25 April 2014
SOAS, University of London has appointed Laura Gibbs as its new Registrar. Currently Deputy Registrar and Chief Information Officer at Royal Holloway, University of London, Ms Gibbs will take up the post at SOAS on 23 June 2014.
As Registrar Ms Gibbs will be responsible for ensuring operational effectiveness at SOAS and will lead the nine professional services directorates. She will work closely with the Director of SOAS, the two Pro-Directors and other members of SOAS Executive Board and the Governing Body.
Commenting on her appointment to SOAS Ms Gibbs said: “I am very pleased to be joining this distinguished academic institution at such an exciting time in its history – just prior to its Centenary in 2016 and with recent high profile successes in research and philanthropic funding. I’m looking forward to working with colleagues across the School to ensure its continued success.”
Professor Paul Webley, Director of SOAS, said: “SOAS has an ambitious strategy for growth and Laura’s track record at both Royal Holloway and London Business School evidence significant achievements in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of both institutions. Her role at SOAS will be instrumental in ensuring our success in this challenging HE environment and in positioning SOAS for our second century of excellence.
“On behalf of the SOAS community I would also like to thank Graeme Appleby, our Acting Registrar, who has been excellent in leading professional services over the past eleven months.”
At Royal Holloway, Ms Gibbs was responsible for Academic Registry, Student Wellbeing, IT and Campus Services with a staff of over 500 and budgetary responsibility for over £40m, as well as deputising for the Registrar. Prior to Royal Holloway, she worked in a variety of roles at London Business School, including Head of IT and Customer Services. She holds a BA in Natural Sciences and Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Applicable Mathematics from Cranfield Institute of Technology.