List of members

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

The following are Governors (Directors) of the University as of 24 April 2021:

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

David 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.

Professor Dibyesh Anand
Dibyesh is the Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Westminster. He has been elected as the nominee for Staff Governor by academic colleagues. He is the author of monographs "Geopolitical Exotica: Tibet in Western Imagination” and “Hindu Nationalism in India and the Politics of Fear” and has spoken about, and published on, varied topics including Tibet, China-India border dispute, Hindu nationalism, Islamophobia, and conflict in Kashmir. He is the Co-Chair of Westminster BME Network and identifies as queer in personal and political terms. Dibyesh is passionate about challenging the divide between academia and activism and believes in embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in every aspect of life. He is also a co-chair of University's EDI (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee).  

Mr Justin Bairamian
Justin 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.

Professor Lynne Berry, CBE
Lynne is Chair of the Human Tissue Authority, the regulator for human tissue and organs; Chair of Sustrans and a Trustee of Welsh National Opera. She is a Visiting Professor in the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, City, University of London. She has chaired a number of bodies including Breast Cancer Now, CPAG, Glandŵr Cymru and the Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing. She was also Deputy Chair of the Canal and River Trust and a NED at Cambridge University Hospitals FT. She has held several Chief Executive posts including the General Social Care Council, Equal Opportunities Commission, Charity Commission, Family Action and RVS and held a number of government advisory posts. She has received several awards, including a CBE and an OBE, and a number of honorary degrees and Fellowships. Her commitment to Westminster is long standing: she was both a part time postgraduate student and a lecturer at the former Polytechnic of Central London (now University of Westminster).  

Dr Peter Bonfield, OBE, FREng, FIET, FICE, FIOM3, FCGI, 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 the current President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020), Vice-Chair of London Higher and is a member of the Board of UK Active.

Mr Nicholas Catterall, BA MSc
Nichola joined the University in 2016 and is the elected Professional Services representative for 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.

Dame Karen Dunnell
Karen has spent all her working life in research and statistics in the public sector. From 1974-2009 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.

Ms Victoria Foster, BA, ACA
Head of Strategic Finance and Reporting at the Cabinet Office. Victoria is responsible for providing the Cabinet Office’s Executive Committee and Board with high quality analysis of financial and non-financial data, informing decisions on the management of financial risk and key financial events such as the Spending Review. After graduating from Cambridge in 2010 with First Class Honours in Classics, Victoria joined the Audit graduate scheme at Deloitte London. There she worked on audit and assurance engagements for clients from a wide range of sectors that included retail, law, education and charity. In 2014 she joined FTI Consulting, working in its Economic and Financial Consulting practice where she was engaged as a Senior Consultant, principally on expert witness engagements for High Court and arbitration cases. This role involved the development of complex financial models, quantifying the value of a range of assets by, for example, using discounted cash flow and market multiple analysis. Victoria joined the Civil Service in October 2018.

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.

Mr Tim Lovell, BA ACA
With extensive board level finance and operations experience across a range of financial service industries, including property development, Tim is currently working on establishing a new later living property business with a team of experienced professionals and an established institutional investor. He was previously a co-founder of Riverstone Living, a later living business, where he was a key member of the start-up management team and Urban Study, a student accommodation developer. He has recently been advising an established ‘build to rent’ operator in London on the design of its financial workflow and reporting infrastructure to deliver efficient processes for its property development and lifestyle offering.

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
is a 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
Helen is Evaluation Lead 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 Helen has served on the boards of some of the UK’s leading digital, marketing and creative consultancies. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal British Legion and was awarded the civic honour of ‘Southwark Woman of the Year’ for services to youth and sport.

Mrs Linda Phillips, BSc(tech) FCILT
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 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 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.

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.

Padamjeet Singh Mehta
Padamjeet is the President of the University of Westminster Students' Union.

Mr Matthew Smith MA, LLM
A 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 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 over 30 years of experience in the financial sector, in particular commodities trading. She began her working life in Beijing, China, as a lecturer at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE). In 1987 She moved to London to start the London office of Sinochem, a Chinese energy trading company. Since then, she has held the roles of executive commodity trader, senior advisor and Non Executive Director, among others. A strong believer in learning and education, Mei Xin holds three post graduate degrees in business and arts from the UK and China. She was actively involved in the creation of Kensington Wade School, an English-Chinese Dual Language School. She is China Resource Specialist at the British Museum, a role she has held since 2009.

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: [email protected].

Meeting dates

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

2021/22: 6 October 2021; 24 November 2021; 16 March 2022; 25 May 2022; 13 July 2022

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.