Foundation Campaign  Board

Board Members:

Richard was one of Britain’s leading endocrine consultant surgeons, working at Kent and Canterbury Hospital for over 30 years prior to his retirement. A former Senior Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Richard was also Chairman of the Intercollegiate Examination Board in General Surgery to the universities of Oxford and the West Indies. Richard is currently serving Chairman of Kent Ambassadors, a group of high profile individuals who work together to help all aspects of the life of Kent.

Alumna and Honorary Doctor of the University of Kent, Ursula is a former senior civil servant who has held leadership roles in a wide range of Government agencies, including the Department of Health. She was the first female Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence where she was responsible for nearly 300,000 service and civilian personnel. In 2012 she moved to run the Ministry of Justice. Ursula was appointed Dame Commander for her public service in 2013.

Ursula retired in 2015. She recently stood down as Trustee for the National Theatre, having completed a second term in that role, and continues to serve as a member of the Council of the University of Kent.

Stephen is a retired investment banker who has over 40 years’ experience in Wealth Management, Investment Banking, Stockbroking and Fund Management. He has been Chief executive of three significant financial institutions, Oppenheimer International, Gerrard Investment Management and Moscow Narodny Bank/VTB Capital where he became Chairman. He is a non-executive director of Nutmeg the on-line investment management business and Access Bank UK. He spent 27 years with the NatWest Bank Group and was a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at County NatWest.

An Honours Graduate in Financial Services from UMIST and a former Visiting Fellow at Manchester Business School, Stephen regularly lectures on Corporate Governance, Financial Services and Risk Management. He was Pro Chancellor and Chair of the Governing Body of Canterbury Christ Church University 2013-2017, by which he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for services to Higher Education and the Community.

Stephen’s current activities include Chairman of Medway Maritime Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chairman, Marshalls Charity (Church of England), Chairman 3H Fund, and Senior Adviser and Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

In 2011, Stephen was Master of The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights (Chairman of the Battle Back Appeal and Trustee of the Wheelwrights Charity). He is also a past Chairman of the Broad Street Ward Club and former Deputy Chairman, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. He holds the Order of Mercy in recognition of his significant contribution to the Charity, as well as the Hero Medal from Help for Heroes for his work with Battle Back.

Stephen has been a Territorial Army Officer and holds the Territorial Decoration. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

Hugo is a Director at Fenwick Ltd, a retail and property business that owns and operates nine department stores across the UK, two of which are in Kent. Hugo came to live in Kent in 1993 and oversaw the construction of Fenwick’s flagship store in Canterbury before his appointment to his current role. He served as the High Sheriff of Kent in 2014.

A Kent Ambassador, Hugo’s philanthropic work includes serving as a Trustee of both the Canterbury Cathedral Trust and the Kent Community Foundation.

Now retired, Stuart was formerly Consultant Radiologist at Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Director of the Kent Breast Screening Programme and Professor of Radiological Sciences at the University of Kent. He was also Dean and Vice-President of Royal College of Radiologists. He was awarded an MBE in 2013 for services to the NHS.

Stuart’s experience of fundraising campaigning includes formerly being Chairman of the League of Friends at Kent & Canterbury Hospital. He is currently a Kent Ambassador and a volunteer fundraising speaker for Porchlight, a charity which supports the homeless in Kent.

Honorary Doctor of the University of Kent, George Kennedy was employed within the medical industry for 30 years with Smiths Industries plc. He served as Chairman of the Medical Systems Group and a main Board Director. He was also Deputy Chair of the East Kent Hospital Trust for a number of years and worked closely with Government including chairing Department for Trade and Industry committees on health care. He was awarded the CBE in 1997 for services to the healthcare industry and exports.

A Kent Ambassador, George is a life member of Kent County Cricket Club, and was formerly Club Chairman. He was a driving force behind the substantial development programme that has established the St Lawrence Ground as one of the best in the country.

Ian trained as an Engineer at the University of Cambridge, and later studied at Cranfield School of Management. He undertook senior information technology and financial management roles before becoming a founding partner of Odgers Berndston, with which he served as Chief Executive from 1972 to 1998. He formally retired in 2017.

Over the years, Ian’s professional activity within Kent has included Chairmanship of the South East Health Technologies Alliance, membership of the Enterprise and Innovation Task Group of the Kent Economic Board and acting as Business Champion to the Canterbury Enterprise Hub (University of Kent and SEEDA). He was also an Advisory Board Member of the Kent Business School for many years.

Ian’s philanthropic interests have included trusteeship of local and national arts organisations, such as the City of London Sinfonia, Classical Opera/The Mozartists, Sounds New and Deal Music and Arts. He was also Vice-Chairman of the New Marlowe Theatre Development Trust.

An Honorary Doctor of the University of Kent, Richard is the Chairman of Oldfield Partners LLP, an investment management firm. Currently Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Richard has been a supporter of the University of Kent’s music and law campaigns, is a Kent Ambassador and has chaired the Appeal Committee for Canterbury Cathedral Trust. He is President of Demelza House Children’s Hospice and is a Trustee of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, The Prince’s Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation. He was awarded an OBE in 2019 for his services to the Cathedral Appeal and charity.

Andrew was called to the Bar in 1966. He took silk and became a QC in 1990 before progressing to appointment to the Circuit Bench in 1999. For 10 years from 2000 until 2010 he was Resident Judge at Maidstone Combined Court Centre and retired in 2011, only to serve as a deputy judge at Canterbury for two years until 2013.

His philanthropic interests have included serving as President of the British Red Cross in Kent, a Kent Ambassador and an Ambassador for the Chatham Historical Dockyard.

John is Senior and Executive Partner at Whitstable Medical Practice and is also Chair of the Encompass GP Partnership, a GP provider body for 112 East Kent GPs. He was formerly a GP Advisor to the Department of Health and also part of the previous Secretary of State for Health’s GP Advisory Board. With a passion for developing integrated healthcare service and improving patients’ experience, he was awarded an MBE in 2018 for services to General Practice.

John is a Kent Ambassador.

Head of Strategic Relationship Management at the University of Kent, Hilary has an extensive history of working as a leader and manager in the private sector, the NHS and academia. Working in complex organisational environments has given her wide experience of networking and developing strong personal relationships at all levels.​

Having successfully completed a multi-million pound capital campaign for the University of Kent, Hilary is now leading the £30M fundraising campaign for the Kent and Medway Medical School.  She has a proven track record in good governance in relation to philanthropic giving and fully understands the importance of fundraising within organisations for whom it is becoming increasingly necessary to secure multiple funding streams.