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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 Vice Chair)

Sandra Campopiano (Independent Member and Vice Chair)

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.

Gill Hall (Independent Member)

Gill Hall (Independent Member)

Gill is an advisor, independent board member and coach. She spent 20 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.

Jane Hargreaves

Jane Hargreaves

Jane has been at Kingston for over 10 years – joining as a mature student studying Pharmacology in 2011 and working throughout her course as a student ambassador. She is now a pivotal part of the award winning Access, Participation and Inclusion team.

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.

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. She taught at Cass Business School for 15 years and for 5 years at Kingston University, teaching subjects such as finance and financial reporting, corporate finance, decision analysis, probability and statistics and accounting for informatics students.

Andrew Pearce (Independent Member and Chair of Remuneration Committee)

Andrew Pearce (Independent Member and Chair of Remuneration Committee)

Andrew is a Managing Director for Accenture Operations (UK and Ireland). He is 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 is chairman of British Business Investments, an investment company with over £3 billion committed to finance providers supporting some 40,000 SME businesses across the UK.

Tom Smyth (Independent Member and Chair of Finance Committee)

Tom Smyth (Independent Member and Chair of Finance Committee)

Tom has over 30 years' experience of global financial markets. For the last 24 years, he has been at Rothschild & Co where he is Executive Vice Chairman, Financing Advisory.

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. Under his leadership, the Faculty rose to prominence as one of the top providers of design education, both in the United Kingdom and around the globe.

Sarim Syed (Student Member)

Sarim Syed (Student Member)

Sarim Syed was a pharmacy student at Kingston University. He is the current President for the Union of Kingston Students and chairs its Board of Trustees, representing the student voice and the students' union. His main aims are to review and establish the Union governance to ensure the Union maintains a transparent and accountable organisation to students.

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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