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Rachel Sandby-Thomas CB

Rachel joined the University of Warwick as Registrar in September 2016 and is responsible for the professional services of the University under the direction of the Vice-Chancellor.

Rachel chairs the University’s fundraising trusts in Singapore and South Africa, and is a member of the Friends groups established in the USA and in Hong Kong. Rachel also plays an active role in the development of the international partnerships for the University and serves on various Boards.

Prior to this, Rachel was shadow CEO of the UK Government’s Institute for Apprenticeships (“IfA”). This followed eight years of being a Director General in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills where she held a number of roles in legal, corporate services and policy (skills, regulation, large and small businesses and local government).

Before becoming a Director General, Rachel had held a variety of posts in the Government Legal Service in a number of departments (HM Treasury; Cabinet Office; Attorney General’s Office; the Medicines, Healthcare and Regulatory Products Agency; Department of Trade and Industry and HM Revenue and Customs). She joined the Government Legal Service from City firm Linklaters where she qualified as a solicitor.

Rachel graduated from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge with a double first class honours in Law.

She is on the Executive Board of AHUA, the network body for HE Registrars, sits on AHUA’s Training and Development Committee and is a trustee of Ambitious Futures, which recruits graduate trainees into HE Professional Services. She is a member of the Childcare and Education Panel of the IfA and is governor of both the Warwick College Group and the Royal Society of Arts Academies.

She is Vice Chair of LEAP Confronting Conflict, a charity helping young people handle conflict positively, and ‘Future-Fit’, a social enterprise helping organisations to be sustainable. She is a Companion of the CMI and sits on the Board of Companions. She is a Freeman of both the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and the City of London.

She was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2012, named as one of the 2016 FTSE 100 “Women to Watch” and The Times 100 “Most Influential Lawyers”, 2012.

Personal Assistant
Julia Scholl
t: 024 765 23704
e: Julia dot Scholl at warwick dot ac dot uk

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