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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 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
Professor Paul Crawshaw Dean School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
Professor Tim Thompson Dean School of Health & Life Sciences
Professor Chrisina Jayne Dean School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies
Warren Harrison Dean Teesside University Business School
Ms Laura Sillars Dean MIMA School of Art & Design

Mr 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
Ms Juliet Amos Executive Director Human Resources
Mrs Helen Cutting Executive Director Legal Services & University Secretary
Ms Julie Flaws Director Finance & Commercial Development
Mr Paul Drummond Director IT & Digital Services
Mr Dave Hudson Director Student Recruitment & Marketing
Mr Darren Vipond Director Campus Services
Ms Amanda Wright Director Business Change, Improvement and Projects

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 and Engineering at Teesside in 2016 before taking up the role of Dean of the School of Health and 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
Ms Stephanie Bales Director Research & Innovation Services

Professor Jane Turner OBE

Professor Jane TurnerPro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Business Engagement)
Equality & Diversity Champion (Gender)

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
Ms Laura Woods Director Department of Academic Enterprise

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, 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 board member of Thirteen Social Housing Group.

Staff responsible to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching)
Name Title Department
Ms Laura Sillars Director MIMA
Dr Jonathan Eaton Academic Registrar Student Learning & Academic Registry
Ms Rosie Jones Director Student & Library Services


Dr David Bell

Dr David BellPro Vice-Chancellor (International)
Equality & Diversity Champion (Ethnicity, Religion and Belief)

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.

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

Ms 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)

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.