Heather Allan has a background in global organisations in both the commercial and non-profit sectors, having held both chief operating officer and chief information officer posts.
Heather's current position is director of Information Management and Technology (IM&T) at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. She is working to optimise the use of technology and information, and to streamline operations and clinical services in the increasingly challenging and fast changing landscape of the NHS.
Heather's previous role before joining the Trust was director of IM&T at Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to that she was chief operating officer at The Global Fund, Geneva – an international organisation formed to achieve progress towards the Millennium Development Goals of reducing the global spread of Aids, TB and Malaria.
She has also held a number of non-executive director roles and has experience in business leadership – delivering, directing and designing corporate technology enabled strategies giving successful business growth and change.
Heather is a mathematics graduate from Cambridge with a postgraduate degree from Edinburgh University.
Laurence is a Kingston graduate, having attended Kingston Business School as a mature postgraduate student. His career includes 20 years in media and publishing and 20 years as an entrepreneur.
Laurence's work experience over the past 40 years has given him a broad range of corporate experience. He has had extensive experience in running projects, for example running start-up companies as well as launching new European and Asian subsidiaries of established businesses. This has given him first-hand experience of product development, sales and marketing and finance. He has worked at director level as both an executive and non-executive for the past 20 years.
Laurence's early career experience was in the music industry, management consultancy and publishing. He was the founder and CEO of one of the UK's first Internet Service Providers, which he took public in 1996, and reacquired in 2001. He is currently partner or non-executive director in a number of private companies.
Jan joined the University in 2006 as faculty business manager in the Faculty of Engineering and became head of Business Operations in Enterprise Support in 2011. In this role she develops strategic and operational plans for enterprise and is responsible for the integrity of the University's business and commercialisation infrastructure, including the management of the University's commercial subsidiary Kingston University Enterprises Ltd (KUEL). In addition to her experience of planning, budgets and business operations across the University, she is also an alumni of the University having completed an Executive MBA in 2010.
Before this, Jan worked at British Airways for 20 years in a variety of financial and operational roles within IT, Engineering, Ground Fleet Services and Central Finance and was mainly based at Heathrow. She is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA) and is currently Branch Secretary for CIMA West Surrey.
Jan is serving on the Board of Governors as an elected representative of the administrative staff.
Sandra is an HR professional with extensive experience of operating at board level in complex multi-national organisations.
She is currently Chief People Officer at Sage Group plc. where she is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources globally. This includes strategic HR planning, talent acquisition and development, reward, and organisational development. She also has specific responsibility for delivering on Sage's capability agenda, digital skills ambitions and for accelerating diversity.
Sandra was formerly Chief People Officer at Thomas Cook and Premier Farnell. In these roles she developed people strategies to support business transformation and led global programmes in all areas of organisation effectiveness, people development and colleague engagement. Previously, Sandra worked at Arrow Electronics Inc, Barclays, and Psion (part of Motorola Solutions). She holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Beatrice is a South Jersey/Philadelphia based artist currently studying for a Masters of Fine Arts degree at Kingston University. Serving as the Knights Park Officer lead on University (Academic) Affairs for the Union of Kingston Students and Student Governor on Kingston University's Board of Governors, she coordinates this role while holding the International Representative position for the NUS Black Students' Campaign.
Beatrice's previous work includes exploring the link between mentoring and achievement in minority communities with heavy focus on African-American girls. She also champions a program for underserved youth, designed to educate future African-American artists about art, their cultural history, and equipping them with the necessary artistic techniques and portfolio to attend art universities.
Beatrice's main area of interest both through her artwork and professional career has been dedicated to addressing the issues in higher education for minority students, primarily black, and in art academia the lack of value and visibility for black artists and their artwork. She also brings awareness to challenges within the black community. Recent work includes fighting for the needs of international, postgraduate, and black minority ethnic students across the UK, working with child survivors of abuse at the C.A.R.E.S. Institute at Rowan University's School of Osteopathic Medicine, community development and service with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and writing articles for UAL's Shades of Noir describing the experiences of ethnic minority students in higher education. Her main aspiration is to teach collegiately and build a creative arts centre focusing on the positive development of black and minority adolescents from under developed and poverty stricken communities.
Beatrice holds a Bachelors' degree in Art minoring in Education with a concentration in Africana (African American) Studies from Rowan University.
Nancy has a strong commercial and financial background as a chief executive in the design and construction sectors. She is an experienced board-level director in high profile architectural practices. Nancy has experience in turn-around and change management within large and small organisations, as well as project management and design experience in planning and building projects.
Nancy started her career as an architect working in Switzerland, the USA and Canada. She then joined British firm Fitzroy Robinson, becoming a partner in 1987 and CEO in 1991, working on a range of commercial projects for Great Portland Estates, Natwest, British Land and 3i among others, designing and overseeing the construction of office buildings in the City, West End and the Midlands.
Since 2004 Nancy has worked as an independent management consultant providing strategic and management advice to design-led architectural and interior design practices.
James Denholm-Price is an Associate Professor and the Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Computer Science and Mathematics, in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, where he teaches various topics in programming and mathematics. He has a background in mathematics, meteorology and computing, having worked at the University of Sheffield and the UK Met Office as a researcher in atmospheric sciences, predictability and weather forecasting.
At Kingston he is involved in academic research with a variety of collaborators, working on projects that include usability and speech recognition for mathematical expressions, databases for parasitology researchers and statistical models for epidemiological studies. He has also led two Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects with local SMEs (small and medium enterprise), which transferred knowledge in both directions between the company and university, and has an interest in enhancing students' learning using modern technology and pedagogy.
James is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has a Mathematics with Astrophysics BSc, a Dynamical Meteorology PhD and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. He is serving on the Board of Governors as a representative of the Senate.
David is Chairman of NHS Shared Business Services, a joint venture between the Department of Health and the IT firm Sopra Steria. He is also chairman of the Phone-paid Services Authority, the regulator for premium rate telephony. He is a Board Member of Barchester Healthcare, a major provider of residential care for elderly people in the UK, as well as a Board Member of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
David was previously the first Chairman of the Legal Services Board, the regulatory body for the legal services sector in England and Wales; and the London Legacy Development Corporation, responsible for the development of the Olympic Park site in Stratford. He was the senior independent director and Remco Chairman at William Hill PLC. He is a previous chairman of Wincanton PLC, the UK's largest logistics company; and of NHS Direct, the health authority responsible for the telephone and internet provision of health advice in England. David has served on the Boards of Hammerson PLC, a FTSE 100 property company with interests in the UK and France; English Partnerships, the government body charged with developing urban land in England; Ofcom, the UK's regulator of communications; the University of Keele, where he was Honorary Treasurer; and the Social Market Foundation, a leading think tank. He was Chairman of CRISIS, the national charity for the single homeless
David's executive career included posts as a senior civil servant in the Department of the Environment; as chief executive of the Housing Corporation, the agency for the development of social housing in England; as managing director of Group Central Services of NatWest Group and as director general of Telecommunications, the UK's telecoms regulator.
David holds a BA and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Keele.
David joined the Board of Governors in 2012, and became Chair in July 2013.
Gary is currently director of Risk & Audit for Rentokil Initial plc. In this role he oversees the risk management and control processes across the business and leads the internal audit team. He reports regularly to the Audit Committee.
Before this Gary worked at Unilever for more than 20 years. His first six years were spent in finance, planning and procurement roles at Lever Brothers, the UK detergents business, based in Kingston just a stone's throw from the University. Subsequent roles included treasurer and financial controller in China, head of Group Financial Planning & Analysis, CFO of the global food service business and head of Internal Audit for Unilever Europe. He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA).
Gary studied Computer Science at Cambridge University, where he subsequently ran the university theatre for five years. He now lives locally in Claygate where he is group treasurer of the vibrant local scout group.
Caroline Gipps is a Visiting Professor at the UCL/Institute of Education and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Wolverhampton, where she was the Vice Chancellor until her retirement in 2011. In 1999 she became Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Kingston University, with responsibility for the academic profile and student support. Before this she was in charge of research strategy at the Institute of Education as Dean of Research, taking the institution to the top grade in the 1996 Research Assessment Exercise. Trained as a psychometrician and primary school teacher, Caroline has had a distinguished career as a social scientist focussing on assessment and its role in schooling, leading to new theories of educational assessment. She is an internationally recognised scholar in this field and is experienced in the evaluation of programmes and initiatives, as well as the issue of impact.
Awards/recognition include : Nuffield Research Fellow, President of the British Educational Research Association, four times an ESRC grant holder, member of the Athenaeum, Academician of the ACSS, Honorary Doctorate Bristol University, twice elected to the Board of Universities UK (the Vice-Chancellors' association) and numerous advisory/consultative roles over the years both in the UK and overseas; a founder member of the Women Vice-Chancellors' dining club, the Nuffield Assessment Seminar group, and the BERA Policy task group on Assessment.
Caroline has been on a wide range of Boards including schools and academies, a Science Park, a Technology Transfer Corridor, two urban development companies, and research units and charities. She is currently on the Board of Kingston University where she is Chair of the Academic Governance Committee, and the Board of Buttle UK where she is Chair of Trustees.
Jenny is Principal at St. George's, University of London. She has been elected Chair of the Medical Schools Council and will hold this national role for 2016-2019. Previously, she had senior roles at Imperial College and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore. In addition to senior managerial roles, she continues clinical practice.
Jenny has been named "Mentor of the Year" at the Women of the Future Awards, been awarded a President and Rector's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence, as well as the Imperial College Medal for outstanding leadership.
Neil has over 30 years' experience in HR in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He is currently HR Director for CABI, a science-based intergovernmental organisation (IGO) with 48 member countries and a global network of offices.
Prior to this, Neil was Head of HR Strategy at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Group HR Director at Dairy Crest Ltd and Director of Personnel at Napier University, Edinburgh. He has also held senior HR posts at Pfizer, Kingfisher Plc and Scottish & Newcastle.
Neil is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde.
Peter Mayhew-Smith has worked as a life-long learning practitioner for 28 years, starting as a community education tutor in west London, where he held a succession of different roles. He co-wrote a guide to London for people with disabilities (Access in London, published by Nicholsons). He was appointed as a community education adviser to the Local Authority's Education Committee in Richmond in 1993 and, in the same year, won a scholarship to look at workplace basic skills education in the USA.
Peter then moved to South Thames College to manage Basic and Key Skills provision while contributing to a number of local and regional projects, including inspection visits for the BSA Quality Mark and the establishment in 1995 of one of the first Summer Colleges for Year 11 children at risk of exclusion and under-achievement. In 1998, he wrote a Guide to Careers in Further Education, published by the Guardian Newspaper.
Peter went to Lewisham College in 1998 as head of Key Skills and then, in 2002, moved into the role of director of Faculty with a remit for General Education, Adult Education, Basic and Key Skills, ESOL, learning disabilities and learning support. In 2005, he led the College's successful bid for the provision of learning to offenders in South London. In 2006, Lewisham College's provision was graded 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
At the end of 2006, Peter became vice-principal for Quality and Curriculum Development at Lewisham College, overseeing all of the College's assurance and improvement arrangements, including teacher training and learning and development.
In summer 2009, Peter was appointed as the new principal of Kingston College and took up post there in April 2010. In December 2011, the Government agreed that Kingston and Carshalton Colleges could share a principal under their proposed federation and Peter became principal of both colleges from that time, forming the first college group of its kind and overseeing £45m-worth of learning in south-west London. In 2013 Kingston College was graded 'Good' by Ofsted for the first time, with Carshalton College achieving its first-ever 'Good' Ofsted grade the following year.
Alison qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1981 and worked as a management accountant at Trusthouse Forte before joining a City law firm as financial controller soon after its establishment. During the time spent there the firm expanded rapidly both in London and overseas. Following a period living in New York and with three small children, Alison gained a First Class Honours degree in Mathematical Sciences from Kingston University and an MSc in Applied Stochastic Systems from UCL. This was followed by 15 years teaching at Cass Business School and 5 years at Kingston University.
The subjects taught included Finance and Financial Reporting, Corporate Finance, Decision Analysis, Probability and Statistics and Accounting for Informatics students. Voluntary work includes 8 years as a primary school governor, 10 years as a trustee and treasurer of a local children's charity and independent examiner of several clubs and charities. From April 2017, Alison will be the Central Treasurer of the national Wives Fellowship organisation.
Stella Sandford is Professor in the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, and Head of the Department of Philosophy. Having joined Kingston University in 2010, she teaches history of philosophy and philosophy and psychoanalysis, and is responsible for the MA and MPhilStud courses in Philosophy. The main focus of her research has been philosophy of sex and gender, ranging across different periods in philosophy and in relation to contemporary feminist scholarship in various disciplines, as well as the relationship between philosophy and psychoanalysis. She has recently published on Plato, Kant, Locke, Freud and Simone de Beauvoir, and has a special interest in the introduction of critical philosophies of race into teaching and research. She served for many years on the Executive Committee of the UK Society for Women in Philosophy. Since 2016, she has been a member of the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association, for whom she acts as Treasurer. She is also a longstanding member of the Radical Philosophy Editorial Collective.
Stella has a BA in Philosophy and History of Ideas (1991, Middlesex Polytechnic), MA in Continental Philosophy (1992, Essex), PhD in Philosophy (1997, Essex).
Jane has more than 25 years' experience working as an IT professional in different sectors of industry, including FMCG with Mars and Coca-Cola, Foodservice with Bidvest and Oil & Gas with Baker Hughes.
She is currently a Vice President and CIO at Mars with global responsibility for Information Technology in the largest business Segment. Jane is also a Non-Executive Director at DMW Consulting, a London based Management Consulting firm specialising in IT.
Jane has lived and worked in the USA and Japan and conducted assignments in multiple countries including South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey and Germany.
Jane graduated from Oxford University with a BA (Hons) in Mathematics. She has also been recognised by her industry peers and included in both the list of the UK's Top 50 CIOs by CIO.com and computing.com.
Francis Small has had a 36 year international career working for Ernst & Young, a global professional services firm. A chartered accountant by profession, Francis has held board roles at UK, European and Global levels. His career highlights include being Global Head of Corporate Finance and Senior Partner for International Clients. Prior to this Francis was a Managing Partner in London, responsible for operational leadership. Francis also spent two years living and working in the Middle East as Global Head of Sovereign Wealth Funds.
Francis is a Non-Executive Director of British Business Bank Limited, where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. He was previously a Non-Executive Director of British American Business and a governor at an independent school.
Francis is an MA Law graduate from Cambridge University.
A respected expert in architecture, theatre and dance, Professor Spier was appointed Acting Vice-Chancellor in October 2016. He was formerly Dean of the University's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, which rose to prominence as one of the top providers of design education, both in the United Kingdom and around the globe, under his leadership.
Before becoming Acting Vice-Chancellor, he also held the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Culture and Civic Engagement – a role in which he was pivotal in strengthening links with the wider community and forging an extensive network of high-profile external partners.
A strong advocate of excellence in teaching, research and enterprise, Professor Spier joined Kingston University in September 2012 after heading the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Ulster. Born in Canada, Professor Spier grew up in the United States. He holds a degree in philosophy from Haverford College, Philadelphia, and completed postgraduate studies at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. His early career saw him based in a number of European cities, including a period teaching at the world-renowned Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich. He was later founding principal of the HafenCity University Hamburg in Germany, which specialises in urban planning, architecture and civil engineering.
An acclaimed expert in contemporary Swiss architecture, Professor Spier's many published works include 'Swiss Made', named one of the books of the year by Architects' Journal in 2003. Also a specialist in choreography as a form of spatial organisation, he edited the first English-language book on renowned choreographer William Forsythe, 'William Forsythe and the Practice of Choreography. It Starts from Any Point'.
Professor Spier has links with a wide range of cultural institutions. He was a founding director of the board of Architecture and Design Scotland, is an honorary fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and of German body Bund Deutscher Architekten and was a long-serving board member of Scottish Ballet. He is also a board member of the cutting-edge Glasgow-based production house Cryptic – much vaunted for its work fusing music, sonic art, theatre and multimedia.
Jo is a finance professional whose career spans both consulting and in-house roles. Currently Finance Director for Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Jo was previously the CFO of the Francis Crick Institute; Finance Director for BBC Radio & Music and Head of Finance and Administration for the Boston Consulting Group UK LLP.
Jo is a graduate of Merton College Oxford and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Mick is enjoying a second career as a management consultant, having left the Royal Air Force in 2007. He specialises in transformational and cultural change, especially around technology, and has worked with clients in the public, private, and third sectors, including Higher Education. Career highlights include time as a CEO, COO, HRD, and time served working overseas in Hong Kong, Germany and the Falklands.
Mick has a Masters degree in Law & Employment Relations; is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; and a qualified company secretary. His current role is delivering transformational change in public sector organisations. Mick Lives in Epsom and, along with his role at Kingston University, is a trustee of a charity supporting young homeless people in south London.