Members of the Board of Governors at Plymouth Marjon University

Colonel (retired) 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 and in his last Army appointment 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 and after 18 months, in addition to holding this title, 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.  He has recently retired from full-time employment and in September 2018 became a Non-Executive Director at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

Interests: Non-Executive Director University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

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. She is currently the Practice Manager at Church View Surgery in Plymstock.

Interests:  Church View Surgery, Plymstock – Practice Manager 

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.



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Ms Michele Shoebridge

Directly Appointed Independent Governor

Michele Shoebridge is a consultant with a long career in the higher education sector. She is committed to the student experience and the transformative experience universities can have on the lives of young people. She has held a number of senior Professional Services’ roles in U.K. universities, including Birmingham and Exeter University whet she was Deputy Registrar.  Michele has been an active member of various groups and Boards and had travelled extensively to universities outside the U.K. She currently divides her time between her role on the Marjon Board where she also chairs the Academic Standards and Student Experience Committee, studying the history of art at the Courtauld Institute and taking on interim roles in universities where she is currently working at the University if Bristol.


Mr John Searson

Diocesan Nominated Governor

John has worked in education for over 30 years. He has taught in First, Primary, Junior and Middle schools and has significant leadership experience including headship in a County Primary school. He joined Torbay Council as Primary Adviser in 1998. In 2004 he joined Plymouth City Council and over time became Head of Education and Learning responsible for school and setting improvement. John has trained as an Ofsted inspector (not current framework) and been an accredited School Improvement Partner. He has represented Plymouth on the Exeter Diocesan Board of Education since 2010. He is currently the Exeter Diocesan Director of Education and supports and challenges 133 Church of England schools and academies.


  • Exeter Diocesan Education Network – director
  • Exeter Cathedral School – Director
  • St Luke’s College Foundation– trustee
  • St Wilfrid’s Trust  - trustee
  • The Exeter Episcopal Schools Trust – trustee
  • The Cathedral School Exeter – governor
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts manufactures and commerce

Ms Claire Gibson

Directly Appointed Governor

Managing Director of Wave Hub, Cornwall’s offshore renewable energy test facility.



Wave Hub Ltd – Director
Wave Hub Development Services – Director
Royal Town Planning Institute – member

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Mr Mike Baker

Academic Staff Elected Governor

Senior lecturer. Faculty of Culture and Language Sciences. Director of learning, teaching and student experience. Represents academic staff.



Guardian Media Group – Sub-editor / production editor
Southampton Solent University- external examiner
Leeds Trinity University – external examiner

Mr Richard Bayly

National Society Nominated Governor
Member, Exeter Cathedral Council and Deputy
Lieutenant for Devon. Formerly led the Devon and
Cornwall Office at Government Office South West.


  • Plymouth Barbican Trust – trustee
  • South West Film and Television Archive - trustee
  • Sheepstor Welfare Charity
  • Exeter Cathedral Council member
  • St Leonard’s Parochial Church Council member

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Dr Sue Cooper

Academic Staff Senate Elected Governor

Sue was a youth worker and a youth work manager for thirty years before joining Plymouth Marjon University in 2005 as a senior lecturer and Programme Leader for undergraduate and postgraduate Youth and Community Work courses.


  • Newman University – External Examiner
  • Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and
  • Community Work – Member

Mrs Pamela Greener

Diocesan Nominated Governor




Prof Patricia Hind

Directly Appointed 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 she
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.



  • B2B Insights Ltd – director
  • Ashridge Executive Education – professor
  • Associate Fellow British Psychological Society
  • Research Fellow, University of Stellenbosch Business School

Prof Chris King CBE

Co-opted member of the Board

Chris King’s career has been in School, Sixth Form College and Further and Higher Education. From 1995 until 2011 she was Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University, one of the very first women to be appointed Vice Chancellor to a UK university. In 2007 she was presented with the honour of CBE by Her Majesty the Queen for her work in HE and the promotion of access and equality.
Her research and publications focus on religion and history and include works on the Third Reich, on Pilgrimage and in the emerging area of Implicit Religion. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. She has been awarded honorary degrees from a number of



  • University of Warwick – Visiting professor
  • The Gibbons Family Tryst – trustee
  • Centre for the study of implicit religion – trustee


The Rt. Rev'd Nick McKinnel

Diocesan Nominated Independent Governor

Nick is the Bishop of Plymouth.  Prior to ordination he studied law and worked for an overseas development charity.  He 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.




  • Medic Malawi
  • Diocese of Exeter
  • Blundells School

Mr Rhys Roberts

Student Union Elected Governor

Student Governor and Marjon Student Union President 2018/19



  • Marjon Student Union – President and trustee 

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Mrs Lynn Tamsett-White

Professional Services Staff Elected Governor

Lynn enjoyed a successful and rewarding 25 year career in Banking prior to joining Marjon in 2012 where she has gained a broad understanding of Higher Education & University Professional Services; firstly in the faculty team, then within her role crossing Finance & Facilities and more recently Estates, where she now undertakes the role of Estates Development Manager.  Lynn’s new role incorporates the day to day Estates requirements plus Estates projects and site developments.


  • Bickleigh Parish Council – Councillor


Mr Alex Hawtin

Directly Appointed Governor

Alex is a Chartered Accountant and has almost 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 a Finance Manager at Babcock International Group.



  • Babcock International – finance manager
  • Trinity URC- Big Build – Treasurer
  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants – member


Mr Matt Evans

Directly Appointed 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!


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


Mr Richard Stevens

Directly Appointed Governor

Richard Stevens was born in North Devon and is proud of being a West County boy, having lived and worked all over Devon and Cornwall; Richard is committed to ensuring that our cities, towns, rural and coastal areas receive the focus and investment they need to enable everyone who lives here to be successful and valued.

Richard Stevens career is in public transport, Richard was appointed as Managing Director of Plymouth Citybus in May 2012. With an annual turnover of more than 27 million pounds, Citybus serves over 17 million passengers a year and is the biggest public transport provider in Plymouth, employing 520 people and running a fleet of 185 buses. Richard has twenty years of senior management experience of working in the bus industry in the South West. Previously Richard served as an Operations & Commercial Director for Stagecoach South West and prior to that was Operations Director for First Devon and Cornwall; Richard has held many managerial roles, having begun his transport career in 1989 as a bus driver in Penzance.

Richard Stevens is the current chair of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce; a role Richard is delighted and honoured to perform. Richard has embraced the role and enthusiastically committed his time and energy to, promote the Chamber. Richard is also the current chair of the Plymouth Area Business Council, chair of the Plymouth Growth Board. Richard sits on the Devonport Task Force, One Plymouth, the Mayflower 400 Leadership group and the Peninsular Rail Task Force. Richard is also a director of Destination Plymouth; the destination management company; he is committed to working with all strategic partners, to ensure that the voice of business in Plymouth, Devon and the region is strong, unified and playing to its collective strengths.

Richard also works within the school environment as an Enterprise adviser and is Chair of Governor’s for All Saints Academy. As a Heart of the South West LEP board member Richard Chairs the business leadership group, is deputy chair of the Strategic Investment Group and deputy chair of the Local Transport Board, Richard energetically and passionately works in the interests of businesses across the whole of Devon.

In his spare time if he has any; Richard enjoys Sailing and Rugby.


  • Destination Plymouth – non executive director

  • All Saints School - non executive director


    Plymouth Citybus – Managing Director


    Devon & Plymouth Chamber – Chair

  • Heart of South West LEP – Board member

  • Chartered Institute of Logistics & transport – Chartered Fellow