The Children's University is a trust, and we are supported in our work by a board of Trustees with a range of experience both in the education world and beyond.

Alec McGivan

Until his retirement in March 2013 Alec was the Head of BBC Outreach, Corporate Responsibility & Partnerships.

  • Alec organised the BBC's Beyond Broadcast Outreach activities across the BBC's six public purposes - citizenship, education, international, creativity, UK communities, and emerging communications.
  • Outreach concentrates on face-to-face interaction with audiences, usually those harder to reach, and producing user-led content for broadcast.
  • He was responsible for reporting on and communicating the BBC's Corporate Responsibility (CR) performance via the annual CR report and a range of other publications and events.
  • He led on a new BBC audience engagement plan for the north of England, and for community relations in west London and Salford where the BBC has a large physical presence.
  • He is a trustee of the BBC Performing Arts Fund and the Children's University.

Previously he was Events Director to the City of London and Chief Executive of the Shakespeare Globe Trust as well as being in charge of media relations at Euro 96. Alec has also had experience of working with many of Britain's leading charities. Before taking on BBC Outreach, Alec had a lead role in the Charter Renewal team.

Richard Annandale

Richard studied Law at Manchester University. He trained as a solicitor in Manchester and initially worked with individuals caught up in stressful situations needing legal advice. He spent most of his legal career advising the NHS about governance, regulation, ethics and dispute resolution and, during that time, developed a wide range of business skills. He featured as a top-ranked lawyer in Chambers, an independent legal directory, which awarded him the special status of Senior Statesman in the category “Best of the UK Health and Social Care: Health advice”.

Richard is a member of CU Trust’s Finance, Audit and Risk Committee as well as being a Director of CU Trading, a subsidiary company of the charity. He is also on the Management Group of the West of England Children’s University, one of the regional network members of CU Trust. Outside CU Trust he is Chair of an annual national Patient Safety Conference; a committee member of the William Kadleigh Foundation, which supports doctors developing their knowledge of integrative medicine; and also a lead member of a grass-roots group advocating for legal and humanitarian rights for refugee children.  


Anita Bhalla

Anita trained as a teacher and worked as a Community Relations Officer in Leicester, a Community Worker with the Asian Resource Centre in Birmingham and a lecturer teaching language and employment skills to Industrial workers.

In broadcasting Anita presented a local radio programme for the Asian Community in Birmingham and Channel 4's Eastern Eye. Anita developed the Radio Asian Network in the West Midlands for the BBC and became the bi-media Community Affairs Correspondent for Midlands, then Head of Political and Community Affairs for the BBC English Regions.

Anita's awards include the CRE's Race in the Media Award, the national Television News Award and Impact Magazine's Windrush Award as the Broadcaster of the Year. Currently she is Chair of mac, a Trustee Director of Performances Birmingham, Chair of the Birmingham Creative Partnership Board and a Governor of the University of Central England. Anita was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours 2009; Anita, currently Editor Public Space Broadcasting for the BBC, has been recognised for her services to broadcasting.

Jock Brown

Jock Brown graduated from Cambridge University in English Law but returned to qualify as a Solicitor in Scotland more than 30 years ago.

He has a wide breadth of experience in many areas of the law, from litigation to property, commercial and employment work, before moving latterly into the corporate field, where he has been involved in many acquisitions and disposals. He is viewed by colleagues and clients as a man of business capable of finding solutions in complex situations.

During a spell as General Manager, at Celtic Football Club in the late nineties, one of his principal tasks was to avoid contractual difficulties which had troubled the club in the past. This added further to his general business experience.

He is also widely known for his work as a sports broadcaster, having commentated on major football and golf events over the past three decades, and has regularly been called upon to give seminars on sports law topics.

Jock is also the Chair of the CU Trust Scotland.