Structure of Trust and associated Groups


Daniel Locke-Wheaton
Mr Daniel Locke-Wheaton
Mr Steven Hancock
Maths Teacher

Wider Trust Membership

Neil Scott
Mr Neil Scott

Chief Financial Officer, Aston University

Position: Chair of Governing Board/Trustees


Neil Scott is the Chief financial Officer for Aston. He has previously held executive-level positions at Staffordshire University, Wyvale Garden Centres plc, Marston, Thompson & Evershed plc and the Ford Motor Company. He joined Aston from the University of Hull where he was Chief Finance Officer.

Neil holds a number of external board appointments. He is a Director and Treasurer of the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and a board member of the British Universities Finance Directors’ Group. He also directs a number of spin-out companies, and is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Iain Roche
Dr Iain Roche

Head of Innovation, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Director of Innovation, HS2. Iain Roche joined HS2 Ltd as Head of Innovation in September 2015, having previously held the same role at Rolls-Royce Plc. Although having worked in a number of product design and R&D positions, Iain has spent the majority of his career in innovation management. He has worked across Europe and the Middle East supporting organisations (from start-ups to blue chips) and governments create a sustainable culture of innovation to drive growth. He has successfully embedded process and structure to catalyse innovation within organisations and facilitate external collaboration. He has worked across a number of vertical markets, from fast moving consumer goods to safety critical industries such as Nuclear and Aerospace.

Iain has an Engineering Degree and a PhD, both from Loughborough University. He is a fellow of the institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (FIKE) and sits on the NEF innovation council.

John Walter
Mr John Walter

Director of Governance, Aston University

John is responsible for all corporate governance matters and provides the professional secretariat for the University’s main governance bodies, including the Council (and its sub-committees: Audit Committee, Finance and Major Projects and Nominations Committee), the Senate and the Executive Team. He is also secretary to the Governing Body of the Aston University Engineering Academy and to its Leadership and Finance Forum. John oversees the University’s Data Protection and Freedom of Information policies and procedures. John is a longstanding member of the University's Research Ethics Committee.

John was a member of the AUEA Pre-Opening Board, and supported the establishment and sponsorship of the UTC by Aston University.

Paul Harper
Dr Paul Harper

Lecturer, SEAS, Aston University

Paul started his research career at Aston in 1994 as a PhD student studying high speed optical telecommunications in the early days of what would become the world renowned Photonics Research Group.

After graduating in 1997 he continued this work at Aston as a Post Doc. In May 2002 along with co-workers, he left the university to form a spin-out project Marconi-Solstis to commercialise his research work. Paul was a Senior Development Engineer on this project working on system design, test and field installation. Following the first field deployment of their 1.6Tb/s 3000km system he continued with Marconi as Photonic System Test Manager.

Paul is a founding member of AUEA's Pre-opening Board and has chaired AUEA's Disciplinary Board since 2012.

Colin Parker
Mr Colin Parker

Headmaster, King Edward VI Aston School, Birmingham

Colin is Headteacher at one of the UK's most successful schools, King Edwards Aston. He is also a Director at King Edwards VI Foundation. Colin supports AUEA's Learning and Progress forum.

Julie Stonall
Julie Stonall

Head of Careers, Aston University

Head of Careers at Aston University

Tracey Linton
Tracey Linton

Parent Governor

Childcare Quality and Sufficiency Manager for Early Years, Childcare and Children Centres Service, Birmingham City Council

Peter Hazzard
Mr Peter Hazzard

Senior Associate, Cundall

Board Member Partnerships and Skills Forum

Islam Afzal
Dr Islam Afzal

Clinical Lecturer, Aston Medical School, Aston University

Clinical Lecturer at Aston Medical School, Aston University

Richard Billingham
Richard Billingham

Director of HR and Organisational Development, Aston University

Richard Billingham is the Director of HR and Organisational Development at Aston University.  He has extensive experience working with leaders and organisations, across public and private sectors, both in the UK and internationally, to bring about change.  

He has previously held a number of executive level roles focusing on leading complex workforce and culture change. He joined Aston from Bristol City Council where he was Director of Human Resources and Change.

Richard has previously been a Chair of Governors at a local primary school. He is recognised by friends and colleagues as an out and out, total enthusiast (and cricket fan)! He is passionate about working with organisations and people, to help them become the very best that they can be.  

Trevor Oliver
Dr Trevor Oliver

Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Aston University

Richard Toy

CEO of Auctus Management Group Limited