The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Iwan Davies, chairs the University Executive team, which includes:
Professor Iwan Davies
Professor Iwan Davies was appointed as the eighth Vice-Chancellor of the University in its 135 year history. Professor Davies is a leading authority on International Commercial Law and has published extensively in Asset Finance, IP and Personal Property Law.
A graduate of Aberystwyth, Cambridge and Cardiff Universities, he is a Barrister having been invited and called to the Bar for distinguished legal academic scholarship. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.
Professor Davies held the Sir Julian Hodge Chair and was the Head of the Law School at Swansea University. Under his tenure, the Law School achieved the greatest rise in research performance in REF 2008. He subsequently became Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor at Swansea University, with responsibility for internationalisation, strategic development, resources and estates as well as external affairs.
Professor Davies is currently Chair of Global Wales and has a strong reputation for internationalisation, having developed successful initiatives and partnerships around the world. He holds a number of visiting Professor posts as well as other international appointments. He is a fluent Welsh speaker.
Professor Oliver Turnbull is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University and is responsible for Planning, Estates, Digital services, International, Sustainability, and Collection.
As an academic, Professor Turnbull is a neuropsychologist, and a Clinical Psychologist, with an interest in emotion and its many consequences for mental life. His interests include: emotion-based learning, and the experience that we describe as 'intuition'; the role of emotion in false beliefs, especially in neurological patients; and the neuroscience of psychotherapy. He is the author of a number of scientific articles on these topics, and of the popular science text 'The Brain and the Inner World'. He remains an active researcher and lecturer, and leads the University’s Visceral Mind Summer School, where he specializes in teaching neuroanatomy, particularly through anatomical drawing and brain dissection.
Dr Kevin Mundy
University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer
Dr Kevin Mundy is Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary at Bangor University. This role provides leadership to all professional service departments and reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor. A key priority for the role is to ensure all professional services work in partnership with the academic domain in effective and efficient ways to deliver the University’s strategic objectives. He chairs the Heath, Safety & Emergency Management Task Group, the Human Resources Task Group and the Compliance Task Group. He is also a Director of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, the North West Wales Management Development Centre Ltd and Undeb Trading, and a member of the Tir na Nog Operating Board.
Dr Mundy received a B.Sc. degree in Molecular Biophysics and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds in 1993 and 1997 respectively. Prior to arriving in Bangor in 2002, he worked at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield in a number of administrative roles including student administration and strategic planning. He was initially appointed to the post of Director of Planning and he took on the additional role of University Secretary in 2014. In 2017, he was appointed Director of Corporate Services and his responsibilities included governance and compliance, planning, human resources, quality assurance, sustainability, strategic partnerships and communications. The role was expanded in 2020 to include all professional services.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching & Learning and Head of the College of Human Sciences
Professor Nichola Callow has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) for Teaching & Learning and Head of the College of Human Sciences since May 2020.
As PVC, she has leadership responsibility for a cross-institutional portfolio that promotes high-quality teaching and learning, quality enhancement, dissemination of teaching and learning good practice, and teaching informed by research and scholarship.
Nichola is the academic lead with responsibility for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion across the University, and, working with the Director of Human Resources, also has leadership responsibility for developing new approaches to health and wellbeing for the whole University community.
She represents the University in her role as an Independent Member of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and, together with the Vice-Chancellor, she is leading the Welsh Government-supported project to develop a North Wales Medical School at Bangor University from 2024.
She graduated with a BSc degree in Physical Education and Psychology, a PGCE in Outdoor Activities and Science and a PhD in Sport Psychology from Bangor University in 1991, 1992 and 2000. She received a Personal Chair in 2012.
Nichola is a British Psychology Society Chartered Psychologist and active and contributing member to the School of Human and Behavioural Sciences’ Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance. She has an international reputation for her research related to imagery for sport performance and she also conducts research in the areas of leadership, group dynamics, and resilience. Her research has a translational focus (theory to practice) at an elite and professional level and she has secured significant research funding from City Football Services whose portfolio includes Manchester City Football Club.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Civic Mission and Welsh Language and Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Business
Professor Andrew Edwards has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) for Civic Mission and Welsh Language, Executive lead for Student Recruitment and Trans-National education partnerships, and Head of College of Arts, Humanities and Business since May 2020.
As PVC, Andrew has responsibility for the University’s Civic Engagement Strategy. His cross-institutional portfolio includes developing a long-term holistic vision for Welsh language, including the development and implementation of the Cymraeg 2050 Strategy.
He has oversight of academic and civic activities through the Welsh language and leads on the University’s role as a thought leader for Welsh language, culture and scholarship as well as promoting research and teaching in bilingualism within Bangor University and nationally.
Andrew is the University’s Executive lead for student recruitment and admissions and also leads on the development and strategic direction of the University’s Arts and Innovation centre of excellence, Pontio.
Andrew joined Bangor University in 1994 as an undergraduate student in History. He was awarded an MA in Labour History in 1998 and completed his PhD here in 2002.
His first academic post was as a Lecturer in Modern History. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011 and awarded a Bangor University Teaching Fellowship in 2012 for outstanding contribution to the teaching environment. He was awarded a Personal Chair in 2015. His research focuses on political change in Britain after 1945, the history of Welsh devolution and social change in post-war Wales.
Andrew joined the University Executive team in 2012 when he was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. Following a restructure, he was appointed Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Business in 2018.
Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and Head of the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Professor Paul Spencer is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) for Research and Innovation and Head of the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.
As PVC, Paul has responsibility for leading and implementing the University’s Research and Impact Strategy and doctoral training.
He also has oversight of the University’s commercialisation strategy and business engagement, including M-Sparc, Bangor University’s science park on Anglesey. He provides strategic leadership on external partnerships that have an impact on economic development and the North Wales wider skills agenda, and he is the academic lead for student employability.
Paul received a B.Sc. degree in Applied Physics and a Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath in 1990 and 1994. He was a research assistant on several EPSRC funded research projects at the University of Bath before moving to a lecturer post at Bangor University in 1996. He became a senior lecturer in 2003 and received a Personal Chair in 2006. In 2007 he was appointed Head of the School of Electronic Engineering, a post he held for seven years. In 2009 he was appointed Head of the College of Physical and Applied Sciences and in 2017 he was appointed Dean of the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.
His main research interests are semiconductor laser dynamics, optical feedback effects, pulse propagation, and optical waveguide properties of optoelectronic devices. He has been an author on more than 100 journal papers and 140 conference papers and is a regular reviewer of archival journals. In 2000 he won the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) best engineering award and he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
Mr Robert Eastwood
Director of Finance and Research Services (Interim)
Rob Eastwood is the Director of Finance and Research Services (Interim), with responsibility for providing strategic financial leadership advice and guidance on all financial matters across the University and the operation of the Research Support Office.
Rob brings extensive experience of the HE Sector, beginning his career in the sector when appointed as Director of Finance at Brunel University is 2007. He moved to the University of Liverpool in 2009 where he had responsibility for the Research Support Office in addition to finance and procurement. Since leaving Liverpool at the end of 2016, Rob has worked as an interim Director of Finance at a number of universities, including two others based in Wales.
Mrs Tracy Hibbert
Director of Human Resources
Tracy is currently Chair of Universities Human Resources (UHR) Wales, the professional organisation for Human Resources practitioners in the higher education sector and is a member of the UHR Executive. She is also the Chair of the Universities Advertising Group (a consortium of 39 Universities working together to procure cost effective recruitment advertising for the sector) and is a Fellow of the CIPD (the professional body for HR).
Tracy Hibbert has over 20 years’ experience of working in the higher education sector, prior to which she worked for the Home Office. She now leads the Human Resource Directorate in actively supporting the strategic objectives at Bangor University. A key responsibility is to lead on the development of the University’s People & Talent strategy. Under the direction of Tracy, the HR directorate provides a comprehensive service including guidance, advice and support on policies, recruitment, remuneration & reward, performance & development, equality & diversity, employee relations and engagement and organisational development & training. They also support the Athena SWAN awards and the Research Concordat.
Mrs Lorraine Westwood
Chief Marketing Officer and Vice-President, International
Lorraine joined the University in April 2020 taking up the new role of Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President International. Her portfolio at Bangor includes communications, marketing, student recruitment, the International Education Centre, alumni, fundraising, admissions and the Reaching Wider Partnership.
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Lorraine has over 20 years of experience in senior marketing management in higher education. This has ranged from large inner city institutions to small specialist and from single campus to multi campus. She has built and led award winning teams and in 2019 was awarded the prestigious Marketer of the Year award by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Lorraine has also held a number of voluntary posts within the higher education sector. This has included being a Trustee of a Students Union and most recently supporting the work of CASE Europe (Council for Advancement and Support of Education).