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Our trustees

Ms Libby Gawith

Chair
Appointed 2015
(Appointed to Council 2011)

Libby is a Civil engineer who holds a number of roles: Examining Inspector for PINS (National Infrastructure), Non-Executive Director of BIRD, Non-Executive Commission Member for Water Industry Commission for Scotland, Chair of Julian House, Non-Exec Director of the Institute of Rheumatic Diseases and Vice-Chair of the HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences. Libby is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Member of the Institution of Water and Environmental Management. Libby trained as a civil engineer at King’s College, London and followed this with an MBA from the University of Bath. She has spent her career working in implementation and management of major infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas. She rose to become Engineering and Operations Director for Wessex Water. This was followed by other industrial roles in the UK and overseas, including Managing Director of Earth Tech Europe.

Mr Mark Humphriss

Vice-Chair
Appointed October 2017

Mark Humphriss is University Secretary at the University of Bath.  He is Secretary of the University Council and his responsibilities include the Student Immigration Service, international student recruitment, the Secretariat, the Legal Office, emergency management, oversight of degree ceremonies and other major events, ethics and the Dental Centre. He chairs the Equality and Diversity and Health and Safety Committees and as part of the senior management team is involved in a range of other matters across the University.

He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Heads of University Administration. He is a director of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator and member of its Finance Committee, a Trustee of the Holburne Museum, Chair of its Higher Education Strategy Board and has been Company Secretary of Designability since 2007.

Prior to joining the University of Bath in 2007, Mark worked for the Church of England in a variety of roles. This included a major review of the structures of the Church of England, working for a national charity on secondment, responsibility for the Church’s national budget and involvement with the 11 universities of Church of England foundation.

Mark graduated with a BA in French & Economics from Reading University. He qualified in 1994 as a Chartered Secretary and was elected Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators in 2003.

Professor Tony Miles

Appointed 1986

Tony is Professor of Biomechanics and Director of the Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the University of Bath. His research is in the fields of Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Biomaterials. He is primarily focused on the development of experimental research tools for evaluating the performance of orthopaedic implants used in total joint replacement and fracture treatment. He also has extensive experience in various aspects of fixation of orthopaedic implants. Tony was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town where he subsequently joined the staff becoming a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bath in 1986 as a Lecturer in Design and was promoted to a Personal Chair in December 2000.
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Professor Mark Tooley

Appointed 2002

Mark is recent Head of the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering and Director of Research and Development at the Royal United Hospital, Bath (retired July 2017). He is a Consultant Clinical Scientist, and a visiting professor at the University of Bath and the University of the West of England. Mark completed his BSc in electronic engineering at the University of Bath in 1979. He then did an MSc and PhD in Medical Physics at the University of London. He has spent most of his career in Medical Physics and Bioengineering departments, working alongside medical colleagues. He is a Fellow of the Royal college of Physicians, the Institute of Engineering and technology (formally IEE), the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and the Institute of Physics. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a chartered engineer and scientist. Mark’s current research interests are in physics applications in anaesthesia, simulation in medicine, physiological measurement, measuring the depth of anaesthesia, and novel patient monitoring solutions.  Mark is currently president of IPEM.

Professor Ben Hicks

Appointed 2010

Ben is Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. He is a Chartered Engineer and prior to working at Bristol was fortunate to work at the Universities of Bath and Sydney. Ben spent over a decade in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath where he led an interdisciplinary research centre concerned with the design-manufacture interface. The Centre had a particular focus on machine design, design information systems, advanced manufacturing processes and verification. Ben has held a number of non-executive and advisory roles. He is also a member of EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Team.
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Mr Stephen Tanner

Appointed 2010

Having graduated in 1971 with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Stephen went on to found and grow a company specialising in the design and manufacture of high-tech packaging and processing equipment which has sold extensively worldwide. He combined this operation with an extensive import/export division.

Stephen has also worked on retail property financing and development for 25 years and is still actively involved in this area.

Mr Gordon Richardson

Appointed 2011

Gordon is Vice-Chairman and Trustee of the Bristol Disability Equality Forum and a committee member and disability representative on the Bristol Walking Alliance. He spends the majority of his time doing charitable and voluntary work. He has a BSc in Economics and Accounting from the University of Bristol. He is also a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and holds a Financial Practicing Certificate (as an IFA). He has worked for Thomson McLintock & Co (now KPMG) Chartered Accountants and Hargreaves Lansdown Financial Advisers.

Dr Elizabeth White

Appointed 2012

Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Whilst working as an occupational therapist in clinical settings, her interests were in the fields of lower limb amputees, wheelchairs and postural management. Her research interests relate to service development and delivery; she completed a PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent in 1997 and, in 2012, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Health Sciences by York St John University. Whilst working as Assistant Director – Education and Research at the College of Occupational Therapists her key remit included a focus on workforce development and building research capacity within the occupational therapy profession. She held a number of strategic roles on behalf of both the occupational therapy profession and the wider Allied Health professions, including acting as Chair of the Council for Allied Health Professions Research Strategy Committee and as a member of the Advisory Board for the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists in 2017 in recognition of her influential work in taking forward the vision of an occupational therapy profession is which practice is evidence-based.

Professor Christos Vasilakis

Appointed 2014

Christos is Director of the University of Bath’s Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2), which is focused on solving the practical challenges of health and social care systems using a wide range of quantitative, qualitative and modelling methods. He is also a Professor at the University’s School of Management. He joined Bath in 2013 from the UCL Clinical Operational Research Unit in London. His research focuses on developing and putting in place modelling methods and tools for assisting those delivering and managing health services. He is also interested in the evaluation of the likely impact of healthcare interventions and policy initiatives using computer simulation and has worked on a large number of problems in healthcare ranging from the monitoring of surgical site infections to the organisation of care services such as cardiac surgical care, mental health and others.

Mr John Bishop

Appointed 2014

John is an actuary with many years of experience as a Chairman/Chief Executive of large multinational organisations. He is currently enjoying a diverse portfolio of directorships, in a variety of fields, with an emphasis on corporate governance, risk assessment and management.

Mr Gavin Maggs

Appointed 2016

Gavin is Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Bath. He is responsible for the University’s philanthropic fundraising and alumni relations activities. A graduate of the University of Oxford with an MA in Literae Humaniores, he began his fundraising career at his college, Lincoln, then joined the University of Warwick to lead the development and alumni relations activities of the then recently established Warwick Medical School.
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Professor Paul Olomolaiye

Appointed 2017

Paul is a Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at UWE and currently  Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Technology He holds a PhD from Loughborough University in Civil Engineering and widely published with over 200 journal and conference publications and authorship of 2 major books on Construction Productivity and Stakeholder Management. Paul is passionate about the experiences of staff and students of my 6000 strong faculty which spans Architecture, Engineering, Computer Science and the Environment. He describes his faculty as a large ‘academic space’ for world-class education and research based on cross-subject collaborations  and full engagement with the industries that we serve. Paul is happily married with 3 grown-up children and active in the community in various charitable activities and organisations.