Kerry Bryson

Director for Advancement

Kerry Bryson is the Director for Advancement at the University of Stirling.

She joined the University in April 2011 and has twenty years’ experience in fundraising, business development, alumni relations, public relations and marketing.

An alumna of Trinity College Dublin and London Business School, she was Marketing Manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining Queen’s University Belfast. Prior to that she worked for The National Trust, a conservation charity. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Kerry Bryson
Director for Advancement

Liam Spillane

Director of Commercial Services

Originally from Northern Ireland, Liam graduated from the University of Ulster in 1995.

Liam secured his first management position with The Irish Institute for European Affairs in Belgium. In 1997 he began his career with Hilton Worldwide, progressing through the group in a variety of management positions and securing his first General Manager’s position at the age of 30. This was followed by an opportunity with Hilton Worldwide in the Middle East and involved him and his family relocating to Egypt for two years.

Outside of hotels, he has been a board member of Lanarkshire Chamber of Commerce and also served as a charitable trustee in helping young people develop new skills through education and awarding financial grants.

Liam has been a member of Institute of Hospitality throughout his career.

Responsibilities

Liam is responsible for the strategic direction and operation of the University’s Accommodation and Commercial Services Directorate. This includes all student accommodation, retail and catering outlets, and Stirling Court Hotel.

Liam Spillane

Liam Spillane
Director of Commercial Services

Contact information
T: 01786 466000
E: Liam.Spillane@stir.ac.uk


Jennifer Harrison

Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement

Jennifer Harrison was appointed as Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement in January 2017, having previously held the posts of Head of Communications, and Acting Deputy Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement at the University of Stirling.

She joined Stirling after 10 years at Queen’s University Belfast where she was Head of Public Affairs.   Prior to this Jennifer worked for the House of Commons, both in Westminster and in their outpost in the European Parliament in Brussels, reporting on EU affairs. 

A personal and professional highlight was working for two months at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games where she supported the Chairman, Lord Coe, as part of his Executive Office team during the Games.  

Jennifer is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, and also holds a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Grenoble, a Masters degree in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe Bruges, Belgium, and a Diploma in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Responsibilities:

The Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement Directorate is focussed on enhancing and protecting the University’s reputation for excellence in the student experience, teaching and learning, and high-quality research with global impact, across a wide range of communications channels.  Areas of responsibility include: media relations; corporate communications; internal communications; social media; marketing; and digital content.

Jennifer Harrison

Jennifer Harrison
Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Engagement

PA to Director and Directorate Office Manager

Jill Powell

T: +44 (0)1786 466653
E: jill.powell@stir.ac.uk


Liam McCabe

Director of Finance

Liam McCabe joined the University as Director of Finance in 2009.

He has over 20 years’ experience working in and around higher education across the UK.  Immediately prior to joining the University, Liam was a Senior Director for five years at Queen Margaret University as in Edinburgh.  Before that he had 10 years with Scottish Funding Councils and its predecessor bodies latterly as Director of Governance and Management:  Appraisal and Policy (GMAP).  A graduate of the University in Accounting and Business Law in 1981, Liam qualified as an accountant (CPFA) in 1986 and has almost 30 years post qualified experience. 

As the University’s Finance Director, Liam’s role at Stirling is to advise the Principal and his senior team and through that the University Court on the University’s strategic financial direction.  Liam has a lead role in the development of the University’s financial strategy as well as overseeing its implementation.  One particular aspect of this has been securing the funds required to undertake the redevelopment of the University’s residential estate entailing borrowing of c. £40 million.  On a day to day basis, Liam is responsible for the operation management and strategic direction of the Finance Office including Procurement Services. View the structures and activities of the Finance Office.

Liam is a non-executive director of Advanced Procurement Universities and Colleges (APUC) Ltd a body set up to lead and developments strategic and collaborative developments in procurement practice in the Scottish further and higher education sectors.  He is also a Board member of Forth Valley College and Chair of the College’s Finance Committee. 

Outside of the education sphere, Liam is a Lay Member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland and is Convenor of the Society’s Audit Committee. Liam a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Liam McCabe
Director of Finance

Mrs Lorna Mitchell
T: 01786 467124
E: lorna.mitchell@stir.ac.uk


Martin McCrindle

Director of HR & Organisation Development

Originally trained as a journalist, Martin later graduated in psychology from the University of St Andrews, and spent three years at Edinburgh University carrying out postgraduate research prior to commencing his career in Human Resource Management.

He now has over 20 years’ operational and strategic HR experience in the motor industry (Ford), electronics and semiconductor industries (Oki, ICL, Hyundai & Mitel), and in the HE sector (University of the South Pacific and Heriot Watt University). His international experience includes the UK, Sweden, France, Canada, Singapore, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

Responsibilities

The Director of HR & Organisation Development is responsible for the operation, management and strategic HR Services.  The structures and activities of the Directorate are detailed in the relevant webpages linked below:

http://www.stir.ac.uk/hr-services/

Martin McCrindle
Director of HR & Organisation Development

Director of HR & Organisation Development
Mr Martin McCrindle
T: +44 (0)1786 467137
E: hrsec@stir.ac.uk


Kathy McCabe

University Librarian and Director of Information Services

Kathy is the University Librarian and Director of Information Services at the University of Stirling.

She joined the University in April 1990 and has served in a number of technical, development and programme and change management roles within Information Services over the years.

Kathy recently worked with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education to introduce and establish sector wide the Aurora programme to develop women leaders in Higher Education.

She is a graduate of the University of Stirling and has been a teacher, a programmer and a Human Resources manager in other sectors prior to joining the Higher Education sector. 

Responsibilities

The Director of Information Services is responsible for the operation, management and strategic direction of Information Services. Details of the structure and activities of the Directorate are available at http://www.stir.ac.uk/is/

Kathy McCabe
University Librarian and Director of Information Services

PA to Director of Information Services
Miss Gerry Mason
T: +44 (0)1786 467228
E: gerry.mason@stir.ac.uk


Dr John Rogers

Director of Research and Enterprise

John has worked in Higher Education management and administration for over 20 years. He is currently Director of Research and Enterprise at the University of Stirling where he has responsibility for an integrated portfolio covering strategy and policy, grant and contract funding, research assessment, researcher development, research governance and integrity, knowledge exchange, intellectual property and commercialisation.  He has strong interests in research policy, funding and assessment, and economic, social and community development.

Prior to joining Stirling John worked at the University of Manchester, where he was responsible for student recruitment, public relations, international relations and research support.  He was a project manager for the 2004 merger between UMIST and Manchester and led the development of the new University Research Office following the merger.  John’s earlier career was spent as the national manager of the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, based at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and before that at the University of Aberdeen in a variety of roles.

John has worked extensively on higher education management and development projects in the UK and overseas, has a strong commitment to professional training and development, and is a regular conference and workshop presenter on research and enterprise policy, strategy, and business support for a wide range of organisations.

Responsibilities

The Director of Research & Enterprise is responsible for the operation, management and strategic direction of the Research & Enterprise Office. The structures and activities of the Directorate are detailed in the relevant webpages linked below:

Dr John Rogers
Director of Research and Enterprise

Contact information
E: research@stir.ac.uk 


Cathy Gallagher

Director of Sport

Cathy joins the University with 17 years’ experience of higher education sport, founded in her involvement in a number of student sports clubs when studying her BSc and MSc Finance at Queen’s University Belfast.

Having initially worked for the National Governing Body for third level sport in Ireland, Cathy was part of the Senior Management Team in Queen’s Sport up until 2008, with a key responsibility for strategic Sports Development and Business Planning. During this time, the University opened £7m of new sports facilities, the outturn of which created a step change in the sporting offer for students and the wider community. After spending a year in Dublin City University managing the Student Sport Programme, Cathy joined Trinity College Dublin in 2011 as Development Manager. She had a lead responsibility for strategic development and authored the recently published Strategy for Sport at Ireland’s premier university.

Significant interventions also included the establishment of a Performance Sport structure, management of Capital Development projects, creation of a new Medical Care Programme for sports students, securing high level sponsorship for Trinity Sport and enshrining strategic working relationships internal and external to the College.

Cathy has led the Irish delegation to the World University Games as Head of Delegation in 2011 (Shenzhen), 2013 (Kazan) and 2015 (Gwangju). She has also been part of the Irish team to 4 previous Games and was National Team Manager for the Northern Ireland Universities for 10 years. Cathy was appointed to the Board for the World Police & Fire Games 2013 hosted in Belfast and has represented on numerous provincial and national committees for sport.

Cathy is originally from Tyrone in Northern Ireland and played Gaelic Football to inter county level. Having graciously retired, Cathy enjoys keeping fit as well as spending time with her fabulous 17 nieces and nephews.

Cathy Gallagher
Director of Sport

PA to the Director of Sport
Vicki Lawlor
T: +44 (0)1786 466501
E: victoria.lawlor@stir.ac.uk


Joanna Morrow

Deputy Secretary and Director of Student, Academic & Corporate Services

Joanna Morrow was appointed as Deputy Secretary in June 2014.  She had been the University’s Academic Registrar since 2007.

She joined the University of Stirling in 2004 from the University of Warwick, where she was Academic Services Manager for the Warwick Business School. Prior to this, Joanna held a number of roles in academic and commercial services at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, she has more than 20 years' experience in the higher education sector. She has served on a number of committees in the sector, including the QAA Enhancement-led Institutional Review Steering Group, the Academic Registrars' Council and is a member of the Association of University Administrators.  She is the University’s representative on the governing body of Morrison’s Academy.

Responsibilities

Student, Academic and Corporate Services (SACS) provide integrated and proactive professional services that plan, focus and support the University’s growth, ambitions and performance, and significantly enhance the applicant-student-graduate journey.  Joanna is responsible for the strategic direction and effective operation of these services including recruitment, internationalisation, student services, employability, strategic planning, governance and student experience.

The Deputy Secretary is supported by a senior management team comprising the Academic Registrar, the Head of Policy and Planning, Director of International and Student Recruitment, Director of Admissions and Access, the Head of Student Support Services and the Head of the Careers and Employability Services.

Joanna Morrow

Joanna Morrow
Deputy Secretary
Director of Student, Academic & Corporate Services

PA to Deputy Secretary and Directorate Office Manager
Rebecca Gilchrist
T: +44 (0)1786 467030
E: deputy.secretary@stir.ac.uk

Further information on Student, Academic and Corporate Services.


Colin McNally

Director of Estates

Colin McNally joined the University as Director of Estates in October 2017.  Before starting at Stirling, he was Director of Campus Services at the University of Dundee where he had held that role since 2011.

Having gained a degree in architecture from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design,
Colin worked as an architect in a private practice in Ireland, Edinburgh and Perth before joining the University of Dundee as a project manager in 2001. He was later promoted to Capital Projects and Development Manager, holding responsibility for all capital projects on campus over £25,000.  This included the construction of a £200m capital programme comprising of the award-winning Queen Mother Building, the Dalhousie Building, the refurbishment of DUSA (University of Dundee Students’ Association), the Institute of Sport and Exercise and a number of projects at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School.

Colin is now Chair of the Scottish Association of University Director of Estates (SAUDE).

Colin McNally
Director of Estates

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