Board of Governors

Our Board of Governors is made up of independent representatives alongside staff governors, student governors and the Vice-Chancellor. 

Independent Govenors

Colin Hughes


Colin is the Chair of the Board and works at the independent education charity AQA in June 2020 as Chief Executive.

Colin's profile

Jonathan Chapman

Deputy Chair of the Board

Jonathan is the Deputy Chair of the Board and has held a number of senior management roles in the financial services industry.

Jonathan's profile

Baljinder Kuller

Board of Governors

Baljinder is the Founder and Managing Director of The Supply Register, and has a passions for education and supporting disadvantaged children and young people.

Baljinder's profile

Juliet Oosthuysen


Juliet currently works for IMA-HOME as a Consultant Client Director and has a background in HR and marketing.

Juliet's profile

Kevin Gould

Board of Governors

Kevin has spent 25 years as a consultant, adviser and auditor, predominantly in the banking industry, working for banks and consultancy firms of all sizes.

Kevin's profile

Kim Newell Chebator

Independent Governor

Kim Newell Chebator is a life-long learner with authenticity, integrity, collaboration, and knack for creative problem solving at the foundation of her executive experience in global financial services.

Kim's profile

Martin Pugh

Independent Governor

Martin’s governor role at Staffordshire University brings together his extensive business experience with his passion for higher education.

Martin's profile

Mohit Dhingra

Independent governor

Mohit has held a number of Audit and Risk roles in global organisations, building high performing teams and improving Risk & Control Governance interfacing with Boards and C-level Execs.

Mohit's profile

Eleanor Morrissey

Independent governor

Eleanor is a senior HR professional who has operated across a range of UK and Global Businesses.

Eleanor's profile

Josie Morris

Independent governor

Born and bred in Staffordshire, Josie is MD at Woolcool, a 2nd Generation, family business founded in 2009.

Josie's profile

Gemma Brierley

Independent governor

Gemma is a dedicated sustainability leader, having taken various executive positions in Tesco PLC, Danone S.A., Kingfisher Plc and IKEA Southeast Asia in the past decade.

Gemma's profile

Staff Governors

Professor Christopher Headleand

Head Of Department - Sugi

Prof. Headleand is a Computing & Video Games academic with over 20 years' experience; internationally recognised as an expert in student engagement. He is head of Games Design & Technology & researches Virtual Reality, Visualisation & Serious Games.

Christopher's profile

Dr Marta Vizcaya Echano

Collab Academic Prtnerships Qual Manager

Marta firmly believes in the transformative potential of education for individuals, organisations and communities, valuing the growth opportunities it brings and the chances it offers to question and exchange viewpoints.

Marta's profile

Student Govenors

Olayemi Ajiteru

Student President

Olayemi is the Student President who has been elected to lead and shape the direction and priorities of the Students' Union.

Olayemi's profile

Len Stuart

Student Vice President

Len is the Student Vice President who has been elected to lead and shape the direction and priorities of the Students' Union.

Len's profile

Co-opted committee members

Ian Jenkinson

Co-opted Sustainability Committee Member

Ian is a chartered engineer specialising in municipal engineering. He has worked at every level of local government from trainee technician to Chief Executive.

Ian's profile

Mike Herbert

Co-opted Sustainability Committee member

Mike has brought about the regeneration and redevelopment of many major brownfield sites in the North Staffordshire area and is currently a governor of a local Junior School.

Mike's profile


Professor Martin Jones

Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive

Professor Martin Jones joined Staffordshire University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in May 2017 and has responsibility for Research, Digital Services, Estates and Commercial Services, Technical Services and Staffordshire University Academy Trust.

Martin's profile

Request minutes

If you would like to request copies of meeting minutes, please email the Clerk to the Board of Governors.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021