The Campaign Board

The World questions|King's answers Campaign Board members provide over-arching leadership for King's £600 million fundraising campaign. The Board was set up in 2011 and has been chaired by The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH since its inception.

The Campaign Board members provide strategic advice and counsel to help us reach our goal.

The Rt Hon Sir Robin Auld FKC - Law School Lead

Sir Robin was, until 2007, a Lord Justice of Appeal in England and Wales, and Vice-Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission. Sir Robin is a King's alumnus (Law, 1958 and PhD, 1963) and was awarded the FKC in 1989. He is a former member of the King's College Council and was President of the college alumni association, the KCLA, between 1990 and 1993 and again from 2000 to 2001. 

Lord Butler of Brockwell KG GCB CVO - King's Health Partners Representative

Lord Butler is a life peer and a retired civil servant. He served as Private Secretary to Prime Ministers Edward Heath (1972-74), Harold Wilson (1974-75) and Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher (1982-85). He has also served as Cabinet Secretary to Baroness Thatcher, Sir John Major and Tony Blair. In 2004 he chaired the Butler Inquiry into intelligence in the lead up to the Iraq War. Lord Butler was Chair of King's Health Partners from 2009 until 2014.

Lord Fink of Northwood FKC - Children's Health Lead

Lord Fink is Chairman of International Standard Asset Management and the former Group Chief Executive of Man Group Plc. He is President of Evelina London Children's Hospital and is a Trustee of ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) and the Mayor's Fund for London. He is a co-founder of The Barbara and Stanley Fink Foundation, which supports charities concerned with health, education and the environment.

Sir Christopher Geidt KCB KCVO OBE FKC

Sir Christopher Geidt has been Chairman of King’s College Council since August 2016. He is also the Chairman of the Chairman’s Committee; Nominations Committee; Fellowships & Honorary Degrees Committee; and the Remuneration Committee

Sir Christopher is an alumnus and Fellow of King’s. He has been Private Secretary to The Queen, Patron of King’s, since 2007, having joined the Royal Household in 2002 after a career in military and diplomatic service. A former Fisher Family Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, he graduated in War Studies from King’s, and later studied International Relations at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and Magdalen College, Oxford, of which he is an Honorary Fellow.

Ms Susan Gilchrist FKC

Susan Gilchrist has been the Group Chief Executive of Brunswick LLC since 2012. She leads the firm’s operations globally and remains actively involved advising clients on critical communications strategies and issues. Ms Gilchrist is regularly ranked among leaders in the field of communications and is frequently asked to speak at conferences and events. In 2015 she was appointed to the Board of the Arthur W. Page Society, has been included on PR Week’s Power List multiple times and is among Business Insider’s “25 Most Influential People in PR”. She is a Founding Supporter in the US of the 30% Club, the group devoted to increasing gender balance across organizations and particularly in boardrooms. In 2016 she was appointed Chairman of London’s Southbank Centre where she has been on the board for 8 years. In 2014 Ms Gilchrist was awarded a fellowship by her alma mater, King’s College, London.

Mrs Rola Gordon FKC - Cancer Lead

Rola Gordon is a charity campaigner, with a focus on cancer issues specifically as a passionate advocate for improving survivorship services for cancer patients. She is an ambassador for the new King’s Cancer Centre and The Gordon Survivorship Centre within the Cancer Centre, which aims to support the holistic needs of individuals living with and beyond cancer. Rola also supports King’s work in mental health, child health and early years development. Rola is also a student at King’s; having studied for her MSc in Health Psychology, she is now working towards a PhD in Psychology with a focus on survivorship, including investigating cognitive processes as they relate to resilience in cancer patients. Rola was a Fundraising Ambassador for Breast Cancer Care and has served as Co-Chair of the London Committee of CLIC Sargent, which cares for children with cancer. She has also been an active fundraiser and committee member for the Hoping Foundation, which supports projects for young Palestinian refugees. Previously she worked as an executive in the industrial sector at Oracle Corporation. Her academic background also includes a BA from Wellesley College.

The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH - Chairman

Sir John Major served as Conservative Prime Minister between 1990 and 1997. Sir John served as Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer where he introduced Gift Aid in the 1990 budget. Now retired from politics, he is Chairman of the Council of the Ditchley Foundation, Patron of the Prostate Cancer Charity and President of Asthma UK. Sir John is a board member of the National Bank of Kuwait and Chairs the Global advisory board of Aecom.

Sir Deryck Maughan - USA Lead

Sir Deryck Maughan became a Senior Advisor to KKR, a leading global investment management firm, in January 2013. He previously led the firm's global financial services team as a Partner of the firm and served as Chairman of KKR Asia and Chairman of KKR Japan. Sir Deryck is a Director of BlackRock, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Thomson Reuters. He is Senior Independent Director at GSK, Chairman of the Risk Committee at BlackRock, and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee at Thomson Reuters. Prior to joining KKR in 2005, Sir Deryck was Vice Chairman of Citigroup and CEO of Citigroup International (1998 to 2004). He was Chairman and CEO of Salomon Brothers from 1992 to 1998, a firm he joined in 1983. He is a former Vice Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange and a former member of the Investor Advisory Committee of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Sir Deryck and Lady Va Maughan actively support a number of education and arts organisations. The Maughan Library of King's College London is named in their honor. Sir Deryck is a Trustee of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York University Medical Center and Japan Society. He has also served on Advisory Councils at Harvard and Stanford Universities and is a former Trustee of Carnegie Hall and the Churchill Museum. Sir Deryck is a Harkness Fellow and a graduate of Stanford University Graduate School of Business and King's College London. Sir Deryck was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2002.

Mr Daniel Peltz OBE FKC - Leadership & Society Lead

Daniel Peltz is Chief Executive of London Freeholds Ltd, which he founded in 2002 following a career in property and asset management with companies including GUS Plc and The British Land Company Plc. He is Director of the Artichoke Trust, Governor of The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford and Treasurer of both the Anna Freud Centre and the Institute of Jewish studies at UCL. In addition he is a trustee of Childhood First and The City of London School Bursary Trust and sits on the Finance and Estates Committees of the MCC. Mr Peltz is an alumnus (History, 1982) and Fellow of King’s; Fellow of Birkbeck College and Governor and Fellow of Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology.

Lord Charles Powell of Bayswater KCMG - Global Power Lead

Lord Powell is a businessman and crossbench peer in the House of Lords. He is a Business Ambassador and is Co-Chair of UKTI's Asia Task Force. He sits on the Board of several international companies. He served as Private Secretary and adviser on foreign affairs and defence to Prime Ministers Baroness Thatcher and Sir John Major.

Mr Rory Tapner FKC - Vice Chairman and South East Asia Lead

Rory Tapner is the former CEO of Coutts, the Wealth Management arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. He was previously Chairman and CEO of UBS Asia Pacific. Mr Tapner is a King's alumnus (Law, 1982) and has been Treasurer of the King's College Council since 2007. He was awarded the FKC in 2011 and is Chairman of the Coutts Foundation.

Professor Edward Byrne AC - Ex-Officio Member

Professor Edward Byrne AC has been President and Principal of King's College London since August 2014. He joined King's from Monash University, the largest university in Australia, where he was President and Vice-Chancellor from 2009. Prior to that he was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, Head of the Medical School and Vice Provost at University College London. Professor Byrne is a neuroscientist and clinician by background and received the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) in 2006 and the AC (Companion of the Order of Australia) in 2014.

Dr Lama Al-Sulaiman

Dr Lama Al-Sulaiman is Vice Chair and Board Member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She was the first woman in Saudi Arabia to be elected as a board member in the chamber of commerce in 2005. She was re-elected deputy chairwoman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry in December 2009, becoming the first female to hold such a post in Saudi history. She has her PhD in Nutrition from King's College London. She is the Head of the Saudi delegation in ILO, where she represents the private sector. She is also a board member and business developer at Rolaco Holdings, and a board member of Foras Investment in Saudi Arabia as well as Club Med in France. In 2011, she was awarded the title of fifth most powerful female among the most 100 powerful women in the Arab world in a list compiled by Arabian businesses. She is a board member of the Khadijah Bint Khuwailed Lobbying centre for women, and a member of the Ministry of Labour Advisory Board on women's issues. She is a Fellow of the third class of the Middle East Leadership Initiative of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.