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Executive team

The Vice-Chancellor's Executive is made up of senior leaders from across the OU. The purpose of this leadership team is to provide strategic and operational direction to the Vice-Chancellor in their capacity as Chief Executive of The Open University. The Vice-Chancellor retains ultimate executive responsibility for proposing the Strategic Plan and budget to Council and remains accountable for their implementation.

What is its remit?

  • Monitoring and agreeing unit and faculty institutional action plans, budgets, performance and risk
  • Reviewing and approving pan-university policy issues and business decisions before presentation at a governance level
  • Resolving difficult pan-university issues
  • Briefings on important internal and external events requiring senior leadership oversight


  • Vice-Chancellor: Professor Mary Kellett
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (acting): Professor Josie Fraser
  • Executive Deans: Professor Ian Fribbance (FASS), Professor Devendra Kodwani (FBL), Professor Fary Cachelin (WELS), Professor Nick Braithwaite (acting) (STEM)
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor Students: Dr Liz Marr (acting)
  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research, Enterprise and Scholarship:  Professor Kevin Hetherington
  • University Secretary: Dr Jonathan Nicholls
  • Group Finance Director: Laurence Holden
  • Chief Information Officer: Chris Youles
  • Director Academic Services: Claire Baines
  • Commercial Director: David Willett (acting)