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 Chair of the Committee of University Chairs, 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 an Indian investment company.

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.

University Committee memberships

  • Council
  • Finance Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Research Park Board
  • VC’s Advisory Committee.

Subsidiary Company memberships

  • Blackwell Park Ltd Board.

Other governance roles in external organisations

  • Coller Capital Limited: Chair
  • Committee of University Chairs: Chair
  • BTL Limited: Chair of Remuneration Committee, Member of Audit Committee, Member of Risk Committee
  • Taqa: Chair of Nominations and Remuneration Committee, Member of Executive Committee.

Vibhaker (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 and 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 and 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 BSc (Hons) in Physics and has an MBA from Manchester Business School.

University Committee memberships

  • Council
  • Finance Committee
  • Honorary Degrees Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Student Experience Committee (Chair).

Other governance roles in external organisations

  • Migrant Legal Action (1152073)
  • Trustee for Community Foundation for Surrey.

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 has a degree in Theology.

University Committee memberships

  • Council
  • Honorary Degrees Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Remuneration Committee.

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. He was High Sheriff of Surrey in 2017/18.

University Committee memberships

  • Council
  • Finance Committee (Chair)
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Remuneration Committee.

Subsidiary Company memberships

  • Blackwell Park Ltd Board.

Other governance roles in external organisations

  • Anglian Water Group
  • Manchester Airport Group
  • St Mungos (chair of trustees)
  • Watts Gallery
  • 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.

Currently vacant.

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.

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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.

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. 

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

Judith holds a number of non-executive roles spanning banking, insurance and wealth management.

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.

University Committee memberships

  • Council
  • Audit and Assurance committee.

Other governance roles in external organisations

  • Invesco UK Limited (Audit Chair)
  • ICBC Standard Bank plc (Audit Chair)
  • Pension Insurance Corporation (Remuneration Chair)
  • Flood Re (Remuneration Chair).

Charlie is the former Senior Partner of Ashurst, the international law firm where he also led the private equity practice. He was subsequently Chair of the corporate practice in London of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher the global US based firm.

He is currently a Senior Adviser at Flint Global and has a number of non executive board roles including as Chair of The International Stock Exchange Group.

He is Deputy Chair at The Institute of Cancer Research, a Trustee at City Year UK, a mentor for senior women for The Mentoring Foundation and an external adviser on Department of Education panels for free schools.

University Committee memberships

  • Council
  • Remuneration Committee (Chair).

Other governance roles in external organisations

  • Institute of Cancer Research (534147)
  • City Year UK (1131350)
  • The International Stock Exchange Group Ltd (Chair).

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.

He is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of IoD, CMI, IET and InstP.

University Committee memberships

  • Council
  • Audit and Assurance Committee (Chair)
  • Health and Safety Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee.

 

Pam is an experienced non-executive director currently on the boards of two FTSE 250 companies, Cranswick plc, and Premier Foods plc, where she is also chair of the Remuneration Committee. She was formerly a non-executive director of AG Barr plc. 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 work has focused on the charity sector, primarily in Guildford, where she has lived for over 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. Pam is the chair of The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking.

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

University Committee memberships

  • Council.

Other governance roles in external organisations

  • Cranswick plc
  • Premier Foods plc
  • The Lightbox gallery and museum (Chair).

Nigel has had a long career in finance and audit, having spent 39 years at Ernst and Young (EY), 29 years as a partner. Nigel spent the majority of his time working in London, but also spent six years in Switzerland, a year in the USA and travelled extensively on business.

Nigel had both management and client roles. He headed EY’s Northern Europe, Middle East, India and Africa audit practice, and its UK audit practice. He sat on EY’s Global Audit Operating Board for three years and earlier led the UK Transport Consumer Retail and Products practice.

As a practitioner and lead auditor, Nigel was responsible for some of EY’s largest clients including Sainsburys, RELX, ABB, Syngenta and British Airways.

University Committee memberships

  • Council
  • Audit and Assurance Committee.

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.

University Committee memberships

  • Council
  • Finance Committee
  • Surrey Business School Advisory Board.