All internal members of Council are staff or students at St George's.

Professor Jenny Higham

Professor Jenny Higham

Professor Jenny Higham is Principal at St George's, University of London. She previously had senior roles at Imperial College and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore.

In addition to managerial roles, she continues clinical practice. She has been named Mentor of the Year at the Women of the Future Awards, and has received a President and Rector's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence, as well as the Imperial College Medal for outstanding leadership.

Professor Deborah Bowman MBE

Prof. Deborah BowmanDeborah Bowman is Professor of Bioethics & Clinical Ethics and Deputy Principal (Institutional Affairs) at St. George's, University of London. At the University, areas for which Deborah provides academic leadership include Quality and Partnerships, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, staff wellbeing, Athena SWAN and public engagement. She also continues to teach, research and broadcast in the field of medical ethics.

Deborah’s academic interests span concern the application of ethics to clinical practice, arts and health, emotion in ethical decision-making, moral distress, public involvement in ethical debate, theatre and medicine, and therapeutic relationships between professionals and those they serve. She is an experienced broadcaster who has worked with a wide range of production companies, media outlets and channels as a writer, presenter and programme consultant. Prof. Bowman has published extensively and has participated in many international projects in applied ethics and human responses to difficult situations.

She is a Non-Executive Director of South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, a Council Member of the General Optical Council, Chair of the General Medical Council’s review of its Consent Guidance, and a member of the London Police Ethics Panel. In 2016, Professor Bowman was awarded an MBE for Services to Medical Ethics.

Professor Jon Friedland

Jon FriedlandProfessor Jon Friedland is Deputy Principal (Research & Enterprise) at St George’s, University of London having been Hammersmith Campus Director and Head of Infectious Diseases and Immunity at Imperial College London. He is an honorary consultant in Infectious Diseases at St George’s Hospital University NHS Trust.

His major research interests are in development of host mediated therapies targeting innate immune responses in tuberculosis and in migrant health. He has published over 220 peer reviewed papers, invited editorials and reviews, and edited 3 books.

Jon Friedland was awarded the Royal College of Physicians Weber-Parkes Prize Medal for research in tuberculosis in 2005 and was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008. He was elected President of the British Infection Society (2007-09). He was made FRCPI in 2010. In 2017, he was awarded an inaugural Fellowship of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. He is currently a Commissioner on the Commission for Human Medicines and Chair of the MHRA Expert Advisory Group on Infection. He has previously served on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and The Chief Medical Officers National Expert Panel on New and Emerging Infections as well as on many grants committees including for the Medical Research Council (UK) and The Wellcome Trust.

John Hammond

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John Hammond is currently Head of Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Kingston University and St George's, University of London.  He has held various roles such as Associate Dean (Widening Participation), Associate Dean (Education), Chair of St George's Equality and Diversity Committee, and he has served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Educators in Practice. 

John is an active member of the St George's LGBT Staff Network.  John's research centres on pedagogic practices and issues of social justice; such as gender, widening participation and reflective practice.  Similarly John's teaching interests centre on issues of social justice, specifically diversity, gender, reflective practice and interprofessional working.  John is the elected member of academic staff on Council, elected by members of academic staff at St George's.

Muhammad Omar Hijazi

Muhammad (Omar) Hijazi

Muhammad Omar Hijazi is elected Students’ Union President for 2018-2019 and a Biomedical Sciences Graduate. He has previously worked with the Students’ Union as a Campaigns Officer, promoting campaigns such as Black History Month, Anti Islamophobia Awareness, and Mental Wellness Week.

Omar has a passion for representing fellow students and building bridges of communication between students, staff and teachers. His involvement in the Students' Union in previous years, including engagement within societies and sports teams such as Tennis and Rowing, has exposed him to the challenges that students face from day-to-day. Omar aims to expand opportunities for the student voice to be heard in relation to both areas of concern and good practice at St George's.

Sam Khavandi

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Sam Khavandi was the elected President of St George’s Students’ Union for 2017-2018.  He graduated in Biomedical Sciences in 2017.  Sam has worked to ensure that our students' voices are heard and listened to with the aim to provide a memorable experience for them here at St Georges.



Ken Morrison

KenMorrison110pwOriginally from South Africa, Ken Morrison qualified there as an Attorney and Notary in 2002 before emigrating to the United Kingdom and re-qualifying as a Solicitor in 2004.  He was in private practice in London and Singapore before joining Kingston University and St George's, University of London as a jointly employed Legal Advisor in 2011.  He was promoted to Director of Legal Services for St George's in 2016, and to General Counsel in 2019.

Ken is the elected member of support staff on Council, elected by and from members of staff who are not academic staff.


Dr Aileen O'Brien

Aileen O'Brien

Dr Aileen O'Brien is a Reader at St George's University of London, and was appointed Dean of Students in 2015-2016. 

Roles she has filled at St George's include Admissions Tutor, MBBS4 Personal Tutor Lead, and Athena Swan Lead. She is the Psychiatry Undergraduate Teaching Lead. Dr O'Brien is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust. 

She is the Training Lead for the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units, and on the editorial board of the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Professor Jane Saffell

Jane SaffellProfessor Jane Saffell is Deputy Principal (Education) and leads the University's Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education. She is Professor of Cellular Neurobiology and Bioscience Education.

She joined St George's, University in London in 2016 from a senior strategic education leadership role at Imperial College London. Originally from Kenya, her background is in molecular and cellular biology research in cell adhesion and motility, and research-based bioscience educational innovation.

Professor Saffell has a PhD in Molecular Neurobiology (King's), MEd in University Learning and Teaching (Imperial) and BSc in Biochemistry (Imperial). She is a member of a BBSRC Grant Committee (Molecules, Cells & Industrial Biotechnology) and the Royal Society of Biology Curriculum Committee. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and in 2015 won a HEA National Teaching Fellowship.

Awarded two President's Medals by Imperial College, for Outstanding Contribution to Innovation in Education (2011) and for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence (2015), Professor Saffell is proudest of her Imperial Students' Union awards for Best Innovation (2013) and Best Feedback (2014).

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