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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Bob Rabone

Sam LaidlawBob Rabone is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of commercial experience as a Finance Director with private and public companies, operating in a range of sectors.

In 2019 Bob was appointed to the Board of the National Centre for Universities and Business as Treasurer.

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David Brown

David Brown NCUB BoardDavid is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the University of Edinburgh, having recently retired as a Partner at PwC, where he was the Lead Partner in Scotland for Government and Public Sector.

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Professor Jean-Noël Ezingeard

jean noel ezingeardProfessor Jean-Noël Ezingeard was appointed Vice-Chancellor at University of Roehampton on 1st May 2019, having previously held senior leadership and academic positions at Manchester Metropolitan University, Kingston University, Henley Business School and Brunel University London.

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Scot Gardner

Julia Buckingham headshotIn August 2016, Scot Gardner was appointed UK & Ireland Chief Executive of Cisco. Prior to his current role, Scot was Vice President of Global Service Provider Segment Sales at Cisco in the Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia (EMEAR) region.


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, he 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.

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Professor Roy Sandbach OBE

Professor Roy SandbachRoy is President of the Royal Society of Chemistry Industry & Technology Council. Until September 2017, he was Director of the £40m National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University. He remains engaged with the University as Professor of Practice in Ageing Science & Innovation.

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