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.
Lorraine Baldry OBE
Lorraine Baldry is currently an independent non-executive Director of DTZ Holdings.
She is Chair of London and Continental Railways, Inventa Partners and Tri-Air Developments. She was a board member and chaired the planning committee of the Olympic Delivery Authority. With a long career in investment banking, Lorraine was Chief Executive of Chesterton International, a senior advisor at Morgan Stanley and Managing Director of Regus. She held a number of posts at Prudential Portfolio Managers, including CEO, was Chair of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and was a non-executive Director of St Ives Group. She is a patron of the City of London Sinfonia and the Almeida Theatre.
Jamie Bill is Publishing Director of GQ and GQ Style, and is a Director of Condé Nast. He is a former board member of the National Magazine Company.
Jamie started his magazine career at Hearst magazines, working in both the UK and US. Highlights from his career include launching Country Living and the UK edition of Esquire and five years as Publisher of Harpers & Queen. Leaving Hearst in 2001, he joined Condé Nast as Publisher of Condé NastTraveller and GQ in 2005. During this time, Jamie has worked on launches of GQ Style and the UK edition of Wired. Most recently he oversaw the development of hugely successful iPad editions of all Condé Nast publications – considered some of the best in the industry.
Aisha Cahn is Chair of the UAL Development Council and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sir David Green KCMG
Between 1999 and 2007, Sir David Green was Director-General of the British Council, the UK’s leading cultural relations organisation, which operates in more than 100 countries.
He began his career in the 1970s, teaching in comprehensive schools in South Yorkshire, before becoming Director of Children’s Relief International – an organisation that subsequently merged with Save the Children Fund. Previously, Sir David was Director of Voluntary Service Overseas, a role that included time as a teacher in Pakistan. He is currently Chair of Dartington Hall Trust, a charity devoted to arts, social justice and sustainability, and the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. Sir David also sits on the board of the Royal Court Theatre.
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.
David Lindsell is a non-executive Director and Chair of the audit committees of Drax Group and Premier Oil, and is Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Review Panel.
He was a partner and board member at Ernst & Young, chairing its audit committee. David was a Trustee of the British Museum and continues to serve on several of its trustee committees, and he was a governor and member of the board of St Albans School. David also served 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 Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
During his 16 years at UAL, Peter has worked with undergraduate, postgraduate and research students.
Having worked in his early life as a carpenter and joiner, he returned to education as a mature student to study for a BA (Hons) in 3D Design (Metalwork/Silver) at Camberwell College of Arts.
In 1998 he started work as a technician at Chelsea College of Art and Design where he ran the wood, metal and plastics workshop. Since 2007 Peter has worked as a Specialist Technician (Woodwork) at Wimbledon College of Arts.
Peter gained a PGCert and has also acted as a trade union health and safety rep. He recently won a Student Union White Square award for outstanding teaching.
Anne is the Chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the leading charity in the UK supporting, developing and promoting the art forms of the moving image.
Until 2014 she was Director of the BBC Academy, the BBC’s centre for training, which she launched in 2009.
Anne's background is principally in television production, working as a producer/director and rising to become Controller, Documentaries and Contemporary Factual at the BBC.
She is a frequent speaker on issues in the arts and education such as diversity, employability, talent development and creativity. She is a trustee of the Charleston Trust, a Board member of London & Partners and a trained executive coach and consultant.
Anastazja Oppenheim is the Campaigns Officer at Arts Students’ Union.
She grew up in Warsaw and moved to London to study a BA course in Criticism, Communication and Curation: Art and Design at Central Saint Martins. She graduated in 2015 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.
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 and an external at Bath Spa 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 is currently coauthoring 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. As well as this she is on the Executive of GLAD (Group for Learning in Art and Design). 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.
Diana is the Headteacher of a comprehensive secondary school in London, and has 15 years of experience in senior leadership within this context, gaining recognition for her skills in school improvement and school effectiveness.
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.
John Parmiter is a partner of Roger Tym & Partners, a planning and development economics practice.
He is a strategist and experienced development planner in both the public and private sectors, and a member of the multi-disciplinary Planning and Mediation Group for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Prior to joining the firm in 2008, John ran his own practice and held senior positions in major consultancies, including CBRE and Turley Associates. He is a Fellow of the RICS, the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
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 Adili.com, 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.
Jane Slinn has over 30 years experience in the IT industry. She started her career at PW in 1986, project managing IT enable 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 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 the same 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, and since 2013 is COO and Diversity and Inclusiveness leader.
Outside of work she is married, with two teenage children.
Ben is Group Design Director at the Co-operative Group.
Ben is also an advisor to the London Design Festival and an investor in Bowndling and Cavendish Keble. He's won various industry awards including the Design Museum's Design of the Year and a D&AD Black Pencil.
Ben was Director of Design at the Government Digital Service from 2011 until September 2015 where he led a multi-disciplinary design team working across government on GOV.UK. Prior to that he was Design Director at Wieden + Kennedy, the advertising agency.
Ben holds a BA in Graphic Design.
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.
Alison has recently retired 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 a school governor, PCC Treasurer at her church, trustee/treasurer at the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted and is also a trustee of 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. Her other interests include caravanning and narrow boating.