Board of Trustees

The overall fiduciaries of the University—the Board of Trustees—create policy, set mission and purpose, and are tasked with building and maintaining a successful organisation.

They ensure good management and adequate resources and they appoint and support the Office of the President.


Lord Dr Michael Hastings

Vice Chair and Chair of Governance and Nominations Committee 

Nizam Uddin

Second Vice Chair and Lay Member 

Jo Beall

Honorary Treasurer Chair of Resources and Planning Committee

Richard Millward

Chair of Audit Committee and Lay Member

Jenny Greenshields

Lay Member


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Profile of Sally Townsend

Lay Member

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Ex-officio member and Director of SOAS

Adam Habib

Emilia Onyema

Pro-Director of Learning and Teaching

Read more about Professor Emilia Onyema on her academic profile.

Laura Hammond

Pro-Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange

Read more about Professor Laura Hammond on her academic profile.

Khadir Meer

Secretary to the Board and Chief Operating Officer of SOAS

Read more about Khadir Meer on the Leadership page.

Awino Okech

Senate representative and Associate Director Equity and Accountability at SOAS

Read more about Dr Awino Okech on her academic profile.

Emma Crewe

Senate representative

Read more about Professor Emma Crewe on her academic profile.

Tawnya Cheatheam

Director of Marketing, Student Recruitment and Admissions

Before joining SOAS in 2019, Tawnya held positions at Kingston University, Regent's University London, and Goldsmith's University of London. She has over 20 years' experience in higher education spanning the US, the UK and South Korea, spending nine years teaching at Sangmyung University in Seoul, before coming to the UK to complete an MBA in International Management.

Zoë Marriage

Head of Department

Read more about Professor Zoë Marriage on her academic profile.

Elisa Van Waeyenberge

Head of College B

Read more about Professor Elisa Van Waeyenberge on her academic profile.

Lay member