Birmingham City University appoints three new Lay Members to its Board of Governors, including the next Chair of the HR Committee

Joanne MacPhail, Patrick Nyarumbu, and Brandon Relph have been appointed to Birmingham City University’s Board of Governors.  

Birmingham City University is an institution with a proud heritage and a hugely ambitious future. Founded in 1843 to shape the needs of the industry around us, today they are shaping the society and economy of the future. BCU is the university for Birmingham; they focus on providing a transformative, practice-based education, ensuring professional relevance while widening participation and working with local communities. 

Society conducted a national search looking for candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds with experience to offer that will help enable the University to achieve its strategic objectives in the years ahead, and who are able to draw on their connections beyond BCU for the betterment of the institution and its students.  

Joanne MacPhail is currently Deputy Managing Director and HR Director at West Midlands Trains. She is also an active member of the West Midlands Trains Executive Board and Chairs the HR Directors Forum for the Rail Delivery Group. Previously, Joanne was HR Director for CrossCountry Trains and for idverde UK, a landscaping and facilities design company. Joanne has 15 years’ experience working in unionised environments and has a deep understanding of navigating employer-union relationships and national pay negotiations. Joanne has been appointed as Chair of the HR Committee of BCU's Board.

Patrick Nyarumbu MBE is Executive Director for Strategy, People and Partnerships and Deputy Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and was previously Director of Nursing, Leadership and Quality for NHS England and NHS Improvement (East of England). Patrick is a mental health nurse by background and has worked in a wide range of NHS organisations covering mental health, acute and specialist services as well as a Primary Care Trust and a Clinical Commissioning Group. Patrick is passionate about leadership development, talent management and championing diversity. 

Brandon Relph is an entrepreneur and youth specialist. He is currently the CEO of Nile, the first social streaming service for teens and young adults. Brandon was a Board member of ThinkNation and he has just completed his term as a Trustee of The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where he also sat on the Finance Committee, the Fundraising Committee, and the working group for IT procurement. Brandon is a strong believer in helping to empower young people through his work.

He shared: “I am extremely honoured and excited to be joining the board of Birmingham City University. BCU is a university for Birmingham; with serving its local community being at its heart. I am humbled at the opportunity to contribute to their important work in educating and inspiring the next generation of young people.”

Society is thrilled to have assisted Birmingham City University with these appointments and wishes Joanne, Patrick, and Brandon all the best in their posts. 

Sabina and the team at Society really exceeded my expectations throughout the appointment process. From the outset, I found them to be real champions for my application. They have been highly responsive and professional through my initial discussion to my appointment. I would definitely recommend them.

Brandon Relph

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