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.