Our executive team is responsible for day-to-day management of Royal Holloway.
The team consists of:
- Our Principal
- The Deputy Principal
- Four Vice-Principals
- The Chief Operating Officer and Secretary to Council
- Some of our directors of professional services
We also have a senior management team which includes heads of department, associate deans, and the remaining directors of professional services.
Executive team members
Professor Paul Layzell
Professor Paul Layzell is the Principal of Royal Holloway. He joined us in 2010.
Previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex, Professor Layzell is a distinguished software engineering researcher and has written extensively on software development methods. His most recently published papers contribute to the foundations of service-oriented and ‘cloud’ computing. After serving as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Resources at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Professor Layzell was appointed Programme Manager for the UMIST-Manchester merger which culminated in the creation of the new University of Manchester. He was subsequently appointed Vice President for University Development, before moving to the University of Sussex in 2006. He is Chair of AQA: one of the UK’s largest examination boards.
Executive Officer to the Principal: Pam Kaur
Tel: 01784 443033
Professor Katie Normington
Katie is Senior Vice Principal (academic).
She is a Professor and previous Head of the Department of Drama and Theatre and joined us from Greenwich University in 1997. As Vice-Principal for Staff she chairs the College’s Equality and Diversity Steering Group and oversees the developments of academic promotion schemes and other HR policies. Katie is director of the Techne AHRC doctoral training partnership, a consortium of seven universities in London and the south-east.
Outside of Royal Holloway, she is a governor of Brooklands College of Further Education, Weybridge, a member of the AHRC Research Careers and Training Advisory Group, a member of the SPA Review Group for UCAS, and has advised HEFCE on open access.
Executive Assistant to Katie Normington: Teresa Martinez-Sancho
Tel: 01784 443928
Dr David Ashton
David Ashton is the Chief Operating Officer and Secretary to Council.
As Chief Operating Officer, he is accountable for the overall effectiveness of our Professional Services. He has management responsibility for the Academic Registry, the Careers and Employability Service, Commercial Services, Communications and External Relations, Information Technology, Estates, Health and Safety, Human Resources, Library Services, Research and Enterprise, Strategic Planning and Change, Student Recruitment and Partnerships, and Student Life Services.
As Secretary to Council, David is responsible for the Secretariat and for the provision of legal and other compliance advice to the Governing Body.
David joined Royal Holloway in 2016 after six years at the University of Surrey where he was Vice-President and Registrar and later Vice-Provost. Outside of Royal Holloway, David is a Trustee of UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). He is a member of the Association of Heads of University Administration, and a Fellow of Royal Society for the Arts. He is a former Vice-Chair of Council of West Thames College, London, a former governor of Guildford High School and a former member of the Council of Guildford Cathedral.
Executive Officer to Dr Ashton: Teresa Martinez-Sancho
Tel: 01784 414927
Professor Paul Hogg
Professor Paul Hogg is the Vice-Principal (Research and Enterprise) and Dean of Science. He joined us in 2012 from the University of Manchester where he was Head of the School of Materials.
Professor Hogg is a leading international figure in the field of advanced materials with a sustained track record for research in fibre-reinforced composite materials: specialising in recent years in aerostructures and wind turbines. At Manchester he established the National Composites Certification and Evaluation Facility, the Manchester University Technology Centre for Materials with Aviation Industries of China, and the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing of Composites, with the Universities of Nottingham, Cranfield and Bristol.
Before joining Manchester in 2008, Professor Hogg spent 24 years at Queen Mary, University of London where he became Head of the Department of Materials and in 2006 established Nanoforce, the university’s spin out company for nanomaterials funded by a £2.8m grant from DTi/LDA.
He served on the Metallurgy and Materials sub panel for RAE in 2007 and was the Vice-Chairman of sub panel 13 – Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials – in the recent REF exercise. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester, as well as at Harbin Institute of Technology and Beihang University in China.
Professor Hogg is now looking at Royal Holloway’s submissions for the Research Excellence Framework 2020.
Executive Assistant to Professor Hogg: Pam Kaur
Tel: 01784 443291
Professor Bob O'Keefe
Professor Bob O'Keefe
Bob is Vice-Principal for External Engagement and Dean of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Law. Previously, he was Dean of the Faculty of Management & Law at the University of Surrey, Professor of Information Management at Brunel University and an associate of Henley Management College. He has also held a position at Virginia Tech, USA, and was a tenured faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.
As Professor of Information Management, Bob conducts research at the intersection of Information Systems, consumer behaviour and human-computer interaction, particularly where users have to interact with complex models. He was the co-editor of the European Journal of Information Systems from 2000 to 2005.
As Dean, Bob is responsible for the School of Management, the Department of Economics and the School of Law, which together total approximately 110 academic staff. As Vice-Principal, he oversees externally-related activities such as the services and processes related to employability, student volunteering and certain regional activities. He is currently chair of the project board for the College’s new finance system.. He also holds a Visiting Chair at the University of Sydney Business School.
Executive Assistant to Bob O'Keefe: Nicky Breslin
Tel: 01784 276470
Professor Rosemary Deem
Rosemary Deem is Vice-Principal (Education/ Doctoral School) and Professor of Higher
Education Management. She was previously Dean of History and Social Sciences. Before joining Royal Holloway in 2009, she was Professor of Education at Bristol University.
An academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Deem is a sociologist who has also worked at Lancaster and the Open Universities as well as North Staffordshire Polytechnic. She directed the Education Subject Centre ESCalate (2001-2004), has been an RAE sub-panellist (1996, 2001, 2008), twice chaired the British Sociological Association and was Vice Chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education (2007-2009). She is an editorial board member of The Sociological Review, Studies in Higher Education, Equal Opportunities International, Higher Education and Higher Education Quarterly.
Her Vice-Principal responsibilities include teaching, learning and assessment strategy/policy and quality assurance for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Executive Assistant to Professor Deem: Hilary Baker
Tel: 01784 443994
Stephen Avery is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and joined Royal Holloway in 2016 from City University London where he was the Chief Financial Officer. Previously, he worked at universities in Lincoln, Bournemouth, Cumbria and Salford. He began his career with what is today known as PwC, working in assurance and then management consultancy. He has also held senior financial management roles at the BBC, the CBI and what was previously known as the Financial Services Authority.
Stephen’s main focus is to provide strategic financial and policy advice to the Principal, Executive Team and other managers. The finance function that he leads is responsible for student fee collection, loans and maintenance grants, financial reporting and monitoring, procurement, payroll and payments, and treasury management.
Executive Officer to Stephen Avery: Jane Brett
Tel: 01784 443027