Senior Management Team

Our Senior Management Team (SMT) are responsible for overseeing the academic and administrative leadership of the University.

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Each member has responsibility for managing different areas from strategic development to academic development.

Frances Corner, Warden

Warden, Professor Frances Corner OBE is the academic and administrative leader of Goldsmiths.

Previously Head of the London College of Fashion and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts London, Professor Corner brings more than 20 years’ experience in higher education leadership to Goldsmiths.

Frances Corner's profile

To get in touch with Frances, contact wardensoffice (

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Elisabeth Hill, Deputy Warden (with responsibility for Learning, Teaching and Enhancement)

Professor Elisabeth Hill is also Pro-Warden for Learning, Teaching & Enhancement.

In this role, she is responsible for the development, delivery and evaluation of learning and teaching strategies, as well as optimising student experience, achievement and employability.

Elisabeth Hill's staff profile

To get in touch with Elisabeth, contact Sarah Sievers on s.sievers (

Helen Watson, Chief Operating Officer

Helen joined Goldsmiths as Registrar and Secretary in February 2017.

Previously, she worked for six years at the University of Oxford where she was Director of Planning and Resource Allocation, Head of the Council Secretariat and a Fellow of Exeter College. Before that she worked in a variety of roles at City University London including Head of Administration for the School of Allied Health Sciences and Deputy Academic Registrar; she also set up and lead City's Strategy and Planning Unit. Helen read music at Exeter College, Oxford and has a Masters in Higher and Professional Education from the Institute of Education.

To get in touch with Helen, contact executiveoffice (

David Oswell, Pro-Warden for Research, Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange

Professor David Oswell is responsible for leading the development and overseeing the implementation of Goldsmiths’ Research and Enterprise Strategy.

David joined Goldsmiths in 2001 and from 2013 to 2016 was Head of Department for Sociology. His current research interests concern the social life and history of children, childhood and children’s rights.

David Oswell's staff profile

To get in touch with Professor David Oswell, contact Eruchi Chinda, e.chinda (, Executive Support Officer.

Michael Banissy, Acting Head of the School of Professional Studies, Science and Technology

Professor Michael Banissy joined the Goldsmiths Psychology Department in 2011 and was Co-Head of Department of Psychology from 2018-2020.

He has contributed to several research areas, including social perception, touch, creativity, and empathy. The breadth of his work is not only seen in scientific contributions but also in his engagement to bring science to the public and industry. For example, he was recently a Royal Society Industry Research Fellow working with OPIÑON as Chief Science Officer.

Michael Banissy's staff profile

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Matthew Cragoe, Acting Head of the School of Culture and Society

Professor Matthew Cragoe joined Goldsmiths in Spring 2021, having been Pro Vice-Chancellor (Arts) at the University of Lincoln. With a strong interest in conservation and sustainable development, Matthew is Vice-Chair of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Committee in the UK.

His research embraces a variety of themes in Modern British History including rural history (particularly parliamentary enclosure); Victorian Politics (especially Sir Robert Peel's Conservative Party); Devolution in Wales and Scotland since 1945; the history of Religion; and the History of Universities in 20th century Britain.

Stephen Graham, Acting Head of the School of Arts and Humanities

Dr Stephen Graham is Senior Lecturer in Music and was Co-Head of the Department from 2018 - 2021. Stephen is an active member of the College’s governance structures and committees, including as Chair of the Regulations Working Group.

Stephen's book, 'Sounds of the Underground', was published by University of Michigan Press in May 2016. He has a jointly authored textbook on twentieth-century music coming out on CUP in 2021, and is writing a book on noise music for Bloomsbury.

Stephen Graham's staff profile

Carol Ford, Director of Human Resources

With 20 years of HR leadership in the HE sector, Carol Ford joined Goldsmiths in July 2019.

To get in touch with Carol, contact on Christine Ashley c.ashley (

Imran Chughtai, Chief Financial Officer

Imran joined Goldsmiths in September 2021, having previously worked for Aamal Company Q.P.S.C, a publicly listed company operating within Industrials, Life Sciences and Real Estate sectors where I was Group CFO.

Prior to Aamal, Imran was Group CFO at Zuellig Pharma, Asia's largest Pharma distributor, having also worked at Huawei Technologies and Whirlpool Corporation.