Senior Management Team

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      • Registrar
      • Director of Finance
      • Director of Communications

Principal | Professor Paul Layzell

PrincipalPaulLayzellProfessor 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. Read more about his research here.
After serving as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Resources at UMIST, Professor Layzell was appointed Programme Manager for the UMIST-Manchester merger, 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 and also Chair of Eduserv, an educational charity.
Executive Officer to the Principal: Lorraine Sheehan
Tel: 01784 443033

Deputy Principal | Professor Rob Kemp

RobKemp3Rob joined the Geography Department at Royal Holloway from Lincoln University (Christchurch, New Zealand)  in 1989, was promoted to Professor of Physical Geography in 1999 and was head of the 5* RAE-rated department from 2001-04. 
His research has been concerned with a range of soil-related issues spanning agriculture, sports pitch management and Quaternary Science. Most recent focus has been on the use of soils to reconstruct past climates and human activities in various parts of the world including China, Argentina and Peru. He has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Quaternary Research Center at the University of Washington (Seattle).
Rob was appointed Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs) on 1 August 2006, Deputy Principal in 2008 and was Acting Principal from March 2009 until August 2010. Initially responsible for Quality Assurance and teaching and learning, his current portfolio centres on planning, resources and partnerships with recent emphasis on new academic programmes, student recruitment and estates development.
Personal Assistant to the Deputy Principal: Pam Kaur

Tel: 01784 276429

VP (Education) | Professor Rosemary Deem

RosemaryDeemRosemary Deem is Vice-Principal (Education) 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 & the Open Universities and 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. Read more about Rosemary's research here.
Her Vice-Principal responsibilities include teaching, learning and assessment strategy/policy and quality assurance for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Executive Assistant to Professor Deem: Thomasina Breslin
Tel: 01784 443994

VP (Research & Enterprise) and Dean of Science | Professor Paul Hogg

PaulHoggnewProfessor 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 £2.8 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 programs in 2017.

Executive Assistant to Professor Hogg: Thomasina Breslin

 Tel: 01784 443291

VP (Staffing) and Dean of Arts & Social Sciences | Professor Katie Normington


Katie is Vice-Principal for Staffing (since January 2013) and Executive Dean of Arts and Social Science (from 2008). 

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 Science 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 now 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 Techne AHRC doctoral training partnership, a consortium of 7 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: Katherine Lee

Tel: 01784 443928

VP (External Engagement) Dean of Management & Economics | Professor Bob O'Keefe

Bobo'keefeBob is Vice-Principal for External Engagement, and Dean of the Faculty of Management & Economics, at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London.

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. Read more about Bob's research here.

As Dean, Bob is responsible for the School of Management, the Department of Economics, and the Centre for Criminology & Sociology, 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: Katherine Lee

 Tel: 01784 276470  

Registrar and College Secretary I Simon Higman

Simon Higman is Registrar, Director of Operations, and College Secretary.         SimonHigman

Simon joined Royal Holloway in January 2011. Simon worked for the BBC for many years before taking up the position of Faculty Operating Officer at Imperial College in 2004, and that of Registrar and Chief Operating Officer at the University of Southampton in 2008.

Simon’s portfolio spans Professional Services, covering all the support services provided for staff and students, regulatory and legal compliance, and secretarial support for College Council. 

Directors of Professional Services

Academic Registrar:  Anna Sendall

Campus Services: Jonathan Main (acting)

Careers:  Liz Wilkinson

Communication and External Relations:  Marie Ennis

Development and Alumni Relations: Caroline Hawley

Estates:  Michael Berry

Finance:  Stephen Avery

Health and Safety: Matt Purcell

Human Resources:  Cheryl Newsome

Information Technology: Samuel Massiah

Library Services: John Tuck

Research and Enterprise: Tony Greenwood

Strategic Development: Julia Roberts

Student Experience: Mike Johnson

Student Recruitment and Partnerships:  Sheryl Simon

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