Registrar and Secretary
Mike joined the University of Exeter in January 2016 as Registrar and Secretary with responsibility for the institution’s entire Professional Services team and for the effective and efficient operations and governance of the University. As a member of the University’s senior management team and Vice Chancellor’s Executive group he plays a major role in the development and implementation of the major strategies and plans that enable the University to fulfil its mission and vision.
As Secretary to Council Mike works to ensure the University conforms to regulatory and legal requirements through the effective application of the dual assurance system in support of robust and effective University governance.
Mike has a particular responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of the University’s Capital Investment Strategies especially in relation to the Estate and IT infrastructure.
His early career, after graduating with a degree in English Literature from the University of York in 1991, began in the food and drinks industry. In 2003 he left the private sector to become Director of Residential and Leisure Services for the University of Liverpool for four years before moving to the University of Manchester as the Director of Sport Trading and Residential Services. As a member of the University’s senior management team Mike also supported the Register and Secretary through the delivery of a series of strategically significant projects including estates projects, property sales, reviews of student services and restructures and was also supported through the UUK aspiring registrars programme. In 2011, Mike took up the post of Director of Change Management and Process Improvement at the University of Manchester with responsibilities including supporting the University through a portfolio of institutionally significant change projects including School mergers, a pan-University cost saving project, the implementation of enhanced performance management processes and School strategic reviews. He was then Chief Operating Officer for Queen Mary University of London for three years from January 2013 with responsibility for all Professional Services and was a member of the Senior Executive team.