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.

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

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.

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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. 

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 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.

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.

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.

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.