Pro-Vice-Chancellors with portfolio
Development and External Affairs until November 2020: Dr Robert Easton
Dr Robert Easton took up the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) in October 2017. Before coming to Oxford he worked at The Carlyle Group, the global alternative asset management company, latterly as Global Partner and Managing Director. During his 17-year tenure, he performed numerous roles as an investment professional and served on portfolio company boards in many sectors. Previously, he held a number of positions in corporate development and investment banking. Throughout his business career Dr Easton maintained extensive outside interests including chairing the British Venture Capital Association and being an angel investor in numerous start-up and technology ventures. He is also a Trustee of the British Heart Foundation, among many other philanthropic activities.
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) he is responsible for public affairs, development and alumni relations, and international strategy.
Development and External Affairs from November 2020: Professor David Gann
Professor David Gann CBE, CEng, FICE, FCGI will take up the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) with effect from 2 November 2020. David is Chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and currently Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Imperial College Business School. He was previously Vice-President (Development and Innovation) at Imperial College London. David has a PhD in Industrial Economics, and his research explores why and how innovation happens, the ways it continually transforms the world we live in, and how it can be managed. David was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to engineering and received the 2014 Tjalling C. Koopmans Asset Award for extraordinary contributions to the economic sciences. He was also awarded the Imperial College Medal in 2019 for his leadership in developing the White City Campus.
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) he will be responsible for public affairs, development and alumni relations, and international strategy.
Education: Professor Martin Williams
Professor Martin Williams took up the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) on January 1 2018. Professor Williams received his BSc and PhD degrees from Bristol University and later worked as a structural design engineer. He moved to the University of Oxford in 1989, based in the Engineering Science Department and at New College, where he is the David Clarke Fellow in Engineering. He is a Fellow both of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers. He served on the Council of the University of Oxford for four years, and as Senior Proctor from 2009-2010. He has chaired the Committee for the Proctors Office since 2015. He was previously Associate Head (Education) of the Division of Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences and was Deputy Head of the Department of Engineering Science. At New College he was Sub-Warden from 2007-8 and Senior Tutor from 1995-99.
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Williams is responsible for the University’s strategy and policies for teaching, learning, student support and admissions.
Innovation: Professor Chas Bountra
People & Gardens, Libraries and Museums: Professor Anne Trefethen
Professor Anne Trefethen is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (People & Gardens, Libraries and Museums - GLAM) and a Fellow of St Cross College.
She became Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Academic Services and University Collections in January 2015, and from 1 September 2018 became Pro-Vice-Chancellor for People and GLAM, as chair of the Personnel Committee and with responsibility for overseeing the University’s gardens, libraries and museums.
Professor Trefethen was appointed the University’s first Chief Information Officer in March 2012, prior to which she served as Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre. Before coming to Oxford in 2005, she was a Director of the UK e-Science Core Programme and prior to that worked at NAG (Numerical Algorithms Group) in both management and technical roles. She has spent ten years in the US at Thinking Machines Corp and at the Theory Centre, Cornell University, in leadership roles.
Planning and Resources: Dr David Prout
Dr David Prout took up the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) in September 2017. He has had a distinguished career in central and local government, most recently (2013-17) as Director General for the £50 billion High Speed 2 programme. Prior to that he was Director General for Local Government at the Department for Communities and Local Government, where he was responsible for all aspects of local government policy and funding, for the Fire Service, and for tackling extremism. He has also served as, among other roles, Executive Director for Housing, Planning and Regeneration at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (2007-2009); Director for Local Government Policy in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2004-2007) and Private and Principal Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister (1999-2004).
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources), Dr Prout is responsible for institutional and strategic planning, and resource allocation.
Research: Professor Patrick Grant
Pro-Vice-Chancellors without portfolio
- Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini, DBE, QC, FRSE Principal of St Hugh's College
- Sir Gordon Duff, FRCP, FRCPE, FMedSci, FRSE Principal of St Hilda's College
- Professor Roger Goodman, FAcSS Warden of St Antony's College
- Professor Richard Hobbs, CBE, FMedSci, FRCP , FRCGP, FRCPE Head of Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
- The Very Rev’d Professor Jane Shaw Principal of Harris Manchester College
- Dr Rebecca Surender Advocate for Equality and Diversity
- Professor Lionel Tarassenko, CBE, FREng, FMedSci, President of Reuben College
- Professor Irene Tracey FRCA, FMedSci Warden of Merton College
- Professor Sir Rick Trainor, KBE, FRHistS Rector of Exeter College
- Gill Aitken MA (Oxon), CB
Heads of Academic Divisions
- Humanities: Professor Karen O'Brien
- Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences: Professor Sam Howison
- Medical Sciences: Professor Gavin Screaton, FMedSci, FRCP
- Social Sciences: Professor Sarah Whatmore, FBA
- Senior Proctor: Professor Simon Horobin
- Junior Proctor: Professor Freya Johnston
- Assessor: Dr Helen Swift
- Bodley's Librarian: Richard Ovenden, FRSA, FSA
- Director of the Ashmolean Museum: Dr Alexander Sturgis
- Director of the Museum of the History of Science: Dr Silke Ackermann
- Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum: Dr Laura Van Broekhoven
- Director of the University Museum of Natural History: Professor Paul Smith
- Director of the Department for Continuing Education: Professor Jonathan Michie
- Chief Executive of Oxford University Press: Nigel Portwood