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Our Governors

Members of the Board of Governors at Plymouth Marjon University


Dr Greg Borne

Academic Staff Governor - Senate

Dr Gregory Borne is a Senior Lecturer at Marjon, an interdisciplinary social scientist with an emphasis on sustainability. He has worked for international organisations such as the United Nations as well as organisations in the government, education and third sectors. He is the author of numerous journal articles and four books on different components of sustainability.

Greg is the programme lead for the innovative BA (Hons) Social Sciences and  the MRes in Social Sciences.  Greg is also: Postgraduate research coordinator; member of the research degree scrutiny panel; member of the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee.

Greg is a member of Estates Project Group.


  • Proprietor - Sustain Surveying
  • Member - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Member - Institution of Environmental Sciences 
Stephen Criddle OBE

Mr Stephen Criddle OBE

Directly Appointed Independent Governor

Stephen has worked for over 27 years in senior roles in Further Education, latterly as Principal & CEO of South Devon College in Torbay where he was responsible for improvement, investment, leadership and development of the provision of leading professional and technical education.

He has held board positions with a range of local educational institutions and national agencies, as well as with regional and local economic development organisations. He has recently retired from full-time employment but retains a passion for high quality education and its role in raising life chances and promoting inclusivity and diversity.

Stephen was awarded an OBE for Services to Education in 2018, and proudly holds an Honorary MA in Education from the University of St Mark and St John.

Stephen has three daughters all with an interest in education and communication. He also enjoys tennis and spending time walking the South West coast path when the opportunity arises.

Stephen is Deputy Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of Remuneration Committee.


  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • Fellow of South Devon College
  • Treasurer - Margaret Jackson Trust


Rt Rev'd Dr Tim Dakin


Rt Rev'd Dr Tim Dakin's profile - to follow. 

Tim is a co-opted member of the Board of Governors. 


  • Anglican Missioners of Africa Development and Education Trust (AMADET) - Chair
Kate Doodson

Mrs Kate Doodson

Directly Appointed Independent Governor  

Kate is the Joint Chief Executive of Cosmic, one of the leading social enterprises in the South West and recognised across the UK for its achievements and ongoing development. Kate is a girl geek having spent 18 years in the IT industry, many of which running a wholly female owned IT software business.

Kate specialises in Digital Futures and the strategic use of Digital to transform business processes. She is passionate about ensuring businesses use the full range of digital services available to them to give them the edge they need to thrive, particularly in the rural economy.

Kate regularly delivers lectures regularly across the UK and internationally on Digital Transformation and is a STEM ambassador in Schools. Her previous career in Civil Engineering enabled her to work extensively in both the UK and overseas.

Kate has been shortlisted for the Women in IT awards, as IT Advocate of the Year, and received awards from Tech4Good, Social Enterprise UK and Venus awards.

Kate is a member of the Finance & Resources Committee and Deputy Chair of Estates Project Group. 


  • South Devon College - Non Exec Director
  • South West Cyber Security Cluster- Steering Group Member
  • ICE SW Infrastructure Panel - Steering Group Member


Lauren Edwards

Miss Lauren Edwards

Student Union Elected Governor 

Student Governor and Marjon Student Union President 2020/21 and 2021/22

Lauren continues into a second year as the Marjon Student Union President and Chair of the MSU Board of Trustees.

Lauren is an avid netballer and waterpolo player and has a keen interest in studying abroad. She has spent two seasons working in the USA at a private Jewish summer camp.

Lauren is greatly enjoying her role on the Board of Governors and delivers regular updates to the Board on her activities and achievements as SU President. Lauren is pleased to be able to share her experiences as a student and be a representative from the student body at Marjon. 

Lauren attends meetings of the Finance & Resources Committee, People & Organisational Development Sub-Committee and is a member of Estates Project Group.

Matt Evans

Mr Matt Evans

Directly Appointed Independent Governor

Matt's 25 year career has been spent promoting participation in community sport and active lifestyles. It has included leadership roles with Somerset County Cricket Club, The England and Wales Cricket Board and most recently Active Devon where he has been the Chief Executive since 2011. He has extensive expertise across the grassroots participation agenda, public policy and investment strategies.

He is a passionate advocate for partnership and collaborative approaches and for ensuring that Devon remains firmly on the map amongst national policy makers. As a graduate of Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education Matt has a genuine affinity for, and understanding of, the value of smaller, community focussed HEIs. Away from professional life Matt is a father of two teenage daughters and practices what he preaches being a keen everyday walker and cyclist. He is a passionate rugby fan and a keen but frustratingly worse than par golfer!

Matt is a member of the Governance & Nominations Committee.


  • Active Devon (Devon County Council) - Chief Executive
  • Cedar Court (Rockbeare) Management Company Limited – Director



Miss Katherine George


Katherine George is the founder of the multi-award winning, international social media agency Oh So Social, which provides comprehensive social media management, training and mentoring services, and online training platform Oh So Savvy. As one of just 8 Facebook Blueprint Lead Trainers in Europe and one of 24 Facebook and Instagram accredited #SheMeansBusiness mentors in the UK, Katherine has a wealth of expert social media knowledge and experience.  

Both Katherine and Oh So Social have won a string of awards, including being named by Enterprise Nation as one of their Top Marketing Advisers three years running, and celebrated in Cornwall's 30 Under 30 list four times. The team has worked with a number of prestigious accounts including The Queen’s Birthday Book and the global success that is The Man Engine project.  

Katherine is a co-opted member of the Board of Governors. 


  • Oh So Social - Director
  • Oh So Savvy - Director
Vicky Hatton

Mrs Vicky Hatton


Vicky Hatton is a senior associate at Browne Jacobson LLP specialising in education law.  She has extensive experience and knowledge of the education sector and advises schools and academy trusts across the South West and nationally on legal and governance matters.  Vicky has been a volunteer in school governance since 2010, holding a range of roles including chair of governors.  She is currently a member of a special school multi-academy trust and a trustee of Askel Veur The Diocese of Truro’s Umbrella Company Ltd. 

Vicky lives in Cornwall with her husband and two young children.

Vicky is a co-opted member of Audit Committee.


  • Special Partnership Trust - Member
  • Askel Veur (Diocese of Truro Umbrella Company Ltd) - Director
  • Browne Jacobson Ltd - Solicitor
Alex Hawtin

Mr Alex Hawtin

National Society Nominated Independent Governor

Alex is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years' experience in various finance roles covering engineering, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and the motor industry. Alex studied Accounting and Finance and graduated from Plymouth University in 2009. He currently works as Head of Pricing and Insight within the Babcock International Group.

Alex is Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee.


  • Babcock DST - Head of Pricing and Insight 
  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants – Fellow


Patricia Hind

Prof Patricia Hind

Directly Appointed Independent Governor

Patricia began her career at Leeds University as a lecturer, before moving to a research position in the House of Commons. She then joined the financial services sector as a business psychologist before moving to City University as a Senior Lecturer. Since joining Ashridge Business School, Patricia held the post of MBA Director for 12 years and now is Director of the Ashridge Centre for Research in Executive Education. Her research and publications focus on management development and leadership, particularly the development of leadership practices for sustainability and responsibility.

A magistrate, and former Chairman of the Bench in the Family Courts, Patricia has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London.

Patricia is a member of the Finance & Resources Committee and Chairs both Remuneration Committee and People & Organisational Development Sub-Committee.  


  • B2B Insights Ltd – Executive Director
  • Ashridge Executive Education – Professor
  • University of Portsmouth - Governor

Mrs Victoria Holbrook

Directly Appointed Independent Governor

Victoria has over twelve years’ experience working at national, regional and local levels in the education sector.

Victoria joined Advance HE in February 2019 from the Office for Students and after 11 years at its predecessor the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). As Assistant Director, Governance she leads the development and delivery of Advance HE’s approach and work to support good governance to ensure it meets the needs of its members and clients in their rapidly evolving operating environments.

Victoria is a member of the Audit Committee.


  • AdvanceHE -  Assistant Director of Governance
Rev Nick McKinnel

The Rt. Rev'd Nick McKinnel


Nick is the Bishop of Plymouth. Prior to ordination he studied Law and worked for an overseas development charity. Nick has served as a curate in London, a university chaplain in Liverpool and as vicar to parishes in rural Devon and Plymouth city centre. 

He was consecrated as Bishop of Crediton in 2012, moving back to Plymouth in 2015. 

Bishop Nick served as a Diocesan Nominated Governor on Majon's Board of Governors from 2015 to 2021. He was appointed the University's inaugural Chancellor at the opening Graduation Ceremony in October 2021.


  • Bishop of Plymouth
Ruth Mounstephen

Mrs Ruth Mounstephen

Diocesan Nominated Independent Governor

Ruth grew up in Oxford, took her degree at Durham University, and then started professional life as a graduate trainee in NHS management. Ruth’s working life has been almost exclusively in the not-for-profit sector: the Health Service, three different charities, local government and more latterly an international student charity. Her main interest is in strategy development, organisational change and development and performance monitoring.

Ruth is motivated by seeing people flourish, develop and reach their potential – not just in their jobs, but in their lives. She loves to see people grow in their skills and knowledge, and to be able to pass those on to others. Ruth moved to Cornwall in 2018, where her husband Philip is Bishop of Truro.

Ruth is a member of People & Organisational Development Sub-Committee and Estates Project Group.


  • Bosence Farm Community Ltd - Trustee
  • Church Commissioners' Bishoprics and Cathedrals Committee - Member
Gina Radford

Rev'd Preb Prof Gina Radford

Diocesan Nominated Independent Governor

Gina took up her present post in June 2019, having served as an SSM Curate in Ely Diocese and prior to this as an LLM in the same Diocese. She undertook her theological training at the Eastern Regional Ministerial College.

Prior to her current role Gina has had a long history of public health experience at local, national and international levels. This includes advising and influencing Ministers, key officials, professionals and the public. She was a regular speaker at conferences and with the media. She had considerable experience both at developing national policy and strategy, but also in implementation.

Gina has had links with education throughout her career, as a trainer of public health professionals, lecturer at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and as an assessor of Medical Schools’ Undergraduate courses. She also chaired the Board of an Institute of Public Health.

Gina is a member of the Audit Committee and the Healthcare Education Strategic Advisory Group.  


  • Church of England - Vicar
  • Eden Cottages Trust – Trustee
  • St Luke's College Foundation - Trustee
  • Devon Community Foundation Board - Trustee
  • National FASD - Trustee
Graham Raikes MBE

Mr Graham Raikes MBE

Chair of the Board and Directly Appointed Independent Governor 

Graham served for over 26 years in the Army, originally commissioning as a Royal Welch Fusilier officer.  Later in his career, having transferred Regiments/Corps, he qualified as both a management accountant and a chartered secretary. In his last Army appointment, he was responsible for the Army’s military management accountants world-wide and supporting major defence-wide reviews and initiatives. 

He retired early from the Army in 2003 to become the Director of Corporate Finance at the University of Plymouth. After 18 months, in addition to holding this title, he was promoted to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Resources) and was responsible for the University’s infrastructure. He held both appointments until 2009 when he became the Director of Resources at the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  In 2013, he took on the additional role of creating and leading the Professional Support Unit (mid-office corporate services) for AHRC, EPSRC and ESRC. 

Graham is Chair of the Board, Chair of Governance & Nominations Committee and a member of the following: Finance & Resources Committee; Remuneration Committee; People & Organisational Development Sub-Committee; Estates Project Group; Healthcare Education Strategic Advisory Group. 


  • University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust - Non-Executive Director
  • Raikes Partners - Partner
John Searson

Mr John Searson

Diocesan Nominated Independent Governor

John has worked in education for over 30 years including headship in a County Primary school. In 2004 he joined Plymouth City Council and over time became Head of Education and Learning. John has trained as an Ofsted inspector (not current framework) and been an accredited School Improvement Partner. Until 2020, John was the Exeter Diocesan Director of Education.

John is Joint Deputy Chair of the Board, Chair of Estates Project Group and member of Governance & Nominations Committee.


  • St Wilfrid’s Trust - Trustee
  • Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts Manufactures and Commerce - Fellow
Gary Shum

Prof Gary Shum

Academic Staff Governor

Professor Gary Shum is a chartered physiotherapist. He is the Professor of Biomechanics and Rehabilitation and Programme Leader of Master of Osteopathic Medicine at Plymouth Marjon University. Gary has worked in both public and private health sectors and studied and worked in Hong Kong and Australia before starting his academic career in UK.

Gary attends meetings of the Finance & Resources Committee and People & Organisational Development Sub-Committee. 

Staff Profile 


  • Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust - Honorary Professor
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy - Member
  • SJPG Capital Ltd and GS Capital Ltd - Director
Esther Tonna-Morgan

Ms Esther Tonna-Morgan

Professional Services Staff Governor 

I am the Welcome Team Manager at Plymouth Marjon University and this is my first role within Higher Education. I joined during the pandemic so it’s been a steep learning curve in quite strange times! I have a background in customer service as well as NHS healthcare and am also a former student of Marjon myself.

I enjoy meeting new people and sharing experiences as well as best practice. I delight in searching for alternative ways of working and I was honoured to win the Marjon staff award for Curiosity in June 2021. When an opportunity equally excites and scares me, I’m inclined to pursue it and step out of my comfort zone so that’s why I wanted to become a Governor.  I’ve got quite a diverse career history including two different shoe shops, an ice rink and my most recent role before joining Marjon was as a Cancer Support Worker in the NHS.

 Staff Profile 


Emma van Der Lugt

Mrs Emma van der Lugt

Directly Appointed Independent Governor

Emma was brought up in Plymouth and has more than 20 years' management experience across the NHS. Emma is currently the Business Partner at Church View Surgery in Plymstock.

Emma is (joint) Deputy Chair of the Board, Chair of Audit Committee, Deputy Chair of Remuneration Committee, Governance & Nominations Committee and People & Organisational Development Sub-Committee. Emma is a member of the Healthcare Education Strategic Advisory Group. 


  • Church View Surgery, Plymstock – Business Partner
  • Mewstone Primary Care Network - Surgery Partner 
Rob Warner

Prof Rob Warner

Vice-Chancellor (Ex-Officio Governor)

Professor Warner’s academic career began at the University of Wales, Lampeter, as Head of Department. He then moved to the University of Chester where he became Executive Dean of Humanities, with university-wide responsibilities including curriculum development and postgraduate students.

Rob’s first career was in commercial publishing.

Rob is a member of Finance & Resources Committee, Estates Project Group, P&OD Sub-Committee, Governance & Nominations Committee, Healthcare Education Strategic Advisory Group. Rob attends meetings of Remuneration Committee by invitation but is not present for any discussion/decision regarding his own performance or remuneration.


Jackie Westerman

Mrs Jackie Westerman

Directly Appointed Independent Governor

Jackie is an experienced senior HR professional, skilled in developing and leading organisation design and change management programmes in both unionised and non-unionised organisations.

Jackie has a broad generalist HR background with specific responsibility for leadership development, organisation design, change management, performance management, employee relations and resource management. She has extensive senior management experience in global organisations in defence and aerospace engineering and the manufacturing sector and media and broadcasting.  Jackie has also had experience of supporting SMEs.  In addition she has gained specialist knowledge in developing a strategy to sustain a UK workforce in the US and associated international assignment policy and international HR issues.

Jackie is a member of the Remuneration Committee and People & Organisational Development Sub-Committee. 


  • BBC Content – Head of Leadership Development 
  • YJW Business Consulting - Executive Director
  • University of Plymouth – Guest Lecturer