Trencher and Williams elected to Board of Governors

Published: 10 November 2016 at 09:00

Abigail Trencher and Sian Williams

Financial risk professional and employment law specialist join Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University has welcomed experienced duo Abigail Trencher and Sian Williams to its Board of Governors.

A specialist in employment law for the past 15 years, Abigail is a Partner at Birketts LLP and heads up its Education Sector Team. She works chiefly with education institutions, charities and large organisations.

Abigail is also a trustee of Ambition UK, a leading national youth charity which aims to meet the needs of young people through a network of youth clubs, community projects, local authorities and housing associations.

A keen traveller, Abigail lives in Cambridge and enjoys long walks with her terrier dog, and running and cycling around the city.

Abigail said: 

“Living and working in Cambridge I am aware of the standing that Anglia Ruskin has in the city and in particular its work with partners and business. Having worked closely with educational institutions in the past, I am delighted to be able to bring that experience to the Board.”


Sian Williams also lives in Cambridge and has extensive financial regulatory and compliance experience in the public and private sectors, both in the UK and abroad. She has spent the last 12 years with Lloyds Bank PLC, working in several head office roles. Her current position is Director of Accountability and Investigations.

Between 2011 and 2015, Sian was based in Switzerland as the Risk & Compliance Director for Lloyds Bank’s International Wealth business, encompassing activities across 12 countries. She became Country Manager for Switzerland in 2014.

Before joining Lloyds, Sian spent 10 years at the Bank of England and Financial Services Authority supervising a range of banking and securities businesses. She has a Masters in Finance from the London Business School and a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Warwick.

Sian, who is married with two young daughters, said: 

“This is an exciting time to be joining Anglia Ruskin with its recent inclusion in the Times Higher Education World Rankings, and its nomination for a Lloyds Bank National Business Award. I look forward to adding my contribution to the organisation ahead of its 25th birthday in 2017.”