The USS Valuation Staff Working Group was established in May 2021 to discuss matters relating to the ongoing USS valuation and inform the College's position. The group has representation from across the College, including a representative from UCU. Members were invited based on previous expertise or experience with pension schemes or due to engagement with forums such as the USS drop-in sessions.

The group will meet monthly for an initial period of six months and is tasked with:

  • Seeking input and feed into consultations the views of their peers to help form College responses
  • Reviewing the College's responses to surveys and consultations and to advise and support development of College approach to the USS valuation
  • Debating and contributing to support the development of options arising from the valuation process
  • Advising on the approach to communication through the valuation process
  • Providing an interface with other relevant areas and networks

The group is chaired by Professor Richard Craster, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. As the group meets, updates on their meetings will be posted on this page.

Group membership

Professor Richard Craster

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Professor Richard Craster
Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Chair of USS Valuation Staff Working Group

Professor Alessandro Astolfi

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Professor Alessandro Astolfi
Professor of Non-Linear Control Theory, Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Professor Axel Gandy

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Professor Axel Gandy
Chair in Statistics, Department of Mathematics

Dr Emma Watson

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Dr Emma Watson
Department Operations Manager, Department of Earth Sciences and Engineering

James Andrewes

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James Andrewes
Education Office Manager, Department of Life Sciences

Joanna O'Brien

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Joanna O'Brien
Institute Manager, National Heart and Lung Institute

Professor James Sefton

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Professor James Sefton
Chair in Economics, Imperial College Business School

Paul Brown

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Paul Brown
Mechanical Instrumentation Workshop Manager, Department of Physics

Dr Prashant Srivastav

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Dr Prashant Srivastav
Lecturer, National Heart and Lung Institute

Dr Sina Stapelfeldt

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Dr Sina Stapelfeldt
Advanced Research Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr Steve Millership

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Dr Steve Millership
Research Fellow, Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Dr Thomas Ouldridge

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Dr Thomas Ouldridge
Senior Lecturer, Department of Bioengineering

Dr Toby Andrew

Dr Toby Andrew

Dr Toby Andrew
Senior Lecturer, Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Support to Chair and Working Group

  • Audrey Fraser – Head of HR Reward, Engagement and Policy
  • Carey Southward – Senior Pensions Specialist
  • Elizabeth Nixon – Internal Communications Manager
  • Helen Young – HR Adviser (Reward, Engagement & Policy)

Total Remuneration Working Group

The USS Staff Working Group provides feedback and advice to the broader Total Remuneration Working Group, which discusses matters relating to the College's Total Remuneration Package

The group is led by the Provost, Professor Ian Walmsley, and is comprised of:

  • Amanda Wolthuizen - Director of Public Affairs
  • Audrey Fraser - Head of HR Reward, Engagement and Policy
  • Carey Southward - Senior Pensions Specialist
  • Elizabeth Nixon - Internal Communications Manager
  • Harbhajan Brar - Director of Human Resources
  • Harriet Whewell - Executive Officer to the Provost
  • Jesse Alter - Head of Community Communications
  • Max Lacey - Communications Manager
  • Muir Sanderson - Chief Financial Officer
  • Richard Craster - Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Chair of USS Valuation Staff Working Group
  • Richard Martin - Director of Academic Services
  • Tony Lawrence - Director of Finance