The University Executive Team are individually responsible for developing different aspects of the University's work
Nic joined Middlesex University as Vice-Chancellor in February 2020 having previously been a Vice-Principal of the University of St Andrews and Provost of the University of Dundee. He is President of the British Academy of Management, a member of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences and a board member of London Higher and the Chartered Management Institute Race Network.
His academic background is in business and management and his research focused on identity, diversity, change leadership and learning. His work has been funded by AHRC, ESRC, EU, Nesta and industry partners and he was Lead Fellow of the ESRC Advanced Institute of Management. Nic has worked extensively with industry and over the last decade has focused on change and innovation in creative industries and the health service. He also led the national academic input to the current Scottish cultural policy and is currently working on methods of impactful engagement between practice, policy and academia.
Nic has extensive experience of leading international and blended learning. As well as many journal articles, Nic has published seven books and his next book on Impactful Research is due out in 2021. Nic has held visiting chairs in the UK, Europe and Australia and holds fellowships or companionships of the British Academy of Management, the Academy of Social Sciences, the Royal Society of Arts, the Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management.
Andrea provides executive leadership to student success and the student experience and has within her portfolio the Academic Quality Service, the Centre for Academic Practice Enhancement, Employability, and Library and Student Support. She also has responsibility for the University’s three international campuses in Dubai, Mauritius and Malta.
Andrea came to Middlesex University from the University of Surrey where she held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching. Previous positions include Associate Dean and Head of Department at Surrey, 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 at Warwick University.
Katie is responsible for the 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.
Katie came to Middlesex University following a career in brand marketing, innovation and strategic planning for Nestlé 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. She is also a Non-Executive Director for UCAS Media.
Sophie is responsible for the management and leadership of the Planning Unit, Academic Registry, Computing and Communications Systems Services (CCSS), Student and Legal Affairs and Governance.
Prior to this, Sophie 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 including Director of Student Services. Sophie graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA and MPhil (Research) in Sociology and holds an MBA from the Open University.
Sophie is Honorary Treasurer and Chair of the Development Committee of the Association of Heads of University Administration and a Director of the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
James is responsible for the overall financial sustainability, strategy and financial control of the University. He also has Executive responsibility for Procurement, Insurance, Estates, Facilities, Health and Safety, and Resilience.
James brings experience from senior financial and operational roles in the NHS and the private sector. James is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford in Engineering Science.
Carole-Anne is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange alongside her duties as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries. This includes responsibility for the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office, chairing the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee, and strategic oversight of Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) preparations.
Prior to joining the University, she was Chair in Drama at the University of Ulster. Carole-Anne has 20 years’ teaching experience spanning directing, space and performance, liveness and documentation, modern Irish theatre, French classical theatre, Beckett, avant-garde performance and African and Caribbean theatre.
Sean joined Middlesex University in April 2019 as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology.
Sean, in addition to his Executive Dean duties, is Pro Vice-Chancellor for the wider campus experience, also a new cross-cutting coordination role. It includes Executive responsibility for Sport & Recreation and chairing the University’s Environmental Steering Group.
Since beginning his career in the engineering industry, initially as an Apprentice, Sean has held teaching, research and leadership positions in three universities. He joined Middlesex from Oxford Brookes University where he held various senior leadership roles.
Sean has taught a range of subjects in engineering and computing over more than thirty years. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Research interests include higher education policy and practice, digital signal processing and information fusion.