The Chancellor 

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Sir John Sunderland, CBE, FRSA, was installed as Aston University’s fourth Chancellor on 4 May 2011.

Sir John joined Cadbury Limited in 1968. He worked on both the confectionery and soft drinks sides of the business, on the Boards of Cadbury Ireland, Cadbury Schweppes South Africa, as a founding Director of the Coca-Cola Schweppes joint venture in 1987, and then as Managing Director of Trebor Bassett.

In 1993, he became Managing Director of the Confectionery Stream and a member of the Cadbury Schweppes Board. In September 1996, he was appointed Chief Executive and seven years later, he became Chairman. He retired in 2008.

He has held a number of Presidencies of trade bodies, including the Confederation of British Industry, the Chartered Management Institute, the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers and the UK Food and Drink Federation. He is a former non-Executive Director of the Rank Group plc and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2006 for services to business.

The Council

The Council is the University’s governing body responsible for approving the Strategy and overseeing its effective delivery. Comprising up to 18 members, with a majority of independent governors (at least one of whom is an Aston graduate), and including two elected staff members and the President of the Student Union.

Pro-Chancellor (Dr Matthew Crummack) 

Dr Matthew Crummack

Dr Matthew Crummack was appointed as Pro-Chancellor of Aston University in April 2024.

Matthew is the Chief Executive Officer of the Domestic & General Group. He is an experienced business leader having led the transformation of big consumer-facing digital brands across different geographies. Previously, he was the Group CEO of GoCo Group plc prior to its sale in 2021 to Future plc for $794m, and the CEO of lastminute.com Group where he led the turnaround of the business prior to its sale to Bravofly Rumbo Group for $120m in 2015.

Prior to that, Matthew was Senior Vice President of Lodging at Expedia, managing the supply of hotels and transportation inventory for the global group, and started his career in consumer goods across Europe at Procter & Gamble and Nestle.

Matthew is active in the business and investment community, also serving as a Non-Executive Director and advisor to London start-up Kidadl. Matthew graduated from Aston University with a BSc in International Business and Modern Languages in 1993 and in 2016 was made an Honorary Doctor of Science by the University. He is a visiting professor in the College of Business and Social Sciences at Aston University.

Members of Council:

  • Pro-Chancellor: Dr Matthew Crummack
  • Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive: Professor Aleks Subic
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic: Professor Osama Khan
  • Dr Sue Noffke 
  • Dr Vij Randeniya, OBE, Deputy Chair of Council    
  • Dr Jason Wouhra, OBE
  • Kathy Cooper 
  • Tim Pile  
  • Dr Phil Popham  
  • Professor Gill Nicholls 
  • Amardeep Gill 
  • Emmanuelle Labeau (Staff member)
  • Shaid Parveen (Staff member)
  • Atul Rana (President of the Students Union)