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New members appointed to UCA Board of Governors

UCA has appointed five new external members to its Board of Governors, who will take up their roles from 1 August.

With expertise in fields including cybersecurity, commercialisation of new technologies, media, UK government cultural policy, and business education, the new members are David Edwards, Dr Stephen Hampson, Chris Lawrence, Kate McGavin and Serge Vidal.

Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice-Chancellor of UCA, said: “I am thrilled to be welcoming our newest members to the Board of Governors. They bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise in education, technology and the creative industries that will be invaluable as we seek to further enhance our position as the UK’s leading creative specialist university.”

David Edwards has led a successful career in IT operations in the public and education sectors, most recently as Director of ICT at Cardiff University. He is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of SeV Consulting Ltd, an independent management and ICT consultancy providing services to a number of UK and European universities and private sector organisations. David has a particular interest in cybersecurity, cyber-warfare and cyber-defence, and especially its impact on international relations. 

Following an academic career which saw him hold teaching and research positions at Christchurch Polytechnic, the University of Canterbury – both in New Zealand – and the University of Bath, Stephen Hampson has worked in the corporate sector for over 20 years.  This has seen him lead several global technology companies and establish an investment company to support the creation of new technology companies from publicly-funded research. He is currently a non-executive director of CORE Education, a charitable not-for-profit company that provides public services for the education sector in New Zealand.

Chris Lawrence is a business adviser with a deep commitment to organisations that combine public value and commercial objectives. A qualified accountant, he began his career in audit roles at KPMG and London Transport before moving into management consultancy, gaining extensive experience in media and education at Price Waterhouse Coopers, BBC Technology, Siemens, Cognizant, and the British Standards Institution (BSI).  Chris has delivered projects for a wide range of not-for-profit clients, including universities and assessment bodies, broadcasters and trade associations; at BSI, his focus is on helping organisations use best practices to operate more effectively, develop new services and capabilities, and manage risk.

Kate McGavin is an experienced Whitehall leader and strategist. Her current role is Devolution Director (jobshare) in the Cabinet Office, leading for the UK Government on the development of policy in relation to devolution, EU Exit and intergovernmental relations.  Prior to this Kate undertook a number of roles in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), most recently as Deputy Director, Art, Libraries & Digital Culture, in which she advocated for the Creative Industries to be prioritised in the Government’s Industrial Strategy, securing a sector deal. Kate was also an active champion for the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), helping to develop eight creative clusters across the UK, and has worked with Arts Council England to develop a shared programme of work with the Department for Education in support of cultural education. 

Serge Vidal is a corporate finance professional, financial trainer and university lecturer with 25 years of experience. He has held senior advisory, investment and audit roles, and has delivered financial training through his company City Training UK at investment banks and other financial institutions. In the higher education sector, Serge has taught at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge; London Business School, University of London; Cass Business School, City, University of London; and INSEEC London.