Articles of Association

The composition of the University of Westminster Court of Governors is set out in the Articles of Association.

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List of members

The following are Governors (Directors) of the University as of 20 March 2020:

Mrs Diane Yeo, FRSA FInstF

Diane began her career in Production with BBC Education. She has been a Charity Commissioner, has run several national and international charities relating to youth, disability and health, was a founder of the Institute of Fundraising, and ran the UK charity for UNHCR. In addition to working as a consultant with not for profit organisations, she established and now chairs ETAT (Encouragement Through the Arts and Talking), a charity for lonely and isolated people.

Mr David Cheeseman, BSc Hons
​Deputy Chair

Originally trained in the transport sector and is currently a Director of Chef Express UK, part of Grupo Cremonini of Italy, a Director of Momentum Services the provider of crew, catering and lounge services to Eurostar International. He has advised on transport projects in Russia, India and much of Europe and has also worked in Southern and Eastern Africa on logistics and distribution projects for famine relief and environmental charities. He is a Director of the ESU, a trustee of the Magic Circle Foundation Ltd and became a Trustee of the Guildford Institute in 2019.

Mr Ibrahim Alzaid
Mr Ibrahim Alzaid is the President of the University of Westminster Students' Union. Ibrahim is a graduate of Westminster Business School, with a degree in Business Management and Marketing, and marketing experience in the fields of natural remedies and logistics/same day delivery.

Mr Justin Bairamian
Mr Justin Bairamian is Founding Director of BBC Creative, the BBC’s in-house creative agency, and Director of Brand Strategy at the BBC. He started his career in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi and spent a number of years in advertising agencies, ending up as Managing Director of Leagas Delaney. He has since worked in a variety of marketing, strategic and creative roles at the BBC. He is also a Director of Freeview and Vice Chair of Governors at Lady Margaret School in Parson’s Green.

Dr Peter Bonfield, OBE, FREng, FIET, FICE, FIOM3, FCIOB, HonFIStructE, HonFCABE
Vice-Chancellor and President of the University. Peter has responsibility for directing all University activities and developments and is Chair of the University Executive Board and Academic Council. He also has statutory reporting duties on behalf of the University to the Office for Students. Peter is currently Deputy President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and is a member of the Board of UK Active.

Mr Nicholas Catterall BA, MSc
Nicholas joined the University in 2016 and is the elected Professional Services representative for the Court of Governors. As Senior Compliance and Development Manager at the University, he is responsible for compliance policy development in the department of Global Recruitment and Admissions. 

Mr Geoffrey Davies
A Principal Lecturer in Journalism and International Director for the Westminster School of Media and Communication. He sits on Court as the staff governor nominated through election by teaching staff. Formerly Head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, he joined the University in 2002 having worked across newspapers and television as a journalist, producer/director and business manager. In his international role he has taught in Beijing and Hong Kong.

Dame Karen Dunnell
Karen has spent all her working life in research and statistics in the public sector. From 1974 to 2009 she worked in the Government Statistical Service and from 2005 was its head and Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics. She also has Advisory/Trustee roles for PricewaterhouseCooper, Legal and General, Northern Ireland Heart, Chest and Stroke, Highgate Scientific and Literary Society, and William Ellis School.

The Hon Dame Mary Hogg, DBE FRSA
Holds an honorary LLD from the University. A former QC, she is a former High Court Judge in the Family Division. Her Great-Grandfather, Quintin Hogg, founded the Polytechnic.

Professor Alexandra Hughes, BA, PhD 
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Employability and Global Engagement. Alex leads, develops and coordinates the University's internationalisation and employability agendas. She is responsible for promoting a culture of global engagement across the University, championing a wide range of international activities to build on and build up our international connections, the internationalisation of the Westminster experience and our international recruitment. She is also responsible for the development and implementation of the University’s Employability Strategy. 

Ms Vanessa James
A practising solicitor and partner specialising in employment law, business protection, director disputes and team moves at Ashfords LLP. Qualified for over 15 years, Vanessa supports a number of clients including both employers and individuals with expert sector knowledge in housing, homelessness, healthcare, construction, contract/travel caterers and insurance brokers. Vanessa has held trustee posts for a G15 housing association and a local HIV charity.

Professor Graham Meikle, PhD, MA, MA (Hons), SFHEA
Graham is the elected Academic Council nominee to the Court of Governors. He is Professor of Communication and Digital Media in the College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries. Graham was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2019 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has published seven books on topics including social media, media convergence, news analysis, media activism, and the internet of things.

Mr Gary Morley, FCA
Chartered Accountant and author specialising in private company Corporate Finance. He is Hon. Treasurer of City YMCA London and former Chairman of the British Suzuki Institute. He is also a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers.

Ms Helen Owen BA, MA
Research consultant at Gambleaware, a charity which funds research, prevention and treatment services to help to reduce gambling harms in Great Britain. Over the past thirty years she has served on the boards of some of the UK’s leading digital, marketing and creative consultancies. Helen is a trustee of the Royal British Legion and holds a civic honour of Southwark Woman of the Year for services to youth and sport.

Mrs Linda Phillips
Graduate of Cardiff University and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. She has held senior positions in a number of blue chip companies, latterly Shell, in the field of Logistics and Operations and is an expert in supply chain and road safety. As a senior leader Linda has gained extensive experience working with and across different cultural and geographical boundaries. She is a member of Cardiff University Council, a trustee of the Cardiff University Pension Fund, a trustee of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety and a Director of Cardiff City Transport Limited. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the National Council for Universities and Business (NCUB), Grow Value for Wales and an ambassador for Women on Boards.

Professor Fiona Ross, CBE, BSc, PhD, RN
Fiona has a background in community health nursing and social policy and has worked as a practitioner, teacher, research leader and senior manager at King’s College London, St George’s Hospital Medical School, Kingston University and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.  She has had previous roles leading equalities, commissioning research, delivering health, social care and teacher education and as a non-executive on a NHS Board. Currently she is a part time research Professor in the Joint Faculty at St George’s, University of London and Kingston University, and Chair of the Board of Princess Alice Hospice, a large charity providing palliative and end of life care in South West London and Surrey.

Mr Matthew Smith, MA LLM
Barrister specialising in charity law and a voluntary youth worker. 

The Venerable Canon David Stanton
Sub-Dean, Canon Treasurer and Archdeacon of Westminster with oversight for all financial affairs and buildings at Westminster Abbey. Trustee of the Church of England Pensions Board and member of Public Service Honours Committee. Also, Governor at Westminster School and Distinguished Friend of Oxford University. Previously Church Commissioner for England, Vice Chair of Oxford University Research Ethics Committee, Non-Executive at Wales Audit Office and Secretary of State Member at Dartmoor National Park Authority.

Philomine Wales BA Dip Arch, RIBA
Has worked as an architect for over 40 years on new build, redevelopment and refurbishment projects, ranging from multi-million pound developments to bespoke one-off schemes, in both the public and private sectors, latterly specialising in healthcare and laboratory design. She is also a trustee of a community garden, which provides facilities for education to local schools.

Mei Xin Wang, Lady Farrell
Mei Xin Wang, Lady Farrell has years of experience in financial industry with special skills in international trade and commodity trading.  She is co-founder of RMB Interest Group that aims at knowledge sharing and topical debates of the progress of RMB (Chinese currency) internationalization.  Born and educated in China, Mei Xin began her career as a lecturer in the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing.  She came to London in 1987 to start the London office of Sinochem, a Chinese energy trading company.  Over the years, she has worked in roles such as non-executive director, executive trader, advisor and broker.  She currently holds the role as a China resource specialist at the British Museum.

Mr Simon Wylie
Served on the Board of the UK based, global leader in digital, marketing and creative insight and intelligence consultancies, Xtreme Information (now Ebiquity PLC) going on to become CEO of Contagious Communications and now serves as Chairman of The Blueprint Consultancy Ltd, a global headhunter and organisational design consultancy for advertising and marketing, He is a Director of the how to: academy, presenting a public programme of events and courses in London, featuring leading scientists, Nobel Prize laureates, philosophers and  authors and co-founder of For One Night Only, a start-up launched to help companies create winning pitches.

For queries relating to the Court of Governors, please contact Elaine McMillan, Clerk to the Court of Governors: e[email protected].

Meeting dates

2019–20: 2 October 2019; 27 November 2019; 18 March 2020; 3 June 2020; 15 July 2020

2020–21: 7 October 2020; 25 November 2020; 17 March 2021; 26 May 2021; 14 July 2021

Standing orders

Specific procedures for the government and conduct of the University are set out in the Standing Orders.

Scheme of delegation for signing certain categories of contract and for authenticating non-contractual documents

Effectiveness reviews

In May 2019 the Court commissioned an external and independent review of the effectiveness of the Court and its committees. The report on their findings was reported to the meeting of the Court in October 2019 and governors agreed an implementation plan to address the recommendations in November 2019.