governance

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.

Andrea Nollent
Vice-Chancellor & CEO
Professor Andrea Nollent

Professor Nollent is the University of Law’s Vice-Chancellor & CEO, a position that she has held since 2016.

Andrea began her academic career at Sheffield Hallam University, where she rose rapidly to become Head of the Law School and then Assistant Dean of Faculty leading a wide range of professionally accredited academic schools. She then went on to become the Dean of Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University, one of the largest full service law schools in Europe. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Paris Est.

Andrea’s career has focused on the development of innovative academic and professional courses, securing sustainable growth and expansion of the portfolio whilst consistently enhancing the experience and outcomes for students and client firms. She has extensive international experience of developing collaborative degree programmes and professional training across a range of jurisdictions.

Andrea has published widely in the fields of comparative legal education and the internationalisation of higher education policy, attracting extensive research funding for her work.

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
Pro Vice-Chancellor, External
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.

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, Hefce, the OIA and other external bodies.

Jo Ballard
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic Development
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.