University Board of Governors

Our people

The University Board is the governing body of the University of Central Lancashire. Its business is conducted in accordance with the Instrument and Articles of Government detailed below. It delegates certain parts of its responsibilities to Committees which are serviced and supported by the Clerk to the Board.

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Professor Graham Baldwin
Foundation Trustee

The Vice-Chancellor is the principal academic and administrative officer of the University and is responsible to the Chairman of the Governors. As Vice-Chancellor, Graham is responsible for the leadership and management of the University within the principles laid down by the Board of Governors, of which he is an ex-officio member. Graham is supported by the Vice-Chancellor's Group, which includes the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Chief Officers and the Pro Vice-Chancellors.

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Jon Baldwin
Foundation Trustee

Jon runs his own business consulting practice and is currently working with EdTech start ups and with Worktribe in a business development capacity.

Prior to that, as UK executive lead for Jisc’s Higher Education Division, Jon led the higher education (HE) member engagement with the account management team, and the development and coordination of Jisc’s HE strategy and its implementation. This included engaging with senior sector stakeholders and, internally, working closely with product executive directors to ensure Jisc meets sector needs.

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Jim Carter
Foundation Trustee

Jim has had a long career in property and construction. He has a law degree, is a Chartered Surveyor and deputy chairman of Eric Wright Group Ltd. He is a former trustee of The University College of Estate Management and is an Honorary Fellow.

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Jim Edney
Co-opted Member of Resources Committee

Jim is an alumnus of the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. He has extensive experience in public finance and strategic management for local government, having served as Chief Financial Officer of Essex, and Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Resources at Lancashire County Council.

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Luke Fitzgerald
Foundation Trustee

Luke Fitzgerald was appointed as President of the Students’ Union on 1 July 2023 and became Chair of its Trustee Board. He is accountable for the Union’s leadership team of Elected Officers and oversees the delivery of the Students’ Union’s services, including the Students’ Council, Course Reps and Schools. Other key services include its independent advice and support service, activities and sporting opportunities, and commercial operations including shops and restaurants on campus.

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Richard Frediani
Foundation Trustee

Richard Frediani is Editor of BBC Breakfast; the UK’s most watched morning programme. Richard – better known as ‘Fredi’ – has been in charge since just before the 2019 General Election. The programme is produced and presented from Media City and watched by around 10 million viewers every week. 

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Dr Ridwanah Gurjee
Foundation Trustee

Ridwanah is a Principal Lecturer in the School. Ridwanah is Academic Lead for subjects in Community Leadership and Children, Schools and Families. She also leads the International activities within the school and has developed her specialism of peer mentoring, globally, with students and young people from the Agadir Orphanage Centre in Morocco.

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Richard Hext
Foundation Trustee

Richard was Group CEO at the University during 2014-15, focussing on our international agenda. He brings a wealth of senior experience in global businesses, having spent most of his 40-year career in shipping. He began as a labourer in a Scottish shipyard before rising to board level positions in several major companies.

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Dame Sue Ion
Chair, Foundation Trustee

Dame Sue has enjoyed a distinguished career in the energy sector. She worked for British Nuclear Fuels from 1979 - 2006, rising to the roles of Technology and Operations Director and Chief Technology Officer. Between 2002 to 2008 she was Vice-President and Member of Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering, chairing several key standing committees.

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Lesley Lloyd
Foundation Trustee

Lesley is an experienced Chair, NED and Portfolio CMO with more than three decades of expertise in driving strategic business growth and performance for listed and private enterprises across industries, including significant international experience.

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Ruth Lowry
Foundation Trustee

Ruth has been a member of the governing body of the University of Central Lancashire since 2018, and has chaired its audit committee since 2019. She is a chartered accountant and spent the first half of her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and its predecessor firms in London, the East Midlands and the North West.

She focused on public service audit and advisory work, working with a range of organisations including NHS providers, further and higher education institutions, housing associations and charities. 

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Anne McCarthy
Deputy Chair, Foundation Trustee

Anne is an experienced leader in transformational change and a passionate believer in setting people up to succeed. In her current roles as a non-executive director, HR Consultant and Prince’s Trust mentor she has been able to share her expertise across a range of businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

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Lorraine Norris
Foundation Trustee

Lorraine has extensive experience working in both the public and private sector. She was a senior manager in local government for over 20 years and most recently was the Chief Executive of Preston City Council for nine years. During her time at Preston City Council she worked with elected members to develop their approach to social value and fairness, often referred to as the Preston Model.

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Dr Fiona Rayment

Fiona Rayment enjoys a plural career covering nuclear advisory and non-executive director roles, and has dedicated decades to the nuclear sector with extensive strategic and operational experience. She is a chartered chemist and engineer with a PhD in chemistry from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the UK Nuclear Institute. She has an MBA from Manchester Business School.

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Lindsay Robinson
Foundation Trustee

Lindsay is a Principal Lecturer and Academic Lead for the UCLan apprenticeship programmes delivered across the Health & Social Care sector. With a focus on work-based learning, she works collaboratively with our employer partners and academic teams to support learners develop the knowledge and skills required for their career in the workplace.

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Lis Smith
Foundation Trustee

Lis started her working life as a research chemist, working in Universities with industry and the public sector. Whilst working at UMIST, she also became involved in education and training, developing a passion for education, skills and learning which has driven her professional career.

Further information

If you require further information about the work of the Board, please email Ian Fisher or telephone +44 (0)1772 894003. You can also contact the Deputy Clerk to the Board, Fiona Winters by email or telephone +44 (0)1772 89 4002.