St George's Council includes the following independent Council members, none of whom are staff or students at the University.

Professor Mike Spyer

mike spyerProfessor Mike Spyer was appointed Chair of Council of St George’s, University of London in October 2013, in succession to Mrs Judith Evans.

Professor Spyer has a long and distinguished career in higher education and in healthcare. A physiologist by training, he graduated from the University of Sheffield and completed his PhD at Birmingham University, where he became a senior research fellow. He was formerly Dean of the Royal Free and UCL Medical Schools before being appointed as Vice-provost for Biomedicine at UCL and Head of its medical school. He subsequently became UCL’s first Vice-provost (Enterprise).  Professor Spyer was closely involved in UCL’s role in establishing the Francis Crick Institute. He remains an active scientist who has previously chaired the research grant committees and was president of the Physiology Society.

Professor Spyer has held a number of non-executive posts with NHS bodies, including North Middlesex NHS Trust, Royal Free (Hampstead) NHS Trust, the North London NHS Cancer Network Board, North Central Strategic Health Authority and NHS London. In 2011 Prof Spyer became Chair of NHS London and held this post until April 2013. Professor Spyer has been a Trustee/Director of the Anthony Nolan Trust since 2000 and both a Trustee and Chair of Lady Gould Charity.


Anthony Bicknell

anthony bicknellAnthony Bicknell is a chartered accountant with extensive experience at board level in a range of sectors, both private sector and not-for-profit.

His recent experience includes acting as the Executive Director of Elizabeth Finn Care, a national charity helping those in financial need, responsible for Business & Commercial Development. He has also acted as the Chief Financial Officer of Prime plc, a property company specializing in primary healthcare, both directly on its own account, and in partnership with NHS organisations.

Anthony has served as the Finance and Investment Director on the Board of Community Health Partnerships, a specialist agency owned by the Department of Health, which oversees local partnerships established to improve the property infrastructure required for delivering primary and community-based care using joint ventures between local NHS organisations and private sector investors/ suppliers. 

From 2009 to 2012 Anthony represented the public interest as a Public Member of Network Rail. He is a graduate of Oxford University.


David Carter

David Carter A chartered accountant, David Carter worked for ICI PLC for almost 30 years, latterly as Global Head of its Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) team.  David was an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of ICI's public company in India, and his non-executive duties included acting as Non-executive Director of ICI's three public companies in Pakistan and India, chairmanship of the audit committees and membership of the remuneration committees.

Since 2008 David has developed a range of voluntary unpaid interests, principally in the arts and education sectors.  His non-executive roles have included Board memberships of the Almeida Theatre Company, Kingston University, the BRIT School for Performing Arts and The English Speaking Union. 

In addition he has been an independent external member of the Department of Culture, Media & Sport's Audit and Risk Committee, and of Arts Council Englands's Finance and Performance Committee.  He is a trained mentor and is a trustee of Priority School Lewes Memorial Chapel Trust.


Michael Draper

michael draperMichael Draper is Vice-Chair of Council, and has over 25 years of wide-ranging experience as a corporate/commercial solicitor with major London law firms.

He was a partner for twenty years, including fifteen years with CMS Cameron McKenna, where he established a reputation as a leading adviser to companies in the life-sciences and healthcare sectors. Whilst at that firm, he also had responsibilities for the training and recruitment of lawyers. 

Michael is also a trustee of the William Harvey Research Foundation and is a graduate of Cambridge University.


Professor Sian Harding

Sian Harding resize Professor Sian Harding is Professor of Cardiac Pharmacology at NHLI, Imperial College London, Head of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences and Director of the Imperial British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine Centre.

Her work has centered on the myocardium in heart failure, especially beta-adrenergic mechanisms. She was principal investigator on the first UK Gene therapy Trial in LVAD (left ventricular assist device) patients, aimed at improving cardiac contractility. She is now studying the pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte, both for disease modelling and cardiac repair.

Professor Harding is former President of the European Section of the International Society for Heart Research and member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. She has been elected Fellow of both the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology, and is on the Board of the British Society of Gene and Cell Therapy.


Sir David Henshaw

David Henshaw councilSir David Henshaw was appointed Interim Chair of St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2016.  He has been Chair of Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust since 2010.

He has held positions as Interim Chair at University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (2012-2013) and Interim Chair at Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust (2013-2014).

Sir David was previously Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council from 1998 to 2005.  He was knighted in 2004.


Don Kennedy

Don Kennedy

Don Kennedy is a Founder and Director of Snappy Snaps, the retail imaging franchise which now has 120 stores nationally. He is a committed entrepreneur, having established several businesses over more than 30 years. 

He studied law and accountancy at Cardiff University and has been a Governor at St Mary's University College since 2003.

Don is a Justice of the Peace and has been a member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee and the Independent Monitoring Board at HM Prison and Young Offenders Institute, Bronzefield. 

Don is currently a trustee for both a pension fund and a private trust.


Dr Rima Makarem

Rima resizeDr Rima Makarem has extensive experience in healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry. She currently runs her own consultancy business and holds a portfolio of non-executive positions. These include: Non-Executive Director and Chair at University College London Hospitals; Chair of the National Travel Health Network and Centre; Trustee of UCLH Charity and Trustee of Anchor Trust. 

Rima has served as the Audit Chair at NHS London and at NHS Haringey before that. She was also a board member of Health Education South London. Previously, Rima was Director of Competitive Excellence at GlasxoSmithKline and prior to that, a management consultant. 

Rima is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a PhD in Biochemistry and an MBA from INSEAD Business School.


Professor Steven Spier

Professor Steven Spier was appointed Acting Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University in October 2016. Prior to this he was Dean of Kingston University’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture for four years as well as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Culture and Civic Engagement). His early career saw him based in a number of European cities including Berlin, Zurich (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich) and Hamburg (as founding Principal of the HafenCity University). He was Head of the School of Architecture and Design in Belfast, and Head of the School of Architecture at Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

Professor Spier was a founding Director of Architecture and Design Scotland and was a long-serving board member of Scottish Ballet. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and of the German Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA), both for services to architecture education. He is currently a board member of the cutting edge Glasgow-based production house Cryptic - much vaunted for its work fusing music, sonic art, theatre and multimedia.

He holds a degree in philosophy from Haverford College, Philadelphia and completed postgraduate studies at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He was born in Montreal, grew up in the USA and holds four passports.


Sue Rimmer OBE

sue rimmerSue Rimmer has been Principal and CEO of South Thames College for over 14 years and has over thirty years experience in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Sue has has served on a range of regional and national policy and advisory groups.  As well as her membership of Council at St George's she is currently Chair of both London Capital Colleges and of the Principal's Professional Council; a skills commissioner on the All Parliamentary Skills Group, and a trustee of The Girls Network.  Sue was formerly Chair of the Association of Colleges, London Region and a board member of the London Development Agency.  Sue is a fellow of the RSA.


Catherine Swarbrick

catherine swarbrickCatherine Swarbrick has most recently been the Director of Administration and Secretary to the Board of Trustees at the University of London, which is a federation of 18 self-governing institutions.

Catherine’s career to date has been varied and rewarding. She began as a secondary school teacher before moving into the management of professional standard setting bodies – the British Computer Society and the Royal College of Practitioners. This was followed by a role in the not-for-profit sector as the Chief Executive of the National Childbirth Trust. Her most recent posts have been in the Higher Education sector including a number of years as the Director of Administration at St George’s Hospital Medical School, now St George’s University of London.  Catherine is a member of the Board and the Audit Committee of Tower Hamlets College in East London.

Catherine has an in depth knowledge of corporate governance and led a small team in the radical restructuring of the complex governance arrangements of the University of London. She has worked extensively with Boards on strategic planning and has led multi-professional  teams in successful business change programmes.


Ewart Wooldridge CBE

Ewart WooldridgeEwart Wooldridge was the founding Chief Executive of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education from 2003-2013. He has continued with a portfolio of consultancy, advisory and governance roles in the HE sector. He is currently a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

Previously, he was Principal and Chief Executive of the Civil Service College, and a Chief Officer in Local Government. Before that he worked in HR and general management roles in the media, television, and the arts. He was Director of Operations at London’s South Bank Arts Centre in the mid 1990s. 

Ewart was awarded the CBE for services to leadership in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2004. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Cardiff University in 2012 and an honorary doctorate from the Open University in 2014.


Dr Sally Worth

Sally WorthSally Worth has over twenty years experience of management and leadership, gained from senior positions across many sectors: private, public, not-for-profit and higher education. 

Her particular areas of professional and academic interest are all within the broad span of Organisation Development and Human Resources, where business strategy aligns and integrates with the development of staff. She is particularly interested in cultural change, management and leadership development, executive coaching, talent management, diversity and wellbeing. 

Sally's doctoral thesis explored coaching women towards authencity in their careers and focused on female academics.  She is partciularly dedicated to supporting women in their careers and is a role model and mentor for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education's Aurora programme, and a member of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering).  She has significant experience in supporting higher education institutions with their applications for Athena SWAN awards and is a panel member, reviewing applications. 


Last Updated: Wednesday, 07 December 2016 10:55

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