VC's Oration 2018
Procession of the Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson to the Sheldonian Theatre to deliver her Oration in 2018
Credit: Ian Wallman

University Officers



Pro-Vice-Chancellors with portfolio

Development and External Affairs: Professor David Gann

Professor David Gann CBE, CEng, FICE, FCGI took up the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) on 2 November 2020. He is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Said Business School and Chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. He was previously Vice-President (Development and Innovation) at Imperial College London. David studied engineering and project management at Reading University and is a chartered civil engineer. He has an MSc in Science Policy and a PhD in Industrial Economics, both from Sussex University. His research explores why and how innovation happens, the ways it continually transforms the world we live in, and how it can be managed. He has authored eight books and numerous academic articles on innovation and entrepreneurship. He advises technology companies on innovation strategy and is a non-executive director of Directa Plus plc, a graphene company, and VenCap International plc, a venture fund-of-funds. David was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to engineering and received the 2014 Tjalling C. Koopmans Asset Award for extraordinary contributions to the economic sciences. He was awarded the Imperial College Medal in 2019 for his leadership in developing the White City Campus. David is a member of the London Symphony Orchestra’s advisory council and a supporter of Glyndebourne Opera.

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs) he will be responsible for public affairs, development and alumni relations, and international strategy.

Education: Professor Martin Williams

Professor Martin Williams took up the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) on January 1 2018. Professor Williams received his BSc and PhD degrees from Bristol University and later worked as a structural design engineer. He moved to the 欧洲杯滚球平台 in 1989, based in the Engineering Science Department and at New College, where he is the David Clarke Fellow in Engineering. He is a Fellow both of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers. He served on the Council of the 欧洲杯滚球平台 for four years, and as Senior Proctor from 2009-2010. He has chaired the Committee for the Proctors Office since 2015.  He was previously Associate Head (Education) of the Division of Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences and was Deputy Head of the Department of Engineering Science. At New College he was Sub-Warden from 2007-8 and Senior Tutor from 1995-99.

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Williams is responsible for the University’s strategy and policies for teaching, learning, student support and admissions.

Innovation: Professor Chas Bountra

Chas Bountra trained at King’s College London and the University of Edinburgh before taking up a post-doctoral fellowship and college lectureship in Physiology at Oxford. He then worked for 19 years in the pharmaceutical industry, where he was involved in the development of candidate drugs for several diseases, including novel treatments for cancer chemotherapy and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. He returned to Oxford as Professor of Translational Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine and as an Associate Member of the Department of Pharmacology. Professor Bountra is currently working with 9 pharmaceutical companies, 8 disease foundations and more than 100 academic labs to develop new drugs for a range of common and rare diseases. He leads the University’s innovation activities at regional, national and international level.

People & Gardens, Libraries and Museums: Professor Anne Trefethen

Professor Anne Trefethen is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (People & Gardens, Libraries and Museums - GLAM) and a Fellow of St Cross College.

She became Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Academic Services and University Collections in January 2015, and from 1 September 2018 became Pro-Vice-Chancellor for People and GLAM, as chair of the Personnel Committee and with responsibility for overseeing the University’s gardens, libraries and museums.

Professor Trefethen was appointed the University’s first Chief Information Officer in March 2012, prior to which she served as Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre. Before coming to Oxford in 2005, she was a Director of the UK e-Science Core Programme and prior to that worked at NAG (Numerical Algorithms Group) in both management and technical roles. She has spent ten years in the US at Thinking Machines Corp and at the Theory Centre, Cornell University, in leadership roles.

Planning and Resources: Dr David Prout

Dr David Prout took up the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) in September 2017. He has had a distinguished career in central and local government, most recently (2013-17) as Director General for the £50 billion High Speed 2 programme. Prior to that he was Director General for Local Government at the Department for Communities and Local Government, where he was responsible for all aspects of local government policy and funding, for the Fire Service, and for tackling extremism. He has also served as, among other roles, Executive Director for Housing, Planning and Regeneration at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (2007-2009); Director for Local Government Policy in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2004-2007) and Private and Principal Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister (1999-2004).

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources), Dr Prout is responsible for institutional and strategic planning, and resource allocation.

Research: Professor Patrick Grant

Patrick Grant took a Bachelor of Engineering degree at Nottingham University, and a D.Phil in Materials at Oxford. He has been Vesuvius Professor of Materials since 2004, Deputy Head of the Mathematical Physical and Life Sciences Division from 2012-14, and Head of the Department of Materials since 2015. A Chartered Engineer, he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Professor Grant’s current areas of interest include supercapacitors and batteries, three-dimensional printing, and alloys for power generation. He was a founding academic of the Begbroke Science Park and is a non-executive director of Oxford University Innovation. As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) he works closely with Oxford colleagues to create an environment conducive to world leading applied and curiosity-driven research, and with external funders to secure resources adequate to realize our research ambitions. Professor Grant chairs the Research and Innovation Committee and will be Oxford’s lead in the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework.

Pro-Vice-Chancellors without portfolio

  • Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini, DBE, QC, FRSE Principal of St Hugh's College
  • Sir Gordon Duff, FRCP, FRCPE, FMedSci, FRSE Principal of St Hilda's College
  • Professor Roger Goodman, FAcSS Warden of St Antony's College
  • Professor Richard Hobbs, CBE, FMedSci, FRCP , FRCGP, FRCPE Head of Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
  • The Very Rev’d Professor Jane Shaw Principal of Harris Manchester College
  • Dr Rebecca Surender Advocate for Equality and Diversity
  • Professor Lionel Tarassenko, CBE, FREng, FMedSci, President of Reuben College
  • Professor Irene Tracey FRCA, FMedSci Warden of Merton College
  • Professor Sir Rick Trainor, KBE, FRHistS Rector of Exeter College
  • Professor Katherine J Willis, CBE FBS PhD, Principal of St Edmund Hall


  • Gill Aitken MA (Oxon), CB

Heads of Academic Divisions

  • Humanities: Professor Karen O'Brien
  • Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences: Professor Sam Howison
  • Medical Sciences: Professor Gavin Screaton, FMedSci, FRCP
  • Social Sciences: Professor Sarah Whatmore, FBA


  • Senior Proctor: Professor Simon Horobin
  • Junior Proctor: Professor Freya Johnston
  • Assessor: Dr Helen Swift
  • Bodley's Librarian: Richard Ovenden, FRSA, FSA
  • Director of the Ashmolean Museum: Dr Alexander Sturgis
  • Director of the Museum of the History of Science: Dr Silke Ackermann
  • Director of the Pitt Rivers Museum: Dr Laura Van Broekhoven
  • Director of the University Museum of Natural History: Professor Paul Smith
  • Director of the Department for Continuing Education: Professor Jonathan Michie
  • Chief Executive of Oxford University Press: Nigel Portwood
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