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Council Members Mini Biographies October 2020

Mr Mukhtar Ahmed – Independent Member of Council

Mukhtar Ahmed is currently the President of the Science Group at Clarivate Analytics.  His senior leadership  experience spans over 25 years within the biopharmaceutical, technology and healthcare industries. He was formerly the President of eHealth Solutions at Bioclinica and prior to that, he was Global Vice President at Oracle Corporation.  He has also held executive and board level positions with various multi-national corporations including Medidata Solutions, Parexel and Kendle International, as well as non-executive and board advisory positions with the National Health Service (NHS) and a variety of venture and private equity backed companies. 

Dr Vineta Bhalla – Independent Member of Council

Vineta Bhalla is a doctor and senior global public health leader with policy, strategy and implementation experience in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia and the World Health Organisation.  She specialises in health system redesign for integrated care and population health. 

Vineta was the Director of Community and Out-of-Hospital Care Programme at the NHS TDA until December 2015, having previously worked at the University College London Hospitals NHS Trust.  She is currently Clinic Lead for Deloitte UK-Middle East.  Vineta also serves on the Board of London Northwest Healthcare NHS Trust.  She chairs the London Northwest Healthcare Charity and the Joint Digital Care Record Programme for NW London. 

Vineta has received various honours and awards during her career, including Public Service Medal and National Day Honours from the Government of Singapore for her leadership in the fight against the SARS epidemic and for her role as the National Director of Hospitals for Singapore. 

Vineta was recently appointed as a Senior Editorial Advisor to the journal, Internal Health.  She has served as a Fellow with the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London and the NHS Staff College.  

Mr Mark Garrett – Independent Member of Council

Mark Garrett is Chief Strategy Officer at Ricardo PLC having filled several other roles during his 21 years there including the leadership of both the European and US technical consulting divisions.  Prior to joining Ricardo, Mark spent 14 years in various powertrain-related roles in the Rover Group, including at the BMW Engineering Centre in Munich.  Mark is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineering.  Mark is also the non-executive chairman of Secured by Design Limited.

Ms Hema Ghantiwala – Independent Member of Council

Ms Ghantiwala is a highly accomplished senior executive with over ten years’ experience operating at board level in a variety of executive and non-executive roles for large, complex organisations. She currently works for the NCR Corporation. She formerly held the post of Head of Legal – Global Telecoms Market at British Telecom PLC and former roles include Non-Executive Director for Brent Teaching Primary Care Trust, EMEA Region Counsel, Head of Legal Department for UK and Northern Europe; and a Director and Company Secretary for NCR Ltd. Ms Ghantiwala is also an Ambassador for Public Appointments for the Government Equalities Office and a trustee for the National Foundation for Educational Research. 

Professor Paul Hellewell – Vice-Provost Representative on Council

Professor Paul Hellewell graduated in Pharmacology from King's College London then undertook a PhD at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge.  After a period of post-doctoral research in London he was awarded an MRC Travelling Fellowship to undertake further research in Denver, USA.

In 1990 he returned to the UK, spent two years at British Biotechnology in Oxford before taking up a Senior Lectureship at Imperial College and was then appointed to a Chair in Vascular Biology in Sheffield in 1998.  There he had a number of leadership roles in the Medical School and Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, latterly Faculty Director of Research and Innovation. 

Paul is a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society and of the Royal Society of Biology.  Paul joined Brunel University London in August 2014 as Dean in the newly created College of Health and Life Sciences (now College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences), taking responsibility for aligning key strategic objectives with teaching and research.  He became Vice-Provost and Dean in August 2018. 

Key achievements include: leading strategic reviews in Social Work and Health Sciences, reviewing the College structure and implementing changes, improving the College's financial position which has seen high growth particularly in the areas of Biosciences and Psychology, establishing 3 new College Research Centres and developing the Brunel Partners for Academic Centre for Health Sciences. 

Paul is also very much focussed on leading his College to develop graduates that can make a real difference to the world around them. 

Paul is an active member of the Senior Leadership Team and represents the College on a number of committees including Executive Board and Council.  Future priorities include the establishment of a Brunel Medical School, introduction of online learning programmes, growing activities in the Brunel Partners for Academic Centre for Health Sciences, galvanising research opportunities and further improving the College's financial position.   

Ms Lucinda Hunt – Deputy Chair and Independent Member of Council 

Ms Hunt is the Director of the Royal Institution.  Ms Hunt was previously Head at Notting Hill and Ealing High School, GDST. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics from Imperial College London and a PGCE from the University of Oxford. Ms Hunt began her career in 1982 as a Teacher at The Cherwell Upper School in Oxford. After a variety of teaching posts in Australia and France, she returned to the UK in 1991, joining Putney High School as a Teacher of Physics. She moved to Wimbledon High School a year later, progressing to Head of Sixth Form in 1996 and to Head of the Faculty of Sciences in 1998.

Following a secondment to Goldman Sachs in 2000, Ms Hunt assumed the position of Deputy Head (Director of Studies) at St Paul’s Girls’ School. She assumed her previous role as Head in 2008.

Ms Hunt stepped down from her role as Head at NHEHS in August 2016. She plans to spend more time sailing, skiing and improving her French, and is looking forward to having the time and the opportunity to develop other aspects of her professional life, including her new role on the Brunel University London Council and existing commitment to the Royal Institution.

Professor Rebecca Lingwood – Provost 

Professor Rebecca Lingwood joined Brunel University London as Provost (and Professor of Fluid Dynamics) in August 2018 from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) where she was Vice-Principal for Education and Professor of Fluid Dynamics.  Rebecca has a successful track record of combining research and education with supporting partnerships between academia and private-, public and third-sector organizations.  She researches laminar-turbulent transition of complex fluid flows, and holds an affiliated professorship at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, where her research group is based.  She continues to publish widely in her field and has served on several national and international review panels and boards.  Rebecca is a member of the board of the West London Institute of Technology, a trustee of the Daphne Jackson Trust, Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and Principal Fellow of the HEA.  In earlier years, Rebecca graduated in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and, after completing her PhD, was awarded a Maudslay Research Fellowship and then a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship in Cambridge.  She then held a number of posts in Oxford, before returning to Cambridge in 2009 to become Director of the Institute of Continuing Education, Warden of Madingley Hall and hold a number of university-wide roles.  During this time, Rebecca led the establishment of the University Technical College (UTC) Cambridge on behalf of Cambridge University Health Partners, becoming Founding Member and Vice-Chair of Governors.  In 2015, Rebecca joined QMUL and, in addition to her substantive roles, was Chair of the Estates Strategy Board and had senior executive oversight of QMUL's two sponsored two multi-academy trusts (MATs); she led the process of academization of two schools and, in paralle, the formation of one of these MATs, becoming the founding Chair of the MAT Board.  Rebecca is a member of the Universities UK TEF Working Group and is co-lead of a Universities UK-sponsored project looking at the effect of social background on graduate success. 

Ms Josie Mangan - Elected Member of Council

Josie Mangan has been duly elected as a Member of Council, representing the University's Administrative, Clerical, Secretarial, and Professional Staff from 1 August 2020 until 31 July 2024.

Josie has been working at Brunel University London for the past 15 years.  Josie is on various University Committees such as the Staff Consultative Committee, the University Health and Safety Committee etc.  Josie is also on the Rewards and Recognition Panel at the University. 

Josie has been the University's UNISON Branch Secretary for the past 3 years.  Josie is the Chair of the Greater London Higher Education Committee and retains a general seat on the Higher Education Service Group Executive Committee.   

Josie is a member of the Reading Team at her place of worship - St Bernadette Catholic Church Hillingdon.  Prior to her employment at the University, Josie worked at The Irish Embassy, and in Logistics with various Fashion Houses.  Josie also worked as a Licensee of a Public House for several years.

Mr Andrew Murphy, BEng, FCA (Chief Financial Officer)

Andrew joined the University as Chief Financial Officer in October 2018.  Prior to taking up this role Andrew held the position of Chief Financial Officer at the University of London (UoL) for 5 years (a unique organisation that looks to support its seventeen independent member institutions as well as its own development).  During his time at UoL, Andrew reshaped and reorganised the Finance and Planning department, overseeing major investments such as the £140M redevelopment of the university's halls of residence at Cartwright Gardens and the development of a new 511 bed 32 story residence in Stratford.

Prior to this Andrew worked for 7 years as Finance Director at Imperial College London, and before this held increasingly senior finance positions for over 15 years at British Airways, Amersham plc and GE.  Andrew trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse after obtaining his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham.  

Professor Mariann Rand-Weaver - Vice-Provost [Education]

Professor Rand-Weaver is a member of Council and the Vice-Provost [Education] at Brunel University London where she provides academic leadership and strategic guidance to enhance the University’s educational provision.  Professor Rand-Weaver is responsible for the University’s external regulatory compliance. Born and educated in Norway until the age of 17, Mariann attended United World College of the Atlantic (Wales) to study for her International Baccalaureate Diploma. She remained in the UK, gaining a First Class BSc Honours Degree and a PhD in Biochemistry from Queen Elizabeth College (now part of King’s College London).  Following postdoctoral work in Norway and Japan, Mariann came to Brunel as a Research Fellow in 1991, and was appointed lecturer in 1995. Mariann is a Principal Fellow of AdvanceHE previously Higher Education Academy, and an experienced academic who is championing sector leading initiatives such as digital examinations and integrated programme assessment. She has held a range of senior roles, including Head of Biosciences; Deputy Head of School of Health Sciences and Social Care; and for several years was Pro-Vice Chancellor (Quality Assurance and Enhancement). Mariann has published widely in comparative endocrinology and ecotoxicology, served on editorial boards and acted as expert reviewer for international research councils. She is committed to integrated academic practice, and continues to teach, supervise PhD students and peer review. Mariann has served on its Curriculum Committee and is now a Fellow of the Royal Society for Biology.  Mariann is a member of the Society for Endocrinology, a Trustee and Board Member of the AQA [The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance], and is a Governor of HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College).

Ms Tone Rosingholm - Independent Member of Council

Ms Rosingholm is a Venture Partner at Dreamstake Capital, a London based accelerator for technology start-ups. She is on the Board of Aid:Tech, a fintech company delivering development aid through blockchain digital identity, and Quarkonics, an AI driven technology solutions company. Ms Rosingholm was previously an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Investment Bank, and has studied in Norway, France and North America. She is a graduate of l’Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP, Grande Ecole) and has completed the General Management Program, Executive Education, at Harvard Business School.

Ms Amanda Rowlatt CBE - Independent Member of Council 

Ms Rowlatt is an experienced director in the civil service and is currently Chief Analyst at the Department for Transport.  She has been Chief Economist in several government departments, and has held policy director roles at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for International Development. She was a former board member of the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. She is currently a board member of Voluntary Services Overseas and a Council Member for the Society of Business Economists. 

Professor Michael Spyer - Chair of Council

Professor Spyer was a former Vice-Provost (Enterprise) at the University College London and until 2013 was Chairman of NHS London. He was a member of HEFCE’s Research Selectivity Review Board for Basic Medical Sciences on two separate occasions. Professor Spyer has held several positions in the field of medicine such as Director at the Autonomic Neuroscience Institute, Director of the British Heart Foundation Neural Control Group at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, Chairman of Basic Medical Sciences at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and Vice Dean of the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine.  Professor Spyer was a Deputy Chair of the Committee of University Chairs [CUC]; and is a Board Member of the Universities & Colleges Employers Association [UCEA].

Dr Kevin Thomas – Independent Member of Council

Dr Thomas was a non-executive Chairman of civil nuclear joint ventures at Babcock International Group plc. He joined Babcock International Group plc in 2002, initially heading its facilities management business as Managing Director, before moving to head the Group’s business development function and acquisition programme. In 2009 he became CEO of the Support Services Division at Babcocks, a position he held until 2016. He is an alumnus of the University graduating with a Master’s in Public and Social Administration. His early career included working in local government, heading the Policy and Administration at the London Borough of Southwark, before joining Serco Group plc.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a Non-Executive Director of FTSE-listed recruitment company, Harvey Nash Group plc.  

Dr Peter D. Thomas - Elected Member of Council

Dr Peter D. Thomas joined Brunel University London as a Lecturer in the History of Political Thought on 1 July 2010. He studied at the University of Queensland, Freie Universität Berlin, L’Università “Federico II” in Naples, and the Universiteit van Amsterdam, where he completed his doctorate. He has been a member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, a research fellow at the University of Helsinki and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, and a recipient of Australian, British, German, Italian and Dutch government-funded research fellowships. He has also held visiting professor and scientist positions at the Universität Wien, Fudan University, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, and the University of Sydney. He has published widely in the fields of the history of political thought, the history of philosophy, and political theory, and has translated scholarly monographs and articles in these fields. A Brunel Student-Led Teaching Award winning supervisor, he has twice been elected to the Brunel Senate, and has acted as the Senior Tutor and Director of Undergraduate Programmes in Politics and History and as a member of the Education Enhancement Committee. He currently serves on the Brunel Misconduct and Professional Suitability Board and the Academic Appeals Committee. Dr Thomas is a member of the editorial boards and scientific councils of a number of international peer-reviewed journals, book series and scholarly collaborations.

Ms Anne Waltham - Independent Member of Council

Ms Waltham is an experienced real estate litigation Partner at Gowling WLG (formerly Wragge Lawrence Graham/ Wragge & Co) which she joined in 2003 having previously been a Partner at Hogan Lovells between 1998 and 2003.  Prior to this Ms Waltham was a Solicitor at Lovell White Durrant, Oppenheimers and Linklaters. 

A graduate in Law from King’s College London, Ms Waltham was a Trustee at Our Sorority and is a mentor for students at her alma mater.

Professor John Wood, CBE - Independent Member of Council

Professor Wood has now retired from the Association of Commonwealth Universities where he was formerly the Secretary General. Professor Wood is a Commissioner on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC).  He holds the posts of Honorary Professor of Materials at Imperial College London, Honorary Professor of Nanotechnology at University College London, Honorary Chairs, Liverpool Hope University, University of Cumbria and the World University of Bangladesh. Professor Wood is also a Honorary Distinguished Research Fellow, Department of Materials, University of Cambridge, a Honorary Fellow, Synchrotrone Trieste, Italy, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Honorary Citizen of Honour, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, a Fellow of the Institutes of Physics; and a Liveryman and member of Court, Worshipful Company of Founders.  His previous appointments include Senior International Relations Adviser to Imperial College London, Principal of the Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London and Chief Executive for the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils.  Professor Wood has held several directorships and public appointments, the most recent being Director of M4 Technologies [Nottingham], Bio-nano Consulting and Aquafirm [part of Bio-nano holdings] [London]; and a Director of CRAC [Cambridge].  Professor Wood is also an Adviser to Warwick University on Brexit.


Charities of which Council Members have Trustee or similar status:

London Northwest Healthcare Charity - Dr Vineta Bhalla [Chair]

National Foundation for Educational Research – Ms Hema Ghantiwala [Trustee]

West London Institute of Technology - Professor Rebecca Lingwood [Board Member]

Daphne Jackson Trust - Professor Rebecca Lingwood [Trustee]

Royal Aeronautical Society - Professor Rebecca Lingwood [Council Member]

Harrow College and Uxbridge College [HCUC] - Professor Mariann Rand-Weaver [Trustee]

The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance [AQA] - Professor Mariann Rand-Weaver [Trustee and Board Member]

The Society for Endocrinology - Professor Mariann Rand-Weaver [Member]

Voluntary Services Overseas – Ms Amanda Rowlatt [Board Member]

Society of Professional Economists – Ms Amanda Rowlatt [Council Member]

Universities & Colleges Employers Association – Professor Mike Spyer [Board Member]

Stables Christian Centre – Professor John Wood [Chair and Trustee]