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Professor Paul Croney OBE

Professor Paul Croney OBEVice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

Professor Paul Croney OBE 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 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.

Staff responsible to the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive
Name Title Department/School
Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott Executive Director Communications & Development
Professor Steve Cummings Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Vice-Chancellor’s Office
Professor Craig Gaskell Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange) Vice-Chancellor’s Office
Dr Warren Harrison Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) Vice-Chancellor’s Office

Malcolm Page

Malcolm PageChief Operating Officer
Equality & Diversity Champion (Disability)

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
Emma Adcock Director TU Online
Juliet Amos Executive Director Human Resources
Jo Burgess Director Apprenticeships
Helen Cutting Executive Director Legal Services & University Secretary
Julie Flaws Director Finance
Mike Gettings Director IT & Digital Services
Dave Hudson Director Student Recruitment & Marketing
Philip Ratcliff Director Human Resources
Darren Vipond Director Campus Services
Amanda Wright Director Business Change, Improvement and Projects

Professor Mark Simpson

Dr Mark SimpsonDeputy Vice-Chancellor
Equality & Diversity Champion (Ethnic and Cultural Diversity)

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, Humanities & 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 Senior Independent Director of Thirteen Group and a Director of TECH EQUAL.

Staff responsible to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Name Title Department
Dr Andrew Bingham Dean Teesside University International Business School
Professor Chrisina Jayne Dean School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies
Rosie Jones Director Student & Library Services
Dr Laura Sillars Dean School of Arts & Creative Industries
Professor Tim Thompson Dean School of Health & Life Sciences
Professor Natasha Vall Dean School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law

Professor Steve Cummings

Professor Steve CummingsPro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Professor Stephen Cummings is responsible for Teesside’s research and innovation portfolio, prior to his appointment as Pro Vice-Chancellor he was appointed as Dean of the School of Science & Engineering at Teesside in 2016 before taking up the role of Dean of the School of Health & Life Sciences in 2019.

He holds a personal Chair in Microbiology and has researched and published extensively on the microbial ecology in a number of environments and disease states, including, bioremediation of contaminated soils, cystic fibrosis and infections of preterm infants.

He is a board member of the North East and North Cumbria Academic Health Sciences Network and was a member of the Council of Governors for the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Staff responsible to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Name Title Department
Stephanie Bales Director Research & Enterprise Office

Professor Craig Gaskell

Professor Craig GaskellPro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange)

Professor Gaskell is passionate about social mobility and the transformational impact of higher education. He has significant experience in developing and delivering strategic and innovation projects in higher education and in building highly productive partnerships with business and the public sector.

Professor Gaskell has many years’ experience as a senior leader in Higher Education. He was a Dean at Hull University and has led several significant change and start-up projects in the sector, notably as Provost of Coventry University’s ‘CU Scarborough’ and as founding Principal and Chief Executive of University Academy 92 (UA92) in Manchester.

He has a BSc and Ph.D in Computer Science, is a Chartered Engineer and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has previously held Professorships at Coventry University and Lancaster University.

Staff responsible to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Business Engagement)
Name Title Department
Stephanie Bales Director Research & Enterprise Office

Dr Warren Harrison

Dr Warren HarrisonPro Vice-Chancellor (International)
Equality & Diversity Champion (Faith and Belief)

Warren joined Teesside University as a Senior Lecturer in 2002, following a career in film and television. Alongside his teaching, he developed a range of industry and educational partnerships with some of the UK’s largest media companies to develop the digital capability of SME’s and freelancers in the northeast region. Warren’s practice-based research is concerned with aspects of the working-class cultural history of Teesside.

In 2018, Warren was appointed as Associate Dean (International) for the Business School. He expanded both international student recruitment and Transnational Education, playing a key role in the development of partnerships in the Czech Republic, Italy, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Uzbekistan.

Prior to his appointment as Pro Vice-Chancellor, he was appointed as the Dean of Teesside University International Business School in 2020.

Staff responsible to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)
Name Title Department
George Hunt Director Department of International Development

Juliet Amos

Juliet AmosExecutive Director (Human Resources)
Equality & Diversity Champion (LGBT+)

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.

Helen Cutting

Helen CuttingExecutive Director (Legal & Governance Services and University Secretary)
Equality & Diversity Champion (Gender)

Helen joined Teesside University in June 2017 as the Executive Director of Legal and Governance Services & University Secretary. Helen is a qualified lawyer and prior to joining Teesside, was Director of Legal and Governance at University of Sunderland where she worked for over 12 years, having worked in private practice before that. Helen’s current role requires her to have oversight of the University’s legal and regulatory compliance, including information governance and safeguarding, as well as leading on the modernisation of the University’s governance practices and is an active Member of the University Executive Team.

Helen provides the support to the University’s Board of Governors to enable them to effectively discharge their responsibilities as governors and trustees of the University. She is also company secretary for the University’s subsidiary companies.

Dr Jo Heaton-Marriott

Dr Jo Heaton-MarriottExecutive Director (Communications & Development)

Jo joined Teesside University in 2018, having previously been Director of Communications and Engagement at the University of Central Lancashire. She holds a PhD in Microbiology from Lancaster University and began her career in science communications and public engagement, developing and delivering a range of award-winning events and initiatives.

Jo leads on all aspects of communications, including the University’s public affairs activity. She is also responsible for stakeholder development, fundraising and corporate social responsibility, prioritising the growth of community partnerships that deliver mutual benefit for the locale, region and beyond. Jo and her team also provide strategic insight and policy advice to senior colleagues.

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