Board of Directors

Board of Directors

As a not-for-profit organisation, NCUB is overseen by a Board of Directors.

It is their role to ensure that the work of the National Centre is fit for purpose, represents value for money and delivers the proper support to the university-business communities for whose benefit it was set up.

Chair:
Sam Laidlaw

Sam Laidlaw
Chair

Sam Laidlaw brings extensive experience of working in business both in the UK, and internationally - having held responsibility for businesses across four continents.

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Members:

Sir Roger Bone

Sir Roger was President of Boeing UK from 2005-2014. He is also a non-executive director of F & C Investment Trust plc, and a director of Continental Data Graphics Ltd. Sir Roger is one of the Prime Minister’s UKTI Ambassadors for British Businesses.

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Professor Julia Buckingham

Professor Julia Buckingham was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London in 2012. Throughout her career Julia has combined research and education with supporting the broader aspects of academic life through work with the research councils, medical charities and learned societies. 

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Professor-Sir-Keith-Burnett

Professor Sir Keith Burnett FRS

Professor-Sir-Keith-Burnett is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield. Previously, he was Head of the Division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences at the University of Oxford.

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Professor Julie Lydon OBE

Julie Lydon became Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of South Wales at its formation in 2013. As CEO of a £200m higher education group that encompasses a major university, national conservatoire, and further education college, she leads the University’s partnership work with key international companies, including General Electric and British Airways, and academic partners across the globe.

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Professor Richard Parker

Richard (Ric) Parker was appointed Director of Research & Technology, Rolls-Royce Group in January 2001. He is responsible for direction and co-ordination of Research & Technology programmes across all the Rolls-Royce businesses, worldwide.

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Professor David Phoenix

Professor Phoenix is Vice-Chancellor at London South Bank University (LSBU). He is currently Chair of university think-tank Million+, is a Deputy Lieutenant of London and in 2009 was appointed as an Ambassador to the Government Equalities Office to support work focused on increasing diversity in public life.

He was recently appointed by the Prime Minister as a Trustee of the Science Museum Group.

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Phil Smith

Phil Smith is Chairman, UK & Ireland Cisco, Innovate UK Chairman, The Tech Partnership. He leads one of the company’s largest country operations. His role encompasses overall responsibility for field operations, strategy and planning, as well as advocating the productivity and social benefits of networking technologies to the region’s business and political leaders.

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David Willetts

The Rt Hon. the Lord Willetts

David Willetts served as the MP for Havant from 1992 to March 2015, and has worked at HM Treasury, and the Number 10 Policy Unit. From May 2010 to July 2014, David served as Minister for Universities and Science, where he commissioned the Wilson Review of business–university collaboration, and successfully made the case for protecting science and research funding.

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