Executive Group

Vice-Chancellor & President

Professor Hugh Brady

Professor Hugh Brady is Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol.

A graduate of University College Dublin, Professor Brady trained in general medicine and was awarded PhD and MD degrees for research in renal physiology and molecular medicine. His academic career has included positions at Harvard and the University of Toronto, and he is an international authority on the pathogenesis of diabetic kidney disease.

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

Professor Judith Squires

Professor Squires obtained her first degree in Politics from the University of Edinburgh and then completed an ESRC funded PhD from the University of London in Political Theory. After completing her doctoral studies she worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts as an Associate Director of Lectures and Seminars for two years before joining the University of Bristol in 1990 as Lecturer in Politics.
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Deputy Vice-Chancellor, New Campus Development

Professor Guy Orpen

Guy Orpen was born on the island of Trinidad, was educated in England and subsequently obtained his BSc at the University of Cape Town where he worked with Luigi Nassimbeni. He gained his PhD at the University of Cambridge under the guidance of George Sheldrick and Jack Lewis, during which time he carried out neutron diffraction research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA with Dick McMullan and Tom Koetzle.
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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise)

Professor Nishan Canagarajah

Professor Nishan Canagarajah was born and educated in Sri Lanka and then received his BA (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He joined the University of Bristol in 1993 and became a Professor of Multimedia Signal Processing in 2004. He has served as the Faculty of Engineering Research Director (2006-2009), Head of Department of Computer Science (2009-2010), Head of Merchant Venturers School of Engineering (2010-2011) and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (2011-2014).
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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health and Life Sciences)

Professor John Iredale

Professor Iredale graduated from the University of Southampton with honours in Clinical Distinction in 1985 and was awarded a DM in 1995. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1999 and The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2007. He was made a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2003 and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011.
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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)

Dr Erik Lithander

Originally from Sweden, Erik holds a Candidature in Political Science from Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics, and an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge, where his research focus was on contemporary Latin American literature. He is an alumnus of the executive education programme at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and of the LH Martin Institute’s “Leading Universities” programme, based at the University of Melbourne.
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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience)

Professor Sarah Purdy 

Sarah is Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience at the University of Bristol.  Sarah is also a Professor of Primary Care within Bristol Medical School. Her research focuses on reducing the number of avoidable hospital admissions and emergency care use

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Registrar and University Secretary 

Ms Lucinda Parr 


Lucinda joined the University of Bristol as Registrar and University Secretary in March 2019.

After graduating from Goldsmiths College with a BMus in Music, University of London in 1999, Lucinda secured employment there as an Admissions Officer whilst studying for her MMus in Historical Musicology and has continued to work in Higher Education ever since

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Deputy Registrar (Academic Services)

Ms Lynn Robinson

Deputy Registrar

Lynn has been Deputy Registrar since February 2010 with responsibility for the student-facing and education-related services. She was previously Academic Registrar at the University for seven years, leading the University’s teams responsible for all aspects of student recruitment; student administration; and Senate and its committees.
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Chief Operating Officer

Mr Robert Kerse


Robert joined the University from the social housing sector where he held Executive level roles in both Bristol and London for 13 years. 

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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Sally Heslop