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Following the recent recruitment exercise the appointments to be made to the position of Deputy Director within University Information Services are as below:

  • Deputy Director, Research & Institutional Services – Paul Calleja
  • Deputy Director, Education, Administration and Student Services – Richard Young
  • Deputy Director, Chief Architect – Mark Ferrar
  • Deputy Director, Service Operations – Steve Riley

The other Deputy Director appointments, previously announced, are:

  • Deputy Director, Build & Development – Chris Edwards
  • Deputy Director, Information Management – Michelle Finnegan
  • Deputy Director, Departmental Operations – Steve Kearsey

All the above appointments will be effective from 28 April 2015, however the current UIS transitional organisational structures will remain in place until 18 May 2015 (provisional date to be confirmed).  

Richard Young, Mark Ferrar and Steve Riley join from outside the University and a brief summary of their backgrounds is provided below.

Martin Bellamy,
Director of Information Services

Mark Ferrar
Deputy Director, Chief Architect

Mark Ferrar, Deputy Director, UIS

Mark joins us from Microsoft where he worked as National Technology Officer for the UK, developing longer term plans and dialogue around strategy, innovation, government relations, technology adoption and information assurance (security) with Microsoft’s customers throughout the UK Public Sector.

He has also worked as Global Infrastructure Manager in the office of the CIO for ICI; for the NHS as Director of Technology Strategy, responsible for the architecture of the NHS’s national network; and chaired both the Government Chief Technology Officers’ (CTO) Council and the Government Architecture Review Board.

Mark's PhD is from the University of Liverpool, modelling short fibre composite materials under non-Newtonian fluid flow, a non-trivial problem which involved excessive amounts of computer time (according to the then head of Liverpool’s University computing service!).


Steve Riley
Deputy Director, Service Operations

Steve Riley, Deputy Director, UIS

Steve has been Interim Director General for Information Technology at the Department of Work and Pensions since April 2014, 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.

Married with four grown up children, Steve is a recent convert to the benefits of jogging and a long-standing fan of Everton Football Club.


Richard Young
Deputy Director, Education, Administration & Student Services

Richard studied maths at Oxford. His subsequent aspirations to go into space were met in part when he spent 1.5 years with Logica at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. 

Returning to the UK, Richard worked for a number of IT consultancies, in sectors ranging from rail transport to architectural heritage.

He moved to Bupa in 1998, helping to solve their Y2K problem by replacing their finance systems before supporting the launch of a series of innovative new medical insurance products.  A series of roles followed, including a stint in Saudi Arabia implementing a new insurance administration system, and a period leading IT delivery for Bupa’s two health care businesses in Leeds and Manchester. A recent highlight was qualifying as a reviewer for Investors in People, and then having the chance to work across all levels of the Bupa Care Services business to help the 27,000 strong organisation gain Gold Investors in People accreditation.