Members

As we are a charitable company limited by guarantee, our Members have a role similar to shareholders in a limited company. The Members are responsible for determining the purpose of the trust and the way it is governed.

I am a career sociologist who joined the University of Brighton as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2014. I am a member of the University’s Board of Governors and of the Academic Board, Partnership, Approval and Review Committee, Portfolio Planning Group and Research Strategy Committee.

I came to Brighton from Nottingham Trent University where I worked for seven years, firstly as Dean of the School of Social Sciences and latterly as its Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Previously, I held the post of Sub-Dean responsible for postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Leicester. I spent nine years at Leicester which included spells as Head of Department of Sociology and Director of Research in the School of Education. Prior to this, I spent 10 years at the University of Warwick where I held a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR). Earlier posts were at the Institute for Employment Studies at the University of Sussex and the National Foundation for Educational Research.

My interests in the sociology of education and of childhood have led to project-directorships under the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Children 5-16: Growing into the 21st Century programme and the ESRC/Arts & Humanities Research Council Cultures of Consumption programme. I have lectured and published widely in these areas and in qualitative methodology, especially ethnography.

Professor Chris Pole
Member | appointed 17 December 2015

I started work teaching English in rural and inner city comprehensive schools and then tutored in teacher training in London and Sussex. Most of my career was with The Open University where I worked for nearly 30 years, retiring in 2011 from my post as Director of The Open University in the South East.

I have worked in partnerships with Universities and Colleges of Further Education in Sussex, Surrey and Kent in raising aspirations in schools, widening participation and promoting work-based learning. I have been involved in a number of adult and community education, voluntary and cultural sector initiatives.

Liz Gray
Member | appointed 28 February 2014

I am currently Director of Workforce for a large mental health and learning disability Foundation NHS Trust. I also serve as Trustee and Vice Chairman for a national charity, Revitalise, which provides respite breaks for people with learning disabilities.

I have significant experience of strategic planning and leadership as well as human resource education policy and the role governance plays in it.

I have worked in a variety of organisations ranging from the higher education and local government to GlaxoSmithKline, Dell Computers and the John Lewis Partnership.

Gavin Wright
Member | appointed 6 March 2017 by the sponsor, University of Brighton

As principle sponsor the University of Brighton also has voting rights.