Date of release: Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Peter Taylor and Lee DevlinThe University of Greenwich has appointed to two senior leadership roles.

The Royal Mail's Head of Production, Peter Taylor, joins the university as Faculty Operating Officer for Business. Lee Devlin, Head of Campus Services in the university's Estates & Facilities team, moves over to become Faculty Operating Officer for Architecture, Computing & Humanities.

An experienced manager, with a great deal of commercial and financial expertise, Peter Taylor currently manages finance, HR and other professional services in one of Royal Mail's London mail centres. He has a varied background in the finance sector, where he has spent most of his career working with organisations including Bank of America Merrill Lynch [SIC] and BP.

An economics graduate from the University of Southampton, Peter now lives in Croydon, south London, with his wife and two young children. He is an enthusiastic sportsman, enjoying running, cycling and football. He also has an interest in youth development, having been a Scout leader, and is currently in the process of becoming a school governor.

"Greenwich has clear direction and ambitious intentions – it's a really interesting place," says Peter. "I'm looking forward to getting stuck into new things at the university. I will enjoy the setting too, which is absolutely fantastic. I feel I bring a number of professional skills that are very relevant to this role, as well as my interests in business and economics."

Peter will take up his new role on 24 November, replacing Robert Mayor, the previous Business Faculty FOO, who is now the university's Director of Communications & Recruitment.

Lee Devlin is an experienced senior manager in the university. He joined Estates & Facilities 14 years ago, as deputy house manager in the halls of residence at Avery Hill, and has progressed through a series of promotions to his current role, where he has cross-campus responsibility for services such as maintenance, security, transport and sport.

"I began my career at an arts and media centre, Riverside Studios, and I'm a keen actor and lover of the creative arts, so ACH feels like my spiritual home," he says. "It's a fascinating faculty with a really diverse and vibrant mix of academic disciplines and research activities, coupled with an ambitious vision which appealed to me enormously. It's been transformed by a huge process of change and I'm keen to be part of the next phase of the journey.

I'll be continuing to build collaborative relationships both inside the faculty and with the wider university and, of course, to deliver an excellent student experience."

Lee is married with three young children and lives locally, in Chislehurst. He is an elected staff governor on the University Court and also serves as a governor at a local school. His other main interest is theatre; he'll be playing Henry VIII in Howard Brenton's Anne Boleyn at the Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre in Crayford next May. He succeeds Richard Morin as the ACH FOO, who is leaving the university for a senior role at the University of Oxford, close to his family home.

Professor Susan Lea, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, chaired the selection panel. She says: "Many congratulations to Peter and Lee, who were outstanding candidates in a competitive field of internal and external applicants. The FOOs play a vital role in the smooth running of the university, working with colleagues across the institution. I know they will join with me in extending a very warm welcome to Peter and Lee as they take up their new leadership positions."

The Faculty Operating Officers lead administrative, financial and operational processes in the faculties. They also play key roles in relationships with the university's corporate professional services, sitting on the Chief Operating Officer's team.

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Picture: Peter Taylor (left), Lee Devlin.