Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Professor Jane Saffell
Executive Assistant: Xinyue Zhao
Phone: 0208 725 5336.
Jane Saffell is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at St George’s, University of London and Professor of Neurobiology and Bioscience Education. She leads a broad education portfolio with responsibility for strategic development across teaching and learning, student experience, portfolio growth, access & participation and student outcomes.
She is a member of the OfS TRAC Development Group, was awarded a National Teaching Fellow by Advance HE in 2015 and was for many years a member of BBSRC Grant Committee D (Molecules, Cells and Industrial Biotechnology).
Jane joined St George’s in 2016 after 16 years as an academic at Imperial College London in the Faculties of both Natural Sciences and Medicine. Her career spans research into the role of adhesive interactions in nervous system regeneration, teaching innovation, and senior leadership of education. She was Deputy Head of the Division of Brain Sciences and led the Department of Medicine to Bronze and then Silver Athena awards.
PhD and postdoctoral research at Guy’s Hospital (King’s College London) followed a BSc in Biochemistry at Imperial. Jane grew up in Kenya and was the first person in her family to go to university. On arriving in the UK she worked in administration at the Royal Society of Arts for three years to gain home student status and is now a Fellow.
Jane has received teaching awards and medals for innovative approaches that give students insight into knowledge-creation and the socio-politics, creativity and culture of research.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)
Professor Jon Friedland
Executive Officer: Cheryl Watson
Phone: 0208 725 4942.
Jonathan Friedland works to develop and enhance the university strategy of pursuing excellent and ambitious research, both responding to major and emerging healthcare challenges and delivering significant societal impact. In addition, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor helps foster a culture of enterprise involving diverse partners, including St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Chief Operating Officer
Dr Anna Dulic-Sills
Executive Assistant: June Phillips
Phone: 0208 725 5008.
As Chief Operating Officer (Interim), Anna is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and has responsibility for the vast majority of St George’s Professional and Technical Services. Anna supports the Vice-Chancellor in determining the institutional strategy, ensures that the University is well-organised and operates as efficiently as possible, mitigating risks and seizing opportunities to drive progress. She is also the executive lead across a number of areas of the University, including strategic planning and risk, audit and efficiency.
Anna's professional journey began as a research scientist specialising in DNA repair, where she earned her PhD under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Tomas Lindahl. Anna went on to do clinical science/postdoctoral work at Bats and the London NHS Trust. She later changed her career path into research management and administration, and held a number of leadership roles at Queen Mary, University of London. Anna joined St George’s as a Director of Research Operations in 2019.
Anna is a member of the Association of Heads of University Administration and serves as a panel member for Advance HE Athena Swan initiative. In addition to her contributions within the academic sphere, she was also involved in a local primary school as an elected member of the Board of Governors, serving as a Vice-Chair of the Facilities and Curriculum Committees; and a co-director of a Community Interest Company.
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Mr Naz Hussain
As Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Naz supports the strategic leadership and direction in delegated areas.
He takes the lead in, and oversee all relevant tasks and initiatives for Communications and Engagement, Education Operations, Marketing, Student Recruitment and Admissions and Registry.
Naz started his career in marketing and communications, working in a variety of roles in local government and higher education. He was Head of Marketing at London South Bank University, before joining St George’s as Associate Director of Marketing and Student Recruitment, then becoming Director of Marketing, Student Recruitment, and Admissions.
Miss Susan McPheat
Phone: 0208 725 0395.
Susan McPheat is Director of Finance and responsible for all finance activity at St George’s, which ranges from collecting student fees and paying invoices and expenses, to monthly and annual financial reporting and returns to Office for Students. Susan is also responsible for payroll and the Planning team report into her.