Press Release: University of Buckingham Forms Development Board to Raise Funds for Medical School

3 July 2014

The University of Buckingham Medical School Development Board has met today to start its £30m fundraising campaign to launch the first independently-funded not-for-profit medical school in Britain in January.

The Chairman of the University of Buckingham Campaign for Medicine Development Board is businessman Brian Kingham, a long-standing donor and supporter of the Kingham Scholarship at Buckingham, which is open to BSc Business Enterprise students.

He said: “I am delighted that we have established such a distinguished Development Board and we are very excited at the prospect of creating a great medical school which will be an innovator in the delivery of healthcare.”

The University of Buckingham Medical School has filled more than half of the 70 places on its MB ChB course in just three months Around half the students are British and the remainder are from all around the world – Australia, Canada, China, Africa, the Middle East and Asian countries.

The medical course, four and a half years long, is based on an established curriculum through Leicester University. Students will spend the two year Phase One part of the course at Buckingham but there will also be clinical involvement with general practice at Milton Keynes hospital, Bedford hospital and St Andrew’s Healthcare, Northampton.

The Board members are: Chairman Brian Kingham, Chairman, Reliance Trust Ltd, Martin Ash, Vice President of Private Banking. Credit Suisse UK, Lord Borwick, Former Chairman of Manganese Bronze, Logie Fitzwilliams, who was the UK CEO of Brown Investment Advisory and Trust Co, John Jay, former Editor of the Sunday Times Business Section, Ronel Lehmann, Founder and Chief Executive of his own marketing and PR agency, Ronnie McCombe, senior partner at KPMG, Kate Murphy, former JP Morgan banker who specialises in family businesses, Malcolm Roberts, former Managing Director at Rothschild Private Wealth Management, Paul Stibbard, an Executive Vice Chairman, Rothschild Trust, Professor Alison While, former Professor of Nursing at King’s College, London, and Stephen Wilcox, Director of Hampden Agencies Ltd.

For more details contact Diana Blamires, University of Buckingham Publicity Officer, on 01280 820213.

University of Buckingham Campaign for Medicine Development Board

Brian Kingham

Chairman, Reliance Trust Ltd, and founder of more than a dozen businesses employing over 17,000 people, including Reliance Security Group Plc and Norland Managed Services Limited.

Brian Kingham is an entrepreneurial businessman with interests across a range of industries. He is the founder and Chairman of Reliance Security Group, a leading provider of contract security, electronic surveillance and facilities management.

He founded Norland Managed Services Ltd, an International Provider of Building , engineering services and data centre management.

He is a former member of the court of Brunel University and National Chairman of the Smaller Business Association.

Martin Ash

Vice President, Private Banking, Credit Suisse UK, London.

Lord Borwick

Former Chairman of Manganese Bronze. Member of House of Lords.

Trustee of the British Lung Foundation and the Royal Brompton and Harefield Charity. He is a British businessman, hereditary peer and member of the House of Lords.

Jamie Borwick was Chief Executive of Manganese Bronze Holdings PLC, known for the manufacture of the London Taxi, from 1987 to 2001 and then Chairman until 2003.

He was founder and owner of electric truck producer Modec in Coventry in 2004. The company closed in 2011. He was Chairman of Route2Mobility Ltd, funding wheelchairs and scooters for disabled people as part of the UK’s Motability scheme, until October 2010. He was also a Deputy Chairman of the board of British Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership.

His other business appointments include as Chairman of Countryside Properties (Bicester) Ltd, Managing Director of Love Lane Investments Ltd and Chairman of Federated Trust Corporation Ltd. He was a non-executive Director of Hansa Trust plc from 1984 till 2012.

Logie Fitzwilliams

The UK CEO of Brown Investment Advisory and Trust co. He began his career at the Firm in 2003 as an equity research analyst supporting the Firm’s U.S. equity strategies. He currently holds FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 licenses and a diploma from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Logie achieved his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 2003.

John Jay

A former Editor of Sunday Times Business Section, now director of Brompton Asset Management.

Former Editor of Sunday Times Business Section, now Business Development Partner, Brompton Asset Management (John Duffield’s new company). Prior to joining Brompton, John Jay was New Star Asset Management’s development director, joining the company at its inception in 2001 after a 21-year career in journalism. He was City editor of the Sunday Times in 1986, became City and business editor of the Sunday Telegraph in 1989 and was appointed managing editor of the Sunday Times’ business section in 1995. At New Star, John had board level responsibility for private clients.

Ronel Lehmann

Ronel Lehmann is Founder and Chief Executive of his own marketing and PR agency, Lehmann Communications. Established in 1988, the firm’s clients include leading law firms, charities and financial institutions. Ronel is particularly recognised for his crisis communications work and regularly appears on television, radio and in newspapers.

Educated at the City of London School and the University of Buckingham, Ronel maintains close links to both institutions. He currently serves as a Governor of the City of London School and is a past member of the University of Buckingham’s Council. Prior to entering PR, Ronel worked in recruitment and stockbroking. Ronel currently lives in Hampstead with his wife, Meredith.

Ronnie McCombe

A senior partner at KPMG In his capacity at KPMG Ronnie has spoken about the UK job market. In 2012 he commented in a newspaper article saying the computing, engineering and construction sectors continued to perform well. Since 2011 he has been a Director at Fenkle Street Bpra Property Fund LLP. This is the name of an investment fund funding the refurbishment of Fenkle Street Hotel in Newcastle. In 2000 Ronnie held the post of Head of the Employee Issues Group at KPMG in Birmingham.

Kate Murphy

Former JP Morgan banker who specialises in family businesses and philanthropy.

Malcolm Roberts

The head of high net worth banking at Kleinwort Benson. Previously Managing Director at Rothschild Private Wealth Management, before that Vice President at JP Morgan Private Bank, then Director at Fleming Private Asset Management and then Partner at Montagu Loebl Stanley.

Paul Stibbard

Executive Vice Chairman, Rothschild Trust. Former partner at Baker & McKenzie. A specialist in Islamic law.

Paul gained an MA from Magdalene College Cambridge, holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School and holds an Islamic Law Diploma from the Islamic College. Paul is a member of the STEP’s International Committee, an academician of the International Academy of Estate and Tax Law and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from CityWealth.

Professor Alison While

Former Professor of Nursing at King’s College London. Alison focused on chronic diseases/long term care especially outside hospitals; outcomes of nursing contributions for patients; staff and services; nurse prescribing; telecare and nursing in the Middle East and China. Her academic career resulted in extensive publications in globally recognised journals and visiting professorial appointments. She has knowledge of healthcare delivery in the UK, parts of Europe, the Middle East and PR China. Alison is a Visiting Professor at Trinity College Dublin and the Grace Tien Visiting Professor at The University of Hong Kong.

Stephen Wilcox

A Director of Hampden Agencies Ltd. Also a Director of The Stop Loss Mutual Insurance Association Ltd and Deputy Chairman of The Lloyd’s Benevolent Fund charity.

For more details contact Diana Blamires, Publicity Officer, University of Buckingham

Tel: +44 (0)1280 820213
Twitter: @dianablamires / @UniofBuckingham
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