Two new appointments to University management

ABERYSTWYTH University has announced two new senior appointments to the University’s Executive Group, with Peter Curran appointed Director of Finance and Lucy Hodson appointed Director of Planning.

Curran, who graduated from the University with a degree in Economics in 1985, joins the University from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he has been Vice-Principal since 2006. Prior to this he was Director of Finance at RWCMD from 2000 to 2006 and previously worked for the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and Cardiff City Council.

He is a member of the Executive of the British Universities’ Finance Directors’ Group and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. He is also an ex-resident of Pantycelyn and speaks conversational Welsh, and is “committed to improving his grasp of the language”.

Hodson joins the University from De Montfort University Leicester where she is currently the Director of Strategic Planning, a post she has occupied since January 2008. She currently has overall responsibility for management information, resource allocation and risk management.

She was previously History Faculty Board Secretary at the University of Oxford, and Head of Administration at the Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at Imperial College, London, and has also worked in the charity and voluntary sectors.

Hodson gained a BA (Hons) in Modern History and German in 1985 from Wadham College, Oxford and an MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Birmingham in 1996. Alongside her role at De Montfort University, she is currently working towards a PhD in International Relations at St Andrews University. She is currently Chair of the National Planners’ Group Executive – a UK-wide body which represents higher education planners’ concerns with the funding councils and other higher education agencies, and organises national conferences and training.

Speaking of the appointments, Professor April McMahon, Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University said: “I am delighted to welcome both Lucy and Peter to Aberystwyth. They have both excelled in their careers to date, and will have vital roles to play in the delivery of our new Strategic Plan. I am very pleased that the University has been able to attract new colleagues of this calibre, and look forward to their future contribution to the University’s Executive Group.”

Hodson will take up her new post on 1 November, with Curran joining the University soon after.