Board of Directors

Board of Directors

As a not-for-profit organisation, NCUB is overseen by a Board of Directors.

It is their role to ensure that the work of the National Centre is fit for purpose, represents value for money and delivers the proper support to the university-business communities for whose benefit it was set up.


Sam Laidlaw

Sam LaidlawSam Laidlaw brings extensive experience of working in business both in the UK, and internationally - having held responsibility for businesses across four continents.

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Sir Roger Bone

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Sir Roger was President of Boeing UK from 2005-2014. He is also a non-executive director of F & C Investment Trust plc, and a director of Continental Data Graphics Ltd. Sir Roger is one of the Prime Minister’s UKTI Ambassadors for British Businesses.

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Professor Julia Buckingham, CBE, DSc, FRSB

Julia Buckingham headshotProfessor Julia Buckingham was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London in 2012. Throughout her career Julia has combined research and education with supporting the broader aspects of academic life through work with the research councils, medical charities and learned societies.

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Professor Richard Parker, CBE, FREng

Ric Parker LRichard (Ric) Parker was Director of Research and Technology for the Rolls-Royce Group 2001-2016. He was responsible for direction and co-ordination of Research & Technology programmes across all the Rolls-Royce businesses, worldwide.

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Professor Julie Lydon, OBE

julie lydon pictureJulie Lydon became Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of South Wales at its formation in 2013. As CEO of a £200m higher education group that encompasses a major university, national conservatoire, and further education college, she leads the University’s partnership work with key international companies, including General Electric and British Airways, and academic partners across the globe. 

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Professor David Phoenix, OBE

dave phoenixDavid Phoenix is Vice-Chancellor at London South Bank University. With over 250 publications, Prof. Phoenix remains a visiting professor at King’s College London and Sichuan University, China, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, The Royal Society of Biology, The Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications and the Royal Society of Medicine. He has also held visiting Chairs in Russia and elsewhere in the UK. 

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