Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer and the Registrar and University Secretary are responsible for Professional Services at the University.

Role and responsibilities

The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for:

  • people
  • financial sustainability
  • IT
  • property.

The Registrar and University Secretary oversees the other areas of Professional Services.

Post holder

Robert Kerse became the Chief Operating Officer in August 2016.

Robert Kerse's biography

Robert Kerse started his career training as a chartered accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Bristol, after being educated at the University of Cambridge. He joined the University in 2016 from the social housing sector where he held executive-level roles in both Bristol and London for 13 years. Robert's previous role was as Executive Director (Resources) at Circle Housing, one of England's largest housing groups with over 300,000 customers, 70,000 properties and a combined market value in excess of £11 billion. He is a member of the board of the young person's homeless charity, Centrepoint.


Robert Kerse did not incur any expenses for the period 1 February 2020 to 31 July 2020.

View Robert's expenses for the period 1 August 2019 to 31 January 2020: download the Executive group expenses summary: 1 August 2019 to 31 January 2020 (PDF, 411kB)

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