Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield, GCB, GCMG, HONDCL(OXON), HONFICE, FIC, FRS was the Chairman of the Governing Body at Imperial from 1962-1974.

He was educated in Oxford and called to the Bar in 1927 before he joined the Diplomatic Service. He had a distinguished career as Ambassador to Washington, 1945-1947 and 1952-1956. After this he held positions as Joint Permanent Secretary to the Treasury and Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. He became Barron of Sherfield in 1960 before taking the post of Chairman at Imperial in 1962.