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BSO Board of Directors

Fatimah Ayoade BSc, MSc

Fatimah Ayoade photoPrimary Specialism: Osteopath
Fatimah is a newly qualified osteopath who joined the Board of Directors as a student osteopath in her second year of the BSO's full-time M.Ost degree course. As a student, she was a joint President of the BSO’s Students’ Union and a Student Ambassador for the School. Prior to joining the BSO Fatimah achieved a BSc and MSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Greenwich and University of Westminster, respectively. She has eight years’ experience in working in customer services for Kent County Council.

Professor Emeritus David Barrett MA PhD CQSW - Chair of the Board

David Barrett photoPrimary Specialism: Higher Education – Co-opted Member
David was appointed to the University in December 1993, and by Sept 1994 he had recruited a number staff to create what is now the Dept of Applied Social Studies. He had come from Brunel University where his discipline of social work was graded 'Excellent' under the then subject review audit process. He led and further developed the Department of Applied Social Studies for five years, during which there were two successful Research Assessment Exercise submissions. The Department is still flourishing after what will be nearly 20 years.

In 1998 he was awarded a personal chair in Applied Social Studies. His inaugural lecture – which coincided with the launch of the Institute of Applied Social Research - discussed his work on child prostitution. His book, Child Prostitution in Britain, published in 1997, was reviewed as 'ground breaking'. His work has been further developed by outstanding colleagues such as Professor Jenny Pearce OBE for which the University was recently awarded the Queen's Anniversary prize (2013).

2013 has also seen David leading on the development and opening of the new University of Bedfordshire Campus, University Campus Milton Keynes (UCMK), in his Executive Dean role. This is an exciting initiative for the University, students and local business, it is in partnership with Milton Keynes Council. He has also played a key role in the successful MK:Smart Catalyst Project which the OU leads in collaboration with a number of prestigious partners including MK Council, BT and the University of Cambridge. David served the University Board of Governors, representing Academic Board, 2009-2013.

David retired from his Executive role in December 2013 and now holds the Professor Emeritus title, he continues to supervise a number of doctoral students. He is also now a Trustee of the Bedfordshire University (BedsSU) Students’ Union.

Anthony Bickmore

Anthony BickmoreAnthony Bickmore is a business manager and Chartered Surveyor with substantial experience of leading on the management and development of nationally important, and complex, property portfolios. His career has given him the experience of taking responsibility for a large, complex, and diverse portfolio of urban properties, including development opportunities, with a clear record or achievement in delivering substantial financial targets and managing large teams. He has worked at, and has a deep understanding of, the interface between the public and private sectors. He developed a portfolio of non-executive appointments, including Chairmanships, reflecting his wider business management skills, alongside personal willingness to contribute his skills across a wide range of organisations.

Alex Bols

Primary specialism: Higher Education
Alex started at GuildHE as Deputy Chief Executive in May 2014 and will, amongst other things, be responsible for GuildHE’s policy work relating to quality assurance of which Taught Degree Awarding Powers will be a key dimension. Prior to joining GuildHE, Alex was Executive Director of the 1994 Group. During this time he was responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation as well as the internal management including the finances, staff and as the main media spokesman. Before that his career involved several years working at NUS at a key time with the Government increasingly emphasising the importance of the student voice and student engagement. This is an area he has written on extensively.

Alex has nine years’ experience as a school governor at Ambler Primary School and Children’s Centre. During the last five years as Chair of Governors, Ambler has gone from Satisfactory to Good in their OfSTED inspections. Alex is also a Trustee at Cambridge University Students’ Union and was a secondary school governor for four years.

Azlina Bulmer - Vice Chair of the Board

Fatimah Ayoade photoPrimary specialism: Finance
Azlina Bulmer joined Charity Bank in 2009 as the Programmes & Development Manager. She leads on all external programmes across the Banking operations that currently provides a total of approximately £15 million of funding support to the third sector.  In 2011, Azlina was invited by the Cabinet Office to develop a support programme for third sector organisations operating in health and social care in Yorkshire & Humber, addressing some of the challenges surrounding commissioning and procurement.  In the same year, she secured a European Contract, working in a consortium, to deliver a £1m “Access to Finance” programme in Yorkshire & Humber to provide one to one advisor support to charities in increase their financial management capability including consideration for new sources of funding.  More recently she has had lead management of programmes in Northern Ireland, and has responsibility for Big Potential Programme.

Azlina’s early career was in law before moving into social enterprise and community development roles. She has held a number of non-executive director roles including York & District Mind and Stop Hate UK, as well as volunteering roles at the Joseph Rowntree Society and Clements Hall Preservation Trust.

Ann Clayton CDir

Ann Clayton photoAnn qualified as a Chartered Director in 2004, and has held senior roles in the commercial sector. As one of a team of 6 Directors, she was integral in establishing an international arm for Clerical Medical Investment Group operating from the Isle of Man.

She has held a number of Non- Executive Director roles across the Financial Services, education and charitable sectors. A key focus in the roles has been on Corporate Governance, and she has worked closely with the Isle of Man government in delivering Corporate Governance training to local utility companies and Regulators on the Island.

As Education Adviser to the IOD branch on the Isle of Man, Ann has delivered courses that focus on the skills required to be a Director. Currently she is working with Salford University’s Professional Development Department on Director Training courses.

Ann has taken on an active role with local care charities in the communities in which she has been based, as member of a local hospice’s Fundraising and Strategy Committee, and working with a Residential Home on their Management Committee. In addition she has worked with the JE/YE charity that has worked to prepare students for the world of work.

Charles Hunt DO. Pg. Cert.

Charles Hunt photoCharles is BSO Principal and Chief Executive. He began his career with the BSO in 1990. Prior to becoming Principal in May 2006, Charles held the post of Vice-Principal (Professional) and was previously Head of Clinical Practice. He has edited and advised on a number of osteopathy-related publications and is a regular contact for the promotion of osteopathy in the media. Charles also worked in private practice as an osteopath from 1989-2011.

Andrew Kent

Fatimah Ayoade photoPrimary specialism: NHS
Andrew has extensive experience of working with the Department of Health and NHS in senior management and leadership roles in policy, commissioning and provider services. This included roles at national and localised levels, as well as working across traditional boundaries with partners from social care and voluntary sectors to deliver patient focused services. Andrew worked with the NHS Modernisation Agency testing new models of care delivery, and designed an Access and Awareness programme for GP Practices to enable greater appreciation of the needs for vulnerable and hard to reach groups.  He also has experience in education, holding a role in student admission for Pennine College, Wakefield.

Andrew has experience as a non-executive director at Healthwatch Wakefield, leading on Governance and Engagement and as a trustee for Outwood Grange Academies Trust, the overarching body responsibly for the Outwood Grange Family of Schools.

Professor Raymond Lee PhD

Raymond Lee photoRaymond has significant experience of higher education. In 2014 he became Dean and Professor of Biomechanics in the School of Applied Sciences at London South Bank University.  His experience within the higher education sector has been gained both within the UK and abroad (Australia and Hong Kong). He has held various senior academic appointments, and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in strategic planning, university governance and the HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) environment.

Raymond is a physiotherapist by training, and holds a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering. He has been affiliated with various academic schools involved in applied sciences and healthcare, and working closely with clinicians and research beneficiaries in his academic work. He has strong knowledge of the NHS, and the role of rehabilitation and healthcare professionals.

Raymond has a strong understanding of research funding mechanisms in the UK. He has been invited to act as referee for various national and international research funding bodies. He has served as member of the Research Sub-Committee of Arthritis Research UK and the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal.

His own scholarship has focused in and around the areas of biomechanics and healthcare technologies. He has examined the mechanisms underlying back pain, osteoporosis and ageing of the spine, and has made innovative use of miniature inertial sensors in a broad range of applications, including the assessment and monitoring of posture and physical activity, and the detection of falls in the elderly. He has successfully secured research grants from the highly competitive Hong Kong Research Grant Council, BackCare UK, Physiotherapy Research Foundation, Sulzer Orthopedics to name but a few.

Professor Mary J Lovegrove OBE MSc TDCR HDCR DCR (R) DMU

mary lovegrove photoMary is a Diagnostic Radiographer by profession and as one of the pair of radiographers to operate thefirst CTscanner is a pioneer of modern imaging. Mary is Professor of Education and Development for Allied Health Professions. She currently holds the post of International Lead for the Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University. Until the end of April 2011, she was Head of Department of Allied Health Sciences, London South Bank University where she was responsible for Acupuncture; Occupational Therapy; Operating Department Practice; Physiotherapy and Radiography. She is an elected member of the Executive of the Council of Deans of Health and as such is the education representative on the Department of Health Professional Advisory Board for Allied Health. Until recently Mary held the post of chair of the London Deans. Mary has been a member of the BSO Academic Council and an advisor on the new NHS Clinical Leadership Framework. Mary is also a Director of Allied Health Solutions and an Associate Professor of Buckinghamshire New University Allied Health Enterprise Development Centre. Mary was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list 2012 for her services to Allied Health Care.

Grace Newman

Grace Newman photoGrace is a third year student on the M.Ost programme at the BSO. Currently President of the Student Union, throughout her time at the BSO she has sought to elicit and represent the student voice. 



Isabel Nisbet M Phil BPhil MA

Isabel Nisbet photoIsabel possesses extensive management experience in the public sector, particularly in regulation of healthcare and education. She has worked for Department for Health, GMC, and the Council for Regulation of Healthcare Professionals. In addition she has held senior roles with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and was the first Chief Executive of Ofqual, the independent regulator of qualifications and examinations in England, reporting directly to Parliament. In her role as Executive Director of the A Level Content Advisory Board she has advised the Government on the content of A levels.

Isabel currently serves on the Board of Qualifications Wales, and on a number of Government advisory committees on ethical issues. She has an extensive working knowledge of the higher education sector and is a Governor of the University of Hertfordshire as well as holding an honorary post of Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education. She was an independent member of the Council of St Georges Medical School London from 2004 -2011 and chaired their Audit Committee.

Richard Salter

Newton Aimee photoRichard Salter is currently Head of Planning & Analytics at King’s College London, which involves working closely with senior colleagues to establish ambitious yet realistic strategic objectives and ensuring that clear and unambiguous plans are developed to enable them to be achieved.

He has a considerable amount of experience of higher education senior management, particular within the areas of strategic planning, assurance, finance and budgeting. Having worked at a number of Higher Education providers at a senior level he has an extensive array of experience of the relevant regulatory and assurance frameworks, including the critical role and responsibility of governance committees. He has direct experience of all three aspects of HEFCE’s assurance frameworks, including managing the preparations and organisation for HEFCE Assurance Reviews, compilation of aspects of the Annual Accountability Returns and involvement with the data assurance programme.

Jackie Westaway (Co-opted Member)

Jackie Westaway photoJackie is a charismatic and energetic senior leader with experience of delivering commercial success within the tightly regulated environment of the Pharmaceutical Industry. She is highly experienced in change management and UK and Global marketing leadership. She has a strong customer focus with a track record of effectively working alongside the NHS. Jackie led the compliance function for the  European Pharmaceutical Business of her company and has worked alongside audit teams to implement changes. Jackie is a Director of Healthwatch Bucks and a Trustee of an Academy Trust in East London.

Francesca Wiggins

Newton Aimee photoPrimary Specialism: Academic Council Representative - Qualified Osteopath
Francesca qualified as an osteopath in 2000 and continues to work in private practice in addition to her work at the BSO.  Francesca has worked as a clinic tutor since 2003 and continues to tutor in the BSO clinic as part of her role as Head of Clinic.  Francesca has also completed an MA in Medical Education and is currently an external examiner for Bucks University. She was elected by Academic Council to represent them on the Board in 2013.