Below is a list of members of the SAE Academic Board as well as the Board of
At the bottom of the page you can view the minutes from the Board of Directors meetings.
Board of Directors
Steffan Davies is the UK and South West Europe (SWEu) Managing Director & General Manager of SAE Institute – the world’s largest independent creative media education provider. Steff brings to SAE a wealth of experience in finance and operational functions across a range of education institutions that provides a unique platform to spearhead the strategic direction for the UK / SWEu region.
During a recent two-year secondment in Australia to SAE’s parent company, Navitas, Steffan gained deep insight into the international market and led on a number of major projects traversing public-private partnerships, growth and divestment, IT, infrastructure and property. With a keen interest in technology and its role in the changing landscape of education, Steffan believes that delivering the best possible student experiences and forging strong employment pathways through industry engagement are critical to ensure positive graduate outcomes. Through his leadership, the SAE UK team will continue to develop the next generation of creatives, digital leaders and entrepreneurs to join the ranks of SAE’s Grammy Award and BAFTA winning alumni.
Jacqui Coffin is the Director of Business Development - UK for the University Partners Europe division of Navitas. She joined the group as part of SAE in September 2014. She is a chartered accountant, and trained in London with PwC. She worked at Kingfisher plc, in several roles including as Strategy Manager, and most recently as Head of Strategy and Business Development in the Careers and Industry division of Navitas.
Kevin joined SAE in 2013 following 10 years of financial and strategic experience in the Banking sector. During this time he held a number of commercial and management roles with responsibilities including Corporate Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis and Project Governance. He has a Bachelor of Science Joint Honours degree in Mathematics & Economics from the University of Wales, Swansea and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants. He currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer for Careers & Industry Division of Navitas.
Dr. Neil Lucas
Neil Lucas is the Director of Schools Partnership for Swansea University. In this role he works with schools across South Wales and is responsible for the governance of the partnership and the development and delivery of the Initial Teacher Education programme. Previously, Neil was the Director and Principal of the International College Wales Swansea and led on all aspects of the student journey from recruitment, admission and enrolment to student and academic study experience. Neil has also been a reviewer for the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education providing education oversight for a range of public and private sector establishments.
For over 25 years Neil has worked in various roles in higher education and has delivered cross functional and highly effective professional services and academic teams that enhance the student learning environment and academic outcomes. He is skilled in developing strategy and vision that shape education organisations to support financial growth and institutional success.
Darryn Hedges is the Chair of the Board and also the Audit and Risk Committee. He currently works in the further education sector as a CFO and joined the SAE Board in 2019. Darryn has a background in professional services and people business leadership and brings a wealth of commercial and boardroom experience to SAE Institute. Darryn is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He has been a trustee of various charitable organisations including a hospice and Impressions Photographic Gallery, based in Bradford.
Academic Board Members
Dr Arthur Terrence David Butland OBE, known as Dr Terry Butland, is a physicist, who has worked at very senior levels in the British nuclear industry, and in British higher education, becoming Deputy Vice Chancellor and Deputy Chief Executive of Middlesex University. He has a BA (Honours) Natural Sciences (physics) degree from Cambridge University and a PhD from Bath University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Chartered Physicist and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce, and has an honorary degree from Middlesex University. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in the 2012 New Year Honours List for his services to higher education.
Russell Pearson has had a long and varied career, both in Industry and education. After
graduating Hull University, he embarked on a career in software training in the oil
industry based in Brunei Borneo. After a number of years, he decided it was time to
change career, and he moved back to the UK and started teaching in the college sector.
During this time, he undertook further qualifications including a Master’s Degree
He then moved into the University sector where he quickly became involved in research and teaching in Media Technologies. In 1987 Russell was the Associate Dean of the London College of Music and Media responsible for the technology related programmes. Later he moved to Middlesex University where this continued and was the Associate Dean for the Faculty of Technology. During his time at Middlesex he was heavily involved in a range of overseas initiatives and campuses, including Mauritius, Dubai, culminating in being appointed Campus Director of the Middlesex Delhi
campus. Since giving up full-time work Russell has also been campus Director of the Greenwich Campus in Colombo Sri Lanka and currently external examiner for the University of Northampton and University of Teesside. Russell was made a life member of BAFTA in 1999, and spends his time between homes in London and Spain. He is also a magistrate of the North Essex Bench.
Stephen Jukes is Professor of Journalism at Bournemouth University. His research focuses on objectivity and emotion in news with an emphasis on affect, trauma and conflict journalism. He was previously a foreign correspondent and global Head of News at the international news agency Reuters.
Originally from New Zealand, Victoria has lived and worked in the UK for over a decade in the HE sector. She is currently the Quality Enhancement Manager for Partnerships and Quality Monitoring at Middlesex University and leads a small team who are responsible for all institutional approvals and re-approvals of partners as well as the University’s own Annual Monitoring and Enhancement process.