Board of Governors

Ravensbourne is an independent corporation, established as a Higher Educational Corporation under the terms of the Educational Reform Act 1988 and the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

The powers of the Higher Education Corporation, as defined in sub-section 124(1) of the Education Act 1988, are

- to provide higher education;

- to provide further education;

- to carry out research and to publish the results of the research or any other material arising out of or connected with it in such manner as the corporation shall see fit.

The Board of Governors is responsible for the determination of the educational character and mission of Ravensbourne and for the oversight of its activities. It has a key role in ensuring the efficient use of resources and the solvency of the institution. Members ensure compliance with the statutes governing the Institution and have an important role in monitoring Ravensbourne’s performance against its strategic plan. The Board approves annual estimates of income and expenditure and sets the framework for the pay and conditions of service of all staff.

Jonathan Drori CBE

Jonathan Drori CBE

Chair of the Board

Having started in broadcast engineering, Jon worked in television production, then online, and now has strategic positions with several scientific and cultural organisations.

Jon is a trustee of the Internet Watch Foundation and The Woodland Trust, a member of the UK Children’s Commissioner’s Digital Taskforce, member of the Council of Ambassadors of the WWF and Chairman of the H.H. Wingate Foundation. He is a Visiting Industrial Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Bristol University, specialising in the educational uses of technology and is a member of strategic committees at NESTA and the Royal Institution.

Previously Jon has been Chair of the UK Parliament’s Advisory Council on Public Engagement, and a Trustee of Wildscreen, Culture24 and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (where he chaired its commercial arm).

At the UK Government's Department for Culture Media and Sport, Jon was founding Director of Culture Online, a programme to extend the reach of culture and the arts using new techniques, which won many international awards and special citation from the National Audit Office for the management of risk and innovation. Previously, he was Head of Commissioning for BBC Online, with oversight of content, navigation and editorial standards, and before that, Executive Producer and Director of many popular BBC Television series.

Jon advises large non-profit organisations on general, outreach and creative strategy and is an adviser and angel investor with several technology-based start-ups.

Nathan Donaldson

Nathan Donaldson 

Nathan trained with an Anglo-Swedish Firm Osmond Gaunt & Rose. He joined Levenes solicitors at 1 years PQE, for the purposes of starting an employment practice and was promoted to partner 18 months later.  
After 5 years with Levenes Nathan joined KSB Law LLP which merged with DAC LLP late 2007 before joining DWF in 2009 to Head the new City of London Employment Team.   

Nathan is currently is a Partner in Collyer Bristow LLP an international law firm specialising in the media, arts and technology sectors.

He has over 20 years of extensive experience in contentious employment advising organisations and High Net Worth individuals. Nathan specialises in: discrimination, whistleblowing, employment matters arising out of FSA regulated organisations and advising clients in the hotel, educational, healthcare and charity sectors. 

Tamara Howe

Tamara Howe 

Tamara began her career in television some twenty-eight years ago, cutting her teeth on the multi-cultural magazine programme, The Bandung File. Five years later, she moved to LWT where she spent a further thirteen years in the commercial sector.

During her time at LWT, she moved through the ranks of production management and was a founding member of the Cultural Diversity Network, working closely with the other key broadcasters to improve representation both on- and off-screen.

In 2003 she joined BBC Current Affairs as Head of Production & Finance, and in 2006 she joined BBC Children's as their Head of Operations, where she led on the move to Salford. During her time in Children’s, she was promoted to COO and asked to deputise for the Director of Children’s, both roles gave her an overview and responsibility for all elements of the business, both as producer and broadcaster.

Tamara has worked for BBC Vision Productions as the Controller of Vision Production Operations. She is currently Controller of Business for Comedy & Entertainment, working across BBC Vision as well as being Chair of the Edinburgh TV Festival Talent Schemes.

Professor Elizabeth Rouse

Professor Elizabeth Rouse OBE

Deputy Chair

Elizabeth has a professional background in strategic leadership and management in higher education and the art and design sector.   

After studying social anthropology at Sussex University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, Elizabeth began her teaching career at the London College of Fashion where she became a Dean in 1995. From 2005-9 she was Chair of  the International  Foundation for Fashion Technology, an organisation bringing together leading fashion colleges from across the world.  

She is now Professor Emerita of the University of the Arts London where she was Deputy Rector and Pro-Vice Chancellor until her retirement 2012. In this role she was responsible for research, academic development, quality and standards and the student experience and has led national projects promoting widening participation and graduate employability in the arts. 

She served on the Higher Education Funding Council’s Teaching Quality and Student Experience Committee, and their Teaching Funding Advisory group and chaired the Advisory Committee on Open Educational Resources. She has extensive experience of academic governance in the university sector. Currently in addition to being a member of the Governing Body of Ravensbourne, she is Vice Chair of Governors at both Heartlands Academy Trust in Haringey and the Fashion Retail Academy, and sits on the Academic Board of the University of Law. She was formerly a Trustee of the charity Rathbone which supports and trains young people who have not succeeded in their secondary education.

Professor Mike Short CBE

Professor Mike Short CBE

Mike’s career spans 38 years in electronics and telecommunications. In 1989 he was appointed Director of Cellnet (now part of Telefonica and branded O2 UK) dealing with major infrastructure investments and commercial agreements.  He has been Chairman of the Global GSM Association, Board member of the WAP FORUM, founder Board member of Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and Chairman and Honorary President of the UK Mobile Data Association. 

He has been a member of the UK Home Office Internet Task Force, Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board, Home access to Broadband committee, UKTI ICT Sector Advisory Board, and London 2012 Advisory Committee.

Mike’s focus today is on European Public policy that relates to innovation, advanced mobile services and data applications including Mobile Learning, Smart Metering, Transport Telematics and Connected Healthcare.  Mike is visiting professor at Surrey University, De Montfort, Lancaster, and Leeds Universities and on the Board of Coventry University. 

He was awarded a CBE in July 2012 and an honorary Doctorate in 2008 for services to the mobile communications industry. He is a Fellow of IET/BCS/RGS/ Royal Academy and a Member of the Royal Television Society. He was recently President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Rupert Tyler

Rupert Tyler 

Rupert Tyler graduated from Oxford with a degree in Classics and Modern Languages. He is a Fellow of the Securities Institute and is the National Director of Investment Managers Brewin Dolphin in the City of London.

He looks after the funds of individuals, trusts and charities. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. 10 years of writing theatre reviews and his interest in contemporary dance helped lead to his appointment as a Trustee of the Jerwood Charitable Trust, on whose Finance Committee he sits.

He has a keen interest in the broadest spectrum of contemporary arts. Rupert is Chair of the Jerwood Finance Committee.

Laura Gander-Howe

Laura Gander-Howe 

Laura Gander-Howe is the national director of children and young people and learning for Arts Council England, the development agency for the arts. She is responsible for policy development with a key focus on children and young people and wider learning, including higher education. She works across government departments and agencies liaising with a wide range of partners and cultural organisations.

Laura has pursued her interests in education, quality and talent development through a number of roles in government, education and non departmental public bodies.

Ruth Keattch

Ruth Keattch 

Chair of Finance Committee

Ruth has over thirty years’ experience in the financial services industry and is currently a non-executive director of Redburn, a provider of research and execution services to institutional investors.

After studying mathematics at Oxford, Ruth began her career as a stockbroking analyst and progressed to lead the equities team at Granville. Later she launched and managed a number of investment funds. At Artemis she co-managed the Artemis UK Special Situations Fund before becoming Chief Investment Officer. In that role she coordinated the activities of the fund managers and oversaw risk, regulation and corporate governance matters within the team.

Outside investment, Ruth is active in the Arts. She is a keen amateur musician and sits on the Council of the Royal College of Music.

Jon Kingsbury

Jon Kingsbury 

Jon Kingsbury is Head of Digital Economy and Creative Industries at the Knowledge Transfer Network, which brings companies, universities and investors together to undertake industry-led research & development.

He was previously Director of Creative Economy programmes at NESTA, where he ran the £8m Digital R&D Fund for the Arts and set up a mentor network for creative businesses.

Jon has more than 15 year's industry experience working in broadcasting and digital media, as an executive commissioner for content across BBC and as an editor of Channel 4.

He sits on the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) advisory board for its Creative Hub Knowledge Exchange programme.

Jon holds a first class degree in History of Art, Design and Film from Middlesex University and an Executive MBA from Imperial College, London.

Marta Phillips OBE

Marta Phillips 

Chair of Ravensbourne's Audit Committee

Marta Phillips was The Pensions Advisory Service’s Chief Executive and Accounting Officer from April 2010 to July 2013. Under her leadership she significantly improved its productivity and service quality resulting in the service becoming one of the Department for Work and Pensions strategic partners for the delivery of its automatic enrolment policy.

Prior to that, she was Director of Compliance at the National Lottery Commission, Head of Finance for the European Social Fund Unit in the Department for Education and Employment where she successfully managed annual programmes of over £600 million, worked for Midland Bank plc, now HSBC, in its International Audit Department and on Treasury systems development, and The Stock Exchange. She trained with Ernst & Young and is also qualified Project Manager for Information Systems.

She was created an Officer of the British Empire in the 2006 New Year’s Honours List for services to social housing.

She has held a number of non-executive roles including the chairmanship of Viridian HA, previous named Servite Houses and Executive Chairman of Ujima Housing Association where she successfully lead its corporate rescue. She was also a Trustee of the east London charity, Newham Riding School and Association for over 22 years where she raised almost £1 million to relocate the riding school in 1995.

David Worthington

David Worthington 

David is non-exec chairman of branding agency, Holmes & Marchant. He is also non-exec chairman of design futures group Designersblock and architectural practice Company of Architecture, prior to which he was managing director of Conran Design Group.

David advises several private clients on design, including recent projects for Swiss Re and Sainsbury’s.

He is a trustee of the London Transport Museum and chairman of its trading company, a member of the Design Commission and past chairman of the skills council for the creative and cultural industries, CCSkills.

David is a Member of D&AD, a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers and the RSA, and an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University. In 2016 David was awarded trustee of the year at the London Volunteers in Museums Awards.

Karen Brown

Karen Brown 

Karen Brown is Chair of Oxfam GB, Chair of Booktrust, and a member of the Board of Supervisors of Oxfam International.

Her career in television began in 1979 at Granada Television, and from 1987 continued at Channel 4, first in News and Current Affairs and then Adult Education. She became Channel 4's Controller of Factual Programmes in 1995, then Deputy Director of Programmes and Managing Director of 4 Learning, Channel 4's educational arm.

Subsequently, she advised on implementation, education and new media in Whitehall and for several publicly funded bodies including the V&A and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She has served on company and charitable boards.

Her interest in education and opportunity for all threads through her work in television, her trustee and governor roles at NIACE, Haverstock Secondary School, Teacher Training Agency and BookTrust as well as her work in international development and her own recent experience as a Fine Arts (Drawing) undergraduate at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society.

Jo Stimpson

Jo Stimpson 

Co-opted member of the audit committee

Jo is a law graduate and chartered accountant who has spent her career in a number of senior finance positions including several divisional FD roles in the technology industry. More latterly she was finance director of South East Water, a £200m turnover highly regulated water company.

Jo is Chair of Trustees of the South East Water and the Mid-Kent Group Pension Schemes, a Non-Executive Director of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and a Trustee of Eduserv, a not-for-profit technology company. Jo lives with her family in Greenwich.

Alex Phillips

Alex Phillips 

Alex Phillips is a real estate development professional with 16 years of UK and international experience. He is currently a Project Director at Grosvenor, the privately-owned property group, where he is responsible for unlocking a long-term regeneration project in Belgravia.He brings to the team his expertise and experience in the development, design and delivery of complex, mixed-use projects including the redevelopment of the Millennium Dome into The O2.

Prior to joining Grosvenor, Alex worked with Cathedral Group (now U+I) where he led the delivery of public-private-partnership projects in London including the award-winning 

Alex is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and holds degrees from the University of Bath, Oxford Brookes University and Virginia Tech. He began his career working as an architect with RTKL in the UK and USA and also Allies and Morrison. He is a member of the Monopoly Network.

Professor Helen Higson

Professor Helen Higson 

Helen Higson completed her first degree in English Literature from Newnham College, Cambridge University and followed this up with an MA with the Open University and a PhD at Birkbeck College, London University.

She has worked in Higher Education since 1983, first at Southampton University and then at Aston. She is currently Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Aston University where she leads on outreach and recruitment, learning and teaching and employability.

Her previous role was as Head of Learning and Teaching at Aston Business School. She is Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management and National Teaching Fellow (NTF) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). Her current research includes intercultural training for staff and students and research into employability competencies and diversity.

Helen contributed a chapter to the 2012 Wilson Review on University Business relations. She was awarded the OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to Higher Education.

In 2016, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) appointed Helen member of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel.

Idrees Rasouli

Idrees Rasouli BA (Hons) MA. RCA MSc. ICL FRSA

Course leader: Department of Architecture - IDEA

Idrees is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) IDEA/Interior Design Environment Architectures course at Ravensbourne, with responsibility for directing the design strand, delivering outstanding architectural and design education, and leading authority on the creative, technological and technical aspects of the courses in the Department of Architecture.

Trained at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London — Idrees is an award-winning innovation design engineer, conceptual architect, urban innovator, business design lead, and creative researcher, with a focus on disruptive market innovation. He cultivated his design leadership skills through extensive practice and collaboration with a number of world-famous architecture, design, engineering and branding firms before founding Foreign Works and X-Crop; with direct involvement in projects across a wide range of industries, including technology, automotive, healthcare, transport, fashion, aviation, consumer goods, manufacturing and construction throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.