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University Executive Board

The Vice-Chancellor leads the University, and reports to the Board of Governors. Together with the University Executive Board, the Vice-Chancellor sets the strategic direction of the University.

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Professor Amanda Broderick (Vice-Chancellor and President)

Tel : +44 (0) 20 8223 4230
Email: VC Email
Senior Executive Officer: Nikki Patel - Tel: +22 (0)20 8223 2252

An eminent social scientist, Professor Amanda Broderick joined UEL as Vice-Chancellor and President in September 2018. 

Professor Broderick was previously Chief Executive Officer at Newcastle University London and has held Chairs in International Business and Marketing at multiple institutions in the UK, and Visiting Chairs internationally. She has a strong leadership track record and rare insight into a cross-section of strategic groupings of Universities.

Before moving to Newcastle University, she was Pro-Vice Chancellor (International Priorities) and founding Executive Dean of the College of Business & Law, University of Salford; Principal of St. Cuthbert’s Society (a Durham University College) and Deputy Dean of Durham Business School. She also led the development of the disruptive ‘challenger institution’ - University Academy 92, founded by the Class of ’92 and Lancaster University and launched in September 2017. 

Her leadership track record highlights her expertise in strategy development and execution; strong financial management and business planning; global education innovation; business partnership development; and, turn-around change management. She holds an entre- and intra-preneurial skills set and in-depth knowledge of alternative educational models and new business ventures in both charitable and for-profit environments.

An award-winning researcher, her expertise lies in the fields of international business, marketing psychology and strategic communications with particular application to the digital and social business agendas. Her research has appeared in many leading business journals and she has authored two seminal texts in her field.

Professor Broderick provides strategic and academic leadership for the University, with overall responsibility for 1,300 members of staff and 17,000 students, spread across campuses in London Docklands and Stratford.

Dean Curtis (Chief Finance Officer)

Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 2495
Executive Officer: Anthony Button - Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 6277 Email:

Dean Curtis joined UEL as Chief Finance Officer in February 2018. His responsibilities include ensuring financial viability of the University as well as the management of the finance, estates, information technology and sports functions.

Dean is a qualified chartered public finance accountant. He commenced his career in local government on a Youth Training Scheme before becoming a trainee accountant and qualifying in the National Health Service.

During his time at the NHS he was the Director of Finance of three London NHS Trusts and worked for the NHS Executive appraising substantial investment cases for new hospital developments, most notably at Saint Bartholomew's and Royal London Hospitals.

In 2000, he joined Queen Mary, University of London, as Director of Finance and Planning before becoming the Chief Administrative Officer in 2007.

In 2012, he was appointed Chief Strategy Officer, concentrating on implementing transnational education projects in China and Malta and on a distance-learning platform. He also led on ensuring local planning policy on the redevelopment of Whitechapel supported the implementation of a life science strategy.

Professor Hassan Abdalla (Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor; Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning & Teaching; Dean of the College of Arts, Technology & Innovation)

Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 2523
Personal Assistant: Julia Layzell - Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 4230 Email:

Professor Hassan Abdalla joined UEL in 2011 as Dean of the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering. He has more than 20 years of experience in both academia and industry.

From 2009 to 2011, Hassan was Dean of the College of Design at the University of Sharjah. Prior to that, he was Head of the Leicester School of Architecture and Spatial Design at De Montfort University Leicester.

He is an international authority in the fields of sustainability, smart/future cities, engineering design, Artificial Intelligence in design and factories of the future.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce; Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers; and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was appointed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as an academic assessor for TEF2 and more recently as a TEF panel member for TEF3.
He is the author and co-author of over 100 papers published in high-impact journals and conferences worldwide. He has secured several millions of pounds for research projects from the European Union, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry. Most recently, he was the EU coordinator for the FP7 ‘Pan-European Data Centre Academy’ project jointly with 12 companies and universities from across Europe. He is currently leading cutting-edge research jointly with Ford Motor Company and IBM.  Hassan also serves on the Advisory Professorial Board of several universities overseas.

Peter Gregory (Director of Human Resources)

Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 4880
Personal Assistant: Yasmin Miah - Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 4301 Email: 

Peter Gregory joined UEL as Human Resources Director in January 2018. His responsibilities include recruitment, employee relations, staff engagement, learning and development, reward and recognition, equalities, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and health, safety and wellbeing. Peter is UEL’s Health and Safety Champion.

Peter has over 40 years’ experience in senior Human Resources positions across the private and public sectors. His formative years were spent in employee relations and staff development roles at the Ford Motor Company. Following that, he served as global Learning and Development Director for Barclays Capital, Director of Talent for Barclays plc and Centrica plc and in HR Director roles in Central Government.

Peter holds a BA in Politics from the University of Sheffield and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Tristan Foot (Acting University Secretary)

Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 2495
Executive Officer:
Catherine Orobator - Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 2287  Email:

 Tristan Foot is the Acting University Secretary with responsibility for the Governance and Legal and Institutional Compliance Team.  A qualified and practising solicitor, Tristan and the Governance and Legal team provide legal advice to the Board of Governors and the University. In addition, the Institutional Compliance team is responsible for managing the University's complaints procedure, academic appeals and academic misconduct processes.

Tristan was previously the General Counsel at another university; an in-house solicitor at the Education Funding Agency and has over 10 years' experience in private practice. Tristan is Vice-Chair of Governors at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust in Wiltshire.

Jane Thomas (Governance Manager)

Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 7352 Email:

Jane is responsible for supporting the University Secretary in the efficient operation of governance, working closely and collaborating with senior management and members of the Board of Governors ensuring business, decisions and actions are communicated, co-ordinated and completed.