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Meet Arden University's Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors at Arden are responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation, including financial and legal matters and annual performance management against agreed targets. You can meet our Directors below.


Arden University Board of Directors - Sir Tim Wilson

Sir Tim Wilson PhD Hon D.Ed Hon D.Sc FRSA DL (Chair of the Board)
Emeritus Professor

Sir Tim Wilson was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire and a member of several Higher Education and CBI Policy Boards during his executive career.

He is acknowledged as being one of the leading thinkers in university/business collaboration and is a strong advocate of the centrality of universities in economic and societal development. He was commissioned by the Government to undertake a Review of UK University - Industry Collaboration, a Review which was published in 2012 - many of its recommendations have been implemented.

He was conferred with a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list 2011, for Services to Higher Education and to Business.

He holds Honorary Degrees from Hertfordshire, Plymouth and London South Bank Universities and is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Hertfordshire.

He is currently a Non-Executive Director of The Unite Group PLC and a trustee of Garden House Hospice Care.

He joined the Board of Arden University as Chair in September 2016.

Arden University Board of Directors - Aaron Etingen

Aaron Etingen

Aaron Etingen is the CEO of Global University Systems (GUS).

He leads a team of over 1500 employees, ensuring that innovation, creativity and a strong commitment to high standards are embedded across the entire group.

With a background in the finance and banking sectors and strong management credentials, he led GUS to go from a small business school with 4 students to a global organisation with more than 40,000 students and alumni from 180 countries and growing presence worldwide.

His leadership is one of the key reasons behind the success of Global University Systems.

Carl Lygo, Arden University Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Professor Carl Lygo 

Professor Carl Lygo is a barrister, a Diplock Scholar, a Blackstone scholar and Professor of English Common Law.

He has been a member of faculty at the University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, London Guildhall University, City University London and the University of East Anglia. For his ground breaking work in establishing BPP Law School as a leading professional law school he was included in the UK’s ‘Hot 100 Lawyers’ list by The Lawyer magazine.

For 20 years, he was at the BPP education company, where he progressed from being a tutor to become the founding Vice Chancellor of BPP University and Group Chief Executive of BPP Holdings plc. 

He inspired and led the growth of BPP’s Business School, Law School, School of Health and School of Foundation & English Language Studies as well as having executive responsibility for universities in the Netherlands and the IUBH business school in Germany.

In 2015, Professor Lygo was voted one of the ‘Top 50 Most Influential people in UK Higher Education’ by Wonkhe. Professor Lygo has served as a Non-Executive Director on the UK Higher Education regulatory bodies; Office for Students (OfS) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

In 2018, he was appointed as Executive Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE) in Germany and Chairman of Global University Systems' Public Affairs Committee. He is an Association of Colleges Global Medal winner and was honoured with the ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Individual’ title at the Education Investor Awards 2018.

He was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at Arden University in 2019, and is committed to extending access to Higher Education and promoting access for all in society, as Arden continues to go from strength to strength.

Arden University Board of Directors - Valery Kisilevsky

Valery Kisilevsky

With a BA (Hons) Political Science, Ethics, Law and Economics from the University of Toronto, an MSc International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law of England and Wales, Valery is now Group Managing Director of Global University Systems (GUS).

He works closely with Aaron Etingen, GUS's Founder and Executive Chairman, to develop LSBF’s creative, driven and energetic character.

Arden University Board of Directors - Alfred Morris

Alfred Morris CBE DL

Alfred Morris qualified as a Chartered Accountant but then switched to an academic career at Sussex University as a Senior Leverhulme Research Fellow leading a team which undertook international comparative research into University Planning Management and Organisation. He gained a Masters Degree at the University of Lancaster Management School and served as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick Business School.

He was appointed advisor to the UK House of Commons Select Committee on Education, Science and the Arts to assist a major inquiry into the future of higher education. He then returned to his original career - becoming Group Management Accountant of the Arthur Guiness Group - before becoming a Senior Management Consultant with Deloitte Haskins and Sells.

He returned to higher education in his late thirties and became Director (CEO) of the Polytechnic of the South Bank, before appointment as Director of Bristol Polytechnic. He became the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England, in Bristol.

He has served on: the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (Chair, Quality Assurance and Audit Committees); the Further Education Funding Council for England; the Higher Education Quality Council; and, the Council for National Academic Awards.

He is a former Associate of Smith and Williamson and holds or has held several non executive directorships, including Bristol and West (Bank of Ireland UK). His consultancy and related assignments have included appointments as interim ‘turn around’ Vice Chancellor of the University of Wales Lampeter and of London Metropolitan University. He is Honorary President of Hartpury College and recently became Chair of University Canada West (a ‘for profit’ university in British Columbia).

Alfred Morris holds several Honorary Degrees and fellowships and received a CBE for services to higher education. He serves as one of Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Gloucestershire and is a former High Sheriff of that County. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (former Council Member) and of the Royal Statistical Society.

Ann Tate on Arden University's Board of Directors

Ann Tate C.B.E

Ann enjoyed a successful career in Senior Leadership in Higher Education notably as Pro-Vice Chancellor (External Affairs) and Provost at the University of Ulster and then Pro-Vice Chancellor (Quality and Standards) at the same institution.

In 2002 she was appointed to the post of Rector of University College Northampton, steering that institution to full University status with both teaching and research degree awarding powers in 2005 when she became its inaugural Vice Chancellor.

During her career in Northern Ireland she acted as Advisor to the Department of Employment and Learning in relation to the development of graduate skills for employment; she was a member of the Belfast Visioning Team responsible for providing advice on the forward planning of that city and she was a Director of the Belfast Chamber of Commerce. She was also a Lay Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Northern Ireland.

Ann was a member of a wide range of local economic development agencies in the East Midlands, and a director of the West Northants Development Corporation responsible for the strategic planning of the greater Northampton area and as an investment vehicle for regeneration of the Waterside area of the town together with its infrastructure.

She served as a Board member of the Higher Education Funding Committee for England and its sub committees relating to teaching and learning and quality and standards.

She was awarded the CBE for services to Higher Education in 2011.

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