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 2016

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 Chair of Birmingham Research Park Ltd. He was previously Treasurer and then Pro-Chancellor/Chair of Council at the University of Birmingham.

Vice-Chair of Council

Ms Anne Watts

(External) to 31 July 2016

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

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Professor Sir Christopher Snowden

Ex-officio member

Professor Snowden has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey since July 2005. He is a distinguished engineer with wide experience of the microwave and semiconductor industry.

Prior to his appointment at Surrey, Professor Snowden was Chief Executive Officer of Filtronic ICS. He has also held a personal Chair of Microwave Engineering at the University of Leeds and was Head of Leeds School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering from 1995-98.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (2005), the Royal Academy of Engineering (2000), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (1996), the Institution of Electrical Engineers (1992) and the City and Guilds Institute (2005).

He is a member of the Prime Minister’s advisory Council of Science and Technology; a member of the governing board of the TSB (now Innovate UK); and Director of the ERA Foundation. His is currently President of Universities UK (UUK).

Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs

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Professor Gill Nicholls

Ex-officio member

Professor Nicholls is responsible for innovation in teaching and learning, quality enhancement, quality assurance, and the student experience.

A graduate of the University of London, Gill has held the posts of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Salford University; Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at Durham University, and Director of King’s Institute of Learning and Teaching (KILT) at King’s College University of London.

Prior to joining King’s, Gill was Professor of Education at Surrey University, where she was responsible for the Centre for Professional and Work Related Education Research.

Amongst others she is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group, Chair of the HEA National DVC/PVC Network for Teaching and Learning and Chair of the Leadership Foundation National DVC/PVC Network.

Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation

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Professor Michael Kearney

Ex-officio member

Professor Kearney was Surrey’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for REF prior to taking up his current position on 1st August 2013.

His role is to develop, articulate and promote research activity within the University, providing high level strategic guidance and driving the research strategy whilst leading the development of strong relationships with key external partners.

Michael joined 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.

Between 1995 and 2002 he was at Loughborough University and before that he worked for GEC-Marconi Ltd., managing the company’s Long Range Research Laboratory between 1994 and 1995.

Michael is a graduate of Oxford and Warwick Universities and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. 

University Treasurer

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Mr Thomas Chambers

Ex-officio member (external) to 31 January 2016

Mr Chambers is a non-executive director and consultant for a variety of quoted and unquoted companies particularly with businesses addressing new technologies including Green Square Partners (corporate advisory), Kings Arms Yard VCT plc and Propel London Ltd (digital media recruitment).

He was Chief Financial Officer of Symbian Ltd (the leading developer and provider of operating systems for Smartphones) from 2001 until its sale to Nokia in early 2009.

He has also held Board roles with System C Healthcare plc, Spark VCT2 plc, UIQ Technology AB, First Telecom plc and Robert Walters plc as well as interim and management roles with Micro Focus plc, Nokia Oyj, TCC Continuity Holdings NV, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and with Price Waterhouse.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), an Associate of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (AMCT) and a graduate of Durham University (Economics).

President, Students' Union

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Maz Hussien

Ex-officio member (external) to July 2015

Mr Hussien is the 2014/15 President of the University of Surrey Students’ Union, now in his second term having previously served as Vice President (Societies & Individual Development).

Whilst undertaking his degree in Biochemistry (Medical), Maz was a highly involved member of student life at the university.

In his second year he held the role of the Events & Trading Officer, before going on in his later years to be a member of part-time staff, Bioscience Society President and a committee member of Surrey Snowsports – alongside holding committee positions, Maz has been involved in RAG (Raising & Giving), voluntary work, and in 2013 achieved Club Colours for founding the University of Surrey Dodgeball Club with an outstanding contribution.

Chair of Academic Assembly (Acting)

Mr Mark Olssen

Ex-officio member to January 2016

Professor Olssen, PhD, FAcSS, is Professor of Political Theory and Education Policy in the Department of Politics. He was past Chair of the Academic Assembly (now Staff Assembly) at the University from 2008 – 2012, a role he resumes as Acting Chair until January 2016.

He has published many books, book chapters, and articles, on political theory, educational sociology and higher education in academic journals in Britain, America and in Australasia.

Member elected by Senate

Professor Vince Emery

Elected member to 31 December 2016

Vincent Emery is Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Relations) and Professor of Translational Virology at the University of Surrey. He holds an Honorary Professorship of Virology at University College London (UCL).

He started his scientific career as a biochemist but has been a virologist for the last 27 years. His current research aims to provide a holistic approach to understanding viral infections in immunocompromised hosts such as HIV-infected patients and transplant recipients.

During his career he has obtained in excess of £14.4 million of grant money from Government agencies in the UK and USA, charitable organisations, and the private sector and has been named inventor on 5 patents in the area of biotechnology and molecular diagnostics.

Professor Emery has also published in excess of 200 research articles, reviews, and books.

Member elected by Senate

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Professor Lisa Roberts

Elected member to 31 December 2016

Professor Roberts was awarded a first-class honours degree in Medical Microbiology from the University of Birmingham in 1990. Following graduation, she worked in industry for Procter & Gamble in the UK and Belgium until 1995. 

She then decided she wanted to pursue her real love of microbiology research so undertook PhD studies in molecular virology, working with viruses such as foot-and-mouth disease virus, at the Institute for Animal Health (now Pirbright Institute) and University of Kent; she was awarded a PhD in 1998.

In 1998 she was appointed as Lecturer in Virology at the University of Surrey, then Senior lecturer, Reader and Professor in Virology (2011).

From 2008 to 2012 she was Head of the Microbial Sciences department, a role in which she formed strategic links (national and international) in the veterinary science area, to complement our strengths in human infectious disease research and teaching.

In May 2012 Lisa was appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and has led the expansion of that Faculty around a “One Health” strategy, including the development of a new School of Veterinary Medicine.

Member elected by Senate

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Dr Simon Usherwood

Elected member to 31 December 2016

Dr Usherwood is Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Arts & Human Sciences. Dr Usherwood gained his PhD from LSE.

After study in the UK, Germany and Belgium and with a keen interest in embedding the study of Politics in a wider context, his work at Surrey since he joined in 2003 has been focused not only on his research on the EU, but also on enhancing the learning environment for students.

His research on euroscepticism has built on the ideas in his doctoral work and has led him to co-found and organise an extensive network of colleagues across Europe, as well as working with practitioners in the EU, national government and other civil society groups.

The formation of the School in 2004 gave him the opportunity to bring in many new ideas in pedagogy, something that remains at the forefront of his work as Director of Learning & Teaching.

Working with counterparts across the University and in other institutions, and informed by his research, teaching quality enhancement has been a consistent theme of his activities.

External – Lay Member

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Dr Helen Bowcock

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

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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

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Ms Claire Ighodaro

External member to July 2016

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

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Mr David McNulty

External member to December 2015

Mr McNulty became Chief Executive of Surrey County Council in 2009.

Prior to this he held posts as Chief Executive, Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council, Executive Director, Education & Lifelong Learning, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council and Deputy Director of Education, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

His track record is one of transformational change. He has written a well-received book on lifelong learning. As well as being a member of Council, he also chairs the University's Audit Committee.

His membership continues the connection between the University and Surrey County Council.

External – Lay Member

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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

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Mr Iain Robertson

Co-opted member to December 2015

Mr Robertson is an experienced Chairman, Non-executive Director and Chief Executive of technology businesses. He has extensive international expertise together with substantial experience of both public and venture backed businesses.

He graduated from Christ Church, Oxford and began his working life at The Plessey Company Limited where he spent fourteen years. Since then he has held senior executive positions including Director and General Manager for Marconi Quest and Chief Executive of York Group.

His Chairman posts have included Fotech Solutions Ltd, Oxsensis Ltd and Intense Photonics Ltd. Mr Robertson also sits on the University's Finance Committee and is Chair of the Commercial Affairs Committee.

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

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Mr Tony Stuart

External member to July 2017

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.

External – Lay Member

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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

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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.

External – Lay Member

Professor Lord Robert Winston

External member to August 2017

Lord Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College, runs a research programme in the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, on improvements in transgenic technology in animal models, with a long-term aim of improving human transplantation. 

He has around 300 scientific publications in peer-review journals on reproduction and embryology.

He is also Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, Chairman of the Royal College of Music, and was voted "Peer of the Year" by his fellow Parliamentarians in June 2008 for his expertise and work on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.