Your Maia committee

The Maia committee was established to steer the agenda for a dynamic Women’s Network at Loughborough University.

The various positions cover leadership, operations and development, engagement and communications, as well as nominated champions for Schools, Professional Services and our London campus.

If you have any suggestions for how we could enhance the network, or are interested in volunteering with Maia to support our activities, we would love to hear from you by emailing

Gemma Towle

Gemma Towle (she/her)


English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Tutor and Pre-sessional Coordinator

"You can never be overdressed or overeducated" – Oscar Wilde 

Connect with Gemma on LinkedIn

Henrietta Pocock

Henrietta Pocock (she/her)


Academic Language Support Service Manager

"Alone, a woman is a root curling for change,But together, women are a forest alive with spirit: a riotous power, the most timeless pact, a call to act, to all those who hear it." - Amanda Gorman


Sandra Kwok

Sandra Kwok (she/her)

Operations Co-Lead (Advocacy)

Graduate Management Trainee 

"Femininity needs to be embraced wherever it is, whether it be in a man or a woman or a nonconforming gender person" - Emma Watson.

Connect with Sandra on LinkedIn.

Denise Coles

Denise Coles (she/her)

Events Co-Lead

EDI Manager

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." - Maya Angelou

Timipado Imomotebegha

Timipado Imomotebegha (she/her)

Operations Lead (Events)

Human-Computer Interaction Doctoral Researcher
"Hard work is worthless for those that don't believe in themselves."
Emily Hansell

Emily Hansell (she/her)

Advocacy and Allyship Voice

PGTA in Strength and Conditioning and Exercise Physiology

"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

Connect with Emily on X and LinkedIn

Oliver Hooper

Oliver Hooper (he/him)

Allyship Voice

Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Coaching“Once you do away with the idea of people as fixed, static entities, then you see that people can change, and there is hope” – bell hooksConnect with Oliver on X.

Marion Jost

Marion Jost (she/her)

Professional Services Voice

Programme Administrator

"No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” - Virginia Woolf

Connect with Marion on LinkedIn

Imogen Heaton

Imogen Heaton (she/her)

Professional Services Voice

Technical Tutor

“Face your fears; live your passions, be dedicated to your truth.” - Billie Jean King

Connect with Imogen on LinkedIn.

Emily Hayday

Emily Hayday

Academic Voice (London)

Lecturer in Sports Business

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

Connect with Emily on LinkedIn

Amy Pyle

Amy Pyle (she/her)

Academic Voice maternity cover (London)

Learning Partnerships Manager, based in the Future Space Team in London

Connect with Amy on LinkedIn.


Nicola Jennings

Nicola Jennings

Academic Voice

Foundation Programmes Lead

“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to-do' list” -  Michelle Obama, Vogue, 2016

Connect with Nicola on LinkedIn and X.




Kate Broadhurst

Kate Broadhurst (she/her)

Academic Voice

Lecturer in Innovation and Business

 “A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she’s in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Connect with Kate on LinkedIn and X.

Esther Mgbemeje

Engr. Esther Mgbemeje (she/her)

Doctoral Researcher Voice

Sustainable Hydrogen PhD Researcher

"Creating a sustainable kind world where everyone is free to be their real authentic selves."

Connect with Esther on LinkedIn and X.

Ellie Gudgin

Ellie Gudgin (she/her)

Doctoral Researcher Voice

Doctoral Researcher (for English)

"Read Emily Dickenson. Read Graham Greene. Read Italo Calvino. Read Maya Angelou. Read anything you want. Just read. Books are possibilities. They are escape roots. They give you options when you have none. Each one can be a home for an uprooted mind." - Matt Haig's 'Reasons to Stay Alive'. 

Connect with Ellie on LinkedIn.

Ben Cole

Ben Cole (he/him)

Male Ally (London)

Head of Future Space – Loughborough University London

“Ridicule is nothing to be scared of”

Connect with Ben on LinkedIn.