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Composition

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

Membership

Court Members
Member of CourtBiography

 External Members

 

John Allan CBE (Chair)

John Allan

John Allan graduated in mathematical sciences from the University of Edinburgh in 1970. He became Chair of the Council of Imperial College in January 2020. He currently chairs two FTSE 100 companies, Tesco and Barratt Developments. He is also Vice President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), having been President until June 2020. His early career was spent with Lever Brothers, Bristol-Myers Company and Fine Fare. He was Chief Financial Officer and a Board Member of Deutsche Post DHL, and Chief Executive of Exel, the global supply chain company. He has been a non-executive director at Royal Mail, PHS Group, the Home Office Supervisory Board, National Grid, Wolseley, Hamleys, 3i and Connell. Previously he has been Chairman of London First, of Worldpay and of Dixons Retail. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006, for services to freight transport.

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.

 
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.

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 salesforce.com. 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 Ian McCulloch

Ian McCulloch

Ian is the President of the Royal Albert Hall. He is a consultant for the law firm BDB Pitmans and has been a trustee of the hall, and a member of its Council since 2014. His specialisms include Parliamentary procedure, statutory consents, planning for transport infrastructure, compulsory purchase and compensation, wills, tax and trusts for private clients, public body constitutions and charity law. He chairs the Royal Albert Hall’s Council meetings, and its Governance and Ethics Committee, the HR and Remuneration Committee and the Hall’s legal working group. He is also a member of the Marketing and PR Committee. As President, Ian also chairs the separate charity, the Royal Albert Hall Trust, which receives and raises funds for the Hall.

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.

Dr. Kerry O’Donnelly Weaver

Kerry is CEO and co-founder of FungiAlert. FungiAlert's proprietary technology, SporSenZ, captures and isolates active and dominant microbes from the field, facilitating a Microbial Discovery Platform for agricultural products. She has an MRes and a PhD (Chemical Biology) from Imperial and has previously worked as a Research Scientist at GSK, and as a Research Associate at Imperial. She was the winner of the 2015 Chemical Biology CDT den competition and Imperial College’s Venture Catalyst Challenge, as well as being runners up in the Althea-Imperial Programme. Kerry was also nominated as one of the 175 RSC faces of Chemistry for the work that she has done with FungiAlert

 Ms Christina Friis Blach Petersen

Christina Petersen

Christina Friis Blach Petersen is the Co-founder and CEO of LYS. A finalist in the 2016 WE Innovate programme, Christina founded LYS with the mission to enable healthier living with light. LYS develops science-based technology and data-driven solutions to make light healthy and available to everyone. She holds an MSc in Innovation Design Engineering from Imperial College London and an MA from the Royal College of Art. In 2018, Christina was the winner of MIT’s '35 Innovators under 35' award.

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.

Professor Joe Smith

Joe is Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), where he leads the UK's learned society and professional body for geography. Prior to this he was Professor of Environment and Society and head of geography at the Open University. His academic work has focused on environmental communication, history, policy and politics. He has worked extensively with broadcast media, advising on both specific programmes and broad strategy in relation to the presentation of environmental issues to mass audiences. Joe holds a BA in Social and Political Sciences and a PhD in Geography from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He is also a Director of Smith of Derby Ltd., a 160-year-old public clock making company.

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

Prior to her appointment at Imperial, Professor Gast was the 13th President of Lehigh University 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 - 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 was a faculty member at Stanford University from 1985 to 2001, being promoted to full professor in 1995. She was also affiliated with the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory.
Professor Gast is a member of a number of UK and international advisory committees and boards including the League of European Research Universities (LERU); the Academic Research Council for the Singapore Ministry of Education and the Mayor of London’s Brexit Advisory Panel. She was made a United States Science Envoy to the Caucasus and Central Asia in 2010. In 2012, she was appointed to the board of directors of Chevron Corporation. Professor Gast is a member of the World Economic Forum Global University Leaders' Forum (GULF) and a Co-Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR).
Professor Gast is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the City and Guilds of London Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Académie des Technologies, France, and she was a board member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 2006 - 2010. She has been awarded honorary degrees by the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, and the University of Western Ontario. In 2017 she received an honorary professorship from Tsinghua University.

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, Abhijay Sood

Abhijay Sood

 

Abhijay Sood has been President of the Imperial College Union since 2019. He studied Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial, with a particular interest in quantum physics and spatial interaction modelling, and has conducted research in the Grantham Institute.

Abhijay has held roles as an academic representative in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, helping bring an undergraduate teaching assistant scheme to Physics and a new common room to Life Sciences. He has also been a club chair and sat as an elected student on the Union’s Board of Trustees, overseeing finance and governance in the Union. His focus this year is on representation: ensuring that, wherever possible, those affected by decisions the College makes are directly involved in the decision-making process. His other priorities include developing the Union’s Strategy for 2020-23, getting student staff in the Union paid the London Living wage, and ethical investment on the part of the College.

 

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