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Our Trustee Board

The Trustee Board is responsible for directing the affairs of the UPP Foundation, ensuring it is well-run and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it has been created. All UPP Foundation grant applications are reviewed and authorised by the Trustee Board.


Dr. Paul Marshall – Chair of the Trustee Board, Group Business Development Director, UPP

Paul Marshall was appointed Group Business Development Director in 2014 for UPP. He is responsible for business development activities and delivering opportunities through the Group’s growth pipeline.

Dr. Marshall has over 20 years’ experience working in the Higher Education sector. Prior to joining UPP, he was Chief Executive of the Association of Business Schools (ABS), where he worked with the Government to develop the Small Business Charter. Before the ABS Dr. Marshall was the Executive Director of the 1994 Group of Universities and spent 10 years working in the Vice-Chancellor’s office at the University of Sussex.

Sam Bailey-Watts, Managing Director, Partnerships, UPP

Sam Bailey-Watts was appointed Managing Director of Partnerships in 2012 for UPP. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the UPP Group’s revenue and occupancy assumptions are met, as well as developing and maintaining relationships with university partners. Mr. Bailey-Watts originally joined UPP in 2000 and was heavily involved with the development of UPP Residential Services Limited (URSL). In 2008, he was appointed a Director of URSL.

Mr. Bailey-Watts previously spent nine years working at the University of Nottingham and Goldsmiths, University of London. Prior to this, he worked within the hospitality industry in the USA, before moving into the Higher Education sector.

Rt Hon David Laws, Chair of the UPP Foundation Advisory Board

David Laws is Executive Chairman of Centre Forum, a think tank that focuses on education research. Previously he was Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Schools Minister and Cabinet Office Minister in the 2010-2015 Coalition Government. As Schools Minister from 2012 to 2015 he was responsible for policy areas including all capital and revenue funding, the Pupil Premium, accountability and policy on teachers and leadership.

As Lib Dem Education Spokesman from 2007 to 2010, he led the work in developing a Pupil Premium. Mr Laws graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, with a double first class honours degree in economics and went to work at J.P. Morgan and Barclays de Zoete Wedd. He left the city to work in politics and was elected MP for Yeovil in 2001 and served in this capacity until 2015.

Our Staff


Richard Brabner, Head of UPP Foundation

Richard Brabner was appointed Head of UPP Foundation in July 2016. Working with the trustees, he sets its strategy and leads on all aspects of the UPP Foundation’s activities. Mr Brabner joined UPP in 2015 as Business Development Manager and his responsibilities included setting up the UPP Foundation.

Prior to joining UPP, he was Head of Policy at the University of Hertfordshire, advising the Vice-Chancellor and senior management team and leading the University’s public affairs function. Before this, he worked as a researcher for two MPs in Parliament. He graduated from the University of Essex in 2007 and holds an MRes in Public Policy and Management from Birkbeck, University of London.

The UPP Foundation is a grant-making body and a public policy platform, working to encourage collaboration and innovation within the higher education sector. If you would like to contribute to this discourse or find out more about the UPP Foundation please get in touch.