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Meet the Alumni Board

The University of West London Alumni Board is the representative body of the University’s alumni community.

Established in 2008 the Board meets three times a year to review and develop an inclusive alumni programme aimed at engaging former students as a strong and effective lifelong support network both for the University and for its alumni.

If you would like to contact the Alumni Board or have any queries regarding the Alumni Board, please email

The Board currently has 9 members from across the Schools that make up the University, in addition to representatives from the Office of Development and Alumni Relations:

Alistair Telfer, MBA ‘93 – Chair, Alumni Board

Gergana Nikolova, MSc Advancing Practice ‘14

Gergana Nikolova 



After achieving her first degree in Midwifery in 1992, Gergana Nikolova completed the Mentorship and Healthcare Professionals course at Thames Valley University in 2007. She returned to UWL to study an MSc in Advancing Practice (graduating in 2014), where she had opportunity to become a supervisor of midwives, to conduct research and to gain knowledge and understanding of the maternity services as a whole.

Since graduating, Gergana has been working as a midwife at a senior level and is currently working as a Clinical Risk Midwife for Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She designed and implemented the first online antenatal and postnatal education programme presented at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. Gergana has also spoken at many conferences and published a series of articles in Practicing Midwives, Midwifery Digest, as well as becoming a columnist for the biggest maternity journal in Bulgaria.

In 2015, Gergana was awarded the prestigious Mary Seacole Award for the ‘Online Pregnancy Information Programme for Black, Asian and ethnic minority mothers’ project. She was also honoured to be appointed as one of the first RCM (Royal College of Midwife) Fellows.

Talking about her appointment on the Alumni Board, Gergana says, “Being a clinician, a mentor, a member of the RCM and a service user, I believe that I am in a unique position to be a gateway between the future students; the current students; the alumni and the University.”

Professor Zenobia Nadirshaw MBE

Zenobia Nadirshaw 



An Honorary Life Member of the British Psychological Society, Professor Nadirshaw is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 40 years of clinical and management experience in NHS health and social care services.

Professor Nadirshaw has been campaigning tirelessly to raise the profile of ethnic minority issues and has had a major influence on service delivery and on the training and competencies that help psychologists work effectively in a multicultural, multi-ethnic British context.

An honorary academic at University of West London (UWL), Professor Nadirshaw, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2019 for her services to people with learning disabilities and mental health treatment.

Commenting on the importance of being an alumni, Professor Nadirshaw says “Alumni are in the perfect position to be able to give back, by offering advice and mentoring to current students and drawing on your own experiences, you are able to really connect with the new generation of students and help to guide their journey”.

Tony Coad, DMS ‘73

Tony Coad 



Tony Coad gained a Diploma in Management Studies at UWL (then called the Slough College of Technology) in 1973 and was motivated to study there after hearing an inspiring national radio broadcast by the Principals of the course. He also holds a HND from Watford College of Technology and an MSc in Business and Administration from London Business School. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from UWL in 2017.

Tony has had a successful career, with notable appointments including his role as Founder Managing Director at NDL International Limited from 1985-1994 and Development Director at Telegraph Publications Ltd (Publishers of The Daily Telegraph) from 1994-2001. He was also Founder and Chair of advertising agency Coad, Cole and Burey Ltd, as well as of Rendham LLP, a marketing consultancy.

Tony is now retired but continues to stay active in his roles as Governor of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, and as a member of the UWLSU Trustee Board. He was a Governor of UWL from 2007-2016 and joined the Alumni Board in March 2017.

Tony believes that it is essential for the University to have comprehensive contact with alumni in order to gain feedback on the effectiveness of the institution, as well as on the environment in which UWL operates. He considers alumni to be valuable in their role as ambassadors and advocates of the University, providing specialist and expert input into courses, and supporting financially. Tony sees the Alumni Association as providing graduates with a valuable network to support their careers and business development.

Paul Hendrick, BSc (Hons) Computing ‘11

Paul Hendrick 



Paul was born and raised in North-West London and started work in 1981 in a retail store in Watford. A change of career to administrative duties for the Metropolitan Police led to an opportunity to work in computer operations and then support and development. A further move to his current employer and a global support role led to development roles in multi-lingual installations.

In 2009 I decided to study for an HND in Computing and Information Systems at Thames Valley University in Reading. Having achieved that, I started the BSc course at the University of West London in Ealing; graduating with first class honours in 2011. Having gained my degree, I felt that it would be nice to give something back to the University so when asked if I would like to join the Alumni Board I was more than happy to volunteer. I am also a founding member of the Industry Consultative Committee for Computing which I have been involved with since 2015.

I feel that ensuring the continued support and development of the University of West London is important for current and future generations of students and if I can play a small part toward this it is worthwhile.

Helen Pidgeon, LLB (Hons) ‘93

Helen Pidgeon 



After completing her LLB (Hons) at UWL (then TVU) Helen then went on to the University of the West of England for her LPC course, qualifying as a solicitor in 1996. She has been helping couples resolve their family legal problems for the last 17 years. She was a Partner at two large central London firms heading up their family law departments, however in 2011 she established her own firm based in Chiswick specialising solely in family law. She wanted to be able to bring a flexible and constructive approach to all of her client’s matters, with the aim of helping them achieve the best possible outcome for themselves and their families, being also a Mediator and a Collaborative Law practitioner. Although based in west London her clients come from all over England and many are from international families giving the opportunity to work with lawyers from many other jurisdictions. She lives in West London with her husband and two young sons.

I was delighted to be asked to join the Alumni Board as I want to be able to “give back” to UWL. Obtaining my degree here has enabled me to have such an interesting and enjoyable career. I am passionate about helping the students of today get a first foot on the ladder of their career at what is a very difficult economic time. I can empathise with this as it was the same when I graduated. There is such a wealth of experience and talent to draw upon from the Alumni group which can benefit all those connected with the University at any time in their career.

Adiel Mambara, BA (Hons) Business Studies with Marketing ‘12

Adiel Mambara 



Adiel studied for a BA (Hons) Business Studies with Marketing degree at The Claude Littner Business School, graduating in 2012.

He obtained his BA while working for Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) as Sales and Marketing Manager and after graduating was promoted to Country Manager UK and Ireland.

As a result of his positive experience, he was keen to remain involved with the University and in 2019 he joined the Alumni Board as the representative for The Claude Littner Business School.

In addition, Adiel has recently been nominated to join the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK), an industry association representing the majority of airlines operating to the UK.

" Creating an engaged alumni network is extremely useful for UWL. I feel that with an engaged alumni network, the University has the best brand ambassadors who can market UWL among their professional and social network.

Engaging in activities that include and are not limited to student mentoring, presentations at special events and offering work experience all strengthen ties between alumni, current students and the whole university as an institution.

From time to time as a UWL alumnus, I do come back to the University as Honorary Guest Speaker at the Claude Littner Business School where I give short presentations to students about my time at UWL and my career path. For me, it always gives me a sense of achievement to be able to share my experiences and inspire others."

Ancha Joof, Students’ Union President


Ancha Joof is the President of the Students’ Union at the University of West London. She also holds the position of University Governor, Chair of the Students’ Union’s Trustee board and sits on the Student Liaison committee.

Ancha is a former student in the London Geller School of Hospitality and Tourism. Before being elected President of the Students’ Union, she represented students as the SU Vice-President for Activities and Participation.

Ancha is very passionate about BAME leadership and will be active in pushing the green agenda.


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