Pro Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Chief Operating Officer

Chris Cobb

Chris Cobb joined the University of London in August 2011.

The role of Chief Operating Officer

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Chief Operating Officer is responsible for supporting the Vice-Chancellor in the day-to-day running of the University and also for operational planning and strategic leadership of the professional services, including diversification of income and further development of shared services.

Profile of Chris Cobb

Chris Cobb graduated in Business and Computing and began his career as an analyst programmer at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), implementing and developing computer systems for its administration.  During the course of 18 years at the LSE, including a period as an independent consultant, Chris gradually took on increasing levels of responsibility to become Director of Business Systems & Services.

He left the LSE in 2005 to become Pro Vice-Chancellor at Roehampton University with responsibility for HR, Estates & Facilities Management, Information & Communications Technology and Library Services. This role also encompassed business process change, and in this capacity he led a number of different efficiency and business automation projects, as well as a major academic restructuring.

Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a judge for the Times Higher Awards. He has participated on a number of national groups in support of JISC and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and is a consultant for the European University Association (EUA). Chris is currently a member of the HEFCE Cloud Advisory Group established under the Universities Modernisation Fund.

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The role of University Secretary

Kim Frost

The University Secretary is responsible for ensuring that the University remains compliant within the appropriate legal framework, which defines its obligations and duties, and to support the governance of the University through its Board of Trustees and Collegiate Council.

Profile of Kim Frost

Kim Frost studied Greek and Latin at University and did an MLitt in Greek drama before working in various Personnel Management roles in the engineering and defence sectors. He joined the Civil Service in 1999 where he specialised in areas including recruitment and appraisal policy for DWP. He joined the University in 2003 as the University’s first Director of Personnel (later Director of Human Resources) and was appointed University Secretary and Director of Human Resources in January 2017.

He was Chair of the Universities Human Resources M25 group between 2010 and 2014 and became UHR National Chair for two years until 2016. He was part of the employers’ side for the national pay negotiations in 2015 and 2016. Kim writes regularly for the Times Higher on HR topics and has been a judge of the Guardian Higher Education awards in 2016 and 2017.

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