Governors Who's Who

Sir John Sorrell CBE

Sir John Sorrell took up the role of Chairman of the Court of Governors in August 2013, succeeding Sir John Tusa.

He originated and chairs the annual London Design Festival and, with his wife, Lady Frances, set up the Sorrell Foundation to inspire creativity in young people and use design to improve quality of life. Through the foundation he also created the National Art & Design Saturday Club, which lets young people study art and design for free at their local college or university. Between 1976 and 2000, Sir John and Lady Frances founded and ran Newell and Sorrell, one of Europe’s largest design agencies.

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Lorraine Baldry OBE

Lorraine Baldry is currently Chair of London and Continental Railways, Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust, Inventa Partners and Hydroxyl Technologies and an Independent Director of Thames Water Utilities.

She was a Board Member and chaired the Planning Committee of the Olympic Delivery Authority. Across a wide ranging career, Lorraine was Chief Executive of Chesterton International, a senior advisor at Morgan Stanley and a Managing Director of Regus. She has held a number of posts at Prudential Portfolio Managers, including Chief Operating Officer, was Chair of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and was a non-executive Director of St Ives Group.

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Aisha Cahn

Aisha Cahn is an alumna of London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins.

Formerly a lecturer at LCF, Aisha began her career as a fashion designer, founding the House of Aisha boutiques before establishing herself as an artist. Her abstract works are influenced by faith and science, and has had many solo and group shows in London. She set up the Aisha Cahn Foundation in 2008, and donates all profits from the sale of her paintings to various charities. Aisha works with Muslim Hands UK, and recently set up an orphanage for girls in Pakistan through the organisation.

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Nigel Carrington

Nigel Carrington became Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London in September 2008, following a career in law and business.

From 1987 to 2000 he was an international lawyer with Baker & McKenzie, where he was also Managing Partner of the firm's London office (between 1994 and 1998) and Chairman of its European region (between 1998 and 2000). From 2000 to 2007, he was Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of McLaren Group, the automotive technologies group. He holds a law degree from St John's College, Oxford, and studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Since 2005, he has held a number of non-executive roles in the charitable and public sectors, including as a non-executive Director of University College London Hospitals, Treasurer and Trustee of Crisis, Chairman of Jeans for Genes and Chairman of the English Concert. Nigel Carrington is Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Henry Moore Foundation.

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Es Devlin OBE

Alumna of CSM. Es is a multi-award-winning international stage and set designer whose work crosses a range of genres: opera, dance, film, theatre, TV and concerts.

She also works as creative director for number of pop / rock / rap artists. Es studied music at the Royal Academy of Music from the age of 12 as a Junior Exhibitioner while attending Cranbrook School in Kent. She went on to gain a BA in English Literature at Bristol University. A fine art foundation course followed at CSM before she studied set design on the Motley Theatre Design Course in London.

In her 20 years as a set designer, Es has set stages for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, U2, Kanye West, Rihanna and Adele, as well as three Louis Vuitton catwalk shows, two Olympic ceremonies (London's closing ceremony in 2012 and Rio's opening ceremony in 2016) and, in 2015, the Barbican's sell-out Hamlet production, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

She has received multiple accolades including three Oliviers and in 2015, an OBE for Services to Set and Stage Design. In September 2016, Es staged her first solo show, Mirror Maze, a disorientating reflective labyrinth inside a former warehouse in Peckham. Her forthcoming projects this year include productions of Carmen in Austria and Don Giovanni in Barcelona.

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Terry Finnigan (Staff Governor)

Terry Finnigan is Head of Student Attainment at LCF.

Terry has always had the student experience at the forefront of all her work. She has been motivated by her sense of social justice and entitlement for students from diverse backgrounds, at different stages of their educational journey, to achieve at the highest level Terry has worked within the areas of study support, learning and teaching and widening participation.

She has championed student voices, and ensured that they are heard and inform UAL's work with the student voice project ‘Tell Us About It’ and created an innovative art and design website ‘Visual Directions’ which makes the two key creative practices of sketchbooks and reflective writing explicit.

She became a National Teaching Fellow in 2011 and is the lead tutor of the Inclusive Learning and Teaching in HE unit at the Learning and Teaching Exchange. She has also recently jointly authored a HEA Scotland publication entitled Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum: an Art & design Practitioners Guide. (2015). She regards herself as an agent of change and is always keen to encourage staff and students to find spaces to change pedagogy within their own practice.

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David Fison

David Fison is non-executive Chairman of Pontoonworks Ltd and Humphrey Farms and a non-executive Director of London City Airport.

Between 2003 and 2015 David Fison was Chief Executive of Geoffrey Osborne Ltd and Skanska UK Plc. Both companies undertook a broad range of construction and development activities across the UK.

David got his degree from Cambridge in 1973 and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

He is non-executive Chairman of Pontoonworks Ltd and Humphrey Farms Ltd, both companies being family owned. He is also a non-executive Director of London City Airport and chairs their Capital Program subcommittee of the Board.

Between 2009 and 2014 he was a non-executive Director of the Olympic Delivery Authority, which invested over £6bn in creating the Olympic venues and associated infrastructure.

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Harry Gaskell

Harry is the Managing Partner of Ernst & Young’s Advisory Practice in the UK and Ireland, and also their Leader of Diversity and Inclusion.

In addition, Harry is the Chair of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei), the UK’s leading workplace inclusion organisation. Harry has over 25 years of consulting experience focused on helping organisations make major changes to their business, culture or organisation.

Prior to joining EY, Harry was a Vice President at Capgemini and previously worked at Andersen Consulting. He has an MA in Physics from Corpus Christi College Oxford, University of Oxford.

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Andrew Hochhauser QC

Andrew Hochhauser QC is a barrister at Essex Court Chambers, a Harmsworth scholar and Bencher of Middle Temple, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Deputy High Court Judge.

He specialises in commercial and employment litigation, with a substantial court and advisory practice. He is honorary Counsel to Westminster Abbey. In 2011 he obtained an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he specialised in British Modernism. He is a Trustee of the V&A, the National AIDS Trust and Shelter From The Storm. He is also Chairman of Paintings in Hospitals.

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Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey OBE

After an extensive acting career, Lola Young went on to become professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, a writer, broadcaster and cultural critic.

Lola subsequently became Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority before being appointed an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords in 2004. Baroness Young founded and Co-Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and has previously served on Select Committees on Sexual Violence in Conflict and on EU.She is currently working on improving legislation on modern slavery and transparency in supply chain reporting.

As Chair of the Young Review,and Agenda: the Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk, Baroness Young has addressed racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system and the vulnerability of traumatised women and girls.

Baroness Young holds several honorary doctorates, has sat on the Boards of several national cultural organisations, and has been a Chair of judges for the Orange Prize for Literature, and The Observer newspaper Ethical Awards. Most recently, Lola was chair of judges for the Man Booker prize 2017. Baroness Young also chairs the, improving outcomes for young black and Muslim men in the criminal justice system.

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Hansika Jethnani (Student Governor)

Hansika Jethnani is the Education Officer at Arts Students’ Union.

She grew up in Indonesia and China and moved to London to study a BA course in Photography at London College of Communication. She graduated in 2016 and was elected to represent UAL students as a full-time officer. She is also a National Executive Councillor for the National Union of Students.

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Kyran Joughin (Staff Governor)

Kyran Joughin has taught Critical Practice at WCA as Associate Lecturer for over a decade. She is also Secretary of the University and College Union UCU at UAL.

Her teaching has covered M.A programmes: Critical Theory; Theorisation of Contemporary Practice in F.A and Performance, Scenography and Drawing, alongside B.A Fine Art and Theatre.

Her research is focused on Documentary Film and Spatial Practice and she has been guest speaker at International Documentary Film festivals across Europe, The Association of American Geographers, N.Y.C,; UCL Urban Lab; Royal Holloway University of London; RCA.

She is French Expert for English PEN/Arts Council England 'PEN translates' awards.

Kyran read English at Somerville College Oxford, then at U.E.A with Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter, followed by research abroad.
Current projects include a monograph on Hitchcock's Sabotage (1936) and a translation of French novelist and founder of Les Éditions de Minuit, Vercors.
She lives in London and Aquitaine, France.

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David Lindsell

David Lindsell is the Senior Independent Director and Chair of the audit committee of Drax Group and a Trustee and Chair of the audit committee of Cancer Research UK.

He was a partner at Ernst & Young for nearly 30 years, and was a board member of the firm and chaired its audit committee. David was a Trustee of the British Museum and a governor of St Albans School, and has served as a non-executive director of four listed companies.

David has also served as Deputy Chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel and on a number of professional bodies relating to the accounting profession, including the IFRS Advisory Council, the board of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group and the Auditing Practices Board. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Scott Mead

Scott Mead is a fine art photographer, philanthropist and investor. A Founding Partner of Richmond Park Partners, he was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and a Senior Advisor at Apax Partners.

Scott studied photography under renowned photographers William Eggleston and Emmet Gowin in the mid-1970s, prior to his banking career, and was an active photographer for nearly 15 years. In 2010 he rediscovered his extensive archive in the attic and with the encouragement and guidance of a number of artists and friends, he resumed his artistic voyage.

An exhibition Above the Clouds took place at Hamiltons Gallery in January 2018 featuring works from his book, Above the Clouds, which was published by Prestel in November 2017. His work has been exhibited and collected throughout the world, including being selected to hang in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition every year since 2011. He is currently working on a book, 'Silent Moments', and several exhibitions.

He serves or has served on many boards in the UK and USA including the Tate Foundation Executive Committee, the Photographers’ Gallery, the International Center of Photography, Cambridge University, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Harvard University, Phillips Academy (Andover) and the Women’s and Men's Tennis Associations (WTA and ATP Tours).

Through the Mead Family Foundation, of which he is Chairman and Founder, he has established several fellowships, endowments and other opportunities for artists, medical researchers, athletes and students.

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Louise Moore

Louise Moore is Managing Director of Michael Joseph, one of the biggest commercial publishing lists at Penguin Random House, specialising in women’s fiction, crime, thrillers, cookery, memoirs and lifestyle books.

After reading History at Girton College Cambridge, Louise began her publishing career working in children’s books at Hamish Hamilton. In 1988 Louise moved into adult publishing, working for Geoffrey Strachan at Methuen before she started commissioning women’s fiction at Heinemann in 1992.

Louise joined Michael Joseph as an Editorial Director in 1997 and became Managing Director in 2006. She has published bestsellers from Jamie Oliver, Marian Keyes, Jojo Moyes, Dawn French, Stephen Fry, Sue Townsend and Sue Perkins.

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Prof.Susan Orr (Staff Governor)

Susan Orr is Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement and Professor of Creative Practice Pedagogy at University of the Arts London.

Prior to this, Susan was Associate Dean and Acting PVC for the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University. 

Susan is a Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University.

Susan leads the UAL Teaching and Learning Exchange which works in partnership with the Colleges to improve the student experience by working across three areas: arts education, digital learning and careers and employability. Susan is chair of the UAL Learning and Teaching Enhancement Committee. 

Susan studied at University College London (BSc, MA and Doctorate). Her doctoral thesis 'Making Marks: the Artful Practice of Assessment in Fine Art' explored fine art lecturers’ studio based assessment practices. She has written extensively on the subject of art and design pedagogy in higher education.

Susan is editor for the journal Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education, and on the editorial board of three further journals: Teaching in Higher Education, Writing in Creative Practice and Media Education Research Journal. Susan has coauthored a book for Routledge Press entitled 'Art and Design Pedagogy in Higher Education: Knowledge, Ambiguity and Values in the Creative Curriculum.

Susan is on the Steering Group for the European League of Institute of Arts Academy. In 2010, Susan was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship. This was awarded in recognition of her teaching, leadership, research and contribution to art and design HE pedagogy.

Susan was a panel member for the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017 and this year she is chairing the TEF Arts Subject Pilot Panel.

View Susan's research profile as well as her research outputs.

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Diana Osagie

Diane is the CEO of Courageous Leadership Consultancy. With 16 years’ experience leading secondary education, including six years as a successful head teacher in a London secondary school; Diana works at the cutting edge of education and school improvement.

During her career Diana has focused on models of distributed leadership within education, facilitating sustained improvement in pupil attainment and staff development. She is a coach for the National College of School Leadership, for aspiring head teachers and senior leaders.

She is known as a resilient school leader, skilled in urban leadership under challenging circumstances. Diana has substantial success in developing school wide models that strategically enhance the quality of teaching and learning across the curriculum and can couple sound strategic vision whilst giving clear operational direction.

Diana is a school inspector with developed expertise scrutinizing school wide systems. She has a proven track record of developing school leaders via bespoke training programs and has established capability in mentoring and supporting school leaders facing challenging circumstances.

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Matthew Phull (Staff Governor)

Matthew is an elected Support Staff Governor.

Matt Phull is a Library worker at LCC and Branch Secretary of the South London Universities Branch of the GMB. He is the elected Support Staff Governor.

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Sim Scavazza

Sim Scavazza has worked for some of the most successful retailers in the UK, including River Island, Next and French Connection.

An expert on womenswear buying and merchandising, Sim has also worked on menswear and childrenswear. In 2003 she became the brand director of the retailer Miss Selfridge, repositioning the brand. Two years later, the trade magazine Drapers voted her one of the UK’s most influential people in fashion retail. As a brand and fashion consultant, Sim has worked with Asda and La Senza.

As Creative Director of the online ethical lifestyle retailer, she significantly improved gross margins. She has worked with the Women of Achievement Ambassadors Programme, which brings together students and women in business, and is Chair of Mentor UK.

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Jane Slinn

Jane Slinn has over 30 years' experience in the IT industry. She started her career at PW in 1986, project managing IT enabled business change programmes for clients, making Partner in 1999.

Her career focused on the most complex of change programmes, often with commercial and supplier complexity and she has delivered many programmes to time and budget, as well as delivering on the client benefits. She made her name for being able to turn around troubled programmes and became a subject matter expert in Systems Integration. Throughout her career she has worked across Industry, going where the next big challenge was to be found.

Through merger and acquisition she went from PW to PwC to IBM, where as an Exec in the UK business, she took on many leadership positions, finally leading IT services across EMEA 2007 and 8.

In 2010 she moved to EY and worked globally for 2 years leading their IT project portfolio, involving some 2000 staff in 87 countries. In this role, she was responsible for all project work globally, both for EY and their clients, as well as globalising the programme function, ensuring consistent standards were used and delivering several cost reduction programmes.

Since 2012 she has been a Partner in the UK Advisory business, leading IT Advisory, Programme Assurance and Strategy teams, personally leading on some client engagements, in 2013 became COO and Diversity and Inclusiveness leader.

Currently she is leading a large Global Business Transformation programme for a professional services firm.

Outside of work she is married, with two teenage children.

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Nicolai Tangen

Nicolai Tangen is the Founder and CEO of AKO Capital, an $11 billion London-based investment company that manages capital for many of the world’s leading endowments and charitable foundations.

He also runs the AKO Foundation which he set up in 2013 to fund initiatives within arts and education.

Nicolai earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Wharton School (where he now sits on the Board of Overseers) and a Master’s degree in Art History from the Courtauld Institute. He also has a degree in Russian from the Norwegian Armed Forces School of Intelligence and Security and has recently completed a Master’s degree in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics.

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Ben Terrett

Ben is a designer and Partner at Public Digital, which helps governments and large organisations around the world adapt to the internet era.

In 2017 he was inducted into the Design Week Hall of Fame. He's won various industry awards including the Design Museum's Design of the Year and a D&AD Black Pencil.

Previously Ben was Group Design Director at the Co-op, Director of Design at the Government Digital Service and Design Director at Wieden + Kennedy.

Ben is also a member of the HS2 Design Panel and an advisor to the London Design Festival.

Ben holds a BA in Graphic Design.


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Sir Eric Thomas

Sir Eric Thomas was knighted for services to Higher Education in 2013. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol from 2001 to 2015. He was President of Universities UK from 2001 to 2013 and Chair of the Worldwide University Network from 2003 to 2007.

He chaired the Government Taskforce into Increasing Voluntary Donations to Higher Education which reported in 2004, the so called Thomas Report.

He graduated in Medicine from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1976 becoming a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in 1987 until 2001.

He was Head of the School of Medicine and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton from 1995 to 2000.

He is married with two grown up children.

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Alison Woodhams

Alison retired in 2012 after a career in finance. She has a degree in Psychology from University of Durham, an MSc in Business Management Systems from University of Warwick and qualified as an accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Having trained with Cadbury Typhoo she went on to work for AT&T, the BBC and her last role was as Finance Director at University College London. She has extensive knowledge of the not-for-profit and charity sectors. She is Chair of Trustees at the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted and is also a trustee and Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee at BBC Media Action.

Previously, she sat on the audit committees of the Royal Society and the Higher Education Funding Council for England and was Vice Chair of the Inland Waterways Advisory Council, as well as being a school governor and PCC Treasurer at her church. Her other interests include caravanning and narrow boating.

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