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Board of Governors

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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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.

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.

Professor Sir Leslie Colin Ebdon CBE DL


Professor Sir Les Ebdon CBE DL is a widely recognised leader in the fields of social mobility, higher education and analytical chemistry. As Director of Fair Access to Higher Education from 2012 to 2018, he enabled the number of disadvantaged students in HE to rise to the highest level ever, including a 53% increase at the most selective universities. An award winning Analytical Chemist, he has published over 260 refereed publications. He has enjoyed highly successful periods as Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Plymouth and as Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Bedfordshire. From 2003 – 2012 he transformed the reputation of the University and increased student numbers to over 25,000 and the income from £38m to £134m. He has played various national roles in higher education including chairing the University group Million+, for five years, served as a Board member of Universities UK and the Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association, as well as chairing the Association of Universities of the East of England for five years. He was awarded a CBE in 2009 for services to national and local higher education and in 2018 was knighted for services to social mobility and higher education. In 2011 he was appointed HM Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire. Currently he is Chair of the National Equal Opportunities Network (NEON), the Council of the University Centre Peterborough and is President Elect of the European Association of Professors Emeriti. 

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.

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. 

Doris Olulode

Doris has extensive global human resources experience gained in a career at Ford Motor Company at the operational and strategic level, across a range of disciplines. Doris has held executive positions in the UK and overseas including head of HR, Ford Motor Company, Australia & New Zealand and HR director, Ford Motor Company for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Doris also led the African Ancestry Network at Ford and was named by Autocar as being in the top 100 most influential women in the auto industry. Doris currently freelances as an HR consultant.

She holds non-executive directorships for the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. She is also a lay member to the HMCTS (Employment Tribunal).

Ex-Officio Member

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.

Amanda Broderick

An eminent social scientist, Professor Amanda Broderick joined University of East London as Vice-Chancellor and President in September 2018. 

Professor Broderick was previously Chief Executive Officer at Newcastle University London and has held Chairs in International Business and Marketing at multiple institutions in the UK, and Visiting Chairs internationally. She has a strong leadership track record and rare insight into a cross-section of strategic groupings of Universities.

Before moving to Newcastle University, she was Pro-Vice Chancellor (International Priorities) and founding Executive Dean of the College of Business & Law, University of Salford; Principal of St. Cuthbert’s Society (a Durham University College) and Deputy Dean of Durham Business School. She also led the development of the disruptive ‘challenger institution’ - University Academy 92, founded by the Class of ’92 and Lancaster University and launched in September 2017. 

Her leadership track record highlights her expertise in strategy development and execution; strong financial management and business planning; global education innovation; business partnership development; and, turn-around change management. She holds an entre- and intra-preneurial skills set and in-depth knowledge of alternative educational models and new business ventures in both charitable and for-profit environments.

An award-winning researcher, her expertise lies in the fields of international business, marketing psychology and strategic communications with particular application to the digital and social business agendas. Her research has appeared in many leading business journals and she has authored two seminal texts in her field.

Professor Broderick provides strategic and academic leadership for the University, with overall responsibility for 1,300 members of staff and 17,000 students, spread across campuses in London Docklands and Stratford.

Staff Members

Adam Doyle

Adam Doyle is the Director of Careers and Enterprise for the Royal Docks School, of Business and Law. Adam has an LLB in Law with German Law and a LLM from King’s College London and also undertook the BVC at the Inns of Court School of Law.

Upon completion of study he taught trusts and contract law at King's College London. Subsequently at BPP University he ran GDL and LLB programmes at BPP Birmingham and then Law School programmes for BPP’s Partner Centres. He was UEL’s Head of Law and Criminology for nearly three years. He sits on the editorial board of Trusts Law International and his teaching and research focusses on aspects of domestic and international trusts law.

Regina Everitt

Regina Everitt is Director of Library, Archives and Learning Services at the University of East London. She began her professional career as a technical author/trainer working with computer companies that developed bespoke software for the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and financial sectors in the US and UK. She later transitioned into the HE sector developing and managing libraries, social learning spaces, and other learning resources.

Concerned about the low representation of BAME staff members in leadership positions in academic libraries, she co-project managed SCONUL research to document BAME staff experiences in LIS with a view to working with the sector to change the trend. She is also a member of a number of library boards and committees including the CILIP BAME Network Steering Group, M25 Consortium of Libraries Steering Group, Senate House Library Board and the British Library Council.

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Student Members

Insia Durrani, Activities and Opportunities Officer, Students' Union

Insia Durrani is the elected activities and opportunities officer at the Students’ Union. She recently completed her second year of the BA (Hons) Film degree at the University of East London. 

Since joining the University in 2017 to complete the foundation film course, Insia has been actively involved as a committee member for a number of Students’ Union groups. She has been employed by the University in several roles including student ambassador and social media ambassador with the aim of supporting new students upon their arrival and beyond. 

As part of her current role, Insia is responsible for the strategic development of the Students’ Union groups, associations and activities. Her work will focus on creating a sense of community for all students and increasing opportunities for students to achieve their potential. 

Naveen Pradeep, Education Officer, Students’ Union

Naveen Pradeep is in his second term as the elected education officer at the Students’ Union. He completed the MBA course at the University of East London in 2019. During his time at the University he was employed by the international recruitment team and later became the postgraduate taught officer at the Students’ Union. 

In his first term as education officer, Naveen worked with colleagues in the Students’ Union and University to review and re-structure the course representative system to improve students’ academic experience.

In 2020/21, Naveen will be working on a new student charter which sets out expectations for all members of the University community and on responding to students’ academic requirements following the pandemic.