Principal Of Birmingham City University
Board of Governors – Profiles
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Governors
Mark is an alumnus of Birmingham City University. He retired in late 2012 from a 40 year career with leading global professional services firm, KPMG, where he was Chairman and Senior Partner of the Midland Region until 2007 and then held leadership responsibilities in the EMEA Region until his retirement.
Mark is passionate about public service and investing time in his community. As well as his appointment as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Governors at Birmingham City University effective from April 2015, he is currently Chairman of the Governors and Trustees at Solihull School and a Director and Trustee of Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust.
Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors
Joe qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 and gained an MBA from Aston University in 1993. He is a Non-Executive Director for Birmingham Airport. Previously he was Birmingham Airport Holdings (BAHL) Ltd’s Group Finance Director and Company Secretary. He is also a Member of the Institute of Credit Management, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Institute of Data Processing and the Pensions Management Institute. His experience covers the manufacturing, distribution, retail and service sectors.
Professor Graham Upton DL MA Med PhD CPsychol FBPsS
Born in Birmingham, Professor Upton was educated in Australia and went on to teach in secondary and special education schools before returning to the UK in 1972 where he has enjoyed a distinguished academic career.
After a brief spell at Chester College he worked in Leeds Polytechnic, the University of Wales and the University of Birmingham where he was Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs. In 1997 Professor Upton was appointed as Vice- Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University where he spent ten years at the helm. He has subsequently served as Interim Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cumbria and Glyndŵr University.