University of East London Board of Governors

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University of East London Board of Governors

University of East London Board of Governors

Welcome to the Board of Governors page. Here you can find information about the Board of Governors and its committees, and news about the work that Governors are doing on behalf of UEL.

University of East London Board of Governors, Independent Governors

Mark Stephens CBE (Chair of the Board)

Mark Stephens studied law at UEL (then North East London Polytechnic) in the early 1980s and, after graduating, developed his career as a champion of artistic expression. Now a senior member of the law firm Finers Stephens Innocent, Mark has practised before every level of Court in England and Wales, and regularly appears before the European Court of Human Rights and the Privy Council.

Mark is also a prolific commentator, broadcaster, blogger and writer, and his views on arts, law, media and human rights are frequently sought by the media. He holds a number of Government-sanctioned regulatory and charitable appointments.

Mark Hannam (Deputy Chair)

Mark Hannam is the Chair of Numbers for Good, a financial consultancy firm that helps organisations to fund social and environmental projects to achieve sustainable social and financial returns.  He is also the Chair of the Curwen Print Study Centre, an arts charity, and the Independent Director on the Board of IMMFA, a City trade association.

Previously he spent 12 years working as an investment manager in the City of London, for the Bank of England, Citibank and Barclays. Mark has PhD in philosophy and is an honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London.

Sunny Crouch OBE

Hailed as an inspiration to women, Sunny’s long and successful career has spanned business, marketing, education, regeneration, tourism and the voluntary sector. During her distinguished and successful career in regeneration, for over 20 years she was responsible for the leadership, planning and successful delivery of transformational regeneration initiatives in the City of Portsmouth and in London Docklands.

Currently Sunny is the Director responsible for mixed-use regeneration projects in east London, and a Director of Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, Places for People Group and Island Health Trust. She was recently appointed Chair of the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship.

Sunny’s achievements have earned many awards, including the first London Docklands Businessperson of the Year Award, the Tourism Society Award for Lifetime Achievement and the first SHINE Award for ‘being an inspiration to other women’.

She was honoured with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Civic Award for contributions to Business and the Community and with an OBE for Business, Regeneration and Tourism. Sunny was awarded an honorary doctorate in Business Administration by the University of East London.

Ian Jenkins

Ian has over 30 years’ experience in the technology industry. He was formerly Group CTO of Logica plc and Deputy CTO of the BBC, and held various positions at GEC Marconi.

Ian has extensive experience in the fields of broadcast technology, IT software and services and medical technology. He has advised on projects including the UK’s roll-out of digital terrestrial television and the sale of BBC Transmission. He has led the technical due diligence in a number of acquisitions and mergers both at the BBC and at Logica. His international experience includes working with customers in the Middle East, Asia and central Europe and in setting up a major offshore centre of excellence in India.

Ian holds a PhD in Bioengineering from Carnegie Mellon University in the US, and an MSc in Bioengineering and BSc in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Strathclyde. He is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Ian is Deputy Chair of Trustees of the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium and an active STEM ambassador.