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Members of Council

The Council is the governing body of the University. It meets formally four times per year and is responsible for the finances, administration, property, management and, subject to the powers of the Senate, has general control over the affairs of the University.

Membership of the Council comprises a majority of External Members together with ex-officio and elected University Members.

Lay Officers

Chair - Dr Jim Glover

to 31 July 2019

Dr Glover has a substantial background of executive and non-executive director roles in large leisure, retail and service organisations both in the UK and overseas.

Such roles include MD of Benskins Ltd (within Allied Domecq Ltd), MD of Kingfisher Asia Ltd, MD and later Chair of Superdrug and CEO of Kingfisher General Merchandise Sector (all within Kingfisher Plc), CEO of Patientline Plc and then his final executive role as CEO of the NAAFI.

He has held numerous directorships and professional appointments and is currently Chair of Andrews & Partners Ltd (a residential and commercial property services company, wholly owned by charities).

He is also a non-executive director of the RAF Charitable Trust Enterprises Ltd and was previously Treasurer and then Pro-Chancellor/Chair of Council at the University of Birmingham.

Vice-Chair -Ms Anne Watts, CBE

to 31 July 2019

Ms Watts was appointed as Chair of the Appointments Commission from 1 April 2007 to 31 March 2011.

She is currently Chair of the Independent Panel on race equality for the NHS and for the last two years was the employer’s representative on the steering group for the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

For over 25 years she has been a leading figure in diversity, recruitment and workplace development issues, with a strong track record across private, public and voluntary sectors.

Anne has also held executive roles relating to workforce and diversity in Business in the Community, HSBC and NatWest Bank.

She currently serves on the boards of Greater London Enterprise, Opportunity Now, Race for Opportunity and the Open University and was an Equal Opportunities Commissioner from 1989 to 1995.

She is a member of the School Teachers Review Body; a Trustee of the Eve Appeal, for gynaecological cancer; and Vice-Patron of Working Families and Thatu, supporting community self-help schemes in South Africa.

University Treasurer - Mr Tony Stuart

to January 2019

Tony Stuart is an alumnus of the University of Surrey, having graduated with a Bsc (Hons) in Linguistic and Regional Studies.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with one of the major firms before joining N M Rothschild, the leading UK investment bank, where he worked for over thirty years.

In the course of his career at Rothschild he became a Managing Director and was a corporate finance adviser to many high profile companies, both in the UK and overseas, acting as the lead director on over 100 merger and acquisition deals, as well as having a number of senior management positions.

He also attended the Advanced Management Program at Insead. In recent years he took on a number of external roles.

He was a Non-Executive Director of St Ives Group, the quoted marketing services and printing group, from 2010 to 2013 where he was Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

Over the same period his pro bono positions included being a Governor at Falmouth University, where he was Chair of the Audit Committee; a Non-Executive Director of Cornwall Development Company; Chair of an Investment Fund; and a member of the Steering Group for the roll-out of Superfast Broadband in Cornwall.

Tony's interests are generally of a sporting nature. He was Captain of the University Football Club in his time there but is now confined to the terraces at Deepdale and the Emirates Stadium.

While at Rothschild he was the long-standing financial adviser to Arsenal FC. He is also a golfer, being a member at Farnham GC and St Enodoc GC.

Ex-officio Members

President and Vice-Chancellor - Professor G Q Max Lu, AO

A preeminent chemical engineer and nanotechnologist, Professor G Q Max Lu joined the University of Surrey in April 2016 as President and Vice-Chancellor.

Previously he was Provost and Senior Vice-President at the University of Queensland, Australia where he was named one of the country’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers, a Queensland Great and won the inaugural Australia-China Achievement Award (Education) in 2014.

After completing his PhD in Chemical Engineering, Professor Lu spent three years in Singapore as a lecturer at Nanyang Technological University. He joined the University of Queensland in 1994 where he held the Chair of Nanotechnology in Chemical Engineering.

He won the prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Federation Fellowship twice, in 2003 and 2008.

Prior to taking up the role of Provost and Senior Vice-President in March 2014, Professor Lu served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 2009, and acting Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor from December 2011 to October 2012.

He held the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Linkages) from October 2008 to April 2009, following his seven-year service as the Foundation Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials.

Professor Lu has served on numerous government committees and advisory boards including those under the Australian Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (2004, 2005 and 2009) and ARC College of Experts (2002-2004).

He is the past Chairman of the Institution ofChemical Engineers (IChemE) Australia Board, and Vice-President of IChemE globally and former Director of the Board of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

His other previous board memberships include Australian Synchrotron, Uniseed, National Emerging Technologies Forum, Research Data Storage Infrastructure, Queensland China Council, Stem Cells Australia, and Translational Research Institute.

Professor Lu has recently served as a member of the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Economic Development Steering Committee and is currently a member of the 4th State Council of China Overseas Chinese Expert Consultative Committee.

Professor Lu has made seminal contributions to science and innovation in nanomaterials and their applications in clean energy and environmental technologies.

He has received numerous awards nationally and internationally including the China International Science and Technology Award, Orica Award, RK Murphy Medal, Le Fevre Prize, ExxonMobil Award, Japan Chemical Society Lecture Award and Chemeca Medal.

He is a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in both Materials Science and Chemistry (with over 36,000 citations and h-index of 96). He has over 500 publications in high impact journals (including Nature, J. Am. Chem. Soc, Angew. Chem, Adv. Materials), and is also co-inventor of more than 20 international patents.

He is an elected Fellow of Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, IChemE, Engineers Australia and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Provost and Executive Vice-President - Professor Michael Kearney

Professor Michael Kearney joined the University of Surrey in 2002 as the inaugural Director of the Advanced Technology Institute and was appointed Head of the School of Electronics and Physical Sciences in 2005.  He became Dean of the newly formed Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences in 2007, served as Pro Vice-Chancellor for REF between 2011 and 2013, and took up the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation in 2013. Between May 2015 and May 2016, he served as Acting Vice-Chancellor before assuming his current position as Provost and Executive Vice-President. 

Between 1995 and 2002 he was Professor of Electronic Device Engineering at Loughborough University, serving a three year period as Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and prior to that he worked for seven years for GEC-Marconi Ltd., managing the company’s Long Range Research Laboratory between 1994 and 1995.

Michael has an MA and PhD in physics from Oxford and Warwick Universities respectively and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Chief Operating Officer - Mr David Sharkey

David joined the University of Surrey in 2007 as Director of Finance, following a successful career in the private sector. He spent much of his professional life working at Marks and Spencer where he gained management experience in a variety of increasingly senior finance roles.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London with PricewaterhouseCoopers and before that gained a Law Degree (LLB) at Leicester University.

David was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2016 and has Executive Board responsibility for Finance, Procurement, Audit, Information Technology, Strategic Planning, Estates, Traded Services and Business Support, Surrey Sports Park, Surrey Research Park, and the Secretariat and Legal Department.

Senior Vice-President (Global Strategy and Engagement) - Professor Vince Emery

Professor Vince Emery is Senior Vice-President (Global Strategy and Engagement) and Professor of Translational Virology at the University of Surrey.  Professor Emery leads the University of Surrey’s international strategy seeking to catalyse and expand international research networks, student and staff mobility, to foster teaching collaborations, and to realise transnational educational opportunities.  He also held the position of Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) from March 2015 to May 2016. 

Before joining the University of Surrey in 2012, Professor Emery was Pro-Provost for Africa and the Middle East, Vice-Head of the Graduate School and Professor of Virology at UCL where he still holds an Honorary Professorship. 

His current virology research aims to provide a holistic approach to understanding viral infections in immune compromised hosts, such as HIV-infected patients and transplant recipients. During his career he has obtained in excess of £25 million in grant money from Government agencies in the UK and the USA, from charitable organisations and the private sector. Professor Emery has an H-index of 64, his work has been cited over 10,500 times and he is a named inventor on five patents in the area of biotechnology and molecular diagnostics.

President Students' Union  - Ms Alex Mackenzie Smith 

to July 2017

Miss Alex Mackenzie Smith is the 2016/17 President of the University of Surrey Students’ Union. She served the previous year as a Vice-President (Activity).

Whilst undertaking her degree in International Hospitality Management, Alex was a highly involved member of student life at the University.

In her first year, Alex set up the University’s first ever Lacrosse club which has grown by huge numbers year on year and has given a platform for many students to try a new sport as well as gaining extra sports qualifications.

She was President of the club for four years which gave her the platform to have an interim role as the Team England Women’s Manager during her final year. Alex was also a course representative and an active member in a number of societies throughout her time at University.

Alex also spent a year on placement at Surrey Sports Park (SSP), working with the events team where she helped to launch the inaugural Netball London Live event at the Copperbox and was heavily involved in supporting SSP’s three key sport franchises.

Members elected by Senate

Professor Rachel Brooks

to 31 August 2017

Professor Rachel Brooks joined the Department of Sociology in May 2012. She has oreviously worked for Brunel University, the University of Southampton and the Open University.

Professor Brooks began her career as a researcher at the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Dr Rick Woods

to 31 August 2017

Dr Rick Woods is the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

He holds a range of qualifications: BSc, PhD, CEng, MICE, FHEA.

Lay Members

Mr Vibhaker Baxi

to December 2019

Vib Baxi is currently the Chairman & Managing Director of UK-based Navras Records Limited, established in 1992, a prestigious Music Label specialising in Indian Classical and Traditional Music. The label has a diverse and an eclectic Catalogue of largely live Concert recordings encompassing a variety of genres, including crossover content with Jazz and Western Classical Music.  

Vib has had a distinguished banking career (1974 ~ 1994) spanning three major money centre Banks with assignments in Middle East, Far East and the UK. Vib was a Vice President and Treasurer for Citibank in UAE and Bahrain, and Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase) in Hong Kong. He was a Managing Director at Chemical Bank London running the Bank's UK & European Money Market Operations and Security Trading. At HSBC, Vib was Global Head of Interest Rates, responsible for managing the Bank's Balance Sheet, Investment Portfolio & Strategic Trading, Derivative Trading and UK Govt Gilt Market Making Operations. While in Hong Kong he was a member of the Working Party that was  tasked with the setting up of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange. 

Subsequent to his banking career, Vib has been a Financial Consultant / Investment Advisor to High Net Worth Investors, Private Bank and Boutique Investment Funds.  

Vib is an alumnus of University of Surrey, graduating with B.Sc (Hons) in Physics and has an MBA from Manchester Business School. 

Dr Helen Bowcock, DL

to July 2017

Dr Helen Bowcock served as High Sheriff of Surrey in 2013/14. Through a family charity, The Hazelhurst Trust, she supports a number of local causes including participation in Watt’s Gallery’s Limnerslease Appeal.

She is a Trustee of the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance Trust and author of a report entitled Hidden Surrey: Why local giving is needed to strengthen our communities published in 2009.

She was a founding director of a family software company and managed its human resources through a period of rapid growth. As a mature student she completed a PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent and is originally a graduate of Durham University.

Dr Anthony Bragg

to July 2018

Dr Bragg qualified in medicine from Sheffield University and worked in the NHS before joining the pharmaceutical industry.

He undertook clinical development posts for various International companies before finally becoming Managing Director of Chugai Pharma Europe, the research and development affiliate of the Japanese parent company.

Dr Bragg is a University of Surrey alumnus having gained his MBA at the University. He is also an honorary lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London.

Dr Bragg is currently an independent pharmaceutical consultant.

Dr Mike Goodfellow

to December 2018

Dr Mike Goodfellow studied at Imperial College where he gained a degree in Theoretical Physics and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering.

He worked in the systems industry for 15 years, initially as a systems analyst and later as a senior manager, serving on a number of Joint Venture boards.

In 1992 he became Commercial Director and later a divisional MD of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (now QinetiQ/dstl) throughout the transition to Trading Fund and floatation. He was also a non-executive director and Audit Committee chair of what became the Defence Support Group Trading Fund.

On retirement he established his own small company and was a non-executive director and Audit Committee member at the Met Office for 6 years. He obtained an MSc in Economics from the University of Surrey in 2013 and the Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors in 2015.

Dr Sally Howes, OBE

to July 2018

Dr Howes is currently a consultant in the digital and cyber sector. She is a Visiting Professor at Surrey University Business School, and Chair of the Institution of Engineering and Technology IT Policy Panel.

Previously she was a member of the executive Leadership Team and Board at the National Audit Office with particular responsibility for Digital and Innovation.

Prior to this, Dr Howes worked for two years in the Ministry of Defence as Director of Commercial Services.

During her career she has also been Director General of the National Trade Association of British Aerospace Companies - responsible for organising and running the Farnborough Airshow - and set up a technology consultancy business with two colleagues, which undertook a mix of policy, strategy and technology development for international clients in the space and communications sectors.

She was awarded an OBE for services to the space industry in 2002. She has a first class honours degree in geography from Cambridge University and a PhD in operational hydrological modelling for the US Army, Corps of Engineers.

Ms Claire Ighodaro, CBE

to July 2019

Ms Ighodaro is a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair of Lloyd’s and the Lending Standards Board, an Independent Director of Merrill Lynch International and the Shell (Nig) Pension Fund and is a Past President of CIMA (the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).

Claire also sits on the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants and on the FCO Diplomatic Excellence External Panel.

She was a Board Member and Audit Committee Chair of UK Trade and Investment, the British Council and the Open University, was Chair of the London Learning and Skills Council and was an Independent Director at BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills).

Until 2005 Claire was a senior executive at BT plc, working in the UK and Germany.

Claire actively supports charities involving education and skills development. She is married with three daughters. In 2008 she was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to business.

Mr Peter Maskell

to July 2018

Peter Maskell was appointed Chairman & Managing Director of Philips Electronics UK in 2003, in addition to his role as Managing Director of Philips Lighting in the UK & Ireland. Mr Maskell’s career spans over 25 years’ experience in the lighting industry, having first joined Philips in 1980. The headquarters of Philips Electronics UK is adjacent to the University campus in Guildford.

Mr David McNulty 

to December 2019

David has been Chief Executive at Surrey County Council since July 2009. During his time, the county council has achieved a number of things: Developed the Three Southern Counties partnership (3SC) with East Sussex and West Sussex; developed the Orbis partnership with East Sussex County Council and others; achieved a reputation for innovation in local government, recognised by Solace’s Innovation and Commissioning Network; and led the celebrations to mark the sealing of the Magna Carta.

David started his career as a teacher. With a passion for education, he moved into the voluntary sector to develop lifelong learning in the UK and internationally.

Prior to joining Surrey County Council, David held a number of senior positions at other local authorities, including Trafford, Walsall and Blackburn with Darwen.

It was in his role at Blackburn with Darwen that he founded an award-winning lifelong service which earned him an international reputation for his work on lifelong learning.

Mr Michael Queen

to March 2017

Michael was formerly Chief Executive of 3i Group plc where after 25 years he retired in 2012 having developed 3i’s activities in the infrastructure sector through founding 3i Infrastructure plc. Internationally he developed 3i's activities in Brazil, China and India.

In 1994 he was seconded to the HM Treasury to help to develop the potential for the Private Finance Initiative in the NHS as Head of the NHS Private Finance Unit. In 2002 Michael was Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association.

Between 2010 and 2012 he was a member of the Prime Ministers Business Advisory Group. He is currently a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of PA Consulting and a Director of Coller Capital.

He has recently become President of Surrey 100, a Business Angel Group attached to Surrey University. Michael has a BA (Hons) Industrial Economics from Nottingham University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Ms Jan Sawkins

to March 2018

Ms Sawkins is a highly experienced director with wide-ranging UK and international remits encompassing organisational and financial due diligence, restructuring and turnaround, strategic development , investment, risk management and governance amongst others.

She currently provides management consultancy through her own company, Clare House Limited.

Previously she has held the positions of Group Managing Director for Team plc, a UK and Australian based media company; Director at Fleming Unquoted Management undertaking venture capital projects and corporate equity investments; and Managing Partner at London Wall Investments.

Jan also has significant experience gained with the NHS, as a member and subsequently Chair of the Epsom, St Helier University Hospitals Trust Transaction Board; and an interim director and lead project consultant for the Luton & Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust.

Dato Dr Kim Tan

to March 2017

Dato Dr Kim Tan is Chairman of SpringHill Management, a fund management company specialising in biotech and social venture capital investments.

He is a partner and advisor to a number of impact funds including Springhill Equity Partners (USA), Novastar Ventures (Kenya), Inqo Investments (South Africa), Truestone Impact Investment (UK) and Garden Impact Investment (Singapore).

He is the co-founder of the Transformational Business Network and is on the advisory boards of PovertyCure, Sustainia, Africa Health Fund and the John Templeton Foundation.

He is a board member of the APEC Life Science Innovation Forum and the Centre for Enterprise, Markets & Ethics (Oxford). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and Honorary Member of the 48 Group. He is the co-author of ‘Fighting Poverty through Enterprise’.

Dr Tan is a University of Surrey alumnus, having completed his undergraduate, postgraduate and post-doctoral studies in biochemistry at the University.