The University Executive Team are individually responsible for developing different aspects of the University's work
Nic joined Middlesex in February 2020 from the University of Dundee where he was Vice-Principal (Provost).
He previously held the roles of Vice-Principal & Head, College of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Dundee and Vice Principal, Dean of Arts and Head of the School of Management at the University of St Andrews. He has also been the Lead Fellow of the ESRC Advanced Institute of Management and Professor of Management at the University of Strathclyde.
His research interests are in change management and leadership and the construction of identity in the music industry, health, financial services and creative industries. His research has been funded by the ESRC, AHRC, EU, NESTA and industry partners. He is co-director of InGAME, the AHRC centre for innovation in games and media enterprise and is the President of the British Academy of Management.
Nic is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the British Academy of Management, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management and the Academy of Social Sciences.
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 Bell 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 Bowen 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 Kennedy is responsible for the overall financial sustainability, strategy and financial control of the University. He also has Executive responsibility for the Procurement and Insurance team.
James has worked in a variety of different sectors, most recently as Chief Operating Officer with an NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this, James worked for ten 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 Carole-Anne Upton 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 Wellington 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 will join Middlesex from Oxford Brookes University where he holds 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.