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Executive Board

The Executive Board is the senior advisory body that assists the President and Vice-Chancellor in discharging his executive authority to manage the operations and affairs of the University.

Members of the Executive Board

President & Vice-Chancellor

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden

Vice-President & Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs

Professor Gill Nicholls

Vice-President & Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation

Professor Michael Kearney

Vice-President, Enterprise and Growth

Mr Greg Melly

Chief Financial Officer

Mr David Sharkey

Vice-President & Registrar

Dr David Ashton

Executive Dean, Faculty of Business Economics and Law

Professor David Allen

Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences

Professor Phil Powrie

Executive Dean, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Professor Lisa Roberts

Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Professor Jonathan Seville

Pro Vice-Chancellor, International Relations

Professor Vince Emery

Vice-President, Human Resources

Mr Paul Stephenson

Vice-President, Marketing and Communications

Mr Mike Hounsell


Office of the Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs

The Vice President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs reports directly to the President and Vice-Chancellor on all aspects of the University's teaching and learning activities. She is directly responsible for setting policy and strategy for teaching and learning within the University.

The Vice President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affair's Learning & Teaching web pages provide information about the University of Surrey's Learning & Teaching Strategy, policies and resources.

Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs

Professor Gill Nicholls

Executive Assistant to the Vice President and DVC Academic Affairs

Kate Lascelles

Email: k.lascelles@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 689100


Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation

The Vice President, Research and Innovation reports directly to the President on all aspects of the University's research activities. He is directly responsible for setting policy and strategy for research and innovation within the University. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Policy and Strategy
    • Playing a key role in the initiation, formulation and monitoring of the University’s strategic plans for its research activities
    • Identifying opportunities to match the University’s existing skills with current and new research funding streams
    • Developing the skills of relevant individuals in order to make full use of all potential research resources
    • Research
      • Championing research and identifying and encouraging practices which increase the quality and volume of basic, applied and strategic research across the University
      • Responding to external enquiries and initiatives as appropriate
      • Developing international research links and funded activities, in association with the Dean of International Relations
      • Coordinating and promoting nominations for major academic fellowships and honours
      • Monitoring research performance across the University, leading and coordinating the optimisation of the University’s returns under the new Research Excellence Framework
      • Innovation
        • Encouraging an enterprising approach to research-related commercial activities across the University, in liaison with the Director of Research and Enterprise Support
        • Encouraging the establishment of strategic links between Faculties and organisations on the Surrey Research Park
        • Working with other senior managers to set policies and strategies for innovation across the University

Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Professor Mike Kearney

Executive Assistant to the Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Mrs Julia Duffy

Email: j.duffy@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 68 9102 
Room: 17SE08
Hours: 9.30am-6pm


Office of the Vice-President, Enterprise and Growth

The purpose of the Enterprise and Growth Division is to support the University’s drive to increase its contribution to society through the development and delivery of enterprise and commercial opportunities. The Division is responsible for:

The University’s growth strategy is based on the following principles:

  • We deliver impact and value to the UK and are striving to increase that contribution
  • We plan University academic growth in ways that leverage the skills, resources and efforts of multiple partners and deliver wide economic and social benefit
  • We focus on the clusters and enterprise ecosystem around us, striving always to build our understanding of and contribution to the value chains of organisations of all sizes within those clusters
  • We collaborate with civic society and others to support the development of sustainable infrastructure, including tackling transport, housing and economic space issues

Vice-President, Enterprise and Growth

Mr Greg Melly

Email: g.melly@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 689101

Development Director

Professor Steve Baker

Chief Executive, Surrey Sports Park

Mr Paul Blanchard

Email: p.blanchard@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 683706

Executive Assistant to the Vice President Enterprise and Growth

Mrs Sue Fowler

Email: s.fowler@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 682011
Room: 10SE08

Director of Alumni and Development

Mr Chris Gethin

Programme Manager

Mrs Ruth Gill

Email: r.gill@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 686236
Room: 17SE08

Director of Research Park and University Planning Officer

Dr Malcolm Parry

Chief Operating Officer, 5G Innovation Centre

Mr Keith Robson

Email:  k.robson@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 689065
Room: 04SE04

Manager, Space and Projects

Ms Ros Allen

Email: r.allen@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 68 3394 
Room: 01 SE 08

Executive Assistant to the Vice-President, Enterprise and Growth

Mrs Sue Fowler
Email: s.fowler@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 682011


Vice-President and Registrar’s Division

The Vice-President and Registrar’s Division is responsible for administrative and student support services across the University:

Vice-President and Registrar

Dr David Ashton

Executive Assistant to the Vice-President and Registrar

Judith Telford

Email: j.telford@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 682040
Room: 04SE08

Deputy Registrar and Director of Student Administration

Mr Harri ap Rees

Email: h.ap-rees@surrey.ac.uk
Phone: 01483 683754
Room: 10SE06

Assistant to the Deputy Registrar and Director of Student Administration

Anne Brooke

Email: anne.brooke@surrey.ac.uk

Director of Wellbeing

Mr Rotimi Akinsete

Email: r.akinsete@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 682230
Room: 05UC00

Wellbeing Centre Co-ordinator

Maria Long  

Email: m.long@surrey.ac.uk

Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Mr Mark Barlow

Email: m.barlow@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 689509
Room: 13SE05

Assistant to the Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Maria Luckett

m.luckett@surrey.ac.uk

Director of Employability

Mr Keith Herrmann

Email: k.herrmann@surrey.ac.uk
Room: 16PM00

Director of Student Support

Mr Craig Lowe

Programme Manager

Mrs Saniyah Testa

Email: s.testa@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: 01483 683274
Room: 07SE06


Chief Financial Officer

Mr David Sharkey

Email: d.sharkey@surrey.ac.uk
Telephone: Work: 01483 68 2100 
Room: 11 SE 08

The Chief Financial Officer has Executive Board responsibility for Finance, Strategic Planning, IT, Estates and Facilities, Traded Services and Sustainability.

As a member of the Senior Management Team, David Sharkey contributes to the strategic direction and management of the University through membership of various committees and groups.

As Chief Financial Officer, David is responsible for short- and long-term financial planning. The role also includes Accounting, Tax and Treasury, Risk Management, Procurement and Transactions.