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Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

23 November 2011

Hugh Jones - webThe University's new Chief Operating Officer, Hugh Jones

The University has appointed a Chief Operating Officer.

Hugh Jones, Registrar and Secretary at Goldsmiths, University of London, will start the new post on 2 April 2012.

The Chief Operating Officer will be a member of the new University Management Board and will report directly to the Vice-Chancellor. The newly created post will lead and develop the University’s professional support services to ensure high quality, expert and cost-efficient delivery of services to support Cardiff’s ambitious goals.

Dr David Grant, Vice-Chancellor said: "I am delighted that Hugh Jones has accepted this important new role to lead our professional support services. He brings with him a wealth of experience in university administration and management. I have every confidence that Hugh will help us to deliver a more efficient, effective and integrated administration, highly focussed on supporting the University’s academic mission."

Hugh Jones has worked at Goldsmiths since April 2007. In his current role he leads a unitary administration, covering the breadth of support services within a research-intensive university. Prior to this he was Academic Registrar and Deputy Director of Administration at St George’s, University of London. He has a degree in philosophy from the London School of Economics (1989) and a Master’s degree in Higher and Professional Education from the Institute of Education, University of London (1996).

Hugh is a Fellow of the Association of University Administrators (AUA), awarded in recognition of his contribution to the development of the AUA’s Postgraduate Certificate and its continuing professional development programme.

Hugh commented "I am delighted to have been appointed Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff University. Cardiff is a world-class university in a dynamic capital city. I’m looking forward to working with staff across the University to make the necessary changes for the next steps in Cardiff’s development. My experience at Goldsmiths will help, but it will need the involvement and enthusiasm of all to make the changes real.

"Speaking personally, I am also looking forward to moving to Cardiff: through family I have strong connections with South Wales, and I know that I will be happy here."