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Welcome to the Board of Governors page. Here you can find information about the Board of Governors and its committees, and news about the work that Governors are doing on behalf of UEL.

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Constitution

The University of East London is a higher education corporation as defined under the Education Reform Act 1988. The powers of higher education corporations are defined by that act and include the power to provide higher and further education and to carry out research. The University of East London is an exempt charity under the terms of the Charities Act 2011.

Independent Members

Anulika Ajufo (Chair of the Board)

With over a decade of experience in investments and finance at some of the world's largest financial institutions, including Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs and The Carlyle Group, Anulika Ajufo has an investment track record spanning across sectors, stages and geographies.

She is currently an investment professional at Soros Impact Investment Fund where she leads on investments across the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on financial inclusion and access to services for marginalised populations globally. 

Anulika is passionate about finance and economic justice through development as well as the need to promote equity and social justice in the world's most fragile countries. In 2006, Anulika set up The Sequoia Platform, a not-for-profit initiative which focuses on education and empowering vulnerable youth through skills development, mentoring, and work placements with the support of strong regional and international partnerships.

Anulika has a BEng and MEng in medical engineering from Queen Mary University of London and an MSc in law and finance from the University of Oxford.

Ismail Amla

Ismail Amla is Chief Growth Officer at Capita Plc, the UK’s largest tech-enabled business process outsourcing (BPO) provider. As one of the top 100 most influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders in the UK tech sector, Ismail was specifically recognised within a group of five “highly commended disruptors”.

Ismail has had a high profile, technology-focused career, spanning Europe and North America.  He joined Capita from IBM, where he was managing partner for the IBM Services business in North America. Prior to that, he was the CEO of FIS, which included Capco, where he was a member of the global leadership team. Ismail has also held positions as an Accenture Partner and was Vice President and UK Board member for CSC, leading the financial services business in the UK and Ireland.

Ismail has an MBA from the University of Manchester and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton. He was a member of Mosaic, a charity founded by the Prince of Wales. He also plays an advisory role at the Weissman Center for International Business in New York.

Jackie Craissati

Jackie Craissati is a consultant clinical and forensic psychologist and director of Psychological Approaches, a community interest company working with individuals with complex mental health needs.  

She has 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS and with the criminal justice system and was clinical director of a forensic mental health service in south-east London for many years.  

Jackie has held recent roles as external examiner for the forensic doctorate programme at the University of Nottingham, and occasional examiner of PhD theses. She has a particular interest in new ways of working with individuals with complex mental health needs and offending behaviour and has published widely in this area. She was awarded an MBE for her work in mental health in 2014.

Jackie has an interest in strategy and governance and has taken on a number of board roles in recent years: she is a trustee on the board of Samaritans, vice chair of Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust and chair of 28a Supported Living. She has lived in East London for almost 30 years and is delighted to be part of the University of East London community.

John Garwood

John Garwood qualified as a solicitor in 1982.  Since 1985 he has had extensive corporate governance and legal experience with APV plc, Cadbury Schweppes plc, Smith New Court plc and Caspian Securities Limited and has sat in Audit and other Board committees for over 25 years.  Since 1999 he has been Group Company Secretary of Canary Wharf Group plc experiencing full London Stock Exchange Listing, AIM listing and two takeovers.  He became a Managing Director of Canary Wharf Group plc in 2015 and is responsible for the Internal Control/Audit, Insurance, Pensions, Corporate Legal and Corporate PR functions.

Since 2004 John has been Chair of the Tower Hamlets Further Education Trust which provides support for vocationally-related further education for residents of Tower Hamlets.  John is also Chair of the Ocean Estate Bursary Scheme which supports residents of the Ocean Estate seeking support for University education and 100 club member of the East End Community Foundation.

Bindi Karia

Bindi is incredibly passionate about all things start-up in Europe and connecting the dots between investors, founders, corporates, and government. As a result, she has worked in and around technology start-ups for most of her career. She has worked as a Consultant (PwC Consulting), as a Corporate (Microsoft BizSpark /Ventures), as a Start-up employee (Trayport), as an Advisor (Startup Europe, Startup Weekend Europe, Tech London Advocates), as a Connector (GQ UK, the IoD and Evening Standard have all recognised this) and until recently, as their Banker (Silicon Valley Bank). The entrepreneurs have influenced her so greatly over the years, that she is building a Boutique Advisory Firm, focused on advising and connecting across four core Innovation pillars (Corporate, Start-up, Investors and Government and Community) for commercial success.

She currently sits on the Advisory Boards of seven start-ups and one Venture Debt fund, as well as Digital Advisory Board of Shop Direct plc (£1.9bn t/o business), the Advisory Boards of European Innovation Council, Startup Europe (EU), Tech London Advocates, Ambassador for Innovate Finance. She has just finished a term as trustee for Techstars Startup Weekend Europe.
She is a strong advocate for promoting Women in Tech, and as such, seven of her Advisory Board roles are for female-founded businesses.

Bindi was born in the UK, raised in Canada, her entire family is from Kenya, but the lure of Europe, especially London, brought her back and kept her there!

Mottie Kessler MBE

Mottie Kessler is Chairman and CEO of 2M Holdings ltd, a global group of companies he founded in 2004.  From a local UK base the group now spans from Brazil to China with significant UK and European presence, exporting to 90 countries. 2M is actively engaging young people, encouraging them to consider careers in STEM-related industries with a focus on chemistry and chemical engineering.
Educated as a Chemical Engineer which was followed by business studies in industrial management and organisational culture, Mottie is keen on supporting STEM education and  making sure the UK remains a strong science base exporting globally. Prior to building 2M Holdings, Mottie worked in a multinational corporation and was CEO of a publicly traded company.
Mottie is active in YPO (Young Presidents Organization) and was Chairman of the London Gold Chapter. Mottie is also engaged with supporting London Business School Entrepreneurs Summer School.
Mottie won EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the IOD Director of the Year award. Motte is currently Chairman of the CBA (UK Chemical Business Association). He was made MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 2016 for his contribution to growing export and engaging young people in STEM.

Tommy MacDonnell

Tommy is a European Regional Director with Blue Hive, a global integrated marketing and communications company. The company is part of WPP Plc – the world’s largest marketing group. He also worked with Saatchi & Saatchi International helping them expand and build their network in the Middle East. He has a particular interest in Reputation Management in the digital age and is seeking to build reputation models that reflects the complexity and challenges organisations face. Along with this he is passionate about creating Marketing Effectiveness models that tangibly measure outputs and value for money. He is an economics and administration graduate of Trinity College Dublin, and post graduate of the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.

Anthony Mullee

Tony Mullee worked for British Telecom for most of his career. He helped to steer BT through major change programmes that turned the business into a commercial company operating in a competitive and regulated environment. He was instrumental in the successful build and implementation of four major European joint venture companies. On leaving BT in 2000, Tony became the CEO of Guernsey Telecoms and then moved to City University, London as Director of Marketing, Business Development and Recruitment. In 2004 he established his own consultancy company specialising in strategy, objectives, corporate governance, marketing, competition, and business process.

Tony has lectured at Essex University and City University on their MBA programmes, at Singapore Telecommunications Academy, and on a number of British Telecom management programmes. He also chaired a two-year EEC (EU) study commission on telecommunications quality of service.

Tony has an MBA and an MSc in Telecommunications Management. He is a Member of the British Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors and a Freeman of the City of London.

He is currently Chief Executive of the Sir John Cass Foundation, which was founded in 1748 and supports education for young people under the age of 25 in London through its grants programmes to individuals, schools, universities and organisations.

Michael Nartey

Michael Nartey is Global Head of Cross Asset Distribution at Barclays' Investment Bank, based in London.  Michael joined Barclays in 2011 and has held a number of senior distribution roles within the Credit, Commodities and Equities businesses at the bank.

Prior to Barclays, he was at Goldman Sachs, where he spent 15 years and held a variety of roles within European Sales.

Michael is a qualified Chartered Accountant (England and Wales), holds a BA (Hons) Accounting degree from the Polytechnic of North London and an MBD from the London Business School.

Gary Stewart

Gary is the Managing Director of Wayra UK.  He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and received his law degree from Yale Law School.  After working at a series of white-shoe law firms, he co-founded a start-up that raised over €4 million in funding before being sold.  Gary was previously an associate professor at IE Business School and is an advisor to the Amos Bursary. 

Janette Withey

Janette has a career spanning 40 years in the recruitment industry from corporate to SME with an emphasis on turning around failing business to operational successes.  She has a close relationship with the business community and acts as a business mentor for the recruitment industry and small business.  Janette is Managing Director of her own recruitment business based in the Docklands, supplying office support staff to private and public sector organisations.

Staff Members

Vacancy - Staff Representative


Vacancy - Academic Staff Governor


Vacancy - Academic Staff Governor


Student Members

Mohammed Ismail (Students' Union President)

Mohammed Ismail is the President of the Students’ Union (SU) for 2019/20. Ismail is a University of East London LLB (Hons) Law graduate, having completed his studies in 2019 with a first-class honours degree.

In his role as SU President, Ismail is passionate about representing students and highlighting the real life challenges students face, with the aim of working collaboratively to devise solutions to improve the student experience. Ismail regularly meets with the University Executive Board to discuss and progress the student experience.

By the end of his term in office, Ismail hopes to initiate a peer-to-peer mentoring scheme which will allow students to learn from each other and teach each other new skills. He is also working to increase engagement between students and staff; he hopes that a regular series of sporting events, organised with East London Sports, will help facilitate this.

Outside of his role as SU President, Ismail is a strong advocate for transparency, accountability, rule of law and human rights. He strongly believes that organisations which follow these principles will achieve their objectives.

Vacancy (Students' Union Representative)

Board Support

Jane Thomas (Governance Manager) 

Jane is responsible for maintaining an overview of the business conducted at all Board and Standing Committee meetings and works directly with the University Secretary to support high-quality and fit-for-purpose university governance.