Executive Recruitment

Board of Governors

Ravensbourne is an independent corporation, established as a Higher Education Corporation under the terms of the Education Reform Act 1988 and the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

The powers of the Higher Education Corporation, as defined in sub-section 124(1) of the Education Act 1988, are

  • to provide higher education;
  • to provide further education;
  • to carry out research and to publish the results of the research or any other material arising out of or connected with it in such manner as the corporation shall see fit.

The Board of Governors is responsible for the determination of the educational character and mission of Ravensbourne and for the oversight of its activities. It has a key role in ensuring the efficient use of resources and the solvency of the institution. Members ensure compliance with the statutes governing the Institution and have an important role in monitoring Ravensbourne’s performance against its strategic plan. The Board approves annual estimates of income and expenditure and sets the framework for the pay and conditions of service of all staff. 

Useful documents

Rules and Bye Laws
Ravensbourne Articles Of Government
Ravensbourne Instrument Of Government
Board of Governors Statement of Responsibilities

Andrew Summers

CMG LLD FKC FRSA CCMI

Chair of the Board of Governors

Andrew Summers joins Ravensbourne from King’s College London, where he held the position of Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee. He is also currently Chairman at Design Partners. Andrew has extensive experience at board level, with roles in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, especially in HE and the creative industries. Previously, he was Chief Executive of the Design Council and has been a board member of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and of British Trade International. He also held the position of Deputy President of the Royal Society of Arts.

He holds a master’s degree from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and an honorary doctorate from the University of Westminster. He was awarded the CMG for his contribution to international business and design


Andy Cook

BA BSc (Hons) PCGE

Chief Operating Officer | Acting Vice Chancellor 
 

Andy Cook is Ravensbourne University London’s Chief Operating Officer and Acting Vice Chancellor, holding responsibility for overseeing the strategic direction of the University. In this capacity, Andy has focused on the key priorities of delivering an exceptional learning experience and ensuring a compelling offer for student recruitment. Andy has also been leading the institution towards identifying opportunities for diversification and collaboration at the intersection of creativity and technology.

Joining Ravensbourne in 2018, he holds considerable experience in the higher education sector, previously working in strategic management roles at a number of UK universities. He held the position of Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer at the University of East London and was formerly Deputy IT Director at the University of Southampton.

Having entered the education field after retraining as a secondary school teacher, Andy previously spent ten years working in business development in the media sector. He secured a grant from the Prince’s Youth Trust after completing his degree, establishing his own video production company, Stimulus Communications. Following this, Andy took on an executive role at Mayking Multi Media, a record label responsible for releasing formative works by the likes of Björk and DJ Shadow.

Andy holds a BSc Honour’s degree in Applied Physics from the University of Portsmouth as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from King’s College London.

Tamara Howe

Tamara Howe is Managing Director of VICE TV & Production across EMEA. She oversees the strategic direction and commercial operation of VICE’s TV networks across the region, which reaches 30 million households across the UK and Ireland, France, BENELUX, Israel and New Zealand.

Before becoming MD of VICE TV & Production, Tamara was Chief Content Officer for VICE, charged with leading VICE’s content strategy across the EMEA region.

She joined VICE from the BBC where she held a number of senior roles, including Controller of Business, Comedy & Entertainment, the departments responsible for a portfolio of programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing, Fleabag, Top Gear and Miranda. Prior to this, as Controller of Production Operations, Tamara delivered a significant transformation project for BBC Television, completely restructuring the division to more closely align its commissioning and production departments. She also held the role of Chief Operating Officer for BBC Children where her credits include the relocation of the department to Salford.

Tamara began her media career in the independent sector before joining ITV in 1989 and rising through a number of production operation roles to become Director of Production.

She is a Board member of the Edinburgh Television Festival and has been a Board Member of MEWE 360 since 2018. Tamara is also a Governor at Ravensbourne University London.

Jo Stimpson 

LLb (Hons), BSc (Hons) Health Sci, ACA

Chair of the Finance Committee 
 

Jo is a law graduate and chartered accountant who has spent her career in a number of senior finance positions including several divisional FD roles in the technology industry.

More latterly she was finance director of South East Water, a £200m turnover highly regulated water company.

Jo is Chair of Water Pension Trustee Ltd, the trustee of the South East Water and the Mid-Kent Group Pension Schemes, a Non-Executive Director of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust,  a Trustee of Eduserv, a not-for-profit technology company, and is Chair of the Law Society’s Group Audit Committee. Jo has recently completed a degree in Health Sciences and lives with her family in Greenwich.

Marta Phillips

OBE CA MSc BA (Hons)

Chair of Ravensbourne's Audit Committee 
 

Marta was appointed as a Governor in 2014. She chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the HR and Remuneration Committee. She holds a number of other non-executive roles, mainly in the government and education sectors. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, and has previously been a member of its Council. She has held a number of senior executive position including Chief Executive of the Pensions Advisory Service and Director of Compliance for the Lottery Regulator.  She was awarded a OBE in 2006.

Jon Kingsbury

BA (Hons) EMBA DIC

Deputy Chair

Jon Kingsbury is Head of Digital Economy and Creative Industries at the Knowledge Transfer Network, which brings companies, universities and investors together to undertake industry-led research & development.

He was previously Director of Creative Economy programmes at NESTA, where he ran the £8m Digital R&D Fund for the Arts and set up a mentor network for creative businesses.

Jon has more than 15 year's industry experience working in broadcasting and digital media, as an executive commissioner for content across BBC and as an editor of Channel 4.

Jon runs the secretariat for the UK5G Innovation Network.

Jon holds a first class degree in History of Art, Design and Film from Middlesex University and an Executive MBA from Imperial College, London.

David Worthington

BA (Hons) FRSA FCSD

David is non-executive chairman of branding agency, Holmes & Marchant, prior to which he was managing director of Conran Design Group.

David advises several private clients on design, including recent projects for Swiss Re and Sainsbury’s.
He is chairman of the River & Rowing Museum in Henley, a past trustee of the London Transport Museum and chairman of its trading company. He is also a past chairman of the skills council for the creative and cultural industries, CCSkills.

David is a Member of D&AD, a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers and the RSA, and an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University. In 2016 David was awarded trustee of the year at the London Volunteers in Museums Awards.

Dr Lisa Mooney

PhD MA BA (Hons) FRSA

Dr Lisa Mooney has worked in Higher Education for over 25 years where she worked at the interface between interdisciplinary scholarship and business. She has a background in fine art and critical theory, but is best known for her work on the study of collaborative research practices and interdisciplinary research methodology. Her current work explores how traditional arts and humanities disciplines might be better enabled to interact with the new demands of the knowledge engagement environment, and particularly how academic institutional practices enhance or inhibit these types of interactions. She has most recently held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of East London, responsible for research and knowledge exchange.

She is actively involved in both national and international networks concerned to raise the impact and profile of the arts and humanities, and regularly writes on the shifts and changes brought about by collaborative research practices in academia and industry. As well as sitting on the REF2021 Interdisciplinary Advisory Panel (IDAP), Lisa has also been an active board director on a range of creative organisations, namely the New Art Exchange, Threshold Studios, and EM Media. In all aspects of her work she strives to develop a coherent and productive relationship between cultural organisations and academic research and enterprise, ensuring brokerage between the two communities supports the generation of innovative ideas and investment.

Dr Jon Walmsley

Jon has a background in publishing with a series of leadership roles driving rapid growth and transformation, especially via strategic partnerships. At Wiley he served as managing director of a £200M international business through a period of rapid digital development.

With wide board and governance experience in a range of contexts including chairing international subsidiaries, Jon is currently lead governor at Hertfordshire Partnership NHS University Foundation Trust providing mental health and learning disability services. He served on the council of the Publishers Association, chairing one of the boards, championing the interests of one of Britain’s most important creative industries.

Jon is also an active investor in start-up companies with a social element via membership of the Mustard Seed network, and volunteers with the charity Cricket Without Boundaries that promotes gender equality and awareness of HIV and FGM.

Alex Phillips

BSc DipArch PGDip (ACS) RIBA

Alex Phillips is a real estate development professional with 20 years of UK and international experience.

He is currently Property Director at GLH Hotels, the largest owner-operator hotel management company in London with over 5,000 rooms, where he is responsible for the £1.5bn portfolio.  Previously he was Director of Masterplanning at Grosvenor where he was responsible for identifying long-term development opportunities on Grosvenor’s 300-acre London estate in Mayfair and Belgravia.

He brings to the team his expertise and experience in the development, design and delivery of complex, multi-stakeholder, mixed-use projects including the redevelopment of the Millennium Dome into The O2 and the delivery of public-private-partnership projects in London including the award-winning Clapham Library for Cathedral Group (now U+I Plc).

Alex is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and he holds degrees from the University of Bath, Oxford Brookes University and Virginia Tech. He began his career working as an architect with RTKL in the UK and USA and also Allies and Morrison. He is a member of the Monopoly Network and The Academy of Urbanism.

Professor Helen Higson

OBE DL BA (Hons) MA PhD

Professor Helen Higson completed her first degree in English Literature from Newnham College, Cambridge University and followed this up with an MA with the Open University and a PhD at Birkbeck College, London University.

She has worked in Higher Education since 1983, first at Southampton University and then at Aston. She is currently Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Aston University where she leads on outreach and recruitment, learning and teaching and employability.

Her previous role was as Head of Learning and Teaching at Aston Business School. She is Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management and National Teaching Fellow (NTF) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). Her current research includes intercultural training for staff and students and research into employability competencies and diversity.

Helen contributed a chapter to the 2012 Wilson Review on University Business relations. She was awarded the OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to Higher Education.

In 2016, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) appointed Helen member of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel.

In 2017 Helen was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands.

Nathan Donaldson

BA (Hons) LLB

Chair: HR & Remuneration Committee 
 

Nathan trained with the Anglo-Swedish Firm Osmond Gaunt & Rose.

He is currently a senior consultant at the Keystone Law firm that uses technology and modern working practices to drive productivity and deliver results. Creativity, passion and innovation form the very foundations of Keystone Law’s DNA.

Nathan has over 20 years of extensive experience in contentious employment advising organisations and high-net-worth individuals. Nathan specialises in: discrimination, whistleblowing, employment matters arising out of FSA regulated organisations and advising clients in the hotel, educational, healthcare and charity sectors.

Samantha Silver

BS, BA (Hons), MA

Technical Tutor, Textile Design and Surface Embellishment 
 

Samantha Silver is a Technical Tutor based in the prototyping facilities. Her emphasis is focused around textiles, graphics, print, and fashion. On a day-to-day basis, she works with the sublimation printers, embroidery machine, UV printer, risographs, and other specialist equipment. She is currently working to expand her knitwear knowledge further by learning the digital knitting process.

Born in Iowa in the United States, Samantha studied at Iowa State University. She graduated with a BS in Apparel Creative Design as well as a BA in Performing Arts Dance. During her time at Iowa State, she studied abroad for six months at London College of Fashion during which time she interned as a pattern cutter for a knitwear design company. This sparked her interest for life in London, which pushed her to return to complete her Masters.

During Samantha’s free time she runs the staff book club and plays on a volleyball team. Samantha enjoys travelling and is trying to visit every country in Europe. She is also learning Spanish and hopes to habla español con estudiantes in the near future.