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Board Members


Professor Nic Beech 
Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University
Professor Beech became Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University in November 2019. Nic previously held the roles of Vice-Principal & Head, College of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Dundee and Vice Principal, Dean of Arts and Head of the School of Management at the University of St Andrews.
Paul croney Professor Paul Croney
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Teesside University
Professor Croney became Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Teesside University in May 2015.
Professor Alistair Fitt
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and Deputy Chair of University Alliance
Professor Fitt is the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. Alistair was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes and had a remit that covered all research and knowledge exchange at the university.
debra-humphris Professor Debra Humphris
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton and Chair of University Alliance
Professor Debra Humphris joined the University of Brighton in December 2015 from Imperial College London where she held the positions of Pro-Rector (Education) and Vice Provost (Education) since 2012.
john-latham Professor John Latham
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer at Coventry University
Professor Latham was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University in 2014. Prior to this, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Business Development, overseeing all industrial-academic link activities.
Dr. Ben Calvert 
Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Wales Dr. Calvert was appointed Vice-Chancellor of University of South Wales in 2021, and joined the University Alliance board in the same year.
Professor Jane Harrington
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich
Professor Harrington joined the University of Greenwich as Vice-Chancellor in December 2019. She was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at UWE Bristol.
Quintin Mckellar Professor Quintin McKellar CBE
Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire
Professor McKellar became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire in January 2011. He was previously Principal of The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) of the University of London.
Professor Phillip Plowden
Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City UniversityProfessor Philip Plowden joined Birmingham City University in August 2017, having previously served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby. Prior to entering academia, Phillip was a practising lawyer.
Professor Peter Slee
Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Beckett University
Professor Peter Slee joined Leeds Beckett University as Vice-Chancellor in 2015. He had previously served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Huddersfield since 2010.
steven spier Professor Steven Spier
Vice-Chancellor at Kingston University and Treasurer of University Alliance
Professor Spier was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University in May 2017 having served as Acting Vice-Chancellor since October 2016.
Steve West Professor Steve West CBE
Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of England
Professor West trained as a Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeon in London, working in the NHS and private sector. He held a number of academic and leadership roles before becoming Vice-Chancellor of UWE in 2008.
Professor Roderick Watkins
Vice-Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University
Professor Roderick Watkins was appointed Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University in February 2019.