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Board of Governors – Profiles

 Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Governors

Mark Hopton, FCA

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 Kelly, FCA, MBA

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.

Outside of academic life Professor Upton has held appointments in both the private and not for profit sectors and is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Oxfordshire where he was High Sheriff in 2013-14.

During his academic career Professor Upton has carried out research and published extensively on a wide range of topics in the fields of Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs. He also has extensive international experience and has held visiting appointments and undertaken consultancies and educational development work in a number of countries.

Sally Beavan, BScEcon (Hons), ACA, CTA

Sally graduated from Cardiff University in 1996 with a degree in Business Economics. She went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in 1999 and as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 2001.

She is now Deputy Regional Director within Santander Corporate and Commercial Bank responsible for the Education, Healthcare and Communities team covering Midlands and Wales. Prior to this she was a Corporate Finance Partner with PKF (UK) LLP, now part of BDO.

Dr Louise Brooke-Smith, HonDTech, BSc(Hons), DipTP, FRICS, MRTPI


Louise is a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner with experience drawn, over 30 years, from the public and private sectors in the UK and overseas. She is an Equity Partner of Arcadis LLP, the Global Consultancy for the Built Environment, where she is UK Head of Town Planning and Head of Social Value. Prior to this, she was the CEO of Brooke Smith Planning, a UK based Planning & Development Consultancy, established in 1994, serving a wide range of international clients.

Louise was the first female Global President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (2014-15). As President she championed diversity & inclusivity and led a series of ground breaking initiatives, including the RICS Inclusive Employers Quality Mark and the Property Strategy for Sub Saharan Africa.

She is a Freeman of the City of London and her various accolades include; Outstanding Woman in Construction (2015), National Achiever in Construction (2015) and was shortlisted for the First Woman Awards in 2014 and 2015. She has Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Wolverhampton, Sheffield Hallam and Birmingham City. Louise is retained as a UKGov adviser, is a Trustee of the Lench’sHousing Trust and is Chairman of All We Can – the International Aid Agency.

Ian Burke

Ian Burke is the Chairman of The Rank Group plc. He was previously CEO at Rank for eight years until May 2014. His early career years were spent at Unilever and Exxon. For the past 20-plus years he has led a number of leisure and hospitality companies including Thistle Hotels plc and Holiday Inn Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He has a Mathematics degree from Imperial College, London, an accounting qualification (A.C.M.A.) and a MSc in Business Administration from London Business School.

Ian is a Trustee of Cumbria Community Foundation and an Honorary Doctorate of Birmingham City University.

Andrew Cleaves

Andrew Cleaves Andrew took up his post as Principal and Chief Executive of Birmingham Metropolitan College in May 2014. He is a director of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, where he is lead for skills, working to improve employability, increasing the numbers of people in work and improving delivery and quality of skills provision and integration with employers.

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in industry, latterly as managing director of National Express’ international division, having formerly run its Birmingham-based UK Coach business. Andrew previously spent 12 years in commercial roles at Tube Lines, managing the public private partnership with Transport for London for infrastructure and maintenance of the Tube. He was part of the team which invested £10m on a training school for engineering Apprenticeships for its workforce.

Andrew is an alumnus of Cambridge University where he obtained an MA in Natural Sciences, and of Cranfield School of Management where he gained an MBA and Diploma in Marketing.

Joanne Goodman

Jo Goodman Jo is a recent graduate of BA Hons Textile Design at Birmingham City University. Arriving at university, awarded with the commendation for Engagement with Students and the Community from King Edward VI College in Stourbridge, Jo has always displayed a passion for engaging with staff and students to enhance the experience of both further and higher education.

Through becoming a Student Academic Leader and School Representative, Jo has developed a keen interest in empowering students to shape their experience at Birmingham City University. She ran for, and was elected to, the position of Vice-President Student Voice at BCUSU, representing students in areas of education and democracy and running educational campaigns on both local and national issues.

Jo was re-elected this year as the BCUSU President and oversees the strategic direction of the Students’ Union, helping to develop and deliver the Strategic Plan. She is the Senior Executive Officer and chairs the Board of Trustees within the Students’ Union. In addition, she has recently been elected as a committee member on the NUS Charitable Services Advisory Board for Students’ Union Quality.

Rt Hon Lord Grocott

Following undergraduate studies at Leicester University, Bruce carried out research into local government for his MA while tutoring at Manchester University. He later became a lecturer, then senior lecturer at the former Birmingham College of Commerce which became a constituent part of Birmingham Polytechnic and now Birmingham City University. He later became a Principal Lecturer at the former North Staffordshire Polytechnic. He was Member of Parliament for Lichfield and Tamworth between 1974 and 1979.

From 1979 until 1987 he was a presenter and producer with Central Television in Birmingham. From 1987 to 2001 he was Member of Parliament for the Wrekin then Telford. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tony Blair and worked in Downing Street from 1997 to 2001 when he was made a Life Peer. During his time in the Lords he spent six years as the Government Chief Whip under Tony Blair and then Gordon Brown, with a seat in the Cabinet.

Professor Graham Henderson, CBE, DL

Professor Graham Henderson was the Vice-Chancellor of Teesside University since 2003 until his retirement in May 2015. He had previously worked for a number of other higher education institutions across North-East England.

Professor Henderson was awarded the CBE in 2011 for his outstanding services to higher education. He was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire in 2012.

In addition to his role as Board member of a number of University companies, Graham is a member of a number of Higher Education and Leadership boards, advisory groups and networks. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CCMI). Graham is also a Trustee of the Captain Cook Birthplace Trust and a Patron of Community Campus.

Andrew Jowett, OBE

Andrew Jowett has worked in the Arts for over 40 years. Following graduation from the University of Salford he held posts at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and at Darlington Civic Theatre. He was appointed Director of Darlington Civic Theatre in 1979 and subsequently Director of the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick from 1982 until 1988.

From 1988 until his recent retirement, Andrew was Director of Symphony Hall, Birmingham, overseeing the opening and management of this major international concert hall to great critical acclaim.In 2007 Birmingham Town Hall was reopened following a £37m refurbishment, and its operation brought together under the company Performances Birmingham Ltd. Andrew was Chief Executive of PBL as well as retaining directorial responsibility for both Symphony Hall and Town Hall.

Andrew was Chair of the British Association of Concert Halls for 10 years until 2016, a former Council Member and Vice President of the UK Theatre Association,Chair of the Advisory Board for the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, a Trustee of the Young Musicians Trust, the Brant International Piano Competition and the Elgar Birthplace Foundation.He is also a Founding Member of the European Concert Halls Association (ECHO). Andrew is an Honorary Fellow of BCU and is a recipient of the Birmingham Civic Society Gold Medal, which is awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution to life in the City. In June 2012 he was awarded the OBE in HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours for services to music.

Jenny Ladbrooke, BA (Hons), MCIPD

Jenny is a graduate of the University of Nottingham and the former Birmingham Polytechnic, from which she gained membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

She has held successive positions with the IMI Group, where she was Group Human Resources Director from 2001-2008.

Since 2008 she has been an HR Consultant and now balances her life with a range of roles, offering advice to the third sector and not-for-profit organisations. Two of her main passions are Solihull Job Club where she supports people back into work and acting as a governor for Birmingham City University.

Jo Morgan

Bio coming soon

Dame Julie Moore, DBE

Julie is a graduate nurse who was appointed as Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) in 2006.

In 2011 Julie led the Government’s NHS Future Forum Education and Training reform. In 2013, she was asked by the Secretary of State to lead a UHB team for the turnaround of two Trusts in special measures.

Julie is a member of the Advisory Board of the Business School and the Court of the University of Birmingham and was a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the University of Warwick Medical School until 2015. She is a founder member and past Chair of the Shelford Group, ten leading academic hospitals in England.

Julie was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2012. In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Chair at Warwick University and was named in the first BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the UK. She has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University.

Parmjit Singh

Parm joined Eversheds as a trainee in 1987 and became a Partner in 1997. Parm is Head of Eversheds Sutherland’s Diversified Industrials Group, responsible for the industrial, chemical, automotive, defence and aerospace sectors.

Parm is the founding member of Eversheds’ India Group and is currently Eversheds Sutherland’s Head of the Group. Parm and colleagues visit India regularly on trips to its main cities, meeting clients doing business in India and Indian companies looking to do business outside of India.

Parm is a Board member of the UK India Business Council and specialises in urban regeneration, development and management/ investment. He was recommended as a leading lawyer in Real Estate Legal 500 and led the teams advising on the redevelopment of the Bullring, The Mailbox and Fort Dunlop in Birmingham.

Molly Taylor

Molly is a recent graduate of BA (Hons) in Children and Integrated Professional Care. Studying at City North Campus, Molly became heavily involved with the Students’ Union through a participation in sports, BCU active, societies and the Events team. Molly gained an insight into the depth of student engagement at Birmingham City University and identified opportunities for increased student involvement. Through this association, she developed a keen interest in working for the Student’s Union and in shaping students’ overall University experience. This encouraged Molly to run for, and win the role of Vice President of Student Engagement, representing students from all campuses.

Tracy Westall

Tracy Westall Tracy is an executive director at Specialist Computer Centres (SCC). Since January 2014, Tracy has been responsible for SCC Corporate Services, overseeing supplier and partner management and procurement, public sector policy, business performance, marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Tracy was previously responsible for running SCC’s Public Sector business for more than 20 years. Tracy sits on the Main Board for TechUK – the trade body representing the IT sector with which UK government consults. She has also sat on the Board of several other initiatives including Birmingham Science City and Smart City Alliance and maintains a place on the Board of Directors for the Smart City Commission.

Recently, Tracy has chaired the IT Sub Group for the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and is currently an Executive director for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP.

Tracy has a wealth of public sector knowledge and is often invited to present on a wide range of subjects at events and seminars.

Co-opted Members of Board Committees

John Gripton – Development Committee Member

John is a Managing Director and Chairman of the Private Equity Investment Committee. He has over 27 years of private equity and investment management experience covering Europe, the US, and emerging markets. John was recently inducted to the British Venture Capital Association’s (BVCA) Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding long-term contributions to the UK private equity industry, such as serving on the BVCA’s Responsible Investment Advisory Board until the end of 2013. John was a senior investment manager with the West Midlands Metropolitan Authorities Pension Fund and earlier in his career he worked in financing and investment at Sandwell Borough Council. John studied accountancy at Wolverhampton Polytechnic (now Wolverhampton University) and has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy since 1973.

Nick Longley, BSc ACA – Audit Committee Member

Nick is a Chemistry graduate from the University of Birmingham and member of ICAEW following qualification as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He joined as a co-opted member of the Audit Committee in January 2013.

Nick has worked with a number of Midlands-based PLCs and Private Equity backed companies while working as an Audit Senior Manager at PwC and is now the Group Financial Controller at Titan Europe PLC following four years as Group Financial Controller of Metalrax Group PLC.