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BUCS Board Members

Ian Diamond

Professor Sir Ian Diamond: 


Ian has proudly served the BUCS Board for over eight years, and has held the position as Chair since 2014. He brings with him a wide range of expertise, including business management and strategy, and a wealth of knowledge in the HE & FE sector. He is the current Chair of Edinburgh College of Education, and as you would expect from the Chair of the Board, is keen on keeping fit, and stays involved with a range of sports.

Andy Westlake

Andy Westlake:

Marketing & Commercial

Andy has a strong background in sponsorship, with a speciality in branding, and was formerly the CEO of Fast Track. He has now been on the Board for over two years, and runs his own consultancy, Westlake Consulting, which focuses on ‘Partnerships in Sport’. He works with some high profile clients both in and out of the sports industry, such as Shell, Serco, GB Boxing and The Tennis Foundation to name a few. When he isn’t busy at work or in the Board room, he is a proud father to two children, an avid golfer (9 handicap), and has a small investment in a local brewery.

Ben Moorhead

Ben Moorhead:


A loyal Gillingham F.C. supporter, Ben has been a member of the BUCS Board for four years. However, his involvement with organisations doesn’t stop here. Among others, Ben is on many other Boards, including British Blind Sport, Kent County Cricket Club, Regain – The Trust for Sports Tetraplegics and The Canterbury Cathedral Trust. He brings a strong legal background, currently working as a solicitor, specialising in the areas of sports & corporate law, as well as trusts and charities. 

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Cathy Gallagher:

Senior Managers’ Network Rep 

Cathy was elected as Chair of the Senior Managers’ Executive Group in November 2018, and sits on the Board as their representative, having taken over this role from Vicky Ackerley.  Cathy is currently Director of Sport at the University of Stirling.

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Mia Nembhard:

Student Representative

Mia was elected by the membership as Student Director in July 2019.  She is the current Sports Officer at the University of Leicester Students' Union, and will represent the student voice on the BUCS Board.  Mia is an advocate of making inclusion, welfare and sustainable sporting excellence at the forefront of governance. 


Born Barikor:

Physical Health & Activity 

Founder and CEO of Our Parks, Born joined BUCS in December 2017, and is already a valued member. Our Parks is an initiative to provide free exercise classes, led by qualified instructors, to communities in partnership with local councils and authorities. With expertise in business development, sports coaching and media production, Born’s input into the direction of BUCS is welcomed. 

Josef Baines

Josef Baines:


BUCS has a key focus on inclusion, and ensuring all students have the opportunity to participate and compete in competition. As a Disability Development Officer with London Sport, Josef is one of two brand new members on the Board, bringing with him a strong background in the area of diversity and inclusion. Josef is a keen skier, and travels frequently to cultural events both nationally and internationally.

Katy Storie

Katy Storie:

Sport & Competition

Former England Rugby representative Katy is key to advising on the direction of BUCS sport and competitions, both nationally and internationally. As the current International Development Manager at Northumbria University, she has a wealth of expertise in international university sporting structures, competitions, recruitment and partnership development. When she isn’t watching or supporting rugby, she is coaching her own young twins, or listening to a spot of country music.

Steve Egan

Professor Steve Egan CBE:

Policy & Finance

Already into his fourth year of service, Steve has been a welcome advisor on HE policy and finance for the organisation. Previously the Deputy Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council of England, Steve is now Vice-President at the University of Bath. A keen sportsman, Steve enjoys American Football, netball & rugby.

Nigel Wallace

Nigel Wallace:

Professional & Workforce Development

Nigel joined the BUCS Board in April 2018 with the portfolio of Professional & Workforce Development. He is currently an independent consultant working primarily within the Sport and Leisure sector specialising in education and skills.   Prior to this Nigel was a director of Lifetime Training Group, one of the largest vocational training companies in the UK.  Outside of this he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, jogging and Derby County (because as he says "everyone needs a little suffering in their life!")


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