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Senior leadership team

The UIS Senior Leadership Team is overseen by the Interim Director, Professor Ian Leslie.

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Professor Ian Leslie

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Professor Ian Leslie is the Interim Director and is accountable to the Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Information Services Committee (ISC). He is also Senior Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor with special responsibility for Information System Strategy and Environmental Sustainability, and chairs the Information Services Committee and the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Committee.

Professor Leslie's research interests have been in computer networks and operating systems: he has more recently been investigating the use of information systems to reduce energy demand. He was Head of the Computer Laboratory between 1999 and 2004, and from 2004 to 2009 Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research. He has been a Fellow of Christ’s College since 1985, where he has also served as Director of Studies in Computer Science and where he has been President since 2014.

Ian's direct reports

Ian's leadership of UIS is supported by his direct reports, collectively forming the UIS Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

Paul Calleja, Deputy Director, UIS

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Dr Paul Calleja leads the Research and Institutional Services division.

He obtained his PhD in computational bio-physics at Bath University. After filling a post-doctoral research position at Birkbeck College, he moved into private industry, where he spearheaded early commercialisation of HPC cluster solutions within the UK.

After six years in the commercial sector Paul returned to academia to lead the new HPC service at Imperial College, London.From there, in 2005 he moved to the University of Cambridge, to form a new HPC service with University-wide capabilities and a novel pay-per-use cloud computing model.

The University of Cambridge now boasts one of the largest academic supercomputing facilities in the UK. Paul is now responsible for the University’s research computing services across all academic disciplines.


Chris Edwards, Deputy Director, UIS

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Chris Edwards leads the Build and Development division.

Chris' IT management career started in the retail sector working for Boots as Infrastructure Development Manager, for Thomas Cook as Head of Technical Delivery and Head of Retail IT at Travelex where he led an Applications Development team and a Service Delivery team providing the infrastructure, telecommunications, operational and application support for all their global retail systems. He was Head of IT & Operations at Coinstar, bringing their outsourced IT support functions in London and India in-house.

Chris joined the University of Cambridge in 2008, responsible for the development and strategic direction of the University’s administrative and information systems for Teaching & Learning, Estate & Building Management, Student, Finance, Research and Human Resources as well as other Customer Relationship Management and web based solutions that enhance the Cambridge experience for staff, students and visitors. 


Richard Hey

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Richard Hey leads the Education, Administration and Student Services division.

Richard was appointed Head of Institution Services in November 2015 with a remit to drive the strategy for, and management of, the Institutional Services function, which encompasses both the School/Departmental IT, College IT and the building of the pan-Cambridge IT community. Immediately before this, Richard was Head of User Services within UIS, where he was responsible for a team of 60, covering a diverse range of IT services and support functions that are now delivered through our Service Operations division.

Prior to joining the University in 2010, Richard was IT Support Manager for the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College and IT Director at The Oratory School. Richard began his career as a laboratory technician and then School Master and has considerable experience of teaching Physics, Computing Science and IT throughout the Secondary School age range and beyond. He is a Chartered Physicist and has a keen interest in deep sea diving technologies. In parallel to his teaching career, Richard spent over 10 years in the Royal Navy Reserve. 


Dr Rachel Hooper, Deputy Director, UIS

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Dr Rachel Hooper leads the Departmental Operations division.

Rachel joined the RAF while an undergraduate. She flew the C130 Hercules all over the world; she was then promoted to staff (desk!) roles in training management and performance management. On retirement from the RAF she came up to Cambridge, Selwyn, to take a PhD on the ethics of the UN's new humanitarian intervention policy. Since then, she has completed Director of Operations type roles at UCL, Bristol University and Wellington College.

In her spare time, Rachel has both younger and older generations of her family in the local area and is looking forward to being a more hands-on auntie. She is a trustee of Bug life – The Invertebrate Trust and of Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire. 


Chris MacLeod

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Chris MacLeod leads the Programme and Project Office.

Chris joined the civil service in 2001 and has a background in leading operational and project teams in central government. He has led business improvement and delivery initiatives as Head of Information Systems and Investment before taking the role of Chief of Staff to an independent government advisor, through which he led the delivery of a high profile review. In 2011, Chris took responsibility for the development of a significant government business case and funding model as Head of Business Assurance and then procured and implemented a new national framework for the provision of services.

In 2014, Chris joined the University of Cambridge as a Programme Manager to procure and implement a new fundraising CRM. In 2016, he moved into his current role as Head of Programme and Project Office with responsibility for developing and leading a team providing project management, business analysis and change management capabilities.


John Norman

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John Norman leads the Digital Transformation division.

John combines a passion for innovation and a commitment to open collaboration with wide-ranging industry knowledge to help the University make the best use of IT in support of its mission in education and research.

John led the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Techologies at Cambridge from 2003 to 2015. Prior to that he was a serial entrepreneur, setting up medical devices companies in the US and Europe. An engineer by training, John worked in the steel and oil industries (which included a time in the Algerian Sahara) before an MBA at INSEAD and a stint in technology strategy consulting at PA. From PA he moved into business start ups, the most successful of these was Summit Technology Inc, which went public at $200Million after just 18 months and later sold to the Alcon division of Nestle for $900Million.

As well as his like of gadgets and new technology he enjoys sailing and has competed in the Fastnet race. 


Steve Riley, Deputy Director, UIS

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Steve Riley, O.B.E. leads the Service Operations division.

Steve was Interim Director General for Information Technology at the Department of Work and Pensions from April 2014 until March 2015, where he had responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Department of Work and Pensions' IT systems including payments to citizens, as well as modernising services for hosting, networking, end-user computing and printing services.


Vijay Samtani

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Vijay Samtani is the Chief Information Security Officer.

Vijay joined the University in September 2017. Previously, he held the role of Head of Information Security at Royal Mail Group, leading a team delivering security operations, security architectural consultancy, risk management and implementation of new security technologies.

His earlier experience includes architecting and building a managed cyber security service for the consulting firm Deloitte, and designing and then delivering technical security operations and incident management for the London 2012 Olympics. These were preceded by a wide range of security leadership roles with banking and retail companies over a 10-year period.

He is a trustee of Disability Law Service, a charity dedicated to providing free legal advice and advocacy for disabled people.