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Mrs Gwen Collins
Mrs Collins was a founding member of the Trust. She has worked in the healthcare sector for over 20 years in England and also in the United Arab Emirates. From 2010-12, Mrs Collins was the Deputy Chief Nurse East of England Strategic Health Authority and professional leader for over 20,000 staff across the Midlands & East region.
Mrs Collins was the Global Chief Nurse and Director for Clinical Governance & Quality for BUPA from 2013- 2016 and served as the professional lead for over a 30,000 strong nursing workforce. Within her BUPA role, Mrs Collins was the organisational lead for the development, implementation and monitoring of the Clinical Governance and Quality programme across the world. She was responsible for the provision of specialist & unique advice, analysis and consultancy in order to facilitate delivery of the clinical governance program & contribute to the achievement of operational excellence for all 32 million customers.
Professor Mohammad Dastbaz
Professor Dastbaz was a founding member of the Trust. He is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at University of Suffolk. He has a PhD in Design, Development and Evaluation of Multimedia Systems from Kingston University. In 1989 he established one of UK’s first Multimedia computer companies called “Systems 2000 Ltd.” building Multimedia PCs and was one of the only companies alongside the Philips Corporation to participate in the UK’s first Multimedia Systems Exhibition at London Olympia in 1990.
Professor Dastbaz joined Kingston University in 1994 as a research lead and has worked in number of universities. Between 2000-2007 he was the Head of the Department of Information Systems and Multimedia, at the University of Greenwich, he then became the Dean of School of Computing and Engineering at the University of East London. In 2011 Professor Dastbaz joined Leeds Metropolitan University as their Dean and Pro Vice chancellor for Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology, with over 7000 students and 600 staff, being responsible for five distinct academic schools.
Professor Dastbaz has published over 60 refereed journal, and conference papers, books and book chapters. He is on a number of editorial boards of international journals, has been chair of a number of international conferences and remains a member on a number of international conference committees.
Professor Dastbaz is a Fellow of the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (RSA).
Mrs Viv Gillespie
Mrs Gillespie was a founding member of the Trust. She has been Principal of Suffolk New College since 2015, and has taught and managed in the further education sector for more than 25 years.
Mrs Gillespie, who holds a first class honours degree in Business Studies, was previously Principal at South Worcestershire College, where she led the fastest turnaround from an ‘inadequate’ to a ‘good’ Ofsted rating.
At Suffolk New College, she has overseen development of new programmes and investment in STEM facilities. In 2017, the college was graded as ‘good’ by ofsted, moving up from the previous grade of ‘requires improvement.’
Mrs Gillespie is a director on a number of Boards, including the University of Suffolk, Ipswich Chamber, Ipswich Central and the Association of Colleges Eastern Region. She is also a member of the Ipswich Opportunity Area Partnership Board.
Mr Mark Millar, FCCA, FHFMA
Mr Millar was a founding member of the Trust. He has spent his career working within the National Health Service, where he accumulated nearly 20 years’ experience in Director and Chief Executive roles. Mr Millar has been a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants since 1980, member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Council since 2010 and elected Vice President in 2018.
He has been Chief Executive of St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich since January 2015. He recently completed 7 years as Non-Executive Director of the Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, chairing the Audit Committee.
Mr Millar is also a past chairman of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), and has undertaken a number of overseas study tours on their behalf. He has written and lectured on health systems in a number of European and African countries, as well as Australia, China, New Zealand and United States.
Mr Terry Hunt
Mr Hunt was a founding member of the Trust. He grew up in the heart of Suffolk, and was appointed editor of the Evening Star, in 1993. Three years later, in 1996, he became editor of the East Anglian Daily Times.
During his editorship, Mr Hunt maintained the paper’s long-held reputation for fighting on behalf of Suffolk’s people and communities. His passion for education saw the EADT campaign to achieve better standards in Suffolk schools. One initiative, Maths Challenge, won a global award.
When he retired in 2017, Mr Hunt was the longest-serving regional newspaper editor in England. In his spare time, he is a season ticket holder at Ipswich Town.