We know it takes more than a job title to make a leader. Meet the people who lead our institution every day, and learn more about the work they do.

The University Executive Board (UEB) is made up of our senior leadership team and the Deans from our 5 faculties. They meet every 2 weeks to discuss strategy, policy and resourcing, and are responsible for ensuring the University is being managed effectively.

We also have a Board of Governors who play an important role in the leadership of the University: you can read more about the work they do here.

Professor Graham Galbraith


Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor, University of Portsmouth


As the University's Vice-Chancellor,
Professor Graham Galbraith is our Chief Executive and Chief Academic Officer.

It's our Vice-Chancellor's job to see that we deliver the best student experience, develop internationally-recognised research and engage with business.

Since joining us in 2013, Professor Galbraith has been responsible for leading our Board of Governors and senior management team, and for shaping our strategic direction.

Passionate about the transformative power of higher education, Professor Galbraith's experience, entrepreneurial outlook and track record of academic achievement make him the ideal person to lead the next stage of our development.

Bernie Topham

Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Our Chief Operating Officer, Bernie Topham, has responsibilities that include almost every part of university life. She oversees many departments including Estates and Campus Services, the Library, Sport and Recreation, Marketing, the Department of Student and Academic Administration, Chaplaincy and Nursery.

Bernie has an MBA from the University of Plymouth, and was previously Chief Executive of Eastleigh Borough Council. She also has held director-level roles with Portsmouth City Council and the Borough of Poole Council.

Bernie Topham, Chief Operating Officer, University of Portsmouth
Professor Paul Hayes

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Hayes shapes our ambitious education strategy. His work helps us give our students an excellent education and experience.

Paul, who previously served as Dean of the University's Faculty of Science, also has responsibility for the management of our Executive Deans and Dean of Learning and Teaching.

A marine biologist by training, his research in microbial ecology is recognised around the world.

Prof Paul Hayes, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience, University of Portsmouth
Professor Bob Nichol

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Professor Bob Nichol develops our culture of research and innovation. He's currently reviewing how we can increase our research income, opportunities and capacity.

He became the acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) in September 2018 and has been the joint Director of our Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation since 2008.

Bob is a cosmologist with experience in large astronomical surveys such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Dark Energy Survey. Over his career, he has promoted the societal and economic impact of his research through projects like GalaxyZoo.

Professor Bob Nichol head shot
Chris Chang

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Education Partnerships)

Chris leads our Global Engagement Strategy, making us more accessible to more students around the world.

Chris is a former lawyer. Before joining us, he was Pro Vice-Chancellor of Corporate Marketing, International and Development Services at Anglia Ruskin University.

Chris Chang, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement , University of Portsmouth
Emma Woollard

Executive Director of Finance

Emma is a CIMA qualified accountant. She joined us as a management accountant in 1989 and became Director of Finance in 2004.

Emma has responsibility for our financial strategy and financial management. Her work makes us a sustainable institution in the long-term.

Emma Woollard, Director of Finance, University of Portsmouth
Adrian Parry

Executive Director of Corporate Governance

Adrian leads our work in corporate governance and oversees the governance processes of the University and its subsidiary companies. He is also responsible for student complaints, risk management, information governance and legal services. He holds Masters degrees in Strategic Studies, Business Administration and Education, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Management Institute.

Prior to joining Portsmouth he was the University Secretary of the University of Bedfordshire and also served as the Clerk to the Higher Education Funding Council for England and to the Further Education Funding Council.

Adrian Parry
Professor Gioia Pescetto

Executive Dean - Faculty of Business and Law

Gioia joined us in 2011 from Canterbury Christ Church University, where she was Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management.

She has previously also worked in corporate banking in the City of London and during her academic career, has conducted extensive research in banking, financial markets, and corporate and behavioural finance. 

Read more about Gioia's career and work.

Gioia Pescetto
Professor Djamel Ait-Boudaoud

Executive Dean - Faculty of Technology

Djamel joined the University in 2010 from the University of Central Lancashire, where he was head of the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Both a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), his research interests include the problems of optimisation with applications in 3D computer vision, and video standards.

Read more about his career and work.

Djamel Ait Boudaoud
Professor Trevor Keeble

Executive Dean - Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries 

Trevor joined us in May 2017 from the University for the Creative Arts, where he was Executive Dean (Learning, Teaching and Research).

Across his two decades in creative arts education, Trevor has held teaching, executive and management roles for academic development, student experience, research and enterprise.

Read more about Trevor's career and work.


CCI Dean Trevor Keeble
Professor Sherria Hoskins

Executive Dean - Faculty of Science

Sherria joined us in 1999 from the University of Plymouth, where she worked as a Senior Research Fellow.

She has a PhD from the University of Plymouth, and went on to become a research assistant, educational consultant and lecturer in psychology.

A Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Sherria was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2013 for her contribution to teaching and learning.

Sherria's research interests are in understanding learning behaviour and achievement. She leads Growing Learners, a group of education research psychologists dedicated to helping children learn more effectively.

Read more about Sherria's career and work

Sherria Hoskins
Professor Matthew Weait

Executive Dean - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Matthew's academic background is in law, criminology, and socio-legal studies, and he joined us after working at Oxford, Keele, The Open University, and Birkbeck, University of London, where he was a founding member of the School of Law.

One of his principal research interests is how criminal laws and criminal justice enforcement practices impact HIV prevention and the lives of people living with HIV and those in “at risk” populations.

Read more about Matthew's career and work.

Dean Matthew Weait

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