Our Executive


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The University Executive is led by the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Sir David Bell KCB. The other members are Professor Michael Young, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic); Professor Jon Timmis (from May 2019), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Commercial); Steve Knight, Chief Operating Officer; and Andrea Walters, University Secretary and Director of Human Resources.

Collectively, the Executive is accountable to the Board of Governors and responsible for the University’s organisation, strategic direction and reputation. It ensures progress is being made against the objectives set out in the University’s Strategic Plan 2016-21. The Executive also oversees compliance with statutory requirements and the regulatory framework established by the Office for Students.

Providing values-driven leadership to the University’s staff is a central component of the Executive’s work, alongside maintaining academic and financial stability. Members of the Executive also represent the University externally, collaborating with a broad range of individuals and partner organisations.

The Executive Team

  1. David Bell, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

    Sir David Bell KCB

    Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive
    View Sir David Bell KCB profile
  2. Professor Michael Young

    Michael Young

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
    View Michael Young profile
  3. Steve Knight

    Steve Knight

    Chief Operating Officer
    View Steve Knight profile
  4. Andrea Walters

    Andrea Walters

    University Secretary and Director of Human Resources
    View Andrea Walters profile
  5. Steve Cram

    Steve Cram

    Chancellor 2008 - present
    View Steve Cram profile

Led by the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, the Executive:

  • leads the implementation of the University’s strategic plan, building upon existing strengths to achieve further success;
  • works with the Board of Governors to articulate a clear and shared sense of purpose and future direction for the University;
  • provides effective, values-driven leadership, promoting a sense of shared community and a culture of equality, diversity, ambition and achievement;
  • maintains and enhances the academic performance of the University;
  • ensures the delivery of high-quality teaching and an outstanding student experience;
  • creates an environment that supports research and knowledge creation and exchange which, in turn, has a positive impact on individuals, organisations and communities;
  • grows and enhances the University’s international reputation through its portfolio of transnational education pathway partners and institutions across the world;
  • ensures a strong financial position and timely delivery against objectives, including the maintenance and development of the University’s infrastructure and estate;
  • develops the University’s role as a regional anchor institution, positively impacting on society and the economy through collaboration with the public and private sectors; and
  • ensures that the University has the resilience and adaptability to influence and respond to social, economic and sector changes.