The College Strategic Advisory Board

The College Strategic Advisory Board is composed of business leaders who give advice to the College Executive Group, particularly on matters of policy and future direction of the College, and supports interaction between the College and the University and between the College and industry.

Dave Andrews is the IBM Director of Product Management for Tivoli Service Management  based in Hursley, UK.  He has worldwide responsibility for strategy and business results for IBMs Monitoring, Availability and Performance Management portfolio of software products. Prior to his current role, Dave was IBM Director of Development for CICS products.

Dave graduated from Southampton University where he studied Mathematics. He has over 25 years experience in Transaction Processing and Messaging technologies and an outstanding track record at IBM for product development, delivery, service and quality. 

Dave Andrews

Chair, External Advisory Committee

Sarah was educated at University of Exeter where she read Engineering Science. After a year of research in bio-engineering at Exeter she changed career to civil and structural engineering. Staying in the West Country she worked on the M5, for a local authority and then for a medium sized consultancy where she was Divisional Director. She has designed and supervised many projects including hotels, hospitals, leisure centres, schools, harbours and airports. Internationally she was responsible for projects in Jamaica and Southern Africa.

From 1993, whist her two children were small, she worked as a consultant and in October 1996, started her own civil and structural engineering consultancy business, BSW Consulting Exeter, with colleague Ian Jolley. The business has grown and is a thriving small business covering a wide range of civil and structural engineering projects throughout the West Country; particularly in Devon and Cornwall. Sarah has developed special expertise in historic structures and buildings in connection with the health care of vulnerable people of all ages and has a particular interest in sustainability.

Sarah has been actively involved in supporting the training of engineers at all levels within the industry and has helped many to Chartered and Incorporated status and more recently to Technician level.

Sarah became a Chartered Structural Engineer with the Institution of Structural Engineers in 1982, since then has held many roles with the Institution and in the centenary year of the Institution (2008) she became the first female President of this international organisation. The presidential year included travelling all over the UK and to 11 countries around the world, including China, India, Canada and South Africa, to meet structural engineers and to gain an understanding of the different structural engineering challenges around the world. Also in 2008 she won the Atkins Inspire "Woman of the Year" award, which recognizes women working in the built environment, and was very proud to be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Exeter.

Sarah Buck

BSc (Hons) HonDEng CEng FIStructE MICE AffMASCE

I am a materials engineer and my career has been as a medical device expert developing and commercialising implantable products such hip joints, spinal implants, tissue engineered reconstructions and vascular grafts. I have been a Visiting Professor in the College since 2002.

My background includes working as Vice President of International Applied Research for Stryker Inc. until 2000; I then worked in Business Development for BTG plc (Medical, Drug Delivery and Diagnostics) for two years. In 2004 we founded Xeno Medical Ltd, which provides business advice and management to med. tech. companies working in cardiovascular, tissue engineering, spine, orthopaedics, wound care and other device-related fields. Prior to my corporate life I held a Lecturership at Queen Mary College, University of London (1981-90) and I have over 40 peer reviewed publications.

Other information includes:

  • My degrees: BSc & MSc (Surrey University, Materials Engineering/Biomechanics), MBA (OU) and PhD (research into biomaterial/cell behaviour.)
  • I am a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
  • I was Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal "Clinical Materials"(1985-1995)
  • I am an advisor to the DTI and EPSRC (member of UP since 2001) on strategy and funding. I was the independent monitor for the DTI Tissue Engineering MPP3
  • I am the Chair of University Bath Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • I sat on the Programme Management Committee for MedLINK and act as an assessor for the Micro and Nanotechnology Manufacturing Initiative
  • I hold non-executive directorships on the Board of a SME medical device company (Swedish, VC-funded, Bone Support) and UK Tissue Regenix Ltd
  • I am also a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey

Christina Doyle


Brian’s interest in the weather dates back to his teenage years and after studying Mathematics at Leeds, he joined the Met Office in 1973. During his career he has been associated with three generations of Numerical Weather Prediction models: from work on initialization of the synoptic scale (~100km) 10-level model, to project lead for the world’s first operational mesoscale (~15km) model, to director of work on the recently introduced UKV convective-scale (~1.5km) model, his focus has always been on the sharp end of the weather as it affects those who live in the UK. Along the way he has contributed widely to the application of weather forecasts: in ocean wave forecasting, hydro-meteorology, aviation, defence & commercial consultancy, and was Met Office television spokesman during the 2010 Ejyafjallajokull eruption. In 1981, Brian was awarded a PhD by Reading University for work on the structure of mid-latitude cyclones, and in the early 1990s he was seconded for two years to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. More recently he has led Met Office R&D in forecasting the weather and its impacts as Deputy Director of Weather Science, a role that involved working closely with operations and business heads to shape the Met Office’s corporate strategies. He recently retired from this role to concentrate on research into weather impacts, especially flooding. He is a visiting professor at Bristol and Exeter Universities and serves on the Joint Steering Committee of the World Weather Research Programme, the External Advisory Board for the Centre for Analysis & Prediction of Storms at Oklahoma University and the Programme Executive Board for the NERC Changing Water Cycle & Storm Risk Mitigation programmes.

Brian Golding

I was educated at the Universities of East Anglia and Leicester, where I obtained a BSc in Physics and Mathematics and an MSc in Experimental Space Physics respectively.

From 1981 I worked in the MOD as an Operational Analyst (military operational research). Over my time within the MOD I have had increasing managerial responsibilities and involvement in human resourcing/business management issues. I am currently Principal Analyst at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Chartered MCIPD). I am a Fellow of the Operational Research Society (FORS) and chairman of the Operational Research Society Training Working Group.

Martin Keys

Currently I am employed by South West Water in the post of 'Director of Engineering'. My specific responsibilities include the formation and delivery of the company's Capital Investment Programme which is c. £200m p.a.

I have held a number of senior Operational Management positions within South West Water and British Gas. I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and the Institute of Gas Engineers & Managers and have an MBA.

I have two teenage children. My hobbies include sailing, surfing and property development.

Graham Murphy

Professor Sir William Wakeham retired as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton in September 2009 after 8 years in the position. He studied Physics at Exeter University at both undergraduate and doctoral level. In 1971 he took up a lectureship in the Chemical Engineering Department at Imperial College London and became Head of Department in 1988.

By 1999 he was Pro-Rector (Research), Deputy Rector and Pro-Rector (Resources) at Imperial College. He oversaw the College's merger with a series of medical schools and stimulated its entrepreneurial activities.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Institute of Physics. He holds a higher doctorate from Exeter University and honorary degrees from Lisbon University, Exeter and Southampton Solent University and is a Fellow of Imperial College London. He holds a number of international awards for his contributions to research in transport processes.

He was, until 2009, Chair of the University and Colleges Employers Association and the Employers Pensions Forum and a member of the Board of South East England Development Agency. In 2008 he chaired a Review of Physics as a discipline in the UK for Research Councils UK, and completed a review of the effectivennes of Full Economic Costing of Research for RCUK/UUK in 2010. He was a Council Member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council until 2011 and Chair of its Audit Committee.

He is currently a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, and the University of Exeter. He is Senior Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2011 and its International Secretary. He is the current President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers as well as Chair of the Exeter Science Park Company, a Non-Executive Director of Ilika plc, Chair of the South East Physics Network, Trustee of the Royal Anniversary Trust, and the Rank Prizes Fund and a member of the Council of Universidade Nova of Lisbon. He was made a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2009 for services to Chemical Engineering and Higher Education.

William Wakeham

I trained with the Royal Navy as an Engineer Officer specialising in warship naval architecture. I remain a member of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors.

On leaving the Ministry of Defence, I established a small computer graphics company which I ran for eight years. There then followed a short period with a division of Lucas as their European Sales and Marketing Manager after which I became a Managing Director of a University of Plymouth technology transfer company.

After five years in Plymouth I transferred to Ernst & Young in London working on a major inward technology transfer programme, funded by the DTI and the Foreign Office. I was responsible for the identification and transfer back to the UK of commercially viable emerging technologies from France and Switzerland.

In 2002, I set up my own consultancy company specialising in the commercialisation of emerging technologies.

My recent activity includes:

  • Director of Triskel Marine Ltd, a spin out company from Triskel Consultants, specialising in the development of advanced technology based solutions to marine problems. The company's latest products are MNT enabled data logging buoys, developed with the aid of a regional grant for R&D (ex SMART award)
  • Director of ORECon Ltd, a wave energy company using multiple oscillating water columns
  • Member of the DTI Executive Panel responsible for allocating DTI capital grants for MNT infrastructure

Ken Wittamore

John Palmer

Managing Director, FlyBe