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Members of Council

The Council is the governing body of the University. It meets 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 ex-officio and elected University representatives, together with a number of external members.

Chair of Council

Dr Jim Glover

(External) 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 of Council

Ms Anne Watts, CBE

(External) 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.

President and Vice-Chancellor

Professor G Q Max Lu

Ex-officio member

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

Ex-officio member

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 and served as Pro Vice-Chancellor for REF prior to taking up his current position.

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.

Professor Kearney took up the current position of Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, at the University of Surrey in the summer of 2013.

External – Lay Member

Mr Tony Stuart

External member 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.

President, Students' Union

Ms Alex Mackenzie-Smith 

Ex-officio member (external) 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.

Member elected by Senate

Professor Rachel Brooks

Elected member 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.

Member elected by Senate

Dr Rick Woods

Elected member 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.

External – Lay Member

Dr Helen Bowcock, DL

External member 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.

External – Lay Member

Dr Anthony Bragg

External member 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.

External – Lay Member

Dr Mike Goodfellow

External member 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.

External – Lay Member

Mr Ashley Herman

External member to December 2016

Mr Herman trained with Brian Way’s Theatre Centre and commenced his career as Assistant Stage Manager at the Wimbledon Theatre, the Royal Ballet and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

In 1981 he launched: Applause Ltd., which became one of the UK’s leading theatre sales, marketing and production companies.

In 1989 he launched Theatre Direct International in New York for Cameron Mackintosh, which replicated Applause in the USA. He then led a merger and acquisition with First Call, a UK ticket and box office service company, achieving full LSE listing.

Over the last 20 years Ashley Herman has produced, co-produced or instigated funding for over 30 West End and several Broadway shows including Moby Dick, The Sound of Music, The Truman Capote Talk Show, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Living Room and Fame.

In 2000 he formed a new company, Encore, specialising in the sale and promotion of West End Theatre. Mr Herman is also Chairman of the Guildford School of Acting.

External – Lay Member

Dr Sally Howes, OBE

External member 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.

External – Lay Member

Ms Claire Ighodaro, CBE

External member 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.

External – Lay Member

Mr Peter Maskell

External member 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.

External – Lay Member

Mr Michael Queen

External member 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.

External – Lay Member

Ms Jan Sawkins

External member 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.

External – Lay Member

Dato Dr Kim Tan

External member 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.

External – Lay Member

Mr Keith Taylor

External member to December 2016

Mr Taylor graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA Combined Honours in Economics and Statistics.

During the course of a 36 year business career, he held various senior management and consultancy positions, working with large multinational companies, mainly in the IT field. Since 1983, Mr Taylor has served as a Guildford Borough Councillor with various positions of responsibility, including several years as Chairman of the Finance Sub-Committee under the previous Council structure.

He was Mayor of Guildford in 2004-5, after taking early retirement from business. Since 2007, he has been Chairman of the GBC Planning Committee. In June 2009, he was elected as a Surrey County Councillor. He has also since served on the SCC Schools & Learning Select Committee.