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Executive Committee (ExCo)

City’s Executive Committee (ExCo) advises the President on the strategic and operational leadership and management of City, responsibilities delegated to him by Council. ExCo is not part of the formal governance structure of City but the President reports ExCo discussions to Council.

ExCo comprises the President, Deputy President, Vice-Presidents, Chief Financial Officer, HR Director, Deans of Schools and six Directors of Professional Services.

Professor Sir Paul Curran – President

Professor Sir Paul CurranRead the President's biography.

Professor David Bolton – Deputy President

Professor David BoltonRead Professor David Bolton's biography.

Professor Richard Verrall – Vice-President (Strategy & Planning)

Professor Richard VerrallRead Professor Richard Verrall's biography.

Professor Andrew Jones – Vice-President (Research & Enterprise)

Professor Andrew JonesProfessor Andrew Jones joined City from Birkbeck, University of London where he was Head of the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies.

Andrew is an economic geographer with research interests in globalisation, work and professional service industries. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications including five books and his current research considers business service industry development in China and the significance of services to the green economy.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Academy of Social Science.

Find out more about City's School of Arts & Social Sciences.

Professor Stanton Newman – Vice-President (International) and Dean, School of Health Sciences

Professor Stanton NewmanProfessor Stanton Newman was appointed as Vice-President (International) (previously Pro Vice-Chancellor International) in August 2014 and is also Dean of the School of Health Sciences, a Professor of Health Psychology and a practising Clinical Psychologist. Prior to joining City in 2010, Stan was Director of the Centre for Behavioural and Social Science in Medicine at University College London.

Stan’s research specialises in the psychological and social issues of physical illness and its treatment. He has published over 350 research papers and chapters as well as 18 books and currently has a Google h-index of 58.

Stan was appointed as a member of the City’s Council in 2012.

Liz Rylatt – Chief Financial Officer

Liz RylattRead Liz Rylatt's biography.

Mary Luckiram – Director of Human Resources

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Professor Marianne Lewis – Dean , Cass Business School

Professor Marianne Lewis Professor Lewis joined City on 1st September 2015 as Dean Elect and succeeded Professor Steve Haberman as Dean on 1st November 2015. Professor Lewis was previously Professor of Management and Associate Dean at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati and has over 20 years’ experience in international business research and education. Professor Lewis was Associate Dean at the Lindner College of Business between 2006 and 2015.

Find out more about City's Cass Business School.

Professor Carl Stychin – Dean, City Law School

Professor Carl StychinProfessor Carl Stychin joined City as Dean of The City Law School in December 2012. He began his academic career in the United Kingdom at Keele University in 1992. He joined the University of Reading in 1998 as a Professor of Law and held several management posts (Head of the School of Law, 2001-03; Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, 2003-05; Pro-Vice-Chancellor, 2005-08). He has an interest in professional regulation: he serves as Lay Vice-Chair of the Qualifications Committee of the Bar Standards Board and is a member of the General Chiropractic Council. In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Find out more about the City Law School.

Professor Roger Crouch – Dean, School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering

Professor Roger CrouchProfessor Roger Crouch joined City in April 2013. He moved from the University of Durham (2005-13) where he was Research Director then Head of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. He assumed his first academic post at Sheffield University (Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, 1994-2005) following research at EPFL in Switzerland and design experience with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Mott, Hay & Anderson in London. His research specialism is nonlinear continuum mechanics and computational science. Roger has a particular interest in the cross-over between architecture and structural engineering.

Find out more about City's School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering.

Professor Theo Farrell – Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Theo Farrell Professor Theo Farrell joined City from King’s College London, where he was Professor of War in the Modern World (2006-16) and Head of the Department of War Studies (2013-16). He is the President and former Chair of the British International Studies Association.
Professor Farrell has authored or edited 10 books, and over 45 research papers on military affairs and security studies. His latest book is Unwinnable: Britain’s war in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 (Bodley Head, 2017). Professor Farrell has held multiple ESRC and AHRC awards, including an ESRC/AHRC Global Uncertainities Fellowship (2009-12). His current research is funded by the ESRC and will result in a co-authored history of the Taliban’s war in Afghanistan.

Find out more about the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Professor Ken Grattan – Dean, Graduate School

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Kevin Gibbons – Director of Property & Facilities

Director of Property and Facilities Kevin Gibbons Kevin began his career as a Chartered Architect in Glasgow and moved into major Projects Management first for the NHS at Oxford Regional Health Authority and then in private practice consultancy. His projects covered healthcare, higher and secondary education and pharmaceuticals, procured through both traditional and non-traditional methods including PFI. As Director of Property & Facilities, Kevin’s role encompasses all aspects of the physical environment of City including property transactions, energy and environment, capital projects and facilities management. Kevin is principal author of the City’s Estate Strategy. In 2013 he was appointed a Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert and in 2014 became a Trustee Council Member of the Girls Day School Trust.

Claire Priestley – Director of IT

Director of IT Claire PriestleyClaire joined City in 2008. Since joining the Education sector she has held roles as Director of Academic and Professional Process Change & Systems, Director of Application Management and Director of IT Business Management. Claire was appointed as Director of Information Technology in 2016.
Prior to this Claire worked for twenty years (largely for FTSE 100 companies) gaining extensive experience of Management practices, in particular: Business Change Management; Project Management and People / Organisational Development. During this time, she won a number of awards for her achievements in Leadership, Performance, Innovation & Creativity, and Excellence in Service.

Claire is an accredited member of the International Association of Facilitators, and has held a Practitioner role in this discipline for over 6 years. She is a mentor on the Aurora ‘Women in Leadership’ programme run by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and works in support of Community Development where she regularly speaks at events and mentors young people in Inner London Community Projects.

Tim Longden – Director of Marketing & Communications

Tim LongdenTim was appointed in November 2011. He was previously Director of Marketing & Communications at the University of Hertfordshire and began his career in Higher Education at the University of Nottingham as its inaugural Director of Marketing & Communications in 2000. Prior to his time in Higher Education, Tim gained extensive marketing and brand development experience within the leisure retail industry. Tim is a graduate of the University of Sheffield where he gained a first class honours degree in Economics & Town Planning.

Tim’s responsibilities at City include UK and International student recruitment, corporate affairs (embracing media and PR activities, events and communications), corporate marketing, digital marketing and the provision of marketing support for Schools and Professional Services.

Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and an active member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He is a founder member of the Universities’ Marketing Forum in the United Kingdom and the UK HE Strategic Marketing Programme. Tim is a regular speaker at Higher Education conferences and events.

Susannah Marsden – Director of Student & Academic Services

Susannah MarsdenSusannah was appointed Director of Student & Academic Services in August 2013 and oversees City's student administration, student experience and engagement, sports and leisure, careers, quality assurance, large-scale student-related change projects and the Students' Union. She is City's representative on the Academic Registrars Council and co-representative of the Association of Heads of University Administration. In 2016, her Directorate was shortlisted for a Times Higher Leadership and Management Award for its collaborative working model with City's academic Schools.

She is a mentor and role model for the Leadership Foundation Higher Education Aurora programme that supports the development of female leaders, a mentor for the national AUA PG Certificate in Leadership and Management in HE, and a mentor for students on City's own award-winning professional mentoring scheme. Susannah is a nationally accredited workplace mediator and a member of the Professional Mediators Association.

Susannah holds a BSc Music and an MA Arts Management. She has held full-term non-executive positions with national arts education organisations including as Governor of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and as Trustee and Deputy Chair of the National Centre for Circus Arts.

Dr Karen Shaw - Director of Research & Enterprise

Karen ShawKaren joined City in May 2015. Previously she held senior management roles in research intensive organisations where she led through periods of transformational change.

Karen began her career as a research scientist in the USA before assuming academic positions in the UK in the early 1990s. In 1998, she joined the Wellcome Trust and concurrently studied law. Following subsequent periods at MRC Technology and the University of Manchester, she was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the James Hutton Institute in Scotland. Most recently, Karen held the post of Director of Research and Development at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.

Dean Stokes – Director of Strategy & Planning

Dean StokesDean joined City in 2012. His previous roles included work on public sector reform policy at HM Treasury, a secondment to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and three years as Head of Strategy and Projects at the London Borough of Camden.

At HM Treasury he worked on a range of policy and strategy issues, from the delivery of the first Whitehall Public Service Agreements, introduced in the late 1990s, to the UK’s approach to World Bank lending. The international development theme continued during his secondment to the EBRD, with a particular focus on strategies and projects to further political and economic transition in the countries of eastern Europe, Russia and central Asia. In local government, Dean led the central corporate functions in two local authorities where his responsibilities included planning and performance; equality and diversity; and communications and engagement.

Dr Graham Daborn – Executive Officer to the President

Dr Graham DabornGraham joined City in September 2010.

Following his PhD, Graham remained in Cambridge and worked as a software developer and marketing specialist in the developing high-tech sector. He travelled extensively and lived and worked for a while in the USA. After completing the Cranfield MBA, he worked in senior marketing and operational roles at Dun & Bradstreet, the business information company, before establishing a ‘dot.com’ startup in 2000 which was acquired by Royal & Sun Alliance (RSA) in 2002. Graham then worked in RSA world headquarters before retiring from the City in 2005 and joining Professor Curran at Bournemouth University in 2006.

Graham is the Secretary of ExCo (and of the The Executive Team (UET)) and provides all-round assistance and support to Professor Curran.

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