Monica Illsley

Chief of Staff
Office of the Vice-Chancellor
 Monica Illsley
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 874415

  • Location

    5S.5.4, Colchester Campus


Ask me about
  • The operation and decisions of the University’s senior executive leadership team (the University Steering Group)
  • The University’s strategic priorities
  • University internal and external communications
  • Key University events
  • The University’s relationship with local and regional stakeholders including engagement with MPs
  • Higher Education sector policy
  • Engaging with the Vice-Chancellor and the University leadership team
  • Anything related to my role as the University's LGBTQ+ Inclusion Champion


I have 28 years of experience working within the higher education sector, most of these at the University of Essex. I have a background in communications, marketing and external relations and more recently have undertaken senior coordination, management and leadership roles. My current role as Chief of Staff in the Vice-Chancellors Office involves: providing a high level senior coordinating capacity for the Vice-Chancellor; tracking legislation and higher education policy developments, assessing their potential impact on the University, and formulating policy responses and actions; advising the Vice-Chancellor on the development of University priorities; representing the University at key internal and external events; ensuring effective communication both internally and externally; and providing administrative and strategic leadership of high level, high priority projects and initiatives across all areas of the institution. I am also currently the Universitys LGBTQ+ Inclusion Champion and have previously been the Inclusion Champion for Gender and an Aurora programme mentor.


  • Fellowship Leadership Foundation (2015)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice College of Law, London (1995)

  • LLB English and European Laws University of Essex (1994)

  • 4 A-levels, 10 GCSEs St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School, London (1990)

+44 (0) 1206 874415


5S.5.4, Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Full time