Our Leadership team
We know it takes more than a job title to make a leader. Meet the people who lead our institution every day, and learn more about the work they do.
The University Executive Board (UEB) is made up of our senior leadership team and the Deans from our 5 faculties. They meet every 2 weeks to discuss strategy, policy and resourcing, and are responsible for ensuring the University is being managed effectively.
We also have a Board of Governors who play an important role in the leadership of the University: you can read more about the work they do here.
Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor
As Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Galbraith is our Chief Executive and Chief Academic Officer.
It's our Vice-Chancellor's job to see that we deliver the best student experience, develop internationally-recognised research and engage with business.
Since joining us in 2013, Professor Galbraith has been responsible for leading our Board of Governors and senior management team, and for shaping our strategic direction.
Passionate about the transformative power of higher education, Professor Galbraith's experience, entrepreneurial outlook and track record of academic achievement make him the ideal person to lead the next stage of our development.
Our Chief Operating Officer, Bernie Topham, has responsibilities that include almost every part of university life.
Bernie oversees many university departments including Estates and Campus Services, the Library, Sport and Recreation, Marketing, the Department of Student and Academic Administration, Chaplaincy and Nursery.
Bernie has an MBA from the University of Plymouth. She was previously Chief Executive of Eastleigh Borough Council. She has also held director-level roles with Portsmouth City Council and the Borough of Poole Council.
As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Hayes shapes our ambitious education strategy. His work helps us give our students an excellent education and experience.
Paul, who previously served as Dean of the University's Faculty of Science, also has responsibility for the management of our Executive Deans and Dean of Learning and Teaching.
A marine biologist by training, his research in microbial ecology is recognised around the world.
Professor Bob Nichol develops our culture of research and innovation. He's currently reviewing how we can increase our research income, opportunities and capacity.
He became the acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) in September 2018 and has been the joint Director of our Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation since 2008.
Bob is a cosmologist with experience in large astronomical surveys such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Dark Energy Survey. Over his career, he has promoted the societal and economic impact of his research through projects like GalaxyZoo.
Chris leads our Global Engagement Strategy, making us more accessible to more students around the world.
Chris is a former lawyer. Before joining us, he was Pro Vice-Chancellor of Corporate Marketing, International and Development Services at Anglia Ruskin University.
Peter has been Director of Human Resources since 2008. He leads our People Strategy, ensuring that our staff are recognised, engaged and developed to help achieve the University’s strategic aims.
Peter is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and his responsibilities include maintaining our attractiveness as an employer of choice and delivering an effective HR service aligned to the changing needs of the University.
Emma is a CIMA qualified accountant. She joined us as a management accountant in 1989 and became Director of Finance in 2004.
Emma has responsibility for our financial strategy and financial management. Her work makes us a sustainable institution in the long-term.
Adrian leads our work in corporate governance and oversees the governance processes of the University and its subsidiary companies. He is also responsible for student complaints, risk management, information governance and legal services. He holds Masters degrees in Strategic Studies, Business Administration and Education, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Management Institute.
Prior to joining Portsmouth he was the University Secretary of the University of Bedfordshire and also served as the Clerk to the Higher Education Funding Council for England and to the Further Education Funding Council.
Gioia joined us in 2011 from Canterbury Christ Church University, where she was Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management.
She has previously also worked in corporate banking in the City of London and during her academic career, has conducted extensive research in banking, financial markets, and corporate and behavioural finance.