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Cardiff Met's Senior Leadership Team

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The University Executive Group (UEG) is the senior leadership team of the University and assists the Vice-Chancellor in providing strategic leadership for all the Executive portfolios. UEG members include the President & Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Engagement), Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), University Secretary, and Chief Officer (Resources).

President & Vice-Chancellor | Professor Rachael Langford

BA MA (Oxon), PhD

The President & the Vice-Chancellor is the most senior member of executive staff at the University, acting as both the academic and administrative head, overseeing all the activities that take place at Cardiff Met.

The Vice-Chancellor is accountable to the Board of Governors and HEFCW and is herself responsible as line-manager for the other members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group.

Other key responsibilities include:

  • Strategic direction

  • Financial performance

  • Measures of success

  • Organisational culture

  • External reputation

Read more about Professor Langford.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Engagement) | Professor Jacqui Boddington

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Engagement) is responsible for the University's strategic approach to learning and teaching, college-based higher education, academic quality, graduate employability, library and information services, and all aspects of student support.  Jacqui also has responsibility for the University's Registry Services, which deals with academic and student administration. Registry Services works closely with all academic schools and other administration and support departments.

Read more about Jacqui

​Jacqui started her role as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Engagement) in 2017 after 16 years working in higher education.

Beginning her career as a reporter and editor, her shift to education saw her heading up a journalism degree within a further education environment, before leaving to lead a £15m European Union funded access programme at Falmouth University which was designed to extend local opportunity for higher education study across Cornwall. 

Jacqui then moved to heading the Learning Futures directorate at Falmouth University, coordinating a programme of curriculum development work to accommodate the merger with Dartington College of Arts and initiate the digital portfolio at Falmouth.

She moved to Middlesex University in 2011 as Director for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience where she developed and implemented a student-centric approach to programme development, design and delivery to ensure the portfolio effectively supported student access and engagement, in the process achieving demonstrable impact on external metrics.

Academic qualifications: 

  • BSc Genetics & Microbiology (Queen Mary College, London)

  • PGCE (Plymouth University)

  • MA Mass Communications (University of Leicester)

  • PhD (Middlesex University)

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) | Professor Sheldon Hanton

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) is responsible for all research and innovation strategy at the University including the Research Excellence Framework and the University's Global Academies. They also have responsibility for all research and innovation funding streams, ethics, the International Centre for Design and Research (PDR) and the postgraduate research Doctoral Academy.

Read more about Sheldon

​Sheldon began his role as Pro Vice-Chancellor Research in 2012, having been a senior leader at the university for many years, formerly the University Director of Research as well as having held School Directorships in Research, Graduate Studies and Enterprise.

A professor of Psychology, Sheldon remains active in research, specifically in areas such as competition and organisational stress, mental toughness, injury psychology and professional practice.

In addition to academia, Sheldon has held and continues to hold several high profile international editorial positions and formerly consulted with the England Swim Team at international training camps and competitions.

Academic qualifications: 

  • BA (Hons) Human Movement Studies (Leeds Metropolitan University)

  • MSc Sports Science (Loughborough University)

  • PhD  (Loughborough University) An examination of facilitative and debilitative competitive anxiety

Chief Officer (Resources) | David ​Llewellyn

The Chief Officer (Resources) is responsible for matters relating to the University's financial, human, physical, and commercial resources, including sustainability. This management of resources supports the University's strategy and ensures adherence to compliance and regulatory requirements.

David is also a member of the Vice-Chancellors Executive Group, as well as having Board of Governor, Committee, strategic, and leadership responsibilities. 

Read more about David

​David has worked at the University since 1992 when he joined as a Financial Accountant, subsequently working with the University in the finance team as Assistant Director, Deputy Director, and then Director of Finance before beginning his role as Chief Officer (Resources) in 2020.

In addition to a breadth of experience in finance and higher education, David has served on the boards of many organisations as a non-executive director.  He has a varied skill set, including interpersonal, strategic, and operational skills.

Academic qualifications:

  • BSc Economics (Cardiff University)

  • Chartered Accountant