for the last seven years.
Jonathan Slater is a former Permanent Secretary in the Department of Education. He has advised ministers of all three of England’s major political parties, in No.10, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Defence.
University Secretary, Michaela Boryslawskyj, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the new members to our Board of Governors who will bring a wealth of experience to the University.
“We are looking forward to working closely with them and utilising their invaluable knowledge and insight to help shape the future of our university and continue to transform our students’ lives."
New members were appointed after a recruitment process. They have replaced several retiring board members.