Composition and membership tab


The Court's composition is determined by Ordinance A7 - The Court (Feb 2016) and consists of the following persons:

The Chairman of the Council, ex officio
One non-executive Member of the Council, appointed by the Council
The President, ex officio
The Provost, ex officio
The Chief Financial Officer, ex officio
The College Secretary, ex officio
The Vice-President (Advancement), ex officio
Vice-President (Innovation), ex officio
The President of the Imperial College Union, ex officio
Up to 8 Members of the alumni who have recently graduated from the College, appointed by the President's Board
Up to 8 Members of the alumni who graduated from the College more than 20 years ago, appointd by the President's Board
Up to 8 Members nominated by significant organisations in the neighbourhood of the College's campuses (''the Nominating Bodies''). The list of Nominating Bodies shall be approved by Council and updated from time to time
The Clerk to the Court shall be the Head of Central Secretariat and Assistant Clerk to the Council






Court Members
Member of CourtBiography

 External Members


Sir Philip Dilley (Chair)Philip Dilley

Sir Philip Dilley graduated from Imperial College London in 1976 with a BSc in Civil Engineering. Sir Philip has served on the Council of Imperial College London since 2011, and was appointed as its Chair in 2015. Following his graduation from Imperial, Sir Philip joined Arup, and was its Executive Chairman from 2009 to 2014. He was the Chairman of the Environment Agency between 2014 and 2016. From 2011 to 2013, he was a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group of business leaders from sectors of strategic importance, and chaired London First between 2012 and 2014. He is currently a non-executive Chairman of architects Woods Bagot and a non-executive board member of Grosvenor. Sir Philip was knighted in 2014 for services to Consulting Engineering.

Mr Andrew Bayode Andrew Bayode

Andrew Bayode has a degree in Pharmacology from the University of Lagos and graduated from Imperial College London with an MBA in Management in 2002. He is an accomplished pharmaceutical and biotech leader and has had a highly successful career in the Pharmaceutical Industry, holding senior positions at Pfizer and Iroko Pharmaceuticals. From 2012 to 2015 Andrew was a Senior Vice-President for Sales and a member of the executive management team at Iroko where he was key to bringing the organisation from start-up to fully functional pharmaceutical company. During this time he built and established a 350-person commercial organisation to launch a couple of development assets into the US market. In 2015 he was appointed as the Senior Vice-President for Pipeline and Portfolio Management at Iroko after which he worked as the Principal of LifeCore Consulting which provides strategic and implementation consulting services to pre-clinical and clinical biotech as well as pre-commercialisation organizations. He is currently working at AbbVie Inc. where he leads the commercial development of novel Neuroscience assets as General Manager, Neuroscience Global Commercial Development.

Ms Ann Collins

Ann Collins 

Ann Collins has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. During her career she has managed upstream and downstream operations in oil, gas and LNG. She worked for Mobil, ExxonMobil and Tractebel LNG prior to joining BG Group in 2004. As Vice President, LNG Supply and Optimisation, Ann was responsible for BG’s global LNG operating business. Prior to this she managed BG’s commercial and business development activities in Nigeria, Kazakhstan and European oil and gas. Ann joined Shell in 2016 as General Manager LNG Origination (West), she is now Head of Gas Advocacy in Shell Energy. Ann graduated from Imperial College London with degrees in Chemistry and Management Science.

Mr Hamish Common Hamish Common

Hamish Common graduated from Imperial College London with a BEng in Computing in 2000 and he also holds an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck. While at Imperial, Hamish was elected as President and Chief Executive of the Student’s Union. Currently Hamish is a barrister, practising in criminal and professional regulatory law, often instructed in matters involving complex scientific or financial evidence. Hamish advises and appears before medical and healthcare tribunals. Hamish was previously seconded to the Financial Conduct Authority, Serious Fraud Office, the Office of Fair Trading and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Mr Ed DanielsEd Daniels 

Ed Daniels is an alumnus of Imperial College London and was also awarded an MBA from Henley Business School. In 2014 he was appointed as the Executive Vice-President of Commercial and New Business Development for Shell Upstream International. In this role, Ed oversees the direction and strategy for driving growth into the business through new business development and portfolio management. Ed has worked for Shell for 30 years and his career spans several senior and executive level roles in Shell’s Upstream, Downstream and Projects & Technology businesses as well as Chair of Shell’s UK Businesses. Ed is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute.

Sir Michael DixonMichael Dixon

Sir Michael Dixon was appointed as the Director of the Natural History Museum in 2004. Michael has a BSc in Zoology from Imperial College London and a PhD from the University of York. He was previously the Director General of the Zoological Society of London, with responsibility for London Zoo, Whipsnade Wild Animal Park and the organisation's worldwide conservation activities. During his time at the Natural History Museum, attendance has increased to over 5 million visitors per year and the £78m Darwin Centre has been delivered to widespread acclaim. In 2004 Sir Michael was knighted for his services to museums. Sir Michael is also a member of the board of trustees for the World Wildlife Federation and a trustee and member of the Council for the Royal Albert Hall.

Mr Jayson GohJayson Goh

Jayson Goh graduated from Imperial College London in 1998 and also holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management. Jayson was appointed as the Managing Director of Airport Operations Management, Changi Airport Group in 2016. In this role he oversees both the Passenger Experience and Development Operations divisions, as well as the Experience Creation, Horticulture and Process & System Innovation teams. Before working for the Changi Airport Group, he spent almost 15 years working for the Singapore Economic Development Board, with a career culminating in the appointment as their Executive Director for Strategic and Corporate Planning, as well as concurrent appointment as CIO and Executive Director for Infocomms & Media Division. Jayson has also been the president of the Imperial College Alumni Association of Singapore since 2015. 

Dr Sarah HoultonSarah Houlton

Dr Sarah Houlton studied chemistry at Imperial, graduating in 1988, and after a year working in the pharmaceutical industry returned for a PhD in organic synthesis. Since completing her PhD, she has worked as a science journalist, largely focusing on chemistry-related topics. Starting at the Journal of the Society of Dyers & Colourists, she then moved to the pharmaceutical industry magazine Manufacturing Chemist, ultimately becoming its editor. She has been freelance since 2001, and covers both science and business, with a particular interest in the pharma & biotech sector and the polyurethane industry, plus the occasional foray into topics such as food ingredients and process engineering.

Mr David KeeneDavid Keene

David is currently Head of Strategy & Operations for Google Digital Academy. Before joining Google in 2013, David was Vice President Marketing at He received his executive MBA from Imperial in 2012, having focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and design, and holds two patents for Internet technologies. David’s focus is the acceleration of cloud and digital transformation for large and small business everywhere.   

David has experience on the following boards: UK Technology Strategy Board (InnovateUK), Imperial Business School Advisory Board, MSc Management, Intrapreneurship Scholarship and Climate-KIC (EU’s climate initiative).

Ms Dominique KleynDominique Kleyn

Dominique Kleyn holds both a BSc in Life Sciences and an MBA from Imperial College London. She started her career as a research scientist for Unilever developing the Clear Blue pregnancy test launched in 1986, then moved into business development and licensing for Wellcome Diagnostics, transitioning the business through acquisition by Murex and subsequent 10x sale to Abbott. In 1999 she joined Imperial Innovations to develop a portfolio of Imperial spin-out companies, later promoted to Head of Life Sciences Technology Transfer. In 2009 she left Imperial to become CEO of London Genetics Ltd, raising £2 million to deliver pharmacogenetic services for clinical development in partnership with London’s leading research-based universities. Since then she has held director level positions at several Biotech start-ups and has been a Trustee of the Genetics Society (2013-2018) and Lay Member of the Governing Body for NHS Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (2015-2018). In 2015 Dominque co-founded and became COO of Orthonika, a biotech developing orthopaedic implants using novel textile technology. She is also a non-executive Director of Neuro-Bio Limited, an Oxford-based start-up developing a novel approach to Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment.

Mr William Shek

William Shek

Mr William Y.L. Shek is Managing Director and Head of Credit & Rates, Asia Pacific at HSBC, based in Hong Kong. Before HSBC, he was Head of Asian currency trading in Merrill Lynch and started out his career in finance at Goldman Sachs. His first job was an engineer at Aircraft Research Association in Bedford. William graduated from Imperial College with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering in 1987, and an MEng in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Structural Mechanics in Aeronautical Engineering dept. in 1988. William is married to Vivian Chi Wai Yin, who graduated from Imperial College with an MSc in Management Science in 1987. William is passionate about mentorship and scholarship opportunities for the next generation of Imperial students, as well as to helping forge links between Imperial College and industry in Hong Kong.

Dr Malcolm Weir

Malcolm Weir

Dr Weir was the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Heptares Therapeutics, which was acquired by Sosei Group Corporation in 2015, now renamed Sosei Heptares. Prior to establishing Heptares, Dr Weir served as CEO of the structural bioinformatics company Inpharmatica Ltd. He previously headed the Molecular Sciences Division of GlaxoWellcome. Dr Weir served on the Council of the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. He holds a BSc (Biochemistry) and PhD (Chemistry) from Imperial and has been Visiting Professor of Biochemistry at Imperial since 1997, advising on translational sciences and structural biology. He is currently EVP R&D of Sosei Heptares. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and was awarded the RSC Malcolm Campbell award for Biological Chemistry in 2015.

Ms Claire Cockerton

Claire Cockerton

Claire Cockerton is a serial entrepreneur and a specialist in tech clusters, innovation services and startup eco-systems. She founded Level39, the fintech accelerator in Canary Wharf; Innovate Finance, UK’s trade body for fintech; Plexal, AI innovation centre on the Olympic Park; and Lorca, the London Office of Rapid Cyber Security Advancement.

An Imperial College MBA alumna, Claire specialised in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design, and helped establish the business model for Virgin’s ‘Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship’. She advised the Guardian Media Group on their 'Digital First' transformation strategy. Claire founded, grew and sold ‘Aesthetic Earthworks’, a sustainable architecture firm based in Toronto, Canada before moving to the UK. She is an active member of The Guild of Entrepreneurs, Royal Society of the Arts, TLA, London Mayor's Tech Ambassador Group.

Mr Christopher de Mattos

Christopher de Mattos

Christopher de Mattos studied Mechanical Engineering at Imperial and became a Chartered Engineer while serving in the British Army. He completed an MBA at INSEAD in France before working in the financial services industry as an analyst and director of equity research in London, Paris and Buenos Aires. He was a member of the team that founded investment manager RAB Capital in 1999 before becoming a non-executive director of the Company in 2011 and taking on several other non-executive roles in the financial services sector. Christopher has completed the International Directors’ Programme at INSEAD and is an INSEAD Certified Director. He chaired the INSEAD Directors Network from 2014 to 2017 and has been active in promoting improved governance in the hedge fund sector. He serves as a Jury Member for the Global Prize for Ethics & Trust in Finance and is a trustee of the Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund.

Mr Jonathan NewbyJonathan Newby

Jonathan Newby was appointed as the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Science Museum Group in 2012. He joined the Science Museum Group in 2009 as the Managing Director of the Enterprise division. Prior to this, Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience of a broad range of senior positions in both the public and private sector, including Managing Director and CEO positions in publishing and global business to business events companies. Jonathan is an alumnus of King’s College London and is also currently a Trustee for the Geffrye Museum in London.

Mr Kevin PorterKevin Porter

Kevin Porter is Deputy Director of the Royal College of Music, where he has worked since 1994, leading the administration of the College, with a particular focus on international initiatives, governance and strategy. His early career was in quality assurance, first at the University of East London and then for the Council for National Academic Awards. He then moved to London Guildhall University (now part of London Metropolitan University) where he worked in governance and academic policy, as well as Quality Assurance. Kevin was Chairman of the Conservatories UK Academic Administration Committee and he also chaired the Conservatoires UK initiative to develop a new admissions service for conservatoires, UCAS Conservatoires. He is currently Chairman of the Board of KCG shared services internal audit consortium, among an involvement in a range of HE sector organisations.

Dr Yasmin RazakSilhouette

Yasmin Razak is a GP passionate about education and providing good quality primary care, graduating from Imperial in 2003 and becoming MRCGP in 2013 and Managing Partner at Golborne Medical off Portobello Road, in the Neohealth network.

Yasmin believes that education, used as an intervention to upskill & motivate both clinicians and patients, is the bedrock of good care. She works as a Post Graduate Trainer and Appraiser as well as Undergraduate Tutor for both Imperial and Kings College London, supporting learners at different stages.  She leads on Interprofessional Education (RIPEN) in the CCG, which drives development of local training modules to integrate the specialist and generalist care in West London. Clinically, Yasmin has been championing the Out of Hospital transformation for Diabetes in her locality from close work with multiple stakeholders, including Imperial’s Department of Primary Care and Public Health (PCPH) for the evaluation and expansion with the STP due to successful outcomes.

Her other clinical interests include Paediatrics and Women’s Health, for which she holds DCH, DSFRH and DRCOG and she contributes to a joint Paediatric Clinical Hub monthly with the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Connecting Care for Children network. She has worked further with the Trust, supported with funding from Health Education England, on a partnership project ‘Connecting care for adults’ since September 2017 with co-design of newer care models to enhance experience for both patients and staff.

Mr Elias SakellisElias Sakellis

Elias graduated with a MEng in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Finance from Imperial College London in 1998 and 1999, respectively. Elias began his career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers before quickly moving to Goldman Sachs where he stayed for 12 years, eventually becoming Executive Director of Leveraged Finance and Restructuring. In 2012, Elias became a Managing Director at Quantum Pacific where he was Head of Business development, and responsible for the group’s shipping, offshore drilling, oil and gas, and mining investments. Elias was then a Partner at Pillarstone Europe, a private equity platform targeting banks’ underperforming and non-performing assets. Currently, Elias is a Partner and the Chief Investment Officer for Borealis Maritime Ltd, an independent London based maritime investment and ship management firm. Over the years, Elias has also been a Non-Executive Director of a number of private and publicly-listed companies, in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Mr Bernard TaylorBernard Taylor

Bernard Taylor has a degree in Chemistry from St John’s College Oxford and after work at Smith’s Industries plc he joined Baring Brothers in the Corporate Finance area. He then became Chief Executive of Robert Fleming and on the merger with JP Morgan he became a Vice Chairman. He left JP Morgan in 2006 and is non-executive Chairman of Evercore Partners’ activities in Europe.  Throughout his career he has been involved with science related companies in Britain and elsewhere, including Glaxo, Wellcome, EADS, Celltech, Smith’s Industries and BAE.  He was a member of the Council of Oxford University from 2002 to 2012 and remains on various Boards and Committees for the University.  He is Chairman of the 1851 Royal Commission Board of Management, a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry,  Chairman of the Royal Society Advisory Board, Chairman of Garsington Opera, Chairman of the Ashmolean Museum and a Director of The ERA Foundation Limited.  He farms near Thame in Oxfordshire. 

Dr Paul ThompsonPaul Thompson

Dr Paul Thompson was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art in 2009. Prior to this position, Paul served as Director of the Design Museum in London (1993-2001) and Director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York (2001-2009).  Paul graduated from the University of Bristol in 1980 and also holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Victoria and Albert Museum and the board of visitors at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.

Mr Oliver WoolleyOliver Woolley

Oliver Woolley graduated with an MBA from Imperial College London in 1992. Oliver began his career in the food industry, establishing a successful retail catering business in central London and a chain of speciality sausage shops which were sold to Northern Foods in 1997. Since 2004 Oliver has been the co-founder and CEO of Envestors Private Investor Network, which has completed £100m of investment into high growth companies, has over 3,000 registers investors and offices in London, Jersey and Dubai. Oliver Woolley is also a board member for the UK Crowdfunding Association and was previously a board member of the UK Business Angels Association (2006-2014).


Internal Members


President, Professor Alice GastAlice Gast

Professor Alice P. Gast graduated from the University of Southern California and Princeton University. She was a faculty member at Stanford University from 1985 to 2001, and was promoted to full professor in 1995. Professor Gast became President of Imperial College London in 2014. Prior to her appointment at Imperial, she was the 13th President of Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, from August 2006 to August 2014. Other leadership roles include serving as the Vice-President for Research and Associate Provost and Robert T. Haslam Chair in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2001 until 2006. Professor Gast’s academic interest is in surface and interfacial phenomena, in particular the behaviour of complex fluids. She has co-authored numerous scientific publications and a classic textbook on colloid and surface phenomena. She is a member of a number of international advisory committees and boards including the Board of Trustees for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, the Academic Research Council for the Singapore Ministry of Education, and the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Professor Gast was made a United States Science Envoy to the Caucasus and Central Asia in 2010, and in 2012 was appointed to the board of directors of Chevron Corporation.

Provost, Professor Ian Walmsley FRSIan Walmsley

Professor Ian Walmsley FRS became the second Provost of Imperial College London in September 2018. Before joining Imperial, Professor Walmsley served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Oxford. Professor Walmsley graduated from Imperial with first class honours in physics in 1980, and completed his PhD at the University of Rochester before working as a postdoc at Cornell University. He became Assistant Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester in 1988, and held a number of roles there before joining the University of Oxford in 2001 as Professor of Experimental Physics. He was also a Senior Visiting Fellow at Princeton University. He was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) of the University of Oxford in 2009, becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) in 2015. At Oxford, he led the Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub and headed up the creation of the Rosalind Franklin Institute. In recognition of his contributions to quantum optics and ultrafast optics, Professor Walmsley was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, and the Optical Society of America – where he currently serves as President. He was a member of the EPSRC Physics Strategic Advisory Team and was on the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics’ Science Advisory Board.

Chief Financial Officer, Mr Muir SandersonMuir Sanderson

Muir Sanderson is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge. Muir was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Imperial in 2011. Before joining the College, he worked at the management consultancy Booz & Company for 17 years and was made a partner in 2001. At Booz & Company, he worked with clients from a range of industries, notably financial services, the public sector and manufacturers of consumer goods, advising on and supporting the implementation of financial and business strategies and held senior leadership roles including UK Managing Partner from 2007 to 2010. He was a member of the team which created Booz & Company from the organisation Booz Allen & Hamilton in 2008. Prior to joining Booz & Company, Muir worked in manufacturing engineering for the international automotive components company T&N plc.

Vice-President (Advancement), Mr Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy joined Imperial College as the new Vice-President (Advancement) in June 2019, following Sarah Porter Waterbury’s retirement in May 2019. A highly successful global fundraiser with almost thirty years of experience, Michael has worked with scientists and leading educational institutions throughout his career. Prior to joining Imperial, he was the Chief Development Officer at the prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in the US. Michael has also worked extensively in the UK; He led on The Royal Society’s 350th anniversary fundraising campaign, and also served as Chief Executive of the Foundation and Friends of Kew Gardens for six years. He began his career at Antioch College in Ohio, and has experience leading fundraising campaigns across the world.

College Secretary, Mr John NeilsonJohn Neilson

John Neilson is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge. John joined Imperial College London in May 2012 following a career in Whitehall, which began in the Department of Energy, where he worked on several privatisations, including gas and electricity. In the late 1980s, he worked in the Economic Secretariat of the Cabinet Office, before becoming Principal Private Secretary to John Wakeham when he was Energy Secretary. In the 1990s, he led the Department of Trade and Industry teams advising on telecommunications and then aerospace and defence, before becoming an executive board member of the gas and electricity regulator Ofgem. From 2005 until 2011, John was Director of Research Base in the Department for Business Innovation & Skills and its predecessors, where he advised on the £6 billion spent annually on public research in universities and institutes. He sat on five Research Councils. In his final civil service post before joining Imperial, John was Director of Financial Management in the Ministry of Defence, which included his being a non-executive director of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the Met Office.

President of Imperial College Union, Rob TomkiesRob Tomkies

Rob Tomkies has been President of Imperial College Union since August 2018. Rob studied Geophysics at Imperial, specializing in hydrodynamic modelling, and has previously held the role of Royal School of Mines Union President 2017-18. He has particular focus on improving the inclusivity and accessibility of all aspects of student experience, specifically with regard to the STEM sector. Rob is currently focused on two key areas, empowering and providing communication platforms for underrepresented groups within the student body, and championing the link between wellbeing and academic performance.

Council Members