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Membership of the Governing Body

Independent Members (12)

Sir Simon Gass (Vice-Chair of Governing Body)

Former Director General Political, Foreign Commonwealth Office and a senior and experienced diplomat.  Previously British Ambassador to Iran and Greece and has held a variety of diplomatic appointments in Afghanistan, South Africa, Italy and Nigeria. 

1st term of office, appointment expires 31.8.2019

Peter Hazell

Formerly Chairman of Argent Group PLC (property developers).  Non Executive Directorships at Axa UK, Axa Ireland, Smith & Williamson Holdings Limited and Canopius Managing Agents. 

3rd term of office, appointment expires 31.8.2019.

Bronwyn Hill CBE

Non Executive Director at the Office for Nuclear Regulation.  Former Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.   

1st term of office, appointment expires 31.8.2019

Marianne Ismail (Chair of Governing Body)

Group Chief Executive, European Wealth.  Previously a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Head of Private Wealth Management for EMEA, CEO of Global Wealth Management Europe at Citi and Head of Private Banking, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Standard Chartered.  Owns her own consultancy firm.  Non Executive Directorships at Town and Country Housing, European Wealth Management and QIB UK.

3rd term of office, appointment as Chair of Court expires 31.8.2020.  

Diane Khanna

Headteacher, Welling School and Ofsted Inspector.  

2nd term of appointment, expires 31.8.2019

Tricia King

Vice-President, Global Engagement, Council for Advancement and Support of Education.  Previously Pro-Vice Master, Strategic Engagement at Birkbeck University of London between 2007-2015.

1st term of appointment, expires 31.8.2019

Denise Larnder

A former financial services audit partner with Ernst & Young who now sits as a non-executive director on the boards of Allianz UK And ReAssure Group.   

1st term of office, appointment expires 31.8.2019

Craig McWilliam

Chief Executive Officer, Grosvenor, Britain & Ireland (privately owned global property business).

1st term of office, appointment expires 31.8.2020

Murray Orr

Vice Chairman, EMEA M&A, JP  Morgan.

1st term of office, appointment expires 31.8.2019

Winnie Palmer

Founder and CEO, Morphosis Marketing Company.  Previously a Director at Digital Demand Centre at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Global Digital Marketing Director at Huawei Technologies, Head of Digital Media at Microsoft and Global Head of Digital Media at Nokia. 

1st term of office, appointment expires 31.8.2021

Elizabeth Sideris

Former Executive Director of Human Resources for Medical Research Council and Cancer Research UK.  Holds non-executive director positions with Fairtrade Foundation and UnLtd.

1st term of office, appointment expires 31.8.2021

Julie Wood

Director and Leader of the specialist Programme and Project Management Group, Arup (an independent firm offering a range of services in the built environment. 

1st term of office, appointment expires 31.8.2020

Staff Members (3)

Sara Ragab

Assistant Director, Student Services, Directorate of Student & Academic Services, University of Greenwich.

1st term of office, appointment expires 31.8.2020.

Two vacancies


Professor David Maguire

Vice-Chancellor, University of Greenwich (ex-officio).

Student Member

Meike Imberg

President, Students' Union, University of Greenwich.

2nd term of office – Re-elected as President, Students' Union. Appointment as student representative expires 31.6.2019.