Heads of Service and Key People
Structure and governance
Our professional services are an essential part of the University of Portsmouth – their work deals with every aspect of our organisation, from how we manage our student's wellbeing, to how we maintain and expand our campus, and communicate our work to the wider world.
The heads of our professional service and the key people listed below also oversee the quality of our teaching, ensure that we hire the right people and develop the skills of our current staff, and keep us up-to-date with our legal and ethical commitments. Find out more about their roles and responsibilities below.
Dorothy Albrecht – Director of Marketing, Advancement and Communications
Dorothy leads the marketing, brand, corporate communications, media, digital, advancement and recruitment functions of the University.
Dorothy has worked for more than 25 years as a senior executive in the Higher Education sector in Australia and throughout Asia. She holds a Masters in International Studies from Curtin University, Western Australia.
Fiona Bell – Director of Estates and Campus Services
Fiona leads the development of our estate and campus services, ensuring that all students and staff can benefit from modern, safe and fit-for-purpose facilities.
She has previously held other senior level estates roles - firstly at the University of St Andrews as Director of Estates and latterly as Director of Estates and Facilities Management for National Museums Scotland, where she successfully delivered the £47m redevelopment and refurbishment of The Royal Museum.
Simon Coleman – University Chaplain
Simon is in charge of the University’s chaplaincy service. He ensures all students at the University of Portsmouth feel supported and secure.
Before joining the Portsmouth Chaplaincy Team in 2013, Simon served in local Church based ministry for 19 years. He’s also a trained counsellor with a particular interest in adolescent psycho-social, spiritual, and religious development.
Mark Cooper – Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor
Mark is responsible for the strategic development of UK education partnerships. He works with schools, further education and sixth form colleges to establish meaningful, deep relationships that are mutually beneficial.
Mark's knowledge of the college sector, where he previously worked as a senior leader, means he is very well placed to support the University's strategic UK partnerships’ vision. He also has oversight of the strategic direction of the University's apprenticeship provision.
Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Fellow of the Royal; Society of Arts. He is currently in the final phase of achieving his doctorate in education (EdD).
Ken Dick – University Librarian
Ken leads the University Library, which provides a comprehensive library service to all students and staff of the University, as well as being reference service to members of the local community.
Before joining the University, Ken gained his library qualification from the University of Strathclyde, and has extensive experience of working in Higher Education institutions and specialist research institutes.
Sarah Duckering – Director of Research & Innovation Services
Sarah leads a team which supports our research and innovation activities, and helps to drive our key strategic priorities. This includes responsibility for Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Knowledge Exchange Frameworks (KEF) submissions, as well as operating a suite of Innovation Centres.
Sarah has worked in a number of management roles within the University and has an MBA from Henley Management College.
Dr. Harriet Dunbar Morris – Dean of Learning and Teaching; Reader in Higher Education
Harriet is responsible for ensuring the voices of our students are heard, and that student engagement always sits at the heart of what we do. Her operational and strategic leadership skills shape how we enhance and evaluate our student experience. She is also the line manager of the Directors of the Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement and Careers and Employability.
As a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), National Teaching Fellow (NTF), and Reader in Higher Education, Harriet's research expertise is in Student Experience; Learning and Teaching; and Widening Participation.
In her career so far, Harriet has worked in a variety of roles for a number of leading institutions – including the universities of Oxford and Bath – and was part of the senior team at the University of Bradford.
Julia Hughes – Head of Careers and Employability
Julia leads the University’s careers and employability offering. This includes a range of services that help students and graduates with part-time jobs, career planning, work experience, volunteering, placements, self-employment and graduate schemes.
Fiona Loughran – Director of Planning
Fiona coordinates the University’s strategic planning and performance monitoring processes. In collaboration with the University Executive Board (UEB), she develops the University’s Access and Participation Plan and our response to the Teaching Excellence Framework.
Dr Dean Machin – Head of Policy
Dean works closely with the Vice-Chancellor to promote the University’s profile and interests at the local, regional and national level. He works with policymakers and political stakeholders to ensure that the University’s voice is heard and that the University is responsive to our stakeholders. Dean also co-ordinates University work that has policy or political relevance.
Previously, Dean worked for the Universities Minister David Willetts and taught at UCL and Warwick University, where he held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship.
Bobby Mehta – Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement)
Bobby was appointed at the University in April 2017 to lead on the strategic direction and management of the University’s Global Office. This includes global marketing and recruitment, international student support, student mobility, partnership and global business development.
Bobby has worked in higher education since August 1999 when he began working in the Access and Admission Department at the University of Luton (now University of Bedfordshire). He moved to the International Office at Luton in December 2000 and remained there until August 2002 when he moved to Wales as an International Recruitment Officer at the University of Glamorgan, now the University of South Wales. He held a number of positions including Deputy Head of International Recruitment, Head of International & Business Development in the Faculty of Business and Society, Acting Director of the International Office, Head of Student Recruitment and Head of Enquiries & Admissions.
Lucy Sharp – Director of the Department of Curriculum & Quality Enhancement (DCQE)
Lucy leads DCQE, which underpins the strategic aims of the University through the provision of psychological support and academic mentorship to students, strengthening academic skills, innovative pedagogy and the enhancement of learning and teaching, improving digital capabilities and expanding technology enhanced learning, and increasing data analytics through the student voice with internal and external surveys.
Before joining the University in 2014, Lucy held senior leadership roles in Third Sector Organisations, Local Authorities and NHS Trusts where she led and transformed Integrated Community Mental Health Services. Lucy has also worked as an Approved Mental Health Professional, with interests in Forensic Mental Health and Veteran’s Mental Health.
Lucy studied Sports Science and Theology at St Mary’s University College, and completed her postgraduate and professional studies at the University of Portsmouth.
Francesca Sherren – University Nursery Manager
Francesca Sherren manages the University Nursery with a team of 18 staff. Francesca originally trained as a Norland nanny and worked with high profile families in London before moving back to Portsmouth in 1992. She started working at the University Nursery in 1993 as the deputy manager and has been in her current role since 1996. Francesca was awarded her 25 years long service award in 2018.
Dr Darrell Sturley – Interim Director of Information Services
Darrell is responsible for ensuring that students and staff at the University have access to the information services that they need to succeed.
Darrell studied for a Bachelor's degree in Maths and Physics, a Master's degree in Meteorology and a PhD in Oceanography. After working in research as a post-doctoral fellow in Canada he came back to the UK to work for the Environment Agency (EA). He picked up his IT career again as a Programme Manager and head of an IT department for the EA before taking on a range of IT leadership roles in higher education. He has a wealth of experience in operational IT, strategy, delivering projects & programmes and managing organisational change
Paul Tilley – Head of Sport and Recreation
Paul is responsible for the strategic direction of the department and the delivery of all University sport and physical activity programmes, partnerships and facility provision.
Paul has worked at Portsmouth since 2008 – initially as Assistant Head of Sport, before becoming Head of Sport in 2010.
His previous experience includes work in the Sports Development teams at the University of Leeds and Havant Borough Council. An alumni of the University of Portsmouth, Paul completed both his undergraduate and postgraduate studies here.
Darren Van Laar – Director of Graduate School
Darren has been the Director of the Graduate School since its inception in 2011. He is also a Reader in Applied Psychology in the Department of Psychology, where he investigates the quality of working life of employees and lectures in statistics and research methods.
Stephen Wiggins – Director of the Department of Student and Academic Administration (DSAA) and Academic Registrar
Stephen leads DSAA, which supports our academic and administrative staff with university policies, student records, institutional and national quality assurance, academic management information, external statutory returns and the development of collaborative partnership arrangements.
Stephen previously worked at the University from 2007 to 2010 as school manager for the School of Health Sciences and Social Work, before becoming Faculty Registrar for engineering and physical sciences at the University of Surrey. He has a Bachelor of Theology from Westminster College, Oxford, and an MBA from Oxford Brookes.