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Professor Paul Croney

Professor Paul CroneyVice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Professor Paul Croney became Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Teesside University on 1 May 2015.

He joined Teesside from Northumbria University where he held a succession of leadership roles, from Dean of the acclaimed Newcastle Business School, to Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, and, latterly, as Deputy Vice-Chancellor with a focus on strategic planning and international development.

An academic scholar in the field of management and business education, he holds honorary and visiting professorships from universities in Russia and China.

Staff responsible to the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive
Name Title Department/School
Marion Grieves Dean School of Health & Social Care
Jill Morgan Dean School of Design, Culture & the Arts
Professor Paul Crawshaw Dean School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
Professor Steve Cummings Dean School of Science & Engineering
Dr Simon Stobart Dean School of Computing

Malcolm Page

Malcolm PageChief Operating Officer

Malcolm moved to Teesside University in 2013 from his position as Executive Director of Commercial and Corporate Services at Sunderland City Council.

He has previously worked as Deputy Chief Executive at the Regional Development Agency, One North East - also holding roles at the Agency including Assistant Chief Executive (Resources) and Executive Director of Corporate Resources. He is a fully qualified accountant with an MBA.

Malcolm brings with him considerable strategic, corporate and resource management experience and a strong track record of operating and delivering at Board level. He also has significant experience in managing large and complex budgets and in the development and delivery of regeneration and property activities, alongside wide ranging exposure to both innovation and the commercial environment.

Staff responsible to the Chief Operating Officer
Name Title Department
Juliet Amos Executive Director Human Resources
Julie Flaws Director Finance and Commercial Development
Alistair Hudson Director mima
Paul Lambert Director ICT Systems
Michael Lavery Executive Director External Relations
Darren Vipond Director Campus Services

Professor Simon Hodgson

Professor Simon HodgsonPro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Professor Hodgson joined Teesside University in 2007 as Dean of the School of Science & Engineering, having previously held academic roles at Sheffield Hallam, Lincoln, and latterly Loughborough University where he was Reader, Research Group Lead and Board Member in the Faculty of Science.

An internationally renowned materials scientist and engineer, Professor Hodgson's research is extensively published and patented and he has contributed to a wide range of government reports, as well as maintaining a successful record of winning research council, European and industry funding. He has worked on a number of collaborative research projects, particularly within the aerospace industry with partners including Rolls Royce.

Professor Hodgson is Vice-President of the National Engineering Professors Council and sits on a variety of advisory bodies and groups for engineering education at all levels where he maintains an active interest in the development of innovative and best practice in teaching and learning.

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Staff responsible to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Name Title Department
Professor Zulf Ali Dean Graduate Research School

Professor Jane Turner

Professor Jane TurnerPro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Business Engagement)

Professor Turner is Pro Vice-Chancellor at Teesside University, responsible for the Enterprise and Business Engagement Strategy. Jane previously worked at Northumbria University for 11 years where she held the position of Associate Dean (Business and Engagement) in the Faculty of Business and Law.

Prior to entering Higher Education, Jane worked in the private sector in motor retailing and telecommunications. Jane is passionate about the North East having grown up here and considers herself to be in her ideal role, enabling her to collaborate with like-minded people to co-build a new future for the region. Jane is responsible for all knowledge exchange activities which deliver a significant income stream, student and graduate start-ups, strategic partnerships and the employability of Teesside University graduates. Jane considers the latter to be a fundamental responsibility to ensure that Teesside University plays its role in developing a pipeline of talent, leaders of the future with the skills, knowledge and self efficacy to problem solve and tackle the intractable problems that young people inevitably face. She is energised by opportunities to collaborate, innovate and develop approaches and solutions that challenge convention and transform individuals, teams, organisations and ultimately the region.

Jane has a Doctorate in Business Leadership and is an experienced and qualified Executive Coach having coached over 220 leaders from all sectors over the last 16 years. She is a specialist in authentic leader development and speaks passionately on the subject. Jane sits on various Boards and is a member of the new Mayoral Development Corporation whose purpose is to create a future vision and strategy for regeneration and growth in the Tees Valley.

Staff responsible to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Business Engagement)
Name Title Department
Laura Woods Director The Forge

Professor Mark Simpson

Dr Mark SimpsonPro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)

Professor Mark Simpson graduated from Teesside University with a degree in politics and a PhD in Criminology. He has written and researched in the fields of youth crime, youth justice and drug use. He was a director of the British Society of Criminology for over nine years. Holding numerous roles within the University, he was previously Dean of Social Sciences, Business & Law.

He has a national reputation for teaching & learning and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (FRSA). Mark is a Local Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a board member of Thirteen Social Housing Group and a Governor at a local School.

Staff responsible to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching)
Name Title Department
Liz Jolly Director Library & Information Services
Garry Toulouse Director Student Services
Dr Kate Gillen DL Director Academic Registry


Dr David Bell

Dr David BellPro Vice-Chancellor (International)

Dr David Bell achieved his masters' degree in Computer Aided Engineering from Teesside in 1986 and has a professional background in engineering as a Designer, Project Engineer and Engineering Manager with both Thorn EMI and Electrolux.

He moved into higher education and held a succession of leadership roles at Northumbria University, including Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in the School of Engineering and Associate Dean (External Activity) and Acting Dean for the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences. During this time he achieved his Professional Doctorate investigating the academic success of international students in the educational supply chain.

He went on to become Northumbria's Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment, working to develop multi-million pound international activity and partnerships predominately in Asia.


Juliet Amos

Juliet AmosExecutive Director (Human Resources)
Equality & Diversity Champion (Religion and Belief)

Juliet Amos joined Teesside University in 2006 having previously worked at Northumbria University as Assistant Human Resources Director. Juliet is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Juliet leads the human resources strategy and management at the University including staff planning and reviews, reward and recognition initiatives, the HR Advisory function, occupational health and safety and all equality and diversity work relating to staff. She is also responsible for the provision of staffing information to inform Executive decision making and the statistical returns to the Higher Education Statistical Agency.


Michael Lavery

Michael LaveryExecutive Director (External Relations)
Equality & Diversity Champion (LGBT)

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External Relations expert Michael Lavery leads a broad executive portfolio which includes marketing, student recruitment, brand & league tables, development & alumni relations, communications, corporate social responsibility and the University’s graduations.

Michael joined Teesside University in January 2012 from Durham University where he led the Marketing & Communications Department for over six years, having previously worked at a senior level in the private sector and as a marketing and PR consultant. Michael chairs the University Alliance Communications Group, serves on the Board of Trustees of both CASE Europe (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education), and Tees Valley Arts; and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).