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Our Board

Our mission is to provide the highest in academic quality for our students and staff.

As the Board to The University of Law we are dedicated to overseeing all aspects of the University’s operations, ensuring that we follow regulatory requirements while continuing to achieve our mission of excellence.

Lord David Blunkett
The Rt Hon Prof the Lord Blunkett

David became the Chair of The University of Law on 1st June 2015 following his decision to step down from Parliament at the General Election in May 2015. He served in Tony Blair’s Cabinet from 1997 to the end of 2005, and held the posts of Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary, and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

David has a wide range of interests including serving as patron or vice president to a number of leading charitable organisations, as well as maintaining an interest in his home city of Sheffield.

Lord Grabiner
President & Independent Non-Executive Director
Lord Grabiner, Chair of RemCo

Lord Grabiner has been a life peer of the House of Lords since 1999. He is currently Master of Clare College, Cambridge.

Lord Grabiner is a commercial lawyer with a substantial court, arbitration and advisory practice. Specialising in banking and finance, oil and gas, civil fraud, competition and merger investigations and shareholder disputes, Lord Grabiner is highly experienced both as an advocate in the High Court and as arbitration counsel. He also sits as an arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations.

Andrea Nollent
Vice-Chancellor & CEO
Professor Andrea Nollent

Professor Nollent is the University of Law’s Vice-Chancellor & CEO, a position that she has held since 2016.

Andrea began her academic career at Sheffield Hallam University, where she rose rapidly to become Head of the Law School and then Assistant Dean of Faculty leading a wide range of professionally accredited academic schools. She then went on to become the Dean of Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University, one of the largest full service law schools in Europe. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Paris Est.

Andrea’s career has focused on the development of innovative academic and professional courses, securing sustainable growth and expansion of the portfolio whilst consistently enhancing the experience and outcomes for students and client firms. She has extensive international experience of developing collaborative degree programmes and professional training across a range of jurisdictions.

Andrea has published widely in the fields of comparative legal education and the internationalisation of higher education policy, attracting extensive research funding for her work.

Adelbert Jennings
Chief Financial Officer
Adelbert Jennings

After reading Economics at Queen’s University of Belfast and having gained blue-chip commercial and operational experience, Adelbert specialised in finance, qualifying as an ACCA accountant.

Adelbert brings a wealth of financial leadership experience from both educational and commercial sectors internationally. He has managed complex structures and highly performing finance teams in rapid change settings. His focus is on driving sustainable top and bottom line growth, through the provision of stable financial controls, highly engaged teams, insightful analysis and effective board-partnerships.


Elisabetta Ceragioli
Deputy CEO
Elisabetta Ceragioli

Elisabetta brings a wealth of experience in business transformation and growth having successfully established the first Asian campus for the London School of Business and Finance in Singapore.

She has operated as interim CEO at GISMA Business School in Germany to re-establish operational effectiveness and most recently has been supporting GUS as Director of Business Transformation looking at the establishment of shared services for the group.

Peter Crisp
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Law
Professor Peter Crisp

Having read Philosophy as an undergraduate, Peter switched to law qualifying as a Barrister at the Chancery Bar specialising in property and land law. Peter began his career in legal education at BPP Law School in 1997 as a lecturer on the Graduate Diploma in Law and Bar programmes. He served as Dean and CEO of BPP Law School from 2003 to 2017 and was a co-founder of BPP University.

Peter is non-executive Chairman of the Support Through Court, a major legal charity which supports litigants in person through the civil and family courts.

Aaron Etingen
GUS Director (Non-Executive)
Aaron Etingen

Aaron Etingen is the CEO of Global University Systems, leading a team of over 1500 employees and ensuring that innovation, creativity and a strong commitment to high standards are embedded across the entire group.

With a background in the finance and banking sectors and strong management credentials, he led GUS from a small business school with 4 students to a global organisation. It now has more than 40,000 students and alumni from 180 countries, and a growing presence worldwide.

Valery Kisilevsky
GUS Director (Non-Executive)
Valery Kisilevsky

Valery is the Group Managing Director of GUS, responsible for group shared services and non-academic operations.

Valery is an alumnus of the University, having completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law. Valery also holds a BA (Hons) Political Science, Ethics, Law and Economics from the University of Toronto, an MSc International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Outside GUS, Valery is involved with a number of charities.

Independent Non-Executive Director
Douglas Blackstock, Chair of the Academic Standards Committee

Douglas is the former Chief Executive of the UK’s independent Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), whose role is to ensure academic standards are maintained and that student learning opportunities are of the highest quality.

Douglas held Executive roles there for 20 years. Douglas now provides independent international consultancy services related to higher education and is the President of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). 

He holds a number of non-executive director roles in education and regulation, including being a member of the Boards of Qualifications Wales, Cilex Legal Regulation, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Stroud and Cotswold Alternative Provision School and Wynstones Ltd.

Independent Non-Executive Director
Lea Blinoff, Chair of the Audit Committee

Lea has 30 years’ experience in financial services and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. She has held senior leadership positions at JP Morgan, HSBC, and Credit Suisse, spanning risk management, capital markets, equity derivatives, asset management and private banking.

Lea is an alumnus of the University, having completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law. She also holds degrees from Duke University (BA), London Business School (MSc Finance), and Queen Mary School of Law (Master of Laws in Banking and Finance).

Lea’s current and prior Board engagements span financial services, education, and charities, including Strabens Hall Ltd (Chair), Lombard International (iNED), HSBC Private Bank (ED and Risk Committee), Property Vision UK (ED), University of London Endowment, Jamie Oliver Foundation (Chair), and Princes Trust Women’s Leadership Group.