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University of Nottingham Alumni in North America » Board


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Image supplied courtesy of The University of Nottingham ©

Derek Chapman:

Derek graduated in Chemistry B.Sc (1953) and Ph.D (1956). He then took up a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Rochester NY. He joined the Research Laboratories of the Eastman Kodak Company in 1962 and worked on a variety of imaging systems both conventional and digital. He holds over 120 US Patents and was named Inventor of the Year in 1996 by the local patent attorney organization. He retired from Kodak in 2000 and then consulted for a few years. He joined the FUN Board in 1996 as Appeals Chairman and President from 2000-2015.

Adrian Dawes: President

Adrian is a graduate of Industrial Economics (1985) and has worked in marketing, finance and the asset management industry for over 25 years. He first moved to the USA in 1990 for Ivory & Sime, a Scottish based money manager, leaving as Head of US Research, to become a principal and portfolio manager at J.M. Hartwell in New York in 1994. He was also, additionally, a member of that firm’s management committee, their Chief Compliance Officer and developed many of their marketing initiatives. He joined 3-D Communications, a financial and heathcare marketing and communications consultancy, in 2010 after selling his ownership in Hartwell. He is President of Ecclefechan Holdings providing wealth management and financial consulting.  He joined the FUN America Board in July 2012 and elected President in June 2015.

Andrew Fowell: Appeals Chair

Andrew attended University from 1954 to 1960 reading Mechanical Engineering gaining a B.Sc. (1957) and Ph.D. (1961) specializing in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. He played for the Rugby team from 1954 to 1956. After completing two years of graduate training at English Electric Steam Turbine Division he moved to the US in 1962 to work for American Standard in New Jersey, as a Research Scientist, and later Supervisor of Acoustics. He obtained a number of Patents dealing with faucets, air conditioners and couplings. In 1976 he joined the Federal Government as Chief of Consumer Product Performance Division at the National Bureau of Standards in Gaithersburg, MD. He became Deputy Director of the Center for Fire Research and Associate Director for Building and Fire. He retired in 2001 and is interested in travel and golf.

John Kingham: Treasurer

John is a graduate of Electrical Engineering (1968) and has had an international career covering a wide range of industries.  With a strong interest in rail vehicles, he left his native London after graduation to commence his professional career working with the New South Wales Government Railways in Sydney, Australia.  After five years with the railway he joined the Westinghouse Electric Corporation and transferred to Singapore in 1976 where he managed a heavy industrial repair plant.  John was able to expand the base of operations throughout Southeast Asia and establish a firm presence for Westinghouse in the oil, marine and gas business centered on the South China Sea.  He returned to Australia in 1981 where, in 1983, he was invited to join the Swiss firm BBC Brown-Boveri in South Florida.  He was tasked with managing a project associated with the Miami Rapid Transit system through which he was able to return to the field of rail traction.  He joined the engineering firm STV in 1990 and, over a period of twenty years until retirement in 2010, he was able to grow its rail vehicle consulting business.  He became a Vice-President of the company and the Chief of Locomotive Technology.  He began participating in FUN America activities in the ‘nineties and was invited to join the Board in 2005.  John lives with his wife Sallie in Yardley, Pennsylvania.  They have four grown children, three grandchildren and a variety of interests.

Christina Thomas:

Christina received her BA in Sociology from the University of Nottingham. She was a founding member of the New York chapter of BAFTA – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts and was appointed the organization’s first Chairman in 1996 and remained in that position until 2006. In 2007 she was appointed as the first Chief Executive. Under her leadership membership grew to nearly 800 members with over 70 film screenings a year and an additional 20 events of an educational and fulfillment nature. During her tenure she established, along with the support of the Board and various committee chairs, several programming strands and initiatives such ‘Brits Who Cracked America’; ‘The BAFTA New York Media Studies Scholarship Program’. The BAFTA New York Film Awards party; The BAFTA Situation Comedy screenings and many others. She signed up several leading companies as Sponsors and ensured that the organisation ran on a secure financial basis. She stepped down as Chief Executive in 2015. She is also a member of New York Women in Film and Television.

Prior to her involvement with BAFTA New York, Ms. Thomas was President of the US subsidiary of Primetime Entertainment, Inc. a leading UK independent program packaging and distribution company representing over 150 independent producers and 8,000 hours of programming. Ms Thomas has been involved in the development, co-production and sales of television programming worldwide for most of her career. She founded Jigsaw Communications, a global finance and independent film distribution consulting agency, and continues to work with documentary film makers to develop and market their films