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.

I have been a member of the Governing Council of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) since 2014 and in January 2018 was elected to the position of Chair. The SRHE is an independent, UK-based international society which is the leading learned society in the field of advancing understanding of higher education and supporting and disseminating research.

Trustee Chris Pole

Professor Chris Pole
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.


Trustee Liz Gray

Liz Gray
Appointed 28 February 2014

As sponsor, the University of Brighton is also a Member of the Trust.