Andy Kent is Executive Dean of the Joint Faculty of Health Social Care and Education and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Planning at Kingston University. A medical academic by background, he is a professor of undergraduate education and has served as a course leader for medicine at St George's, University of London and more recently as its dean of education. Recently retired from clinical practice, he worked for the NHS for over thirty years, most recently as a consultant in perinatal psychiatry and an NHS trust non-executive director. He obtained his doctorate for research in eating disorders, but most of his research has been in mental health service delivery in the community. He graduated from the University of Warwick with an MBA in 2017 and became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018.
Andy is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University and the Principal of St George's, University of London for the academic and financial performance of the Joint Faculty. Subject areas within his portfolio include allied health, continuing professional development and post-graduate studies for health, teaching and social care professionals, initial teacher education, midwifery, nursing, social care and social work. He is also responsible for the performance of the Joint Faculty's centres for research and public engagement. In his Pro Vice-Chancellor role, he works with the strategic planning and data insight team to support the Vice-Chancellor with all aspects of planning and the measurement of organisational performance.