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

Michael Draper

michael draperMichael Draper is 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 joined St George's in 2009 and has chaired the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee.  He was appointed Chair of Council in May 2017.

Michael was a trustee of the William Harvey Research Foundation from 2012-2017, and is a graduate of Cambridge University.


Anthony Bicknell

anthony bicknell Anthony 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 England's Finance and Performance Committee.  He is a trained mentor and is a trustee of Priority School Lewes Memorial Chapel Trust.

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.

M ‘Josh’ Joshi

M ‘Josh’ Joshi

M ‘Josh’ Joshi has over 20 years’ experience as a finance director for international technology and telecommunications businesses. Most recently Josh was chief financial officer of Interxion Holding NV, a pan European datacenter business, publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange and headquartered in the Netherlands.

Before joining Interxion, Josh worked as group finance director for Leisure and Gaming plc and Telecity Group plc both publicly listed on the London Stock Exchange. He was also one of the founders of the private equity-backed alternative network Storm Telecommunications. Early in his career Josh worked in professional practice, latterly with Arthur Andersen & Co.

Josh holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial College, London and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Dr Rima Makarem

Rima MakaremDr 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.

Gillian Norton

Gillian Norton

Gillian Norton took up the role of Chair of St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in April 2017, having joined as a non-executive Director in June 2016. Gillian was Chief Executive of Richmond Council from 1999 to 2017.

Gillian started her career as a graduate trainee at the Greater London Council moving to Woking Borough Council as a Chief Officer, and then in 1994 to Wokingham Borough Council as Chief Executive, taking it from a district to unitary authority.

In addition to her Richmond responsibilities, Gillian has led the self-improvement agenda on behalf of the Chief Executives of all 33 London boroughs for a number of years, as well as being lead Chief Executive for health issues in the South London Partnership, an organisation of the local authorities of South West London.

Damian Reid

Damian Reid

Damian Reid is an experienced finance and strategy professional and has been responsible for leading finance and strategy teams for over 15 years.

From January 2015 until December 2017, Damian was the Chief Financial Officer of Pro Bono Bio, a developer and marketer of innovative nanotechnology based healthcare products. From 2007 to 2014 he was a founder and Chief Financial Officer of Augere, a newly formed broadband services provider using wireless networks in emerging markets trading under the Qubee brand.

In the period from 1998 until 2007, Damian held the positions of Executive Vice President, Strategy and Planning at France Telecom, a pan-European telecoms service provider and Chief Strategy Officer at Marconi, a major UK listed technology business. From 1988 to 1998, Damian was an investment banker at SG Warburg (now part of Union Bank of Switzerland). He qualified as chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1987.

Dr Bina Rawal

Bina Rawal

Dr Bina Rawal  is interim Head of Strategic Partnerships at Cancer Research UK. She has held senior executive positions in the pharmaceutical industry, including Director of Research, Medical & Innovation at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) where she had responsibility for driving the agenda for Research & Development and Innovation in the UK on behalf of ABPI member companies.

She joined the ABPI in October 2012 from the Wellcome Trust, where she was Head of Clinical Development within the research charity's Technology Transfer (Innovations) Division. Bina completed her undergraduate and postgraduate medical training in London and holds Fellowships of the Royal College of Pathologists and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

Sue Rimmer OBE

sue rimmerSue Rimmer was Principal and CEO of South Thames College for more than 15 years, and has over 30 years' experience in the further education and skills sector. She was awarded an OBE in 2011 in recognition for her services to Further Education, nationally and regionally.

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

Professor Steven Spier

S SpierProfessor 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.

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 authenticity in their careers and focused on female academics.  She is particularly 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. 

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