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New members appointed to UCA Board of Governors

UCA has appointed four new members to its Board of Governors, who will take up their roles today (1 August).

With expertise in fields including international business development, enterprise policy, media and public relations, the new members are Dr Emma Buckby, Johnny Luk, Sarah Reardon, and Tim Savage.

Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice-Chancellor of UCA, said: “I am delighted to welcome our newest members to the Board of Governors. Their invaluable experience and expertise in education, policy and the creative industries will be great assets to the University as we seek to further enhance our position as the leading specialist creative university for graduate employment.”

Emma Buckby has over ten years of international business development experience in the not-for-profit and education sectors, most recently at International House London where she was Director of Marketing and International. Working across a range of businesses in the international sector, and with a number of universities and other education providers, she has been involved in increasing engagement with internationalisation strategies and opening up new business opportunities.

Johnny Luk is a civil servant, entrepreneur and thought leader with a passion for enterprise education and new thinking that helps society. He is currently a Senior Policy Advisor in the Market Access and Budget team at the Department for Exiting the European Union, having previously worked at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and UK Trade & Investment. From 2014-2016 Johnny was Chief Executive of the National Association of University Entrepreneurs, where he increased the number of student enterprise groups across England and briefed No.10 on macro level enterprise policy in further and higher education, winning the Global Entrepreneurship High Impact Award two years running.

Sarah Reardon is the Director of Media and Corporate Affairs at Nesta, a global innovation foundation that focuses on challenges such as how teaching human skills like creativity, collaboration and problem-solving can prepare young people for future work in a more automated economy. During her 15 years’ experience developing and leading integrated communications for organisations to grow, manage and protect their brand and reputation, she has delivered creative, high impact campaigns that bring together disciplines across the communications mix.  

As an alumnus and currently the University’s Academic Development Planning Manager, Tim Savage has a 20-year association with UCA.  He is a practising commercial photographer and artist who has published widely on the discipline.

Find out more about the Board of Governors, here.