Governance and Strategy

University Steering Group

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Members of the University Steering Group

Our leadership team

Our University Steering Group (USG) is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and is our executive leadership team. USG meets fortnightly during term time and advises the Vice-Chancellor on matters relating to the management of the University.


Members of USG prepare and recommend to Council the University's strategic plan and the annual budget and resource allocation. They then review and monitor implementation of our approved plans and budgets throughout the year.

As part of the University’s commitment to equality and diversity within and beyond its community, individual members of our senior management team also act as inclusion champions in relation to each of the nine protected characteristics.

Academic members of USG also spend 20 per cent of their time undertaking research at the highest level and maintaining and developing their research careers.

 

Professor Anthony Forster, Vice-Chancellor

Professor Anthony ForsterThe University Ordinances state that the Vice-Chancellor: ‘shall have a general responsibility to the Council for maintaining and promoting the efficiency and good order of the University.’ He is responsible to the University Council and is an ex officio member of the Council and of the Senate, which he chairs. The Vice-Chancellor also chairs the University Steering Group (USG), the executive leadership team which meets fortnightly during term time and advises the Vice-Chancellor on matters relating to the management of the University.

Contact

Mariella O'Brien, PA to the Vice-Chancellor
T. 01206 872815
E. mariella.obrien@essex.ac.uk

Professor Lorna Fox O’Mahony, Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony, Executive Dean (Faculty of Humanities)Professor Lorna Fox O'Mahony provides strategic academic oversight for the delivery of the University’s strategic plan. This includes executive responsibility for the University’s planning, performance and resource allocation processes, outreach and student recruitment, and capital planning and space management. Lorna leads on the development and implementation of the University’s human resources strategy, including executive leadership of equality, diversity and inclusion. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Fox O'Mahony is a member of the University Steering Group, Policy and Resources Committee, Senate and Council.

Contact

Sally Morris, PA to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
T. 01206 872436
E. sally.morris@essex.ac.uk

Professor Chris Greer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Professor Chris Greer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) (Image copyright - City University)As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Greer is responsible for developing the University’s research strategy (including the dissemination and application of the University’s research through knowledge transfer activities, and consultancy), and for ensuring the effective implementation of the strategy. He is a member of the University Steering Group, Policy and Resources Committee and Senate.

Inclusion Champion: Trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people.

Contact

 Benita Ganeva, PA to the Pro-Vice-Chancellors
T. 01206 872810
E. bdgane@essex.ac.uk

Professor Madeline Eacott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Madeline EacottAs Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Eacott is responsible for developing the University’s education strategy (covering both undergraduate and postgraduate education, and both the academic and extra-curricular experience of students), and for ensuring the effective implementation of this strategy. She is a member of the University Steering Group, Policy and Resources Committee and Senate, and is one of the University's gender diversity champions.

Inclusion Champion: Race

Contact

 Benita Ganeva, PA to the Pro-Vice-Chancellors
T. 01206 872810
E. bdgane@essex.ac.uk

Professor Nancy Kula, Executive Dean (Faculty of Social Sciences)

Nancy KulaProfessor Nancy Kula provides academic leadership to the Faculty of Social Sciences in its pursuit of the purpose, aims and objectives set out in the University’s Strategic Plan. She is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the Faculty including devolved responsibility for financial management. Professor Kula line manages Faculty Deans (Undergraduate), Faculty Dean (Research), Faculty Dean (Postgraduate) and the Heads of Department in the Faculty. She is directly supported by a Faculty support team led by a Faculty Manager, and by relevant colleagues in Professional Services. As Executive Dean Professor Kula is a member of the University Steering Group and Senate.

Inclusion Champion: Sex, Gender, Pregnancy and Maternity, Marriage and Civil Partnership

Contact

Nikki Diason, PA to the Executive Dean
T: 01206 872690
E: ndiason@essex.ac.uk

Professor Andrew Le Sueur, Executive Dean (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

Professor Andrew Le SueurProfessor Andrew Le Sueur provides academic leadership to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in its pursuit of the purpose, aims and objectives set out in the University’s Strategic Plan. He is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the Faculty including devolved responsibility for financial management. Professor Le Sueur line manages the Faculty Deputy Dean (Education), Deputy Dean (Research)  and the Heads of Department in the Faculty and is directly supported by a Faculty support team led by a Faculty Manager, and by relevant colleagues in professional services.

Inclusion Champion: Jewish students and staff

Contact

Julie Storey, Faculty Administrator
T: 01206 874406
E: humadmin@essex.ac.uk

Professor Maria Fasli, Executive Dean (Faculty of Science and Health)

Professor Maria FasliProfessor Fasli provides academic leadership to the Faculty of Science and Health in its pursuit of the purpose, aims and objectives set out in the University’s Strategic Plan. She is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the Faculty including devolved responsibility for financial management. She line manages the Faculty Deputy Dean (Education), Deputy Dean (Research)  and the Heads of Department in the Faculty and is directly supported by a Faculty support team led by a Faculty Manager, and by relevant colleagues in professional services.

Inclusion Champion: Age

Contact

Jen Eames, Executive Officer and Faculty Coordinator
T: 01206 874520
E: jeames@essex.ac.uk

Bryn Morris, Registrar and Secretary

Bryn MorrisAs Registrar and Secretary, Bryn reports to the Vice-Chancellor and is responsible for the administration of the University.

Inclusion Champion: Disability

Contact

Tracey Barnes, PA to the Registrar and Secretary
T. 01026 872816
E. tbarnes@essex.ac.uk

As Registrar and Secretary, Bryn reports to the Vice-Chancellor and is responsible for the administration of the University.

Inclusion Champion: Disability

Andrew Keeble, Director of Finance

Andrew Keeble, Director of FinanceAs Director of Finance Andrew reports to the Registrar and Secretary and is responsible for the University's financial management.

Inclusion Champion: Faith and Belief

Contact

Carol-Ann West, PA to the Director of Finance
T. 01206 872155
E. cawest@essex.ac.uk

Monica Illsley, Chief of Staff

Monica Illsley, Chief of StaffAs Chief of Staff, Monica reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster, supporting him in delivering his responsibilities as the chief executive of the University. As well as being a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s senior management team, Monica is responsible for coordinating the work of the senior team to ensure effective development and delivery of the University’s strategic objectives. She is also responsible for ensuring that the Vice-Chancellor is fully connected with both internal and external stakeholders and in touch with sector-wide policy and political developments.

Inclusion Champion: LGBTQ+

Contact

Sarah Harris, PA to the Chief of Staff
T: 01206 874079
E: saharris@essex.ac.uk