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    Executive Team

    Insightful strategy

    At Middlesex, we have an experienced and committed Executive Team, led by Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll. Under their combined watch, the University retains its sharp focus on academic achievement, impactful research and career progression, within a far-reaching global outlook. You can learn about their backgrounds and responsibilities here.

    Meet the team:

    Michael Driscoll

    Professor Michael Driscoll, BA CCIM FRSA


    Michael leads the Executive Team, which answers to the Chair and the Board of Governors. His team develops the strategic approach for the University.


    • Lecturer in Economics at Birmingham University
    • Professor of Economics and Head of School of Economics at Middlesex Polytechnic
    • Dean of Middlesex University Business School
    • Pro Vice-Chancellor
    • Deputy Vice-Chancellor
    • Member of the Board of Universities UK, the IT Strategy Group, the Longer Term Strategy Group, the London Higher steering committee
    • Chair of the National Higher and Further Education 2012 steering group
    Melvyn Keen

    Melvyn Keen, MA Oxon FCA

    Deputy Chief Executive

    Melvyn has responsibility for Estates and Facilities, Academic Registry, Computing and Communication System services, Library and Student Support, the Mauritius and Malta campuses and the Clerk to the Board of Governors.

    He is also Executive lead for Sports & Recreation, Fundraising, Environment & Sustainability and Corporate Engagement.


    • MA Engineering (Oxford)
    • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
    • Former consultant with Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • Interim Finance Director at Cambridge University before joining Middlesex in September 2001
     Waqar Ahmad

    Professor Waqar Ahmad, BA PhD

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Academic

    Waqar Ahmad's portfolio covers research and academic strategy, the management of the University's academic Schools, as well as business and knowledge transfer and academic quality. In addition, he is our designated 'champion' of equal opportunities and ethics across the University.


    • Professor and Director of the Centre for Research in Primary Care, Leeds University
    • Chief Social Scientist in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM)
    • Launched the ODPM/ESRC Fellowship and Studentship Scheme and the ODPM Research Networks
    • Member of the Disability and Social Care Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
    • Chair of the Ethnicity committee of the ESRC funded English Household Longitudinal Survey (EHLS)
    • Major contributor to literature in sociology of health and social policy
    • Currently working on an edited book on Muslims, 'Britishness' and Citizenship (working title) and a study of British Muslim elite
    Katie Bell

    Katie Bell, BSc

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Chief Marketing Officer

    Katie is responsible for global marketing and communications; student recruitment; student experience; student employability; admissions; and alumni.

    She is also the Executive lead on the developing the University's reputation.


    • Brand marketer for Nestle UK
    • Director of the European University Business School in Barcelona
    • Director of Strategic Planning at GlaxoSmithKline
    • Vice-President of Global Digital Marketing at GlaxoSmithKline
    • Joined Middlesex University as Chief Marketing Officer in 2009

    Peter Vermeulen

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Finance

    Peter has overall responsibility for the financial viability and strategy of the University and its impact on the core business of teaching, research and enterprise. He is also responsible for all the global financial operations and for Human Resource Services.


    • Joined Middlesex in 2008 as Deputy Director of Finance, before becoming Director of Finance in 2012
    • Deputy Chair of Trustees to an East London educational charity
    • Director of a not-for-profit educational supplies business 
    • Previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    Judith Lamie

    Professor Judith Lamie

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International

    As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International, Judith is responsible for the strategic leadership and development of the University's international activities, partnerships, business development and reputation. She leads and manages the University's International Regional Directors who are based in Dubai, Hong Kong and London, the Director of Academic Partnerships, and the Director of International Business Development.

    Judith has over 20 years' experience in international education, having lived and worked in Europe and in the Far East. A graduate of Warwick University, where she studied for a BA in English and Education, Judith gained her PhD in English from the University of Birmingham. She has written and presented widely on English language teaching and learning, and the management of change and innovation. In more recent years she has focused on internationalisation and in particular on the implementation of internationalisation at Higher Education institutions globally.

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