New Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of FBL appointed

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Donna Whitehead, currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business and Society at the University of South Wales has been appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England).

Donna brings a wealth of experience to UWE Bristol from her current and previous roles.

The Faculty of Business and Society at the University of South Wales, where Donna is currently Deputy Dean, has three schools: the South Wales Business School; the School of Law, Accounting and Finance; and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. In previous roles Donna was Head of School for the School of Law, Accounting and Finance (first at the University of Glamorgan and then at the University of South Wales) and Team Leader for the Law School at the University of Sunderland.

Much of Donna’s current role is externally facing, including representing the university and Welsh government in the financial and professional services sector in Wales and beyond as well as collaborating with Welsh government and employers to drive new business in Wales and for the University. Donna was responsible for developing the innovative MSc Financial Services Management degree in collaboration with four key employers in Wales.

Donna worked for the law professional bodies as a JASB representative for a number of years; she has held the role of trustee of the RCT Citizens Advice Bureau and has been a member of the Confederation of South Wales Law Societies. Recently she was a member of the QAA Law Benchmark Review Group. Donna acts as a mentor for senior leaders within and outside of the University.

Donna is passionate about creating an excellent student experience and has led initiatives in this area including the use of lecture capture software, the launch of a Legal and Financial Advice Clinic and has worked collaboratively with colleagues to improve NSS results. Donna has an interest in quality assurance and enhancement and has acted as chair of Faculty quality assurance committees at her current and former institution and has led her Faculty in their recent QAA review.

Speaking about her appointment Donna says, “I am really excited about working with my new colleagues to deliver the objectives set out in the 2020 plan. FBL has some excellent practice already taking place and I’m looking forward to helping to build that further. The new build for the Faculty will be wonderful and should really enhance the student learning experience.”

Professor Jane Harrington, Deputy Vice Chancellor, at UWE Bristol says, “We are delighted that Donna will be joining us and we are looking forward to working with her on our ambitious plans for the Faculty. UWE, Bristol prides itself on an excellent student experience delivered through practice led curriculum which enables students to experience work both within the university and through placements and internships during their study with us. We are really pleased to welcome Donna to the university, sharing our passion for excellence in learning and teaching and the student experience”

Donna has a first degree in law from the University of Sunderland and an MPhil from the University of Newcastle. She also holds the Legal Practice Course and the New York Bar examinations as qualifications. Donna is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Donna’s teaching and research interest is family law and in particular, assisted reproduction and parenthood.

UWE Bristol award Honorary Degree to Jonathan Fisher QC

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UWE Bristol awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws to Jonathan Fisher QC in recognition of his outstanding legal expertise and academic contribution to the areas of financial and corporate law.

The Honorary Degree was conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law on Friday 17 July 2015 at Bristol Cathedral.

Jonathan is a leading barrister at Devereux Chambers in London specialising in financial crime cases. He was called to the Bar in 1980.

During his early years, he undertook a wide range of work involving family and civil law disputes as well as many criminal cases, often representing defendants in VAT gold bullion frauds. In 1991, he became Standing Counsel to HM Commissioners of Inland Revenue at the Central Criminal Court and London Crown Courts, a position held until 2003. During this period, he prosecuted major tax fraud cases including the case against Nissan UK where the tax loss exceeded £100 million. Also, he prosecuted cases for the Serious Fraud Office, such as the celebrated Millennium Champagne and Malt Whisky frauds.

After becoming Queen’s Counsel in 2003, he appeared for defendants in large cross-border VAT frauds. Today, he is known for advising and representing individuals, companies and Government authorities in domestic and international cases involving fraud, corruption, money laundering, financial markets offences and tax disputes. He was a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee in the last Parliament, assisting with investigations into LIBOR, Lloyds TSB and FOREX trading. He provides professional training on anti-money laundering issues for the European Union, Council of Europe and UKTI.

In parallel with practice, he has held academic positions at leading Universities. Between 1986 and 2006 he held part-time positions at the Cass Business School, City University London. Since 2006, he has been a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics and teaches courses on Corporate Crime and Financial Crime on the LLM Programme. He was a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in December 2013.

Between 2006 and 2010, he was a Trustee Director of the Fraud Advisory Panel and a member of the Assets Recovery Agency Steering Group between 2003 and 2006. In 2009, he was recognised for his work in the field of tax evasion, becoming a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and a Chartered Tax Adviser by thesis. He has been a Committee Member of the International Bar Association’s Anti-Money Laundering Implementation Group since 2006 and an Honorary Steering Group Member of the London Fraud Forum since 2007.

He is General Editor of Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime and has published many papers on the international response to financial crime. The policies of the leading political parties have been influenced by his work.

Between 2006 and 2010, he was Chairman of Research of the Society of Conservative Lawyers and a Commissioner on the Commission for a Bill of Rights established in 2011.

The UK legal directories have described him as “high-flying”, “a standout barrister”, “academically very highly regarded”, “having great gravitas … where the stakes are high”, “calm, sure, and deadly at spotting the weaknesses of the opponent’s case”, and “judges defer to his knowledge”.

He is married with four children and lives in Essex. He suffers as a Tottenham Hotspur fan but enjoys the theatre, art and travelling very much.