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Ali Athab Al-Kinani (Academic Staff Member)

Ali Athab Al-Kinani (Academic Staff Member)

Ali Athab Al-Kinani is a Senior Lecturer in the Pharmacy department, in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University. Ali started his journey at Kingston over 10 years ago as a Masters student. 

Sandra Campopiano (Independent Member and Chair of Remuneration Committee)

Sandra Campopiano (Independent Member and Chair of Remuneration Committee)

Sandra is a portfolio Non-Executive Director and Board Advisor with extensive experience in HR and Organisation Development operating at board level in complex multi-national organisations.

Imran Chughtai (Independent Member)

Imran Chughtai (Independent Member)

Imran is the Chief Financial Officer of Aamal, a publicly listed company operating within Industrials, Life Sciences, Real Estate and Managed Service sectors.  

Imran has provided strategic financial leadership to large complex international organisations previously as Chief Financial Officer for Zuellig Pharma, Asia's largest Pharma distributor. 

Amr ElShaer (Academic Staff Member)

Amr ElShaer (Academic Staff Member)

Amr is an Associate professor in the School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry in Kingston University's Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing and a Pharmacy graduate with over 12 years of experience in Pharmaceutical industry and academia.

Feisal Haji (Student Member)

Feisal Haji (Student Member)

Feisal Haji is a Computer Science student at Kingston University. He is the President of the Union of Kingston Students and chairs their Board of Trustees. He represents the student voice and the Students' Union. 

Gill Hall (Independent Member)

Gill Hall (Independent Member)

Gill is an advisor, independent board member and coach. She spent twenty years as a consultant, working with clients in government and the private sector on strategy, technology and finance projects. She is expert in the design and build of digital platforms, launching new businesses and innovation in operating and commercial models. She has worked in the energy and climate sector for over ten years and is passionate about the need to transform the way we live and learn in order to create a more sustainable future for ourselves and our planet.

Jenny Higham (Co-opted Member)

Jenny Higham (Co-opted Member)

Jenny is Principal at St. George's, University of London. She currently sits on both the UUK and UCEA national boards. She was first woman elected as Chair of the Medical Schools Council and was successful in the role 2016-2019.

Dirk Kahl (Independent Member and Chair of Audit and Risk Assurance Committee)

Dirk Kahl (Independent Member and Chair of Audit and Risk Assurance Committee)

Dirk Kahl is the Chief Financial Officer of Lidl Great Britain and is based at their Head Office in Wimbledon. Dirk joined the Lidl Group as Global Finance and Accounting Director in 2008 and was subsequently appointed as Board Executive for Finance, Accounting and Tax for the German operation before joining the UK Board of Directors in 2014.

Peter Mayhew-Smith (Co-opted Member)

Peter Mayhew-Smith (Co-opted Member)

Peter Mayhew-Smith has worked as a life-long learning practitioner for 25 years, starting as a community education tutor in west London, where he held a succession of roles including home learning manager, creative writing co-ordinator and equal opportunities officer.

Caroline Mawhood (Independent Member)

Caroline Mawhood (Independent Member)

Caroline was a prominent figure in auditing for more than 12 years as Assistant Auditor General in the National Audit Office and she now has a number of non-executive roles in public sector organisations. 

Aranee Manoharan (Non-teaching Staff Member)

Aranee Manoharan (Non-teaching Staff Member)

Aranee taught within HE before moving into professional services, where she has worked within the areas of student engagement, community affairs, and inclusion. As Employability Curriculum Manager within the Careers and Employability Service, Aranee leads the work on embedding employability within the curriculum to ensure all students have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required to successfully navigate and succeed in life after university.

Alison Osborne (Independent Member and Chair of Academic Governance Committee)

Alison Osborne (Independent Member and Chair of Academic Governance Committee)

Alison is a qualified Chartered Accountant and taught at Cass Business School for 15 years and 5 years at Kingston University subjects such as Finance and Financial Reporting, Corporate Finance, Decision Analysis, Probability and Statistics and Accounting for Informatics students.

Andrew Pearce (Independent Member)

Andrew Pearce (Independent Member)

Andrew is a Managing Director for Accenture Operations (UK and Ireland). A client account lead and delivery specialist with many years' experience of delivering and leading complex multi-geography finance, HR and Procurement, solutions for clients.

Francis Small (Chair of Board of Governors and Nominations and Governance Committee)

Francis Small (Chair of Board of Governors and Nominations and Governance Committee)

Francis Small had a 36-year international career working for Ernst & Young, a global professional services firm.

Tom Smyth (Independent Member and Chair of Finance Committee)

Tom Smyth (Independent Member and Chair of Finance Committee)

Tom has over thirty years' experience of global financial markets, the last twenty-two of which have been at Rothschild & Co where he is Executive Vice Chairman, Financing Advisory and a Global Advisory Partner.

Steven Spier (Ex-officio Member)

Steven Spier (Ex-officio Member)

A respected expert in architecture, theatre and dance, Professor Spier was appointed Acting Vice-Chancellor in October 2016, and then Vice-Chancellor in May 2017. 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.

Mick Williams (Independent Member)

Mick Williams (Independent Member)

Mick is enjoying a second career as a management consultant, having previously served a long and enjoyable career in the Royal Air Force. Appointments included full command, CEO, COO, HRD, and highly enjoyable tours of duty in Hong Kong, Germany and the Falkland Islands.

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