Register | Meet our Chief Operating Officer and Leadership Team

Register for a hybrid event to hear more about the University’s strategic priorities direct from Rachel Brealey, our Chief Operating Officer (COO) and her leadership team.

Rachel Brealey, Chief Operating Officer

An exciting opportunity has been announced to hear more about the University’s strategic priorities direct from Rachel Brealey, our Chief Operating Officer (COO) and her leadership team.   

Rachel Brealey is a key member of the University Executive Group (UEG), supporting our Vice-Chancellor and President together with the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in the leadership, management, and effective operation of the University.   

Appointed in May 2022, Rachel is responsible for University-wide operations and the direct service delivery of key corporate functions. These include human resources, information services, marketing and student recruitment, digital education services, student education services, alumni and development, campus innovation and development, and transformation programmes.   

Rachel will use the event to introduce her senior leadership team, set out their main goals and priorities at Leeds, and outline how they will use the engagement survey results to support delivery of those priorities.   

She will also give an overview of the work of the Transformation Office, and update on progress with our ambitious change and transformation programmes which will introduce new ways of working to deliver the best experiences for staff and students.  

The first in a series, this event will also provide an opportunity for colleagues to ask questions.   

Rachel said: “I am really looking forward to meeting and engaging with colleagues and providing updates on some of the exciting work underway at Leeds.  

This is an incredibly exciting time for the University, with many transformation programmes already underway which aim to deliver improved staff and student experiences and ensure that Leeds remains an internationally leading University. However, this can only be successful if we engage the support and talent across our University. We want to have conversations with colleagues at all levels across our amazing University community around the challenges we face and how we can work together to build confidence around delivery of this change and ensure that we deliver outstanding experiences for staff and students.   

I want to hear your thoughts and ideas, so I really hope as many of you as possible will attend the event and take the opportunity to ask us your questions.”  

How to take part  

This interactive hybrid event will take place on Monday 4 September, from 4-5pm in the Esther Simpson Building, with refreshments provided afterwards. If you are unable to attend in person, there is the option to join online.   

Book your place at the event (either in-person or online).   

Submit your questions ahead of the event by completing this Microsoft Form and contact with any accessibility requirements.  

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