Lord David Puttnam currently serves as chair of the Advisory Board. He has been a member of the Advisory Board since August 2010. Lord Puttnam has also served as senior non-executive director of Promethean World PLC since 2008, been a director of Enigma Productions Ltd since 1978, and chairman of Atticus Education in Ireland since 2011.
Lord Puttnam is the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Burma. He is Digital Champion for Ireland, President of the Film Distributors’ Association and Adjunct Professor of Film Studies and Digital Humanities at University College Cork. Lord Puttnam spent 30 years as an independent producer of award-winning films, winning ten Oscars, 25 BAFTAs and the Palme D’Or at Cannes. From 1994 to 2004, he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006. In 1998 he founded the National Teaching Awards, which he chaired until 2008, he also served as founding Chair of NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) from 1998 to 2003, and of the General Teaching Council for England from 2000 to 2002.
From July 2002 to July 2009, Lord Puttnam was President of UNICEF UK. From 2006 to March 2014, Lord Puttnam was Chancellor of the Open University, a post he was appointed to following ten years as Chancellor of the University of Sunderland. Lord Puttnam is also a trustee of Teach First, a charity which recruits graduates to teach in state schools, a trustee in the vocational education charity Edge and a governor of the Baker-Dearing Trust, which supports the establishment of university technical colleges. In 1997, Lord Puttnam was appointed a life peer and sits in the House of Lords.
David Willetts was MP for Havant from 1992 to 2015.He served as an official in No 10 and in HM Treasury. He served as a Minister in the Cabinet Office and BIS. His book The Pinch was published in 2010.
David is Chair of Tes Global's Higher Education Advisory Board.