Our Trustees

Ms Libby Gawith

Appointed 2015
(Appointed to Council 2011)

Libby is a Civil engineer who holds a number of roles: Examining Inspector for PINS (National Infrastructure), Non-Executive Director of BIRD, Non-Executive Commission Member for Water Industry Commission for Scotland, Chair of Julian House, Non-Exec Director of the Institute of Rheumatic Diseases and Vice-Chair of the HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences. Libby is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Member of the Institution of Water and Environmental Management. Libby trained as a civil engineer at King’s College, London and followed this with an MBA from the University of Bath. She has spent her career working in implementation and management of major infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas. She rose to become Engineering and Operations Director for Wessex Water. This was followed by other industrial roles in the UK and overseas, including Managing Director of Earth Tech Europe.

Professor James Bilzon

Appointed 2015

James is the Head of Department for Health and Director of the Centre for DisAbility Sport and Health (DASH) at the University of Bath. He is an applied exercise physiologist with a particular interest in musculoskeletal conditions and exercise-based rehabilitation. He completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Sport and Exercise Science before embarking on a 13-year career as a Ministry of Defence (MoD) human scientist, initially based at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM, 1995-2002) and latterly at the Headquarters Army Recruiting and Training Division (ARTD, 2002-2008). While at the INM he undertook a PhD in Human and Applied Exercise Physiology through Loughborough University. He joined the University of Bath in 2008 as Director of Studies for the MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine and became Head of Department for Health in 2011. In addition to his roles within the University, he is the MoD Honorary Civilian Consultant Advisor (HCCA) in Sport and Exercise Medicine and a leading researcher in Arthritis Research UK’s National Centre for Sport Exercise and Osteoarthritis.

Mr John Bishop

Appointed 2014

John is an actuary with many years of experience as a Chairman/Chief Executive of large multinational organisations. He is currently enjoying a diverse portfolio of directorships, in a variety of fields, with an emphasis on corporate governance, risk assessment and management.

Professor Ben Hicks

Appointed 2010

Ben is Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. He is a Chartered Engineer and prior to working at Bristol was fortunate to work at the Universities of Bath and Sydney. Ben spent over a decade in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath where he led an interdisciplinary research centre concerned with the design-manufacture interface. The Centre had a particular focus on machine design, design information systems, advanced manufacturing processes and verification. Ben has held a number of non-executive and advisory roles. He is also a member of EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Team.
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Mr Gavin Maggs

Appointed 2016

Gavin is Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Bath. He is responsible for the University’s philanthropic fundraising and alumni relations activities. A graduate of the University of Oxford with an MA in Literae Humaniores, he began his fundraising career at his college, Lincoln, then joined the University of Warwick to lead the development and alumni relations activities of the then recently established Warwick Medical School.
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Professor Tony Miles

Appointed 1986

Tony is Professor of Biomechanics and Director of the Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the University of Bath. His research is in the fields of Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Biomaterials. He is primarily focused on the development of experimental research tools for evaluating the performance of orthopaedic implants used in total joint replacement and fracture treatment. He also has extensive experience in various aspects of fixation of orthopaedic implants. Tony was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town where he subsequently joined the staff becoming a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bath in 1986 as a Lecturer in Design and was promoted to a Personal Chair in December 2000.
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Ms Sarah Phillimore

Appointed 2012

Sarah is a Family Law Barrister at St John’s Chambers. Sarah was called to the Bar in 1994 and worked at the City University and the Law Commission before specialising in family law at the Bar in 1999. She has experience in all areas of family law, representing parents, Guardians, and Local Authorities. She has an interest in trust law having lectured in land law and trusts at the City University in London from 1995 – 1997. In 2008 Sarah spent a sabbatical in Perth, Western Australia, working as a paralegal in a specialist firm of family solicitors and gained valuable exposure to the Australian approach to children and matrimonial proceedings. Sarah trained as a civil and commercial mediator in 2009 and has completed her training as a family mediator in 2012. She is interested in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, recognising the potential limitations of the traditional adversarial process in family litigation. Sarah is a member of the Family Law Bar Association, the Association of Lawyers for Children and the Immigration Law Practitioners Association. 
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Mr Gordon Richardson

Appointed 2011

Gordon is Chairman and Trustee of Action on Disability & Work UK (previously the Vassall Centre Trust), Bristol. He spends the majority of his time doing charitable and voluntary work with ADWUK, Bristol schools and other organisations. He has a BSc in Economics and Accounting from the University of Bristol. He is also a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and holds a Financial Practicing Certificate (as an IFA). He has worked for Thomson McLintock & Co (now KPMG) Chartered Accountants and Hargreaves Lansdown Financial Advisers.

Professor Manuchehr Soleimani

Appointed 2010

Manuchehr is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath. He has a BSc in Electrical Engineering and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering. He obtained a PhD from the University of Manchester in 2005. He worked at the School of Materials at the University of Manchester as a postdoctoral research associate before joining the University of Bath in 2007 as a postdoctoral research associate. He became a lecturer in 2008 as a member of invert centre and has recently been promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.  He established, and also leads, the Engineering Tomography Laboratory (ETL).
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Mr Steve Tanner

Appointed 2010

Steve is an Engineering and Manufacturing Consultant. As a self-made businessman and entrepreneur, he has worked in many diversified areas. He has 35 years’ experience building a company specialising in the development and manufacture of high-speed packaging equipment now used extensively throughout the world. He also has considerable experience in the importing and exporting of a wide variety of specialist machinery.

Professor Mark Tooley

Appointed 2002

Mark is Head of the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering and Director of Research and Development at the Royal United Hospital, Bath. He is a Consultant Clinical Scientist, and a visiting professor at the University of Bath and the University of the West of England. Mark completed his BSc in electronic engineering at the University of Bath in 1979. He then did an MSc and PhD in Medical Physics at the University of London. He has spent most of his career in Medical Physics and Bioengineering departments, working alongside medical colleagues. He is a Fellow of the Royal college of Physicians, the Institute of Engineering and technology (formally IEE), the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and the Institute of Physics. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a chartered engineer and scientist. Mark’s current research interests are in physics applications in anaesthesia, simulation in medicine, physiological measurement, measuring the depth of anaesthesia, and novel patient monitoring solutions.

Professor Christos Vasilakis

Appointed 2014

Christos is Director of the University of Bath’s Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2), which is focused on solving the practical challenges of health and social care systems using a wide range of quantitative, qualitative and modelling methods. He is also an Associate Professor at the University’s School of Management. He joined Bath in 2013 from the UCL Clinical Operational Research Unit in London. His research focuses on developing and putting in place modelling methods and tools for assisting those delivering and managing health services. He is also interested in the evaluation of the likely impact of healthcare interventions and policy initiatives using computer simulation and has worked on a large number of problems in healthcare ranging from the monitoring of surgical site infections to the organisation of care services such as cardiac surgical care, mental health and others.

Dr Elizabeth White

Appointed 2012

Elizabeth is Assistant Director of Education and Research at the College of Occupational Therapists. Whilst working as an occupational therapist in clinical settings, her interests were in the fields of lower limb amputees, wheelchairs and postural management. Her research interests relate to service delivery; she completed a PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent in 1997 and, in 2012, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Health Sciences by York St John University. Key areas within her current role are a focus on workforce development and building research capacity within the occupational therapy profession. She is currently Chair of the Council for Allied Health Professions Research Strategy Committee and a member of the Advisory Board for the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research.

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