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Heather Allan

Heather AllanHeather 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.

Steve Bastow

Steve BastowSteve Bastow is an Associate Professor and the interim Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Faculty of Business and Social Science. A former graduate of Kingston Polytechnic, from which stems his strong commitment to Kingston's mission to support widening participation, Steve is a member of the Politics Department, and a former member of Media and Cultural Studies. He has previously led both of these Departments, as well as being a former interim Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics.

He has delivered teaching in areas such as Political Theory, Fascism and the Extreme Right, and European Politics, and has published on a variety of aspects of French political ideology, most notably on the French extreme right. His most recent publication is ‘The discourse of 19th-century French liberal socialism', Journal of Political Ideologies, 24 (1), 2019.

Steve is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has a BA in Languages, Economics and Politics, an MA in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, and a PhD in Government. He is serving on the Board of Governors as the Vice-Chancellor's Senate nominee.

Sandra Campopiano

Sandra Campopiano Sandra is an HR professional with extensive experience operating at board level in complex multi-national organisations, leading and supporting businesses through transformational change. Sandra has also worked on a number of board governance committees including membership of the Remuneration Committee.

Most recently Sandra was 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

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.

  Paul Cleal

Paul ClealDuring 16 years as a partner at PwC, the global professional services firm, he held a range of leadership positions including at main board level in both the UK and Africa practices. He has led and grown successful business within the firm as the Government & Public Sector practice and Africa Business Group.

Alongside his client work in corporate finance and consulting he led PwC's Human Resources function through a period of substantial change. He has been widely recognised externally for his work promoting diversity in business and as a senior role model and been a member of the Government's Social Mobility Commisssion, among the non-executive roles.

Nancy Cogswell

Nancy CogswellNancy 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

James Denholm-PriceJames 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 Edmonds CBE (Chair)

David Edmonds CBE (Chair)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 Ernest

Gary ErnestGary 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.

Professor Caroline V Gipps

Caroline Gipps 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 Higham

Jenny HighamJenny 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.

Dirk Kahl

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

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.

Aranee Manoharan

Aranee taught in faculty before moving into professional services at Kingston University, where she has been for the past four years working in areas of student engagement, community affairs, and inclusion. She is now Employability and Enterprise Curriculum Manager, leading a new strand within the Careers and Employability Service, which supports academic teams to embed employability within the curriculum to enable all students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and attributes they need to navigate and succeed in life after university.

An advocate of diversity and inclusion, Aranee has volunteered for over 15 years on issues affecting BME and refugee communities, sits on the university's Race Equality Charter Group, and been a role model on the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education's female leaders programme, Aurora.

A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and qualified professional development coach, Aranee is also completing her PhD in International Relations, researching how we can better understand the underlying causes of protracted ethnic conflict in postcolonial societies using an inter-disciplinary, levels of analysis framework. She is serving the Board of Governors as the representative of general and professional services staff.

Kamal Mohamed

Kamal Mohamed

Kamal is a Kingston Graduate who is currently studying an MA in International Politics and Economics. Having been elected as the Penrhyn Road Officer, he has also been selected to be the lead on Academic Affairs for the Union of Kingston Students.

During his time at here, Kamal has been heavily involved in the work Kingston has been doing around the BME attainment gap. His work as a senior curriculum consultant has given him insight into the work that is required to make this change. Kamal has also spoken at various conferences and written some papers on this issue.

When Kamal is not studying or working he is known as Kamal the Poet. Poetry is his passion and a way for him to help balance his commitments with his need to express himself. This art form has helped him reach a number of communities by creating open mic spaces and creative content. Currently, he is also running a blog that brings together all his passions.

Alison Osborne

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 will be the Central Treasurer of the national Wives Fellowship organisation.

Jane Scott

Jane ScottJane 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 and

Francis Small

Francis SmallFrancis 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.

Tom Smyth

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

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.

Jo Woods

Jo WoodsJo 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 Williams

Mick WilliamsMick 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.

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