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


Professor Ian Leslie

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

Professor Leslie's research interests have been in computer networks and operating systems and, more recently, he has investigated 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 was President from 2014 to 2019. He joined UIS as Director in 2017.

The Director is supported by the Chief Operating Officer.

Chief Operating Officer

Chris Russell, Chief Operating Officer at University Information Services

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Chris Russell is Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Chris joined the University in July 2023. He had previously worked in central government where he was Chief Product Officer and also led Operations and Strategy for the Cabinet Office Digital team. Prior to this, he was Deputy Director of Product at Government Digital Service.

Chris also has experience working in media and publishing, having been Digital Director at the UK’s largest regional news publisher Trinity Mirror and a product manager at the BBC on its digital news and sport services.

Group Senior Leadership Team members

UIS Director Ian Leslie will retire in May 2024. Chris Russell will act as Interim Director until a new Director is appointed. Four Senior Leadership Team (SLT) members are sharing the responsibilities of the COO role, as follows:

  • Gabriela Ahmadi-Assalemi – Interim COO for Security and Technology Operations (as well as Chief Information Security Officer for Technology Operations)
  • Richard Hey – Deputy Director, and Head of Institutional Liaison and Relationship Management
  • Jon Holgate – Interim COO for Infrastructure and Service Operations (as well as Head of Infrastructure)
  • Chris Mitchell – Interim COO for Digital and Delivery Operations (as well as Head of User Experience)

Other Senior Leadership Team members