Meet the team


School Secretary

  

School Secretary
Louise Nadal

Tel. 020 7849 4959 | L.Nadal@lse.ac.uk

Louise's role is to manage all legal compliance and governance activities on behalf of the School, to act as Secretary to the Council and clerk of the Court of Governors, providing active support to the Director in relation to these matters and on the strategic management of the School, as well as undertaking any projects the School Director may require.

Executive Assistant to School Secretary
Monica Haile-Selassie

m.haile-selassie@lse.ac.uk

Monica's role is to provide support to the School Secretary in terms of prioritising activities, coordinating the Secretary's schedule, arranging contract signings, and carrying out any tasks required by the Secretary.

Governance Team

 

Hilary Hunter - Head of Governance Services

H.A.Hunter@lse.ac.uk

Hilary leads the Governance team and supports the work of members as well as Council and their committees. She also administers the framework of governance documents.  Hilary is secretary to Council, Finance and Estates Committee and Investments Sub-Committee.  

 

Mike Smith - Governance Officer

m.d.smith2@lse.ac.uk

Mike is the secretary to the Audit Committee and Ethics Committee. He is also the person to speak to to about the use of our board portal software, Convene.

 

Danny Hassell - Governance Officer

d.p.hassell@lse.ac.uk

Danny is secretary to the Academic Board and associated committess and the Honorary Awards Committee.  He also provides support to the Prevent Group and the Free Speech Working Group.

For general enquires contact glpd.governance@lse.ac.uk

Legal Team

 

Head of Legal Team
Kevin Haynes BA(Hons) MA
Tel. 020 79557823 |  K.J.Haynes@lse.ac.uk

Kevin's background is in compliance, regulation, complaints and litigation. He is responsible for the School’s Legal Team, which deals with student complaints, litigation and misconduct cases, dispute resolution, contracts and other legal agreements, Data Protection and Freedom of Information, ethics, insurance, Intellectual Property, records management and the School’s relationship with external providers of legal services.

 

Senior Legal Counsel
Refel Ismail LLB (Hons), LLM 
Tel:020 7955 6171 | r.ismail@lse.ac.uk

Refel is a qualified Solicitor with a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law. She has several years of experience working in private practice, within the legal section of a Government Department and the Council. Additionally, she has worked within the legal team of  a charity and a non-governmental organisation on a pro bono basis.  Prior to joining the London School of Economics and Political Science, she was the Head of Legal Affairs at an Embassy in London.

Refel is currently responsible for dealing with various legal matters,  preparing, advising and amending various contracts and other types of agreements, advising and dealing with student cases, complaints and disciplinary matters, litigation and dispute resolution, Intellectual property issues, data protection, insurance and updating and developing various policies and procedures of the School.

 

Legal Counsel
Mariachiara Valsecchi, LLM
M.Valsecchi1@lse.ac.uk

Tel: 020 7106 1919

Mariachiara is a double qualified lawyer, a qualified solicitor since 2017 and holds an LLM degree in International Business Law. She has more than 15 years’ experience in private practice in Italy (Milan and Rome), where she specialised in banking and business law by advising large banking institutions and companies, and managing complex litigation. She then extended her legal expertise into employment and contract law and copyright. Mariachiara joined LSE in January 2021 as a legal counsel. She regularly reviews and drafts contracts, grants and other legal agreements. She deals with students’ complaints and disciplinary matters; advises on Intellectual Property and Data Protection enquiries, and works closely with the rest of her Team for the development of the School’s Policies and Procedures. 

 

Ethics Manager
Stephanie Allison BSc(Hons) MSc (Advanced Social Research Methods)
Tel. 020 7955 7975 | S.Allison@lse.ac.uk

Stephanie's background is in social research, evaluation, consultation and participation. She has experience of government and public sectors, in research and business ethics. She holds an ILM Project Management qualification. Stephanie is responsible for the Ethics Code, ethics queries and concerns, including the whistleblowing process, conflicts of interest, the School’s register of interests and annual declaration exercise, gifts and hospitality, developing policies, procedures, briefings, training materials and guidelines relating to ethical matters. She is the secretary to the Ethics Policy Committee  and the Ethics (Grants and Donations) Panel.

 

Information and Records Manager
Rachael Maguire
BSc LLM (Information Rights Law) GDip (Information Services)
Tel: 020 7849 4622 | R.E.Maguire@lse.ac.uk

Rachael is the School's Data Protection Officer (DPO) and responsible for records management, managing FoI and DPA requests, managing DPA queries and compliance, developing policies, procedures, briefings, training materials and guidelines relating to records management and information rights. She is the Chair of the Information Management Steering Group. Rachael is a member of the Information Governance Management Board, Research Data Management Working Group and other groups as DPO, including leading the Data Protection Champions network.

Information and Records Management Assistant
Bhavika Dhanak-Jodha 
BA (Hons) 
Tel: 020 7107 5687 | B.Dhanak@lse.ac.uk

Bhavika manages Freedom of Information Requests and Data Protection Act requests. She also helps Rachael where needed for other day to day activities. 

Audit and Insurance Officer
Sarah Anou
s.anou@lse.ac.uk

Sarah is responsible for coordinating internal audit activity and insurance within the School. She has audit and risk experience in the HE and healthcare sectors, as well as experience in project management. 

Head of International Compliance (IGC)
Melissa Nicholson
MSc,  PGCE, PMP® 
Tel: 020 7955 6144 | m.a.nicholson@lse.ac.uk

Melissa has overall responsibility within the LSE for monitoring and managing all compliance and governance related requirements related to the School’s registered international entities and the International Growth Centre (IGC) activities in its countries of operation. She is responsible for international risk and security management; international tax, registration, and regulatory compliance (T&RC) and related due diligence for the IGC activities and programmes. She has expert knowledge of international regulatory and ethical compliance matters, due diligence,  risk management and safeguarding.