The OIA is overseen by an independent Board. The Board's responsibilities include:
- oversight of the performance and effectiveness of the Independent Adjudicator, the Chief Executive and the Scheme;
- setting the budget and determining the level of subscriptions payable each year by members of the Scheme;
- approving the Scheme Rules;
- preserving the independence of the Scheme.
Board members are not involved in the review of individual complaints.Register of Interests
Directors / Trustees
Sim Scavazza - Chair of the Board
Sim is Acting Chair of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) Integrated Care Board (ICB). She is also a NED at Imperial College Healthcare Trust and London North West Hospital Trust which form part of the North West London Acute Provider Collaborative where she Chairs the People Committee.
Sim is an advisor on Race to NHS Providers, the NHS membership body, and also mentors aspiring leaders.
A strong supporter of the Arts, design and fashion, Sim is a Trustee for two UK registered charities: the National Saturday Club and Smartworks.
Sim’s commercial background is in Fashion Clothing Retail, where she spent 30 years working for some of the UK's best loved high street brands including as Brand Director for the young fashion chain Miss Selfridge.
Sim is a Fellow at the RSA and a registered Mental Health First Aider.
Sim Scavazza | Chair of the Board
Martin Kirke - Deputy Chair
Martin joined the OIA Board in 2019 and was appointed as Deputy Chair from July 2023. Martin is Vice-Chair of an NHS Trust where he Chairs the People Committee. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of Action for Kids, a charity which provides mobility equipment for disabled children and finds employment for young people with autism or other learning difficulties. Martin has a coaching and consultancy business providing services including organisation change, diversity and inclusion to clients. He is a mediator and arbitrator with ACAS, working to resolve disputes. He is a writer and conference speaker on diversity, change and organisation development. He is a Mentor for long term unemployed young people through the Prince’s Trust.
Martin’s corporate career included international roles working in Latin America, USA, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. His roles included HR Global Operations Director, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific for BP and Vice President Resource Management Europe, Middle East and Africa for Ericsson. He also held HR and Change Director roles at Serco Transport, Post Office and the Natural Environment Research Council. He was a change consultant at No.10 and the Cabinet Office. Martin is a Fellow of the CIPD and has a first degree in Behavioural Science and a master’s degree in HR Management from Cardiff University.
Martin Kirke | Deputy Chair
Adesewa Adebisi served as the 2019/20 Education Officer and Trustee of Huddersfield Students’ Union. She was actively involved in liaising with the University and external bodies on education matters, teaching quality and student experience. Adesewa has a strong interest in the field of science and is a recent Masters of Research graduate in Oncology from The University of Manchester (2020/21).
William has worked in universities since 1990, starting in London and moving to Goldsmiths and then Brunel. He was Deputy Registrar at Hertfordshire for six years before returning "home" to Wales in 2005 to be Academic Registrar at what is now Cardiff Met. In 2007 William joined Glamorgan; subsequently and following merger he is now Executive Director, Governance, Legal & Assurance and University Secretary at the University of South Wales.
Andrew is a solicitor and works as a consultant to advise leading businesses, trade associations and public sector clients on commercial contracts, competition law, distribution and risk. He was formerly a partner at Eversheds LLP. Andrew is an Independent Trustee of the Royal College of Physicians of London and a school governor and has also held lay representative and patient representative roles.
Chloe has been Vice President of Higher Education at the National Union of Students since July 2022. Her main role is to represent students in Higher Education and to advocate and campaign for their best interests. Prior to NUS, she spent two years as a Student Officer at the Liverpool Guild of Students.
Dr Wendy Finlay
Wendy is Vice-Principal – Student Experience at University College of Estate Management. She has worked in higher education management since 2004, having moved across from a career as a post-doctoral research associate. Wendy has worked at a range of institutions delivering higher education during her career, including universities, alternative providers and an FE college.
Professor Alistair Fitt
Professor Alistair Fitt is the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University. An applied mathematician, he previously worked for 22 years at the University of Southampton. Alistair's external involvements include close connections with EPSRC and other funding agencies. He is the President-elect of the IMA (the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications) and is also a member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board and a non-executive director of a number of companies.
Appointed in July 2023, Nicola is a former Senior Civil Servant and a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Nicola has a voluntary portfolio based upon both financial skills and experience and her interest in taking a people centric approach, particularly for young people.
Dr Kevin Mundy
Kevin is University Secretary and Director of Corporate Services at Bangor University. He is secretary to the University Council and as Director of Corporate Services his responsibilities include governance and compliance, planning, human resources, quality assurance, sustainability, strategic partnerships and communications. Prior to arriving in Bangor in 2002, he worked at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield.
Jonathan has a public policy background in both central government and the not for profit sector. He is currently independent Chair of the National Association of Funeral Directors, CILEX Regulation (the body regulating legal executives) and of the Standards Committee of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) as well as an Independent Director of the Personal Finance Society (the professional body for investment advisers), and Trustee of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion. He was previously among other roles a Trustee of Citizens Advice and of Ombudsman Services (the ombuds for energy and telecommunications). Before that he had a varied career as a senior civil servant over 35 years including working as adviser to two Prime Ministers, spells in the Cabinet Office, Foreign Office, Home Office and European Commission in Brussels and five years as Director General of the Government Equalities Office.
Jon Renyard is University Secretary at the Arts University Bournemouth. A graduate of the University of Reading, Jon has particular experience and expertise in quality management. He was Chair of the Quality Strategy Network from 2007-2013, and also chairs the GuildHE Quality Management Group. He has worked at Arts University Bournemouth since 2004, and has been University Secretary since July 2014.
Orla has been the President of the National Union of Students Wales since July 2022. Their main role is to represent the 250,000+ students, learners and apprentices across Higher and Further Education in Wales, and to advocate and campaign for their best interests. Before being elected to their role, Orla was the Vice President Societies, and then the Vice President Postgraduate Students, at Cardiff Students’ Union.
After graduating from Birmingham University in 1995, Sophie spent 4 years as a police officer for West Midlands Police, before changing careers to manage support services at Birmingham University’s Guild of Students. Following a role as a mental health lead for a community interest company, she became a Neighbourhood Manager for Birmingham City Council in 2009. In 2011, Sophie moved to Wolverhampton Students’ Union as Deputy Chief Executive and, in August 2015, onto her current post as Chief Executive for Worcester Students’ Union. She has also held a number of volunteering roles, including as a local authority governor, PTA treasurer, and a member of the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Inclusion Board. She is currently a member of the Executive of FACE (the Forum for Access and Continuing Education).
Sarah joined the OIA as Head of Leadership Office in 2013 and took on the role of Company Secretary in December 2017. She provides support and advice to the Senior Leadership Team and the Board and oversees the office’s administrative function.
Before joining the OIA, she spent 17 years at the University of Reading, and she has also worked with the NHS.
Student and Board Director Adesewa Adebisi talks about our Diversity Steering Group and our student discussion groups.