Meet the Executive Team

President and Vice-Chancellor

Professor Koen Lamberts

Professor Koen Lamberts

Professor Lamberts is a cognitive psychologist with an extensive track record in experimental and theoretical research on human perception and memory, for which he has been awarded prizes from the Experimental Psychology Society and the British Psychological Society.

Throughout his career he has held a number of significant leadership roles in higher education, including Chair of the N8 group of research-intensive universities in the north of England. He joins us from the University of York.

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Gill Valentine

Working closely with the President and Vice-Chancellor, Gill has the responsibility of delivering a number of the University's key aims and priorities in the region, nationally and internationally.

Gill is also our University's senior LGBT+ champion.

Professor Gill Valentine


Professor Dave Petley

Professor Dave Petley

Vice-President for Research and Innovation

Dave provides the strategic lead for research and innovation across the University. He is responsible for developing and delivering the University's research strategy, ensuring that the local community gains maximum benefits from research at Sheffield. 

Leads on: Research and Innovation

Professor Wyn Morgan

Vice-President for Education

Wyn's role is to ensure excellence and innovation in teaching and learning for all students including undergraduate, postgraduate, overseas students and those studying for University of Sheffield qualifications overseas.

Leads on: Learning and Teaching Strategy

Wyn Morgan

Vice-Presidents and Heads of Faculty

Susan Fitzmaurice

Professor Susan Fitzmaurice

Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Professor Susan Fitzmaurice takes the lead in directing the faculty, which has over 350 staff and 3,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Professor Chris Newman

Interim Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Mike Hounslow

Professor Mike Hounslow

Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Engineering

Mike is an enthusiastic champion of engineering as a profession and discipline and believes that the history and achievements of Sheffield – both the University and City – make it an ideal place to show why.

Professor John Derrick

Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Science

John graduated with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Nottingham, before taking his DPhil in Oxford. From 1990 to 2005 he worked at the University of Kent at Canterbury then moved to Sheffield in 2005. He was Head of Department in Computer Science between 2009 and 2015. In 2015 he was appointed to the post of Deputy PVC for Research and Innovation. John joined the Faculty of Science towards the end of 2017.

 John Derrick

Professor Craig Watkins

Professor Craig Watkins

Vice-President and Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences

Craig joined the University's Department of Town and Regional Planning in February 2004 and was promoted to Reader in September 2004. He also served as Head of Town and Regional Planning, before taking up the post of Faculty Director of Research & Innovation.

Professional Services Members


Executive Director of Corporate Services

The Executive Director of Corporate Services will provide leadership to all corporate service departments: Human Resources; Corporate Communications; Development, Alumni Relations and Events; Health and Safety; Sport Sheffield; Vice-Chancellor’s Office; Estates and Facilities Management; and Corporate Information and Computing Services.

Helen Dingle

Helen Dingle

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Helen is responsible for developing and implementing dynamic and future-focussed financial strategies to support the University's aims, whilst maintaining sound financial oversight and administration in managing the University's financial affairs.

Rob Sykes

Executive Director of Academic Services

As Executive Director of Academic Services Rob provides leadership to Library Services; Research Services; Planning and Insight; Student Recruitment and Admissions; Student Support Services; Academic Programmes and Student Engagement; the English Language Teaching Centre; Strategic Change Office; Global Engagement; and Partnerships and Regional Engagement.


University Secretary's Office

Dr Tony Strike

University Secretary

Dr Tony Strike

Also in attendance:

David Swinn
Secretary to the UEB
Head of Governance

Matthew Borland
Minute Secretary to the UEB
Senior Governance and Policy Officer

Nick Button
Minute Secretary to the UEB
Policy Officer

Dr Edward Smith
Minute Secretary to the UEB
Senior Governance Officer

Kate Sullivan
Minute Secretary to the UEB
Senior Governance Officer