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

Michael was formerly Chief Executive of 3i Group plc, the global investment company where after 25 years he retired in 2012 having developed 3i’s activities in the infrastructure sector through founding 3i Infrastructure plc. 

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 of BTL Limited, a company developing the Thames Tideway tunnel, a Director of Coller Capital Limited, a Director of TAQA, a Saudi based industrial company, and is also an advisor to Indian and Chinese companies.

Between 2012 and 2018 he was President of Surrey 100, a Business Angel Group attached to the University of Surrey. Michael has a BA (Hons) Industrial Economics from Nottingham University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Vib Baxi is currently the Chairman and 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 the 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.

Rachel is a Director at the employee owned search firm, Saxton Bampfylde, specialising in senior leadership talent management and advising on Board appointments in her role as Head of the Social Impact Practice.  Growing up in London, she has been a Surrey resident for over 20 years, interspersed with living in Oxford.  She has lived in Guildford since 2012.  

She works with wide ranging clients including Prince’s Trust, UNICEF UK, HCA Health and Port of London Authority. She has a Degree in Theology and is a Trustee for Five Talents, the international microfinance charity.

Robert was, until December 2015, Chair of the Homes and Communities Agency for eight years and prior to that Chair of the Board of the Met Office. He had a business career which included being the Finance Director and then Chief Executive of Redland PLC. He has held various non-executive positions and is currently on the boards of the Anglian Water Group and of the Manchester Airport Group. His community involvement includes Chair of the Trustees of St Mungo’s, the homelessness charity and a Trustee of the Watts Gallery and a Trustee of the Baynards Zambia Trust.

Ex-officio members

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.

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.

Following a productive 20-year career in investment banking, most latterly as a Managing Director in Hong Kong running ING Bank’s Asia-Pacific structured finance business, Patrick took the opportunity afforded by the global financial crisis to move into university administration, and the role of Director of Development at the University of St Andrews, where he was architect of their hugely successful 600th anniversary £100m fundraising campaign, with HRH Prince William as Patron.

Patrick joined the University of Surrey in 2017, where now, as Vice-President (External Engagement), his portfolio brings together all of the University’s external engagement activities globally, including advancement (leading teams responsible for managing and developing the University’s enduring relations – both philanthropic and otherwise – with its >120,000 alumni and supporters), university events, trans-national education, international partnerships, student and staff mobility, public and community engagement, and international student recruitment strategy.

Professor Osama Khan is the Vice-Provost, Education, at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. He is the strategic lead for the University's education agenda providing talented and motivated students from all backgrounds with an outstanding education that is inclusive, research-informed, technologically enhanced and professionally enriched with industry partnerships. Osama holds a Professor in Practice title at the Surrey Business School. He also manages the University's centres of excellence in education: the Department of Higher Education and the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning.

Professor David Sampson joined the University of Surrey in January 2018 as Vice-Provost, Research and Innovation, where he is responsible for all matters research and innovation, including: strategy and future direction, supporting services for researchers, research training and the Doctoral College, knowledge exchange, partnerships, commercialisation, and the Surrey Research Park.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Western Australia, and a PhD in Physics from the University of Kent. He began his career in the oil and photonics industries, and has amassed extensive experience in photonics, optics, and microscopy research and commercialisation, mainly in the fields of communications and biomedicine. His research in elastography and the microscope-in-needle have been spun off into start-up companies in cancer imaging. He has held academic posts at the universities of Kent, Melbourne and Western Australia. He led the science infrastructure core facility at the University of Western Australia for nearly 10 years immediately prior to his appointment at Surrey, and was active in the national infrastructure known as NCRIS, leading nodes of three separate capabilities.

David is active in the global optics and photonics community, serving as Director of the SPIE – The International Society for Optics & Photonics (2017-2019), now Adviser to the Board, and chair of its Publications Committee. He serves on various editorial boards, including for The Conversation (UK). He is on the board of SPRINTforSpace and SETsquared, and serves as a director of the University of Surrey Seed Fund. He is a fellow of the optical societies, SPIE and OSA, and the electrical engineering society, IEEE.

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Members elected by Senate

Esat Alpay is Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. He received his BSc (Hons) degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Surrey, and his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He also holds an MA degree in the Psychology of Education (with distinction) from the Institute of Education (UCL).

He has wide interests in the educational support and skills development of undergraduate and postgraduate students. In his previous role at Imperial College London, he was responsible for supporting, developing and leading various teaching initiatives across the Faculty of Engineering. This included ethics education in several engineering departments, the training of Graduate Teaching Assistants and overseeing the teacher training procedures and requirements of Probationary Lecturers in the Faculty of Engineering. Some of his current educational interests include: the development and evaluation of student transferable skills, peer-based learning, formative assessment practices and the use of gamification and virtual (immersion) reality in Engineering Education. He has also been active in promoting scholarship in Engineering Education practice, specifically with contributions to and support of the emerging discipline of Engineering Education Research, including his role as Associate Editor of the European Journal of Engineering Education.

Helen Griffiths was appointed as Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey from December 2016. She is a member of the University Executive Board.

Helen graduated with first class BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry from Bath University in 1985. She gained her PhD on 'Reactive oxygen species damage in rheumatoid arthritis' from the Faculty of Medicine at Birmingham University (1989). She has previously been an academic faculty member at Birmingham University, Leicester University and Aston University where she was awarded a personal Chair in Biomedical Sciences in 2005. She founded the Aston Centre for Healthy Ageing in 2009 and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 2011.

Helen served as Associate Dean for Research in the School of Life and Health Sciences between 2005 and 2009, was then appointed as Executive Dean of the School of Life and Health Sciences at Aston University from November 2009 to November 2014. She was appointed as Pro-Vice Chancellor International Relations in April 2015.

Amelia joined the University of Surrey in January 2019 as Head of the Department of Politics, and Chair in European and International Affairs. Previously she worked as Director of the Centre for European Studies (CEFEUS), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Canterbury Christ Church Uni (2013-2018), after positions in Brussels at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and the Institute for European Studies, where she directed the Euromaster degree, as well as the Educational Development (EDU). Amelia is a long-standing Jean Monnet Chair in European Foreign Affairs, researching, teaching, consulting and postgraduate supervising on EU foreign policy, EU-UK relations. Her areas of expertise include Common Security and Defence Policy, EU-Russia Energy Relations, EU Neighbourhood Policy, EU Development policy (with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa), EU relations with the US and Canada, Arctic and northern governance issues, and European energy governance. Additional areas of interest include foreign policy analysis, international and diplomatic history, the role of sovereignty in political history, International Relations theory, international political economy, public policy analysis, the Commonwealth and EU education policy. Amelia is regularly called upon as a guest speaker, external supervisor, research partner, consultant and media pundit on areas of EU foreign affairs, and of late, EU-UK relations. 

Lay members

Elliot is currently Vice President, Global Head of Digital Channels & Analytics at GSK, a world leading pharmaceuticals company where he is responsible for the digital strategy and platforms used for all commercial operations along with the Knowledge Centre, a centre of excellence for analytics with 800 analysts based in Delh).

Elliot is an expert in digital transformation and has significant experience in leading large incumbent organisations through transformation programmes to drive commercial growth, drive innovation and cut costs. Elliot has previously held significant positions leading such programmes with TUI, Europe's largest travel company, and in Banking with Barclays and HSBC. 

Tony is a medical graduate who started his career with the National Health Service. 

He has since gained over 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including as Managing Director at Chugai Pharma. Working in senior positions in both drug development and commercialisation of licensed products, he is conversant with all stages of drug development process.

Tony has an MBChB from Sheffield University and is an alumnus of the University of Surrey having gained his MBA here. He also has a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine from the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Physicians and is registered with the GMC (non-practising).

He has been an Honorary Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London, lecturing on clinical trial design and economic aspects of the pharmaceutical industry. He was previously Deputy Chair of Japanese Pharmaceutical Group, liaising with government departments on matters of research and development in the UK.

Tony was a Council member for two years before stepping down to undertake a consultancy role on behalf of the University in relation to the University’s Clinical Research Centre. He has been reappointed following the end of his consultancy role.

Judith is a qualified accountant with extensive international financial services experience including 20 years with Morgan Stanley in a variety of senior and divisional management roles, including Managing Director for Morgan Stanley Investment Management. 

Judith holds a number of non-executive roles spanning banking, insurance, wealth management and corporate governance and is a member of the Audit Committee for the Offices of the Kent Police Chief Constable and Crime Commissioner.

Judith is an alumnus of the University of Surrey having gained a BSC(Hons) in Linguistic and International Studies. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.  She also holds the Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD.

Charlie is Senior of Counsel (Senior Adviser) at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, the global US-based law firm, having led the corporate practice in London from 2014 -2019. Prior to that he was the Senior Partner at Ashurst the UK based international law firm where he also led the market leading private equity practice.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees at The Institute of Cancer Research and was previously a Senior Adviser at Marathon Asset Management. 

He is a mentor for the FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Foundation for senior women, an external adviser on Department of Education Panels for free schools and a Trustee at City Year UK which arranges a year of service for young people at inner city schools.

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.

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.

Pam is an experienced non-executive director currently serving on the boards of two FTSE 250 companies, Cranswick plc and AG Barr plc, and on Premier Foods plc, where she is also chair of the Remuneration Committee.  Previously Pam held a number of senior marketing and strategy roles in Unilever plc and SABMiller plc, working in three countries to drive growth across global markets and multiple product categories.

Her pro bono work has focused on the education sector, primarily in Guildford, where she has lived for almost 20 years. She was formerly governor of the Royal Grammar School Guildford and of Guildford College. She also served on the council and is a long-time supporter of United World Schools, who provide education to children in remote communities who would otherwise have none.

American by birth, Pam has a BA in economics from Duke University, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, also at Duke.

Jan 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.

Nick was a senior partner at KPMG until retiring in 2013 after 31 years. During that time he acted as expert witness in the disciplinary case of the FRC in relation to MG Rover and was also a member of the ICAEW CF Faculty Board from 2009 to 2013. He now holds a number of chairman and non-executive director roles including one as a Trustee Director of the Oxford University Staff Pension Scheme.  Nick has resided in and around Guildford for over 25 years.

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Pam is an international banker with over 30 years experience, predominantly within the financial restructuring sector. During her career with HSBC where she was a Managing Director of the global restructuring team, Pam worked with a wide range of companies from small agricultural businesses to global multinational groups in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and the US. 

On retirement from HSBC Pam became a consultant providing business banking and restructuring expertise through her own company.

Always interested in education, Pam was a Governor of Knaphill Lower School from 1997 to 2016 when she was delighted to be invited to join the inaugural Advisory Board of Surrey Business School.