Senior Management Team


Frances Corner, Warden

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 (

If you have a media request for the Warden, please contact the press office

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

Elisabeth Hill, Deputy Warden

Professor Elisabeth Hill is Deputy Warden and 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, Registrar and Secretary

Helen Watson

Helen joined Goldsmiths, University of London 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

Professor David Oswell, Pro-Warden (Research and Enterprise)

Professor David Oswell (Pro-Warden for Research and Enterprise)

Professor David Oswell is Pro-Warden for Research and Enterprise. In this role, he 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.

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

Michael is a Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths, where he is also Acting Head of the School of Professional Services, Science and Technology. He 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.

Nirmal Borkhataria, interim Director of Finance

Nirmal Borkhataria, interim Director of Finance

Nirmal Borkhataria joined Goldsmiths in September 2019 and brings a range of experience from a number of other HE institutions and beyond. 

To get in touch with Nirmal, contact Christine Ashley, c.ashley (, PA.

Carol Ford, Director of Human Resources

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 Christine Ashley, c.ashley (, PA.