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11 University of Cumbria Board of Directors


Photograph courtesy of Cumbrian Newspapers Back row left to right


Mark Renwick-Smith, Euan Cartwright (Vice Chairman), Ed Elvish, Geoff Donnelly, Bob Clarke, Roger Liddle, The Very Reverend Mark Boyling, Brian Hetherington Font row left to right


Tom Drummond (student elect), Claire Hensman, Dr Hilary Crowe, Stephen Henwood (Chairman), Professor Graham Upton (Vice Chancellor), Dame Alexandra Burslem DBE JP DL


Missing are: Bill Broekhuizen MBE, Darren Connor, Steve Curl, The Right Rev James Newcome (Bishop of Carlisle), Bill Sang, Barbara Stephens


Profile of Stephen Henwood, new Chair of the Board


What interested you about the university? I was drawn by the university’s significance to Cumbria and the region. My work at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) had emphasised the need to meet the consequences of decommissioning and the nuclear renaissance has provided new opportunities for the region and the university. But beyond that I see an opportunity more generally for the university to play a significant part in the social and economic development of Cumbria .


Why did you decide to join the Board? My decision arose from my understanding of what would be helpful and supportive for the university’s Board, which, allied to my business background, offers the opportunity to take the university to the next stage in its development. My working life has consisted of taking on challenges and seeing them through. Put simply, I wanted to help.


How do you feel your experience will translate into chairing a university Board?


While I haven’t been involved in a governance role for an educational institution before, I have chaired


a number of commercial and charity governing bodies. How you set the agenda is important. You must focus mainly on substantive issues, but it’s vital that you get the balance right so that, fundamentally, the Board is adding value to the organisation. I’d like to move to a situation where, for example, the Vice Chancellor and Pro Vice Chancellor Academic’s team would welcome a Board meeting as an opportunity to have their ideas stretched and tested; they’d actively look forward to the event.


How do you see the relationship between the university and the county/region? Cumbria is one of a small number of universities that is regional—the link is very important. Inevitably though, there are particular challenges in a large area with a small population. A lot of work needs to be done around the best ways to forge and develop these links. The high percentage of local people who do attend the university as students is undoubtedly one of our strengths and we must emphasise the positives of coming to Cumbria for higher education. Reflecting the nature of the region in the courses we offer, as already


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