Dr. Ghazwa Alwani-Starr

Pro Vice-Chancellor Strategy, Planning and Partnerships; and Director of Property and Facilities Management

University of London


Ghazwa is a chartered civil and structural engineer with 31 years’ experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She gained both her BSc and PhD at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds and started her career in Yorkshire as a structural engineer, specialising in bridge engineering. She has held Project Directorship roles at BAA, the Prince’s Foundation and the NHS and was Chief Operating Officer of an NHS shared services organisation. She joined the HE sector 9 years ago as Director of Estates and Campus Services at the University of Roehampton where she implemented the University’s £100m capital programme constructing two halls of residence and the University’s first purpose built library.

Ghaz is currently Director of Property and Facilities Management at the University of London where she is responsible for all estates and services management across the University’s academic and residential property portfolio. Ghaz chaired the London Region of AUDE for 4 years up to May 2015 and was Deputy Chair of AUDE. She was a member of the Oversight Panel for the UUK’s Diamond II review of efficiency and effectiveness in HE and the lead for the work stream focusing on space efficiency in UK HE.

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