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Executive Team

The University of Law Executive Team is responsible for the strategic development and day-to-day management of the University.

Through innovation, diversification and continual growth, we always aim to adhere to our principal mission of delivering an outstanding academic and employment-focused education to all of our students.

Craig Mahoney
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer
Professor Craig Mahoney

With more than 30 years’ experience of working higher education, Professor Craig Mahoney is the academic and administrative head of the university. Previously Craig held the position of Vice-Chancellor at the University of West Scotland, where he oversaw the development of two new campuses and significant growth in student numbers. Prior to that he held roles including Chief Executive of the Higher Education academy and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Northumbria University.

A graduate of Chemistry and Maths from the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education, Craig holds a Master’s degree from the University of Birmingham and Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) from the Queen’s University Belfast.

Craig is a dynamic public advocate of higher education with a strong interest in differentiated student-centred pedagogy, research-informed teaching, and technology to support teaching. He is a passionate supporter of equality, diversity an inclusion having developed and supported many initiatives to eradicate discrimination and promote fairness in higher education.

As a chartered psychologist, Professor Mahoney has been an internationally recognised performance psychologist for more than 30 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Zoe Radnor
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Professor Zoe Radnor

Zoe has responsibility for providing administrative leadership, direction and evaluation for the academic activities of the university.

Professor Zoe Radnor was previously a senior executive at City, University of London as well as Vice-President for Strategy & Planning; Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and Professor of Service Operations Management. Before that, she was Dean of the University of Leicester School of Business and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and co-director of the Centre for Service Operations Management at Loughborough University. She has worked at the universities of Warwick, Cardiff, Bradford, Leeds and Manchester and in private sector industrial consultancy.

Zoe's research interest is in performance, process improvement and service management within public sector organisations. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and British Academy of Management (FBAM). Zoe sits on the Athena Swan Governance Committee for Advance HE, Board for Southern Universities Management Systems (SUMS) and the editorial boards for the International Journal of Production and Operations Management (IJOPM) and Public Money and Management.

She holds a BEng (Hons) in Production Engineering and Production Management, an MSc in Computer Integrated Manufacturing and a PhD in Management Science.

Elisabetta Ceragioli
Deputy CEO
Elisabetta Ceragioli

Elisabetta brings a wealth of experience in business transformation and growth having successfully established the first Asian campus for the London School of Business and Finance in Singapore.

She has operated as interim CEO at GISMA Business School in Germany to re-establish operational effectiveness and most recently has been supporting GUS as Director of Business Transformation looking at the establishment of shared services for the group.

John Headley
Chief Financial Officer
John Headley

John is responsible for all financial and business aspects of the University’s operations. A graduate of Oxford University, John is a Chartered Management Accountant who has worked as a Finance Director within the Bupa group as well as within large NHS hospital trusts and a major modern university in London.

John is a Non-Executive Director of Shoreham Port Authority.

Vassilis Konstantinou
Pro Vice-Chancellor, International Development
Vassilis Konstantinou

Before his appointment, Vassilis Konstantinou held the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Development at the University of South Wales (USW) and before that he was the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science at the University of Glamorgan and Dean of the Harrow School of Computer Science at the University of Westminster.

Vassilis is an executive level academic manager with substantial experience in major academic and industrial partnerships, international collaborations, branch campus development, innovative revenue strategies, and use of online interactive systems for TNE. He also possesses significant management of change experience having led major post-merger restructuring projects at the University of South Wales and campus realignment projects at the University of Westminster.

His research interests include image processing, cultural heritage preservation using innovative AI-based technologies, intelligent content-based multimedia search and retrieval methods, and Human-centric user interfaces.

Peter Crisp
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Law
Professor Peter Crisp

Having read Philosophy as an undergraduate, Peter switched to law qualifying as a Barrister at the Chancery Bar specialising in property and land law. Peter began his career in legal education at BPP Law School in 1997 as a lecturer on the Graduate Diploma in Law and Bar programmes. He served as Dean and CEO of BPP Law School from 2003 to 2017 and was a co-founder of BPP University.

Peter is non-executive Chairman of the Support Through Court, a major legal charity which supports litigants in person through the civil and family courts.

Marco Mongiello
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Business School
Professor Marco Mongiello

Marco is responsible for the leadership and success of the University’s Business School in the UK and internationally. With over two decades of experience in UK Higher Education, Marco champions the vision of bringing a positive impact on society, by contributing to and nurturing the values of responsible and creative leadership in businesses and wider communities globally, through education.

Previously, Marco has served the University of Surrey as Dean International, and Executive Director for PG Programmes in the Business School. Prior to that, he served at the Imperial College Business School, where he led the MSc Management programme, launched the MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management, transformed the Executive MBA Programmes and created Student Experience events of national resonance. Marco contributes to the operations of international bodies aimed at upholding and redefining the highest standards of education globally.

Marco holds a PhD in Accounting and is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW and has a research interest in performance management.

Lesley Hill
Chief Operating Officer
Lesley Hill

Joining The College of Law in 1997 Lesley’s first role was that of Head of Operational Services for the London Bloomsbury Centre. Appointed Centre Director in 2012 she has been an integral member of the University’s senior management team throughout the transition from charitable status to privately owned University. Appointed Chief Operating Officer in July 2016, Lesley now assumes responsibility for the delivery of the University’s operational services.

Lesley has previous management experience in The University (NLS) and Law Firm (Jones Day) sectors.

Jo Wagstaffe
Director Academic Registry
Joanna Wagstaffe

Joining The College of Law in 1996, Jo worked in the Assessment Office in Bloomsbury. She was one of the first recruits to the new Academic Registry established in 2002, becoming Academic Registrar in 2012. Responsible for standards and quality assurance of all our programmes, Jo works closely with colleagues throughout the University. She has been integral to the University’s successful degree awarding powers application and renewal, and is committed to maintaining excellent relationships with the QAA, OfS, the OIA and other external bodies.

Jo Ballard
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education
Professor Joanna Ballard

Having started her career as a solicitor working in local government and private practice, Joanna joined the College of Law in York in 1989 as a tutor specialising in civil litigation, employment and public law. She joined the York management team in 2002, becoming Deputy Director Academic, with particular responsibility for the delivery of the Graduate Diploma in Law programme at the Centre. She was also instrumental in the innovative design and delivery of the online programme.

Since then Joanna has managed a number of key programme development initiatives, including development of the LLB. Appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic Development in November 2018, Joanna now has responsibility for the overall development of our undergraduate and postgraduate academic and professional programmes.

Patrick Johnson
Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Patrick Johnson

Patrick has responsibility to develop and embed EDI strategy at the University, ensuring that the EDI agenda is inherently considered and factors in everything that we do.

Previously, Patrick was Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Manchester for over 13 years. During this period, he was a member of numerous national committees in relation to diversity and inclusion. He is currently a commissioner with the Disabled Students’ Commission (DSC) and is Deputy Chair of the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel for Research England’s Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Patrick also has over 16 years’ experience in the field of careers information, advice and guidance. This role included working with major graduate employers to develop ‘Positive Action’ initiatives such as mentoring and internships targeted at underrepresented groups, to help increase their employability.

Catherine Lu
Director of Strategy & Planning
Catherine Lu

Catherine is responsible for strategy formulation and delivery, through provision of insight, business intelligence and project management. Previously, she was a strategy consultant at PwC Strategy, where she delivered strategy and M&A due diligence projects to corporates and private equity clients, across a diverse range of sectors including education, financial services, technology, healthcare and retail.

Catherine serves on the Executive Committee of the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association, the representation body for those working in strategy and planning in UK Higher Education, to influence and shape the future of higher education policy and support the training and career development of strategic planners. She holds a First Class MSci Chemistry (incorporating Bachelor’s level study) from Imperial College London.