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Executive Team

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At Middlesex, we have an experienced and committed Executive Team, led by Vice-Chancellor Tim Blackman. 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:

Professor Tim BlackmanProfessor Tim Blackman


Professor Blackman was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University in July 2015. Prior to coming to Middlesex he was Acting Vice-Chancellor at The Open University and previously Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Quality.

Professor Blackman has extensive leadership experience in higher education. Having graduated from Durham, he returned to the University to hold positions including the Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences, Director of the Wolfson Research Institute and the Dean of the university’s campus in Stockton-on-Tees. He has also served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Teesside University and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Oxford Brookes University.

A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Royal Society of Arts, Professor Blackman has also served as an assessor for Social Policy & Social Work in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework exercise.


Anna Kyprianou

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean

Anna joined Middlesex in 1997 as the Chair of the Human Resource Management Group. She has worked with the strategic development of organisations and their management teams for more than thirty years and was appointed Dean of the Business School and Pro Vice-Chancellor in 2006.

Anna's areas of specialism are organisational behaviour, managing people and learning and development with a particular emphasis on managing and developing people in the virtual organisation. She has extensive research experience in survey design and data analysis at organisational, national and international levels.

She was appointed Executive Dean on 31st May 2016 and is responsible for the Faculty grouping together the Business School, Institute for Work Based Learning, the School of Law and the School of Health and Education.

Andrea Dlaska

Professor Andrea Dlaska

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Innovation

Andrea started at Middlesex University in April 2016 coming from the University of Surrey where she most recently held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching.

Previous positions include Director of the joint Language Centre of the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, which she established in 2002, and lecturer in German at Warwick University.

Andrea provides executive leadership to student success and the student experience and leads on the University’s submission to the Teaching Excellence Framework. She also has responsibility for the University’s three international campuses in Dubai, Malta and Mauritius.


Professor Carole-Anne Upton

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean

Carole-Anne joined the University in 2012 as Dean of School of Media and Performing Arts, and Professor of Theatre. Prior to joining the University she was Chair in Drama at the University of Ulster.

Carole-Anne has twenty years' teaching experience spanning: Directing; Space and performance; Liveness and documentation; Modern Irish theatre; French Classical Theatre; Beckett; Avant-Garde performance; African and Caribbean theatre.

In her new role, she has the responsibility for the new Faculty grouping together the current School of Art & Design and School of Media & Performing Arts.

Katie Bell

Katie Bell BSc

Chief Commercial Officer

Katie started at Middlesex in 2009 following a career in brand marketing, innovation and strategic planning for NestlĂ© UK and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. Her role before joining Middlesex  was Vice-President of Global Digital Marketing. She has also worked for several years in Portugal and Spain, and was the Dean of the European University Business School in Barcelona and Madrid.

As a member of the University’s Executive Team, Katie is accountable to the Vice–Chancellor for strategic leadership, management and development of the University in relation to home and international student recruitment, marketing and communications, alumni and external relations, international development, and academic and corporate partnerships.

She is also a Non-Executive Director for UCAS Media.

James Kennedy

James Kennedy

Chief Financial Officer

James Kennedy has worked in a variety of different sectors, most recently as Chief Operating Officer with a NHS Foundation Trust.

James joined Middlesex University on the 6th June 2016 and is responsible for strategic financial planning, capital investment and driving strategies to optimise the effective and efficient utilisation of resources and processes.

Prior to working at Middlesex, James worked for 10 years at Thermo Fisher Scientific, a US quoted Company, where he held a number of UK and European director level positions. James is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford in Engineering Science.


Professor Martin Loomes

Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor


Martin is the Executive Dean for the Faculty of Science and Technology, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Professor of Computer Science.

Martin has nearly 40 years experience in education, having taught Mathematics and Computer Science at a wide range of levels. He has published widely and managed several large research grants over the years, nearly all collaborative with industry.

Martin’s main area of interest is how people conceptualise problems and design solutions to problems using computer technology. This includes aspects of safety critical systems (where mistakes occur), machine learning (how aspects of problem solving can be automated), and systems engineering (how components are brought together to generate solutions).

Sophie Bowen

Sophie Bowen

Chief Operating Officer

Sophie Bowen joined Middlesex University on the 15th June 2016. Prior to this she worked at St George’s, University of London as University Secretary and Director of Academic Administration and Quality. She also held a variety of roles at the University of Birmingham.

Sophie graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA and MPhil (Research) in Sociology as well as an MBA from the Open University.

At Middlesex, Sophie is responsible for the successful management and leadership of the Planning Unit; Academic Registry; Computing & Communications Systems Services (CCSS); Human Resource Services; Procurement; Governance & Regulation; and records management.

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