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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 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 55 peer-reviewed publications including six 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 Academy of Social Science and the Royal Geographical Society.

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Read Professor Andrew Jones's biography.

Professor Stanton Newman – Vice-President (International)

Professor Stanton NewmanProfessor Stanton Newman was appointed as Vice-President (International) (previously Pro Vice-Chancellor International) in August 2014 and is also 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.

Professor Zoe Radnor – Vice-President (Strategy & Planning)

null Professor Zoe Radnor is responsible for leading on all activities related to the Strategy and Planning for City. Professor Zoe Radnor is also the Executive lead for Equality and Diversity ensuring the development of E&D strategy, policy and the implementation of E&D initiatives.

Professor Zoe Radnor is an engineer by background, she has a BEng in Production Management from the University of Nottingham, an MSc in Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Cranfield University and a PhD in Management Science from UMIST (now University of Manchester).

Zoe’s research interest is in performance and process improvement and service management within public sector organisations. She has led research projects for a number of Government and HE organisations, evaluating the use of ‘lean’ techniques and she continues to maintain a strong ongoing research profile.

Read Professor Radnor's biography

Mary Luckiram – Director of Human Resources

Mary LuckiramRead Mary Luckiram's biography.

Liz Rylatt – Chief Financial Officer

Liz RylattRead Liz Rylatt's biography.

Professor Paolo Volpin Dean (Interim), Cass Business School

Professor Paolo Volpin Professor Paolo Volpin is Interim Dean at Cass Business School. Prior to this role, he has been Vice Dean and Head of the Faculty of Finance. He is also a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and a Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute. Prior to joining Cass Business School, he was an Associate Professor of Finance at the London Business School and has been Director of the European Finance Association. He has published widely in the top academic journals: American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Review of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Economic Perspectives and other journals.

His research in corporate finance, especially in the field of corporate governance, has won several awards. He holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University and a Doctorate and a BA also in Economics from Bocconi University.

Find out more about City's Cass Business School.

Professor Andrew Stockley - Dean, City Law School

Professor Andrew StockleyProfessor Andrew Stockley is the Dean of the City Law School. Prior to his appointment in 2018, Professor Stockley led New Zealand’s premier Law School, the University of Auckland, as Executive Dean. Professor Stockley was a member of the University of Oxford Law Faculty for 5 years holding the posts of Senior Tutor and Fellow at Brasenose College.

Professor Stockley holds a LLB and a BA from Victoria University of Wellington and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. His career started in legal practice, when he was admitted as a solicitor and a barrister.

Professor Stockley was a member of the Law Faculty at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand; published articles on constitutional law, the judiciary and eighteenth-century European history; and served as Head of the Law School.

Find out more about the City Law School.

Professor Debra Salmon – Dean, School of Health Sciences

Professor Debra SalmonRead Professor Debra Salmon's biography.

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Professor Rajkumar Roy - Dean, School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering

Professor Rajkumar RoyProfessor Rajkumar Roy joined City from Cranfield University, where he was Director of Manufacturing. Professor Roy holds a PhD in Computing from the University of Plymouth (UK) and BEng and MEng degrees in Production Engineering from Jadavpur University in India.

He started his career as an engineer at Tata Motors; pioneered research in Through-life Engineering Services (TES) with Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Bombardier Transportation, the Ministry of Defence and Babcock International; and established an internationally known TES Centre. Professor Roy's cost engineering and obsolescence research has transformed contemporary understanding of the engineering effort required to design, make and support high-value products, resulting in tools used by BAE Systems, Airbus, the Ministry of Defence, Rolls-Royce, and Ford Motor Company.

He is a Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier Applied Soft Computing journal and a Fellow of the CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineers), the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), and the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

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

Professor Miguel Mera (Interim) - School of Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Miguel MeraRead Professor Miguel Meera's biography.

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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.

Tim Longden – Director of Marketing and External Relations

Tim LongdenTim joined City in November 2011. He was previously Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Hertfordshire and began his career in Higher Education at the University of Nottingham as its inaugural Director of Marketing and 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 and 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, the provision of marketing support for Schools and Professional Services and City’s alumni relations and fundraising activities.

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.

Paul Marshall - Director of Strategic Planning and Performance

Paul MarshallPaul joined City in March 2019. He was previously the inaugural Director of Strategic Planning and Change at Nottingham Trent University, and Associate Chief Operating Officer at De Montfort University holding responsibility for the University’s multi-million pound SAP-enabled transformation programme.

Paul has held a number of roles within higher education, beginning his career in 2001 at the University of Exeter before moving to the planning function at the University of Leeds in 2004. Following a successful period managing the Faculty of Arts, Paul moved to the University of Birmingham in 2009 to become Deputy Director of Strategic Planning and then Director of Registry in 2012.

Paul holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography (Earth Studies), a Diploma in Residential Landscape Design and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He is also certified to practitioner level in both Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) and Change Management.

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.

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.