Council Membership

Independent and co-opted council members


h hipkinsDr Michael Hipkins
Chair and Independent Member

Michael Hipkins holds a degree in physics and a PhD in biophysics from Imperial College, London. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre National de la Récherche Scientifique in France, he was for ten years a lecturer at the University of Glasgow before being seconded to the Advisory Board for the Research Councils.

Michael joined the Civil Service in 1988, working at the Department for Education and Science, where he held posts associated with universities, teachers' pay, schools organisation and early years education. He worked in the Department and its successor Departments on various aspects of higher education, being appointed Director in 2004 and retiring as Director of Financial Support for Students in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2011.

Michael Hipkins joined the Council of Buckinghamshire New University in 2011 and was Deputy Chair from 2014-16. He was a member of Council of the University of Bath 2011-17. He is currently a secondary school governor and an advisor at Citizens Advice.


J NewtonMiss Jenny Newton
Deputy Chair Independent

By education, Jenny is a Physicist from Imperial College, London. Since then she has held management roles in a number of international Information Technology and Telecoms companies such as Philips, Digital, Compaq, HP and Logica. Most recently she was CEO for the UK and Ireland subsidiary of Bull Information Systems.

She has lived and worked in both France and Holland, speaking fluent French and Dutch. Jenny’s special interests include literature and cinema.   She selects the films for the Beaconsfield Film Society at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield. She enjoys travel, food and wine. She is married with two daughters and has lived in Beaconsfield for 20 years.

Jenny was elected Deputy Chair to serve from 1 September 2016.


Gurdeep ChadhaGurdeep Chadha
Independent Member

Gurdeep Kaur Chadha is a scientist with an MSc in Entomology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. This was followed by post graduate research experience from the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands. She was employed as an Entomologist at the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi and for the Ministry for Overseas Development in London before she moved to York.

Gurdeep has lived and worked in York for 38 years and recently moved to Buckinghamshire. Her voluntary work includes being a Magistrate for nearly 30 years on the York/Selby Bench and on the Advisory subcommittee of the selection of Magistrates in North Yorkshire. She was on the Board of Governors for York St. John University for 9 years. Gurdeep has served on the North Yorkshire Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) for four years.

She is a Deputy Lieutenant for North Yorkshire. Further, Gurdeep has an interest in community work and Interfaith work and has worked with York Racial Equality network. As part of the multi faith chaplaincy team at York St. John University she was a Sikh Faith advisor. She was recently appointed on the panel by the City of York Council to work on a task study of making York a ‘welcoming’ city for the minority groups.

Gurdeep is married to Darminder and they have two daughters and two grandsons. Her hobbies include swimming, Yoga, travelling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.


Independent memberAnna Crabtree 
Independent Member

Anna holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Anna qualified as an accountant at Grant Thornton, where she specialised in the audit of Not for profit organisations. This led to opportunities to work in Bristol, New York and London before moving to the Horserace Betting Levy Board, non-departmental public body. She worked there as Head of Financial Planning and Analysis until 2016.


Anna lives in Buckinghamshire with her family. She enjoys gardening, baking for her children and playing the piano.


Ben Parmar SU President

Ben Parmar 
President of the Students' Union and ex-offiicio Student Member

Ben graduated from Bucks in September 2017 with a First Class Degree in BA (Hons) Film and Television Production. During his studies Ben was Union Council Chair, Head Fresher’s Helper, Student Rep, Faculty Officer, Elected Student Trustee, Treasurer of Snow Society and Chairman of Film Society.

This is Ben’s first year in office as President of Bucks Students’ Union but having been so heavily involved within the Union and University over the past three years and making the most of his time as a student, Ben hopes to share his experience and strives to ensure his time in office is beneficial for both the student experience and the future of Bucks.

Outside of work, he is a keen filmmaker and loves travelling.


B DhillonMr Baljit Dhillon
Independent Member

Mr Dhillon holds an MSc degree from London University. He is a Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, European Registered Engineer and a Chartered Engineer.

Mr Dhillon started his working career with Mars Ltd and has worked for various multi-national companies in senior positions. He spent long periods working in the USA with a multi-national company before returning to the UK. Until recently he was the Divisional Managing Director of Stadium Group plc. He is now working as a business consultant.

Mr Dhillon has worked as a non-executive director for various organisations for a number of years.


Maggie JamesMaggie James
Independent Member

Dr James is a scientist with a PhD in neuropharmacology from St George's Medical School, University of London. She has over 28 years of diverse scientific and business experience working within blue chip pharma and healthcare sectors.

For 15 years she held a variety of roles within GlaxoSmithKline and its legacy companies. In 2001 she founded Compass Business Partners Ltd, a consultancy specialising in the development of business strategy and major change implementation.

Maggie's hobbies include, socialising, keep fit, wine appreciation, painting watercolours, photography, skiing and travelling. She is married with two daughters and has lived in Bucks for over 13 years.


Irene KirkmanIrene Kirkman
Independent Member

Irene is a dynamic education leader who has enjoyed a circular career starting and ending in central government in the civil service. She has a strong recent track record as Head of Vocational Strategy in the Department for Education (DfE) of establishing and running inter-governmental boards to implement ministerial educational reforms as part of the DfE governance process.

Irene also has significant experience of driving transformation through policy development, risk assessment and management in a wide range of contexts through widening her experience of different business and service models.

Irene has been a Director of the Mid Counties Co-operative Society since October 2016 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee which reports to the Board.


Lise LlewellynDr Lise Llewellyn
Independent Member

Strategic Director of Public Health Berkshire

Lise qualified from University of Wales College of Medicine, and then completed specialist training in both general practice and Public Health medicine. Having worked as a consultant in public health medicine for a number of years, Lise moved into NHS general management setting up one of the first Primary Care Trusts in the 2002 NHS reorganisation. Lise has worked in a number of positions and geographical areas in the NHS and now following the most recent NHS changes has returned to her public health roots as the Director of Public Health Berkshire.


Tim MarshallTim Marshall 
Independent Member

Tim Marshall started his career in BBC Radio, followed by a move to TV where he rose to become Head of BBC Events and Entertainments Group, responsible for TV production of major national events, sports, factual and entertainment content. In 1990, Tim moved to the Walt Disney Company as Senior Vice-President, responsible for international TV production and was one of the senior project team that launched Disneyland, Paris in 1992.

Followin a period in the "dotcoms" involve in acquisition and mergers, in March 2005, he became CEO at Janet(UK), the organisation responsible for developing and managing Janet, the UK's powerful advanced research and education network. The network provides powerful connectivity to the UK's universities and colleges enabling them to collaborate in global research, including the demanding data intensive disciplines such as life science, particle physics and radio astronomy. In 2015, Tim took on a wider remit as Executive Director Membership and Sales as well as Managing Director of Jiscom, Jisc's commercial arm.

Tim is a graduate of Southampton University in Sociology, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the British Computer Society and the Royal Television Society. He has been engaged by the Athens, Beijing and London Olympics as a quality controller of international TV production, and has also had a special achievement award named after him at the National Association of Student TV Awards. For his charitable work, he produced the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall for 15 years; he also directs the annual West End Heroes show supporting service charities. In 2015 he was awarded the OBE for his services to service and ex-service personnel.

Tim lives just outside High Wycombe and, in what spare time he has, enjoys playing tennis, watching Saracens RFC, Southampton FC and tinkering with his tractors.


Ken S McCreaKen McCrea
Co-opted Member

Ken McCrea has had a varied career, initially graduating with a Psychology degree from Hull University, with a particular interest in both Clinical and Environmental Psychology.   In 1978, he joined a major London advertising agency, McCann Erickson where he spent 8 years working on a number of blue chip accounts, such as Kodak, COI/RAF, Nestle, Martini Rossi and Levi Jeans.  He then left to join a smaller agency as Client Services Director and then moved to be Managing Director at Golley Slater & Partners.  In 1990, he started his own agency, Mayhew Harper McCrea, based in Covent Garden and which he ran successfully until 2002.

After 25 years in the London Advertising business, Ken decided it was time for a change and moved himself and his family out to Oxfordshire to run a very traditional golf club based near Henley-on-Thames.  In 2009 Ken became self-employed and devised a number of small entrepreneurial ventures and business consultancies, using his marketing, advertising, business and internet experience to start the businesses.

Ken is married with two children and plays golf at The Oxfordshire Golf Club, as well as enjoying DIY, old cars and playing the organ.


Anthony MurphyMr Anthony Murphy
Independent Member

Anthony joined the Civil Service in 1992 after a business career spanning 16 years, much of which he spent in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. Government roles included posts in the Cabinet Office, the UK Permanent Representation to the EU, the Patent Office and the Government Olympic Executive. He was closely involved in planning and delivering the economic legacy of the London 2012 Games.

Since retiring from the Senior Civil Service in 2010 Anthony has devoted much of his time to improving the employment prospects of disabled people. He is a member of the Disability Employer Engagement Steering Group; a co-opted Director of the Trade Association Forum Ltd; and a Trustee of the Wycombe Environment Centre.

He read Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is also a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers. Anthony has lived in Buckinghamshire for 20 years and is married with three adult children.


Sue RosserDr Susan Rosser 
Independent Member

Susan Rosser is a Partner in an international commercial law firm where she specialises in litigation, investigations and regulatory enforcement. She is also involved in pro bono legal work and has served as an Honorary Legal Adviser at the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau for more than ten years.

Before going back to college to qualify as a solicitor in her early thirties, Susan studied for a PhD in English Literature and worked for a number of years as a lecturer at the Universities of Lancaster and Manchester. She is a passionate advocate of continuing lifelong education. Outside work, she is a fan of classical theatre, ballet and contemporary dance.

Susan grew up in South Bucks and has a close connection with the area.


Bob ShennanMr Bob Shennan
Independent Member

Bob is Controller of Radio 2, Asian Network and 6 Music as well as Director of BBC Music. During 2013-14 the BBC broadcast 41,000 hours of music making the BBC the world’s biggest music broadcaster, reaching over 50% of the population each week.

Bob was educated at the Royal Grammar School in Lancaster and at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, graduating with a degree in English Literature. He started his career as a journalist in commercial radio, before joining the BBC in 1987. He progressed to a variety of senior roles in BBC Sport including, from 1998 to 2000, the position of Head of BBC Sport. In this role he was responsible for overseeing all sport on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC News 24, BBC national and local radio and the BBC’s sport online. In August 2000, Bob was appointed Controller of 5 Live and, in September 2002, he launched 5 Live Sports Extra as Controller.

Bob left the BBC in early 2008 to lead Channel Four Radio. Following his departure from the venture in October 2008, Bob was appointed Controller of Radio 2 and 6 Music in January 2009. He lead the network through the transition of Terry Wogan’s departure from Wake Up to Wogan in December 2009 after 17 years, to the launch of The Chris Evans Breakfast Show in January 2010.

From 2009 until 2011, Bob was the Chairman of the Radio Academy, a registered charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK broadcasting and audio production. In 2011, Bob was appointed controller of Asian Network and, in 2012, he was elected to the board of the prestigious Country Music Association. In March 2014, Bob was appointed Director of BBC Music and, that December, oversaw the launch of the inaugural BBC Music Awards which featured One Direction, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran.

A lifelong Liverpool FC fan, Bob is also a Trustee of the Roundhouse venue in Camden and Vice-Chair of Children in Need.


John SmithJohn Smith
Independent Member

John Smith has 40 years’ experience in financial and change management in a variety of industries both in the UK and overseas.

After completing degrees in economics and business studies from Hull and Sheffield Universities, he qualified as an accountant with Imperial Metal Industries and worked as Finance Director/Controller in subsidiaries of Birmid Qualcast and GEC.

John then became a management consultant with OASiS plc in 1990 specialising in helping companies undergo major change, his clients included the NHS, BP and Ericsson. In 2002 he founded his own consulting practice whose clients include HBOS, Lloyds Banking Group and JP Morgan Chase.

John has worked as an Associate lecturer and Subject Tutor in Finance and Strategy on MBA programmes with both the Open University and Henley Business Schools. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

John is married with one daughter and has lived in Buckinghamshire for more than 30 years. He has a keen interest in sport and politics and is Chairman of his local golf club Burnham Beeches.


University Council Members

Rebecca BuntingProfessor Rebecca Bunting  Vice-Chancellor and ex officio member

Professor Rebecca Bunting is Vice- Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Buckinghamshire New University.

She graduated from Girton College, University of Cambridge with a degree in English Literature and took postgraduate qualifications at London University. She began her career teaching in London comprehensive schools, moving into higher education as a senior lecturer at the University of Roehampton.

She later became Dean of Education at Anglia Ruskin University and Pro-Rector at the University of Northampton.  From there she moved to the University of Portsmouth in 2004 as Pro Vice-Chancellor and was promoted in 2007 to Deputy Vice-Chancellor.


Professor Bunting currently sits on the boards of The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Imperial Health Partners and is a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England's Teaching Quality and Student Opportunity Committee. She has conducted research and published in the field of children’s language and literacy development, educational linguistics and pedagogy.


Jo BoardmanMs Joanna Boardman
Professional Service Employee elected member

Joanna is currently the Transformation Programme Change Manager, having previously held a variety of posts within Bucks New University over the past 17 years. She has worked actively with academic and administrative staff across the University ranging from student enrolment and engagement to technological solutions to existing challenges such as Student Portals.

She has a background in project work, troubleshooting and corporate process assessment and redesign and is an active supporter of personal and professional development including as mentoring and coaching programme as well as talent management.


She holds an MBA from Bucks New University and an APM Project Management qualification and is listed on the International Project Management Association register.

Joanna is married, was born in bucks and continues to live locally. She enjoys photography, baking and very long days in a Spa.


Sue WestSue West
Elected Senate Member

Sue, who qualified as a registered nurse in 1982, is Dean of the Faculty of Society & Health at the University. Sue spent her early clinical career in cardiothoracic nursing and critical care before becoming a sister on a general intensive care unit where she was heavily involved in educating students and staff. With a master’s degree in cardiorespiratory nursing, Sue’s main area of interests included sensory imbalance experienced by cardiac surgery and hospital admission as well as respiratory assessment.

After moving into education as a clinical teacher at Harefield Hospital, Sue joined Buckinghamshire New University in 1994. At Bucks, Sue has held a number of academic roles including principal lecturer in critical care before becoming head of the department and then Academic Dean. She pioneered the development of an inter-professional continuing personal and professional development framework to support the drive for a qualified workforce in healthcare.

In her current role as Dean of the Faculty, Sue focuses on quality enhancement, student experience and engagement and fitness to practise. She promotes the integrated care agenda through the development of innovative placement pathways to increase placement capacity across north west London. Sue also works closely with the Council of Deans for Health to influence the changing health education landscape.

Sue works closely with partners who manage NHS contracts in north west London and the Thames Valley as well as developing professional development contracts with the region’s Local Education Training Boards. She is influential in a number of external fora relating to the work of the faculty and was appointed Chair of the Education Expert Reference Group for Health Education Thames Valley which represents universities within the region.


Phillip WoodPhillip Wood MBE
Elected Senate Member

Phillip is the Head of the School of Management and Professional Studies at Buckinghamshire New University. With a background that includes military service in various roles; the delivery and management of corporate resilience programmes to industry, and his current academic management role, he is committed to the continued development of the HE sector and to finding solutions for challenges that face it.

He has had his work published in journals, industry publications and the media; and his book "Resilient Thinking; Protecting Organisations in the 21st Century" which was published in late 2012, addresses the issues related to human behaviours and their effects on effective resilience planning and response.  A strong believer in blending academic theory with the practical applicability of resilience activities and functions, he is currently working on a range of initiatives that are designed to support businesses and organisations in developing effective resilience against the dynamics of global activity and change.  Alongside this, he is responsible for the overall effectiveness of the Bucks Business School and three academic departments and is the Faculty of Design, Media and Management lead for Enterprise.  Phil has a Master's degree from the University of Leicester in Security and Risk Management and is currently working on his PhD in Organisational Resilience and Emerging Risks in HE.

Phil was awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List in 2000.  In his spare time he enjoys travelling, watching rugby and attempting to keep his Land Rover roadworthy.


E SmithEllie Smith
Academic Registrar & Secretary

Ellie Smith is Director of Academic Quality and Clerk to the Council.  This is a dual role which provides support and guidance to Council members and the University in respect of governance matters and also provides a lead across the University in relation to the operation of the University’s quality processes.

Ellie, graduated with a BSc (Hons) Social Science in 1990 and gained a MA in Educational Administration in 1995.  Her career with the University spans some 25 years where she has undertaken roles in both faculty and central administration progressing from a Placements Officer to her current role.

In addition to her role in the University, Ellie works as a Reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Ellie lives in Oxfordshire with her partner.