We use cookies on this site. By browsing our site you agree to our use of cookies. Close this message Find out more

Home > About us home > Organisation of the College > College Executive Team
More in this section Organisation of the College

College Executive Team

The Executive Team is headed by our Principal, who is supported by a Deputy Principal, four Vice-Principals, the Chief Operating Officer and Secretary to Council and some Directors of Professional Services. The Senior Management Team for the College includes Academic Heads of Department, Associate Deans, and the remaining Directors of Professional Services.

Professor Paul Layzell


Professor Paul Layzell is the Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London. He joined the College on 16 August 2010.

Previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex, Professor Layzell is a distinguished software engineering researcher. He has written extensively on software development methods and most recently published papers contributing 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. This was a three-year project culminating in the creation of the new University of Manchester in 2004. 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. She joined Royal Holloway as a lecturer from Greenwich University in 1997. Her research focuses on theatre history – in particular medieval English drama and contemporary theatre. She has published four authored books in these areas, and one co-edited collection. She is currently co-editing a collection of writings on medieval performance. She continues to write articles within the field. 

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is the largest of three faculties and spans areas of creative practice, traditional humanities, social science and vocational courses. Katie has sat on project boards for the new Caryl Churchill theatre and the Boilerhouse lecture theatre as well as chairing cross College groups concerned with the Cultural Olympiad, the hosting of athletes at Royal Holloway in 2012, and the preparations for the celebration of the anniversary of the Magna Carta in 2015. As Vice-Principal for Staff she chairs the College’s Equality and Diversity Steering Group, 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 Ashtondavid ashton

David Ashton is the Chief Operating Officer and Secretary to Council.

As Chief Operating Officer, David is accountable for the overall effectiveness of the 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 September 2016, having spent six years at the University of Surrey where he was Vice-President and Registrar and later Vice-Provost.  

Before joining Surrey, David was a member of the Executive at Kingston University, London, where he was Academic Registrar. Earlier in his career, David worked at the University of Reading where he was Sub-Dean of the Faculties of Economic & Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities, and at the University of Warwick where he was a member of the Academic Office. He has also worked in Japan. His early career academic interests were in 16th century political history.

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

Paul Hogg new


Professor Paul Hogg

Professor Paul Hogg is the Vice-Principal (Research and Enterprise) and Dean of Science. He joined Royal Holloway in April 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’s main focus in 2014 was the Research Excellence Framework (REF), published on 18 December, which confirmed our standing as one of the world’s leading premier research institutions. He will now be looking at Royal Holloway’s submissions for REF 2020.

He will also be leading the College’s move towards establishing an Engineering Department that will offer its first degree programmes in 2017.

Executive Assistant to Professor Hogg: Pam Kaur

Tel: 01784 443291



Professor Bob O'Keefe

Bob is Vice-Principal for External Engagement and Dean of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Law.

Bob was previously 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 through 2005, and his work has appeared in Management Science, Operations Research, the Information Systems Journal, Decision Support Systems, the Journal of Retailing and the Journal of Business Research, plus various ACM and IEEE Transactions. 

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 has oversight for a number of externally-related activities such as the services and processes related to employability, student volunteering and certain regional activities. He also undertakes College roles, as determined by the Principal, in various activities including project boards and international engagement. For example, he is currently chair of the project board for the College’s new finance system. Bob has experience with educational joint-ventures in China and delivery of programmes in Hong Kong, Europe, and elsewhere. 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 research interests include higher education policy, management, leadership and governance, public sector organisations and equality in educational settings. 

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

Associate Dean (Education): Professor Barry Langford

Tel: 01784 443994

Listen to a podcast of Professor Rosemary Deem’s 2010 inaugural lecture “The 21st century university – dilemmas of leadership and organisational futures.”


Stephen Avery

Stephen AveryStephen Avery is Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He joined Royal Holloway in March 2016.

Stephen’s main focus is to provide strategic financial and policy advice to the Principal, members of College Executive and other managers. The Finance function Stephen leads are responsible for student fee collection, loans and maintenance grants, financial reporting and monitoring, procurement, payroll and payments, and treasury management.

Stephen joined Royal Holloway from City University London where he held the role of CFO since 2012. Prior to City, Stephen worked at universities in Lincoln, Bournemouth, Cumbria and Salford. He began his career with what is today known as PWC in London, working in the assurance and then the management consultancy practice. He has also held senior financial management roles at the BBC, the CBI and what was previously known as the Financial Services Authority.

Executive Officer to Mr Avery: Jane Brett

Tel: 01784 443027


Comment on this page

Did you find the information you were looking for? Is there a broken link or content that needs updating? Let us know so we can improve the page.

Note: If you need further information or have a question that cannot be satisfied by this page, please call our switchboard on +44 (0)1784 434455.

This window will close when you submit your comment.

Add Your Feedback