Board and Committees

UKCISA is run by a Board of Trustees, to which two committees report. Committee members are mainly representatives of member organisations and sector bodies. We rely on active participation of members of the Board and committees to create an informed debate around policy issues and we encourage experienced staff in a range of roles from all sectors to put themselves forward for election or co-option. (Vacancies are usually announced in May in our e-news to members.)

Our Board of Trustees consists of

  • nine elected members
  • six members co-opted by the Board to ensure an appropriate balance of skills, interest groups and expertise
  • The Chair of the Board and the Honorary Treasurer

Several sector and representative bodies have observer status to ensure close collaboration with bodies with similar aims and interests and key stakeholders

The Board, Finance and General Purposes (F+GP) and the Service and Representation (S+R) committees meet two to four times each year to agree overall strategy, financial and staffing issues and UKCISA's position on key aspects of government, sector and membership policy.

The Student Advisory Group (SAG) is a subcommittee of the Board that provides UKCISA with student voice and advise UKCISA on strategic decisions, projects and policies. 

President

Lord Karan Bilimoria, CBE, DL
Lord Bilimoria, who became UKCISA’s President in 2015, is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited and of Molson Coors Cobra India, both joint ventures with the global brewing company, Molson Coors.

He is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London), Chancellor of the University of Birmingham and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge.  He was himself an international student coming to the UK on a scholarship for a diploma in accounting at what is now London Metropolitan University and then graduated in law from Cambridge.

In 2004 Karan was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to business and entrepreneurship, and in 2006 he was appointed an Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and created Baron Bilimoria of Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Amongst a range of other roles and responsibilities he is also now co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Students.

Chair of our Board

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Professor Koen Lamberts
Professor Koen Lamberts is President and Vice-Chancellor of University of Sheffield. He was previously Vice-Chancellor & President of the University of York. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees at UCAS, Chair of the N8 Research Partnership and Chair of the Employers Pension Forum for Higher Education. He is a Board Member of The Russell Group, the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, the Outward Mobility Strategy Board, Universities and Colleges Employers Association, the White Rose University Consortium, the Worldwide Universities Network and Yorkshire Universities. 

Originally from Belgium, he has worked in the USA and then at Universities of Birmingham and Warwick (where he was Pro Vice-Chancellor and later Deputy Vice-Chancellor), Prof Lamberts has a particular interest in international links in general and international student issues.

Board of Trustees

 

  • Prof Koen Lamberts, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield (Chair)
  • Alan Mackay, Deputy Vice Principal International, Director Edinburgh Global, University of Edinburgh (Honorary Treasurer)
  • Lynsey Bendon, Assistant Director (Operations and Student Experience), University of Sunderland
  • Hannah Brian, Deputy Chief Executive (Student Engagement), Leeds University Union
  • Emma Gwynnett-Davies, Manager, International@CampusLife, Swansea University
  • Prof Nora de Leeuw, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences, University of Leeds
  • Lizzie Huckle, Head of International Student Support, Imperial College London
  • Ross Porter, Associate Director, Visa Compliance & Financial Aid, London Business School
  • Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive, Independent Higher Education
  • Sally Saca, Head of International Student Advice Team, Oxford Brookes University
  • Laura Rose-Troup, Head of International, Newcastle College
  • Hamish Walker, Student Immigration Manager, Robert Gordon University
  • Simran Mahajan, #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador, Cardiff University

The following organisations have observer status:

  • Association of Colleges
  • Association of International Student Advisers (AISA)
  • BUILA
  • English UK
  • GuildHE
  • Immigration Compliance Network (ICN)
  • National Union of Students (NUS)
  • Universities UK

Student Advisory Group

Last modified: 31 January 2022
  • Simran Mahajan, Cardiff University (Chair)
  • Reese Chamberlain, University of Edinburgh (Vice-Chair)
  • Anna So, University of Dundee
  • Claudia Yañez, University of Glasgow
  • Ilona Myllyniemi, University of Edinburgh
  • JR Candia, University of York
  • Mary Wanjohi, University of Warwick
  • Melody Sequeira, University of Glasgow
  • Natalja Nassonova, University of Leeds 
  • Sagar Grewal, LSE & London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
  • Siqi Jia, University of Glasgow
  • Umme Sumaiyah, University of Portsmouth
  • Alvin Ch'ng, University of Warwick
  • Annie Chan, University of Edinburgh
  • Diana Catana, King's College London
  • Ilo Unuigbe, University of Huddersfield
  • Jayden Bookout, Royal Holloway
  • Jie Fei Lau, University of Aberdeen
  • Lindsay Nygren, University of Glasgow
  • Pannya Rajput, Staffordshire University
  • Sára Kozáková, University of Portsmouth
  • Sharif Safi, London Metropolitan University

Services & Representation Committee

  • Lizzie Huckle, Head of International Student Support, Imperial College London (Chair)
  • Mervyn Adams, International Compliance Manager, City of Glasgow College
  • Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive, Study UK
  • Laura Rose-Troup, Head of International, NCG
  • TBC, #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador

Observer status:

  • Alan Mackay, Deputy Vice Principal International, Director Edinburgh Global, University of Edinburgh

ex officio:

  • Prof Koen Lamberts, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield

Finance and General Purposes Committee

  • Alan Mackay, Deputy Vice Principal International, Director Edinburgh Global, University of Edinburgh (Chair)
  • Lynsey Bendon, Assistant Director (Operations and Student Experience), University of Sunderland
  • Hannah Brian, Deputy Chief Executive (Student Engagement), Leeds University Union
  • Ross Porter, Associate Director, Visa Compliance & Financial Aid, London Business School
  • Paul Rossi, Head of Student Advice & Safeguarding Support, University of the Arts London
  • Keith Stephenson, Director of Finance & Operations, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
  • TBC, #WeAreInternational Student Ambassador

Observer status:

  • Lizzie Huckle, Head of International Student Support, Imperial College London

ex officio:

  • Prof Koen Lamberts, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield

Annual report

Rules governing elections

Eligibility

  1. Article 15.2 of UKCISA’s Memorandum and Articles of Association provides that the procedures for election of Directors shall be determined pursuant to Article 38, which gives the Directors the power to make Rules for the conduct of UKCISA’s business. Definitions and the interpretation of these rules are subject to Article 1
  2. The following Rules have been adopted for the election of Directors
  3. All Constituents of UKCISA shall be assigned by UKCISA to one of the following categories:
    • Higher Education
    • Further Education
    • Students’ Unions
    • Other
  4. Of the nine (9) Elected Directors there must be at least one Elected Director from each category of Constituent at any one time. The maximum number of Elected Directors connected to Constituents from any one category is six.
  5. The individuals entitled to stand for election as Elected Directors must be either: an individual Constituent; or an employee of Constituents
  6. A nomination requires a proposer and seconder and the consent in writing of the candidate to stand for election. The proposer and seconder must be either individual Constituents or the Primary Contacts of institutional Constituents.
  7. In the event of a ballot, only Primary Contacts and Constituents who are individuals may vote. The ballot will be decided by a simple majority vote.

Election procedure*

  1. Nominations will be invited by 1 May giving candidates three weeks notice to stand.
  2. If the number of candidates does not exceed the number of vacancies, the nominated candidates shall be deemed elected.
  3. If the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacancies, a ballot will be held with results declared by 15 June.

(*As amended by the Board February 2015.)


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