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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 and the University Strategy, Excellence with Purpose.

Rachel sits on the Executive Committee of AHUA, the Registrars’ network, and chairs its Training and Development Committee. She is Chair of the Russell Group Registrars.

Outside of HE, she serves on the Labour Party’s Council of Skills Advisors, is vice Chair of LEAP Confronting Conflict, a trustee of The Whitehall & Industry Group, the ‘Future-Fit’ Foundation and the Royal Society of Arts Academies. She is a Companion of the CMI, a Fellow of the RSA and a Freeman of The Goldsmiths’ Company and the City of London. She sits on the Goldsmith’s Membership Committee.

Prior to joining Warwick, Rachel was shadow CEO of the UK Government’s Institute for Apprenticeships and Director General in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills for 8 years.

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.

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

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PA: Sam Broster

Tel: 07824 541117

Email: RegistrarPA at warwick dot ac dot uk

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