Rachel Sandby Thomas CB CCMI

Rachel Sandby ThomasRachel Sandby-Thomas CB, joined Warwick as Registrar in September 2016 and is responsible for the professional and administrative services of the University under the direction of the Vice-Chancellor and President. 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.

Immediately prior to becoming Registrar, Rachel was shadow CEO of the UK Government’s Institute for Apprenticeships. 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 a Trustee of ‘LEAP Confronting Conflict’, a charity helping young people handle conflict positively, and ‘Future-Fit’, a social enterprise helping organisations to be sustainable.

Rachel 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.

Type: Board of Companions