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Ali Athab Al-Kinani (Academic Staff Member)

Ali Athab Al-KinaniAli 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. After completing his PhD at Kingston, Ali contemplated a number of job opportunities at several institutions around the UK. However, his positive experience of studying and working at Kingston encouraged him to stay and he succeeded in obtaining an academic position in the Pharmacy department in 2015. Previously Ali has worked in Iraq and Qatar as a clinical and community pharmacist, experiences which saw him develop a wider understanding of and strong belief in equality and diversity in the ever-thriving academic environment.

He joined the Athena Swan self-assessment team for both his department and the institution, serves on the self-assessment team for the institution Race Equality Charter and is a member of the Network of Equality Champions.

Ali is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and teaches on various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry. Beside his teaching commitments, he is an active researcher within his Faculty, supervising a number of postgraduate research students. Ali works in multidisciplinary research projects ranging from formulation of ocular drug delivery systems to the investigation of the effect of delivery systems on biological targets. His high standard research has been acknowledged through several national and international research awards. Ali is serving on the Board of Governors as the Senate representative.

Sandra Campopiano (Vice Chair)

Sandra Campopiano 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. Sandra has worked on several board governance committees including Policy, Risk and Remuneration Committees. Sector experience includes Technology, Financial Services and Tourism. Specialties include leading and supporting businesses through transformational change, building organisational culture and capability.

Sandra was previously Chief People Officer at Sage Group plc, responsible for all aspects of Human Resources globally. This included strategic HR planning, talent acquisition, reward, and organisational development. She had specific responsibility for Sage's capability agenda, digital skills ambitions and for accelerating diversity in a high-performance customer focussed culture.  Before Sage, Sandra was Chief People Officer at Thomas Cook plc and Premier Farnell plc. 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.

Sandra holds an MBA from Surrey University, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and an Accredited RSPP Mediator, having trained at the Regents University London School of Psychotherapy & Psychology.

Imran Chughtai (Independent Member)

imran chughtaiImran 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.  He was responsible for ensuring the company's strategy created shareholder value, communicating the company strategies and performance to shareholders and implementing financial processes and controls to deliver growth and return on investment goals. He has driven development and transformation of finance functions, implemented ERP systems, built Treasury functions and played an active role on merger and acquisitions.

Imran has more than 25 years of finance leadership experience across Europe and Asia. Previously, he has worked in China with Huawei Technologies where he was Vice President Finance and prior to that spending 18 years with Whirlpool Corporation across Europe & Asia in various functional roles of increasing responsibility culminating as the Finance Director of the Asia Pacific Region based in Shanghai. Imran is a Chartered Certified Accountant and holds a M.B.A. from the University of Warwick.

Amr ElShaer (Academic Staff Member)

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

After finishing his PhD, he worked as a pharmacokinetics scientist, before joining Kingston University as a lecturer in 2013. As an innovative leader, Amr developed a number of multidisciplinary projects exploring ingenious approaches to improve the quality of life for patients with chronic health conditions such as diabetes and glaucoma.

Amr's research group is looking at manufacturing bespoke 3D printed tablets to suit patient's needs and ensure better compliance as well as designing glucose sensitive drug delivery system for people with diabetes. Amr has published over 30 research articles and reviews in international journals and was awarded the Kingston University Staff Commercial Entrepreneur award in 2018 in recognition of his research contribution.

Amr teaches pharmaceutics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His pedagogic interests include exploring the role of community of practices in learning and teaching in Higher education. He also explores the students' perception and expectation of feedback. He has been a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2018.

Alongside his academic roles, Amr is the Chair of the Pharmacy Fitness to Practise Committee and is an admission tutor for the Pharmacy course. He actively promotes science to new generations by delivering a number of outreach and widening participation activities such as the Saturday Club. Amr tries to share his academic knowledge and experience with his local community as he acts as a governor at St Alban's catholic School.

Feisal Haji (Student Member)

Feisal HajiFeisal 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. His main goals are to update the policy and governance of the Union to create a more effective organisation that puts students at the heart of the union. This is something he considers essential for the organisation to achieve its objectives, drive student achievement and engagement, and put students at the heart of the union. In his spare time, Feisal campaigns on climate change, disability rights and issues affecting international students.

He believes that international students make a valuable contribution to Kingston University and wider society and that they should be strongly supported as they are our students, our colleagues and our friends and because they contribute to the culture and the diversity we have at Kingston.

He was the founder and first President of the International Society, President of Stand Up To Racism and Treasurer of the Palestine Society.

Gill Hall (Independent Member)

Gill HallGill 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.

She recently trained as an integral coach and now runs her own business, working with leaders and their teams to develop the strategies and skills needed for leadership in the twenty-first century.

Gill is a life-long learner with LLB in English and French Law, MA in Applied Linguistics and MBA and has carried out postgraduate studies in Aesthetics and Consciousness.

Jenny Higham (Co-opted Member)

Jenny HighamJenny 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. 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.

Dirk Kahl (Independent Member)

Dirk KahlDirk 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. In his current role, Dirk is responsible for the Financial and Administrative operation of Lidl UK, which has over 22,000 employees in Great Britain. He is currently a member of Retail Week live's advisory board, the joint economic working group of the GBCIC and the Embassy of the F.R. of Germany, and the Institute of Directors.

Prior to joining Lidl, Dirk held the Position of Chief Financial Officer for Group Lagardere's German travel retail division, HDS Retail. 

As a Qualified Chartered Accountant, Dirk worked for KPMG out of Frankfurt, Shanghai and Singapore for almost ten years while also lecturing at the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt.

Dirk earned a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Mainz and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Peter Mayhew-Smith (Co-opted Member)

Peter Mayhew-SmithPeter 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.

In 2017, Peter oversaw the merger of four south London colleges to create the 10th largest college in the country, spanning four London boroughs and 20,000 students; he has been Chief Executive of the South Thames Colleges Group since then.

Aranee Manoharan (Non-teaching Staff Member)

ARAranee has experience across teaching, student success, career development, and curriculum enhancement.

In her previous role – as Curriculum Enhancement Manager – Aranee developed and led the work on improving graduate outcomes of all students through the curriculum, by integrating employability through high-impact pedagogical approaches and assessment methods, such as community and industry-engaged learning. Now as Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Partner, Aranee provides in-depth expertise and specialist advice on mainstreaming EDI across the organisation.

A committed advocate of EDI, Aranee has over 15 years' experience in addressing issues affecting BAME and refugee communities in South London. Having contributed to the Race Equality Charter (REC) since 2016, she is now Co-Chair of the REC, coordinating the university's work in this area along with the Executive Lead for Ethnicity. A role model on Advance HE's women leaders programme, Aurora, Aranee is also an Athena SWAN panellist and serves on the EDI advisory boards for AGCAS and ISE.

A Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA) and qualified coach, Aranee is also completing a PhD in International Relations, researching how protracted ethnic conflict in postcolonial societies can be better understood using an interdisciplinary framework to develop more-effective policy interventions. She serves on the Board of Governors as the representative of general and professional services staff.

  Caroline Mawhood (Independent Member)

caroline mawhoodCaroline 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. She is currently an external member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the City of London Corporation and its Police Performance Sub Committee and the Executive Committee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. She is also a trustee of the Wimbledon Guild – a local charity.

She was for 8 years, until 2019, one of three external members of the Audit Progress Committee of the European Commission. She has also been a member of the Audit Committees of the UK Debt Management Office (until June 2019) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (until 2016) with representation on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. She has contributed to charity by being the Treasurer and Trustee of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and its successor Breast Cancer Now.

During her executive career in the National Audit Office, and also as President of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, she played a significant role in the development of strong financial management in the public sector. Her experience encompassed auditing major UK government departments and running the corporate services of Audit Office. Caroline is a geography graduate from Bristol University and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Alison Osborne (Independent Member)

Alison OsborneAlison 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 has been the Central Treasurer of the national Wives Fellowship organisation.

Andrew Pearce (Independent Member)

Andrew PearceAndrew 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. He has been a delivery centre lead in Mauritius and lived and worked in New York and Brazil. An Ex Royal Air Force Squadron Leader he is an Alumnus of Oxford and Imperial College.

Passionate about inclusion and diversity, Andrew is the Executive Sponsor of the Accenture African and Caribbean network UK Chair of the ELC. He was named as one of the Top 50 BAME Execs in the UK, US, and Ireland by the Upstanding List 2016, Empower List 2017 and ranked by the Empower List 2018 as being a top 30 minority ethnic leader across the UK, US, Ireland & Canada. Andrew was also recognized on the Green Park list as one of the top 100 BAME leaders in Business 2018 and on the Power in the City list 2018 as one of the top 30 most influential leaders in the UK of African, Caribbean or African American heritage working within legal, financial and professional services.

Andrew lives in Lincolnshire with his partner Sally – a therapist. He has a son who is a trauma surgeon at the Royal London and also a Royal Air Force Squadron Leader. He is still rugby-mad but is now more of a spectator. Golf, hiking, skiing, and reading make up his leisure time.

Francis Small (Chair)

Francis SmallFrancis Small 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. Career highlights include being Global Head of Corporate Finance and Senior Partner for International Clients. Prior to this Francis was Managing Partner in London, responsible for operational leadership. 

Francis is Chairman of British Business Investments, an investment company with over £2.5bn committed to finance providers supporting 37,000 SME businesses across the UK. He is also a Non-Executive Director of 1Spatial plc, an AIM-listed technology company where he chairs the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Francis is an MA Law graduate from Cambridge University.

He joined the Board of Governors in 2015, and became Chair in March 2020.

Tom Smyth (Independent Member)

Mr Tom SmythTom 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.

He founded Rothschild & Co's debt advisory business in the UK which has grown to become the largest independent financing advisory franchise of its type in Europe and beyond. He has advised the boards of the biggest listed and private equity owned companies on a wide range of their funding, risk management and treasury structures and strategies. He has also helped them establish and negotiate their financing arrangements through business cycles. His clients have included many FTSE100 and 250 companies and their private equity owned equivalents in both developed and emerging economies across Europe and the Middle East.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from Durham University and is a qualified member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He has previously served as a Trustee of Rothschild & Co's UK pension fund.

He is married with two children and has lived in the Kingston area for the past 20 years.

Steven Spier (Ex-officio Member)

Professor Steven SpierA respected expert in architecture, theatre and dance, Professor Spier was appointed Acting Vice-Chancellor in October 2016, before being made 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.

Before becoming 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.

Mick Williams (Independent Member)

Mick WilliamsMick 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.

Now an independent cross-sector management consultant and interim, with a focus on transformational change, 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. Mick Lives in Cheam and, along with his role at Kingston University, is Chair of trustees at CAYSH, a charity supporting young homeless people in south London.

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