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Senior Officers

Senior Officers

The College Executive Group (“Senior Officers”) are responsible for the development, monitoring and implementation of the strategy which will enable us to fulfil our mission as a ‘brave and daring academic community, working in partnership with our students to enrich their lives and communities through education and scholarship that is accessible to all.’

The Team is a key driver for the College’s strategic growth and is a focal point for the co-ordination of its day-to-day activity and business.  

It is also responsible for the direction of the College and in doing so performs a number of crucial functions including liaising internally with academic and professional services colleagues; administering the College efficiently and is within legal guidelines; ensuring the College is financially sound; and identifying where the academic or corporate interests and external profile of the College can be advanced.

The College Executive Group currently meets on a monthly basis: a formal calendar of meetings for the group and its committees is drawn up annually.

Professor Amanda Blackmore: President and Chief Executive

Amanda joined GSM London in July 2017, before which she was Deputy Vice Chancellor at BPP University. Read more >

Chris Holmes: Chief Operating Officer

Chris Holmes has a career spanning the retail, education and professional service sectors, with over 15 years' Board-level experience across Strategy, Commercial, Supply-Chain, Operations, Property, IT and Consultancy. He joined GSM London in early 2016. Read more >


Deborah Hayes: Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Debi Hayes provides leadership and direction to GSM London’s academic faculty. An innovative educationist, she champions strengths-based learning. She joined GSM London in 2013. Read more >



Steve Macro: Interim Chief Financial Officer 


Annette Devine: Academic Registrar

Annette Devine joined GSM London from Plymouth University in 2015. Previously she had been at the University of Greenwich for 17 years, where she developed experience in a variety of roles and was responsible for the student experience, service delivery, technology development, planning and communications. Read more >  


Christy Traore: Executive Dean/Pro-Provost (Academic Delivery)

Christy Traore joined GSM London in 2013 from BPP University College of professional Studies, where she was Director of Postgraduate & Professional Programmes and then Director of Academic Collaborations & Partnerships. Christy brings a mix of rigour and flair to her role as Executive Dean at GSM London. Read more >



Angie Milan: Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Communications

Angie Milan is a marketing professional with over 20 years' experience at director/board level in both the commercial and higher education sectors. Before joining GSM London in 2014, Angie was Marketing Director at the University of Law. Read more >  


Bob Athwal: Pro Provost Student Experience and External Engagement

Bob joined GSM London in 2016 from University of Leicester where he was both Director of the Career Development Service and Director of Student Experience. Before that, he had extensive experience in industry, first at Tesco and Enterprise Rent-A-Car and latterly at RWE npower as Head of Graduate Schemes. He is the co-author of Getting it Right, a guide for graduate recruiters on attracting and developing talent. 

Mark Duff: Director of Information Technology

Mark Duff joined GSM London in January 2017 from Queen Mary University London where he was the Interim Director of IT Services, bringing with him over 30 years’ experience as an IT professional, 25 of which at a senior level. His experience covers both public sector bodies and corporate organisations where he has led and transformed departments and delivered major IT programmes.

Yvonne Beauchamp: Head of HR

As leader of the HR Department, Yvonne brings a wealth of experience to the role, having been a European HR Director in the IT industry for 12 years before becoming an academic. She originally joined GSM London in 2014 as a lecturer in HR and has led on the rollout of strengths-based education.