Offices of the Vice Chancellor

Overall management of the University is the responsibility of the Offices of the Vice-Chancellor.

John Raftery

Professor Raftery joined the university from Massachusetts following senior appointments at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Oxford Brookes and London Metropolitan University, where he was Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive and successfully led a complex turnaround and cultural transformation. One of the pioneers of the use of simulation in project price forecasting and risk analysis now routinely implemented in industry in Europe, the US and Asia, his recent writings are on adaptive leadership and challenges in higher education in the US and the UK.

He has worked on assignments on risk in major public infrastructure projects valued at more than US$20bn, and on cartels and restrictive practices in Hong Kong, Finland and the UK. He served as an advisor to the UK Prime Minister’s Initiative Research schemes for UK-India and UK-India-US. Board appointments in the UK include, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, the Open University National Role Advisory Board, Access HE, and the Council of Ruskin College Oxford.

Samantha Waters was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1999 and further qualified as a Solicitor in 2003. She is a qualified International Civil and Commercial Mediator. Samantha has twenty years' public sector experience in the disciplines of Legal and Governance.

As Chief Compliance Officer, Samantha is responsible for the University’s overall governance, assurance and legal compliance, ensuring integrity in the conduct of the University's business. 

Samantha provides advice and support to the University’s governing body and to the Vice-Chancellor, as the University’s Accountable Officer, and his executive team.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys walking the dog and runs a not-for-profit Mediation Training Programme in Sri Lanka.

David Reeve, chief financial officer, February 2023

David Reeve was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in 2022. David has held a number of financial leadership roles at higher education institutions including the University of Reading and Bournemouth University.

David is from Yorkshire. He enjoys travel, likes history and loves cats.

Louise Tonks - Chief Administrative Officer & Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor

Joy Egginton - Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer

Harjinder Johal -  Executive Assistant to the Chief Compliance Officer

Natalie Constable - Executive Assistant