Professor Catherine Bachleda
Professor Catherine Bachleda is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar. She has over a decade of experience working in the tertiary environment, underpinned by almost 25 years of experience in the service industries of health, law, and education. Over the course of her career she has held leadership positions that include: Chief Executive Officer of an accredited corporation providing executive and continuing education; Director of a small corporate law firm; Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs at an accredited American Liberal Arts University located in Morocco and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gibraltar. In these roles, she has provided leadership in strategic planning, quality assurance, staff performance management and development, programme design and implementation, resource allocation and statutory compliance. She also possesses extensive experience in establishing accreditation compliant processes and in business development.
Catherine holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Juris Doctor, and a Master of Business Administration. She has worked in academia and/or industry in North Africa, the Middle East, the USA, the United Kingdom and Australia. Her main research interests lie in the fields of consumer behaviour and services marketing. She was awarded Outstanding Paper in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.
Mr Paul Bowling
Chief Financial & Operations Officer
Paul is the Chief Financial and Operations Officer of the University of Gibraltar. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants since 1991 and has served for several years on the Training Committee of the Gibraltar Society of Chartered and Certified Accountancy Bodies, the predecessor body of the Gibraltar Society of Accountants. Paul started his career in audit and accounting, and then went on to gain extensive trust administration and company management experience in Guernsey and in Gibraltar, mainly within a Big 4 accounting firm environment. Paul was involved with the provision of tax consultancy, company administration and restructuring services to international corporate clients, personal tax advice to high-net-worth individuals and providing advice on the establishment and maintenance of trust structures. In his spare time Paul enjoys going for long walks, sometimes accompanied by his two children. He is also an avid reader of political, social and natural history, and the occasional novel.
Mr Christian Camilleri
As International and Student Experience Manager, Christian is responsible for the management and leadership of the Student Experience Office and ensuring an effective, efficient and high quality professional service which supports the University’s teaching activities and the student experience. On the International front, Christian is responsible for international student recruitment and leading on the University’s internationalisation strategy.
Christian is currently the staff representative on the University’s Board of Governors having been elected to this post by his colleagues in August 2020.
Mr Frank Carreras
Board of Governors Member
Frank Carreras retired from Public Service in November 2016, after having served HM Government of Gibraltar for 41 years. During his Civil Service career he spent over 36 years working at the Income Tax Department, serving the latter 10 years as Commissioner of Income Tax. In May 2012, he was appointed Senior Administrator to HM Government of Gibraltar. During his career he also supervised several General Elections, Referenda and European Elections as Senior Counting Officer.
Frank is currently the President of the Gibraltar Amateur Athletic Association (GAAA). The GAAA is the national governing body for athletics in Gibraltar and a member federation of European Athletics (EA) and the International Association of the Athletics Federations (IAAF). In 2015, he was elected President of the Athletic Association of the Small States of Europe (AASSE), a position he currently holds. The AASSE is made up of the 10 smallest European Athletics Federations and it includes Iceland, Luxemburg, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, Malta, Cyprus, Montenegro and Gibraltar. He is also the Vice-President of the Gibraltar Pistol Association and is a member of the Public Service Commission.
Although retired from the Civil Service Frank continues to provide consultancy services to HM Government of Gibraltar on administration and tax matters.
Professor Clive Finlayson
Professor Finlayson is the Director of the University of Gibraltar’s Institute of Life and Earth Sciences and is based at the Gibraltar National Museum, where he is Director, Chief Scientist and Curator. Clive has a first class Honours Degree in Zoology from the University of Liverpool and was awarded a doctorate (DPhil) from the University of Oxford in 1980. In 1991 he completed his MSc in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.
He was appointed a Beacon Professor of the University of Gibraltar in 2019.
Clive is an evolutionary ecologist and his main areas of research are the biogeography of hominins, avian biogeography and evolutionary ecology. In 2001 Clive was made Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and in 2003 he was awarded MBE in HM the Queen’s New Year Honours. He was elected a Member at the Academia Europaea in 2010. Clive has worked as a consultant for the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris.
Clive has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has written a number of books, including Neanderthals and Modern Humans (Cambridge University Press), The Humans who went Extinct, the Improbable Primate (Oxford University Press) and Birds of the Strait of Gibraltar and Avian Survivors (Bloomsbury).
Mr Darren Grech
Board of Governors Member
Darren Grech is currently the Chief Secretary and Head of the Civil Service for HM Government of Gibraltar. He serves on several independent and statutory bodies like the Judicial Service Commission, the Gibraltar Police Authority, the Board of the Gibraltar Health Authority and the Public Service Commission.
He previously served as acting Director of Education. During his career at Education he taught mathematics at Bayside School, and was then promoted to Education Advisor with special responsibility for scholarships and higher education. He subsequently served as Senior Education Advisor, charged with the task of delivering on significant changes to education in Gibraltar which are now well underway.
Darren graduated in mathematics from the University of Leicester in 1990, completing an additional Masters in Computer Science grounded on the mathematics and logical patterns of expert systems. He completed his teaching qualification at St Mary’s College, Twickenham and has obtained additional professional qualifications in Special Educational Needs and Leadership in Education.
Darren is also an avid open water swimmer and is currently the president of Bluefin Open Water Swimming Club; he is the chairperson of the charity “A Pathway Through Pain”. In his little free time Darren enjoys family life and reading, especially poetry.
Mr Albert Langston (Chair)
Board of Governors Member
Albert Langston MBE, GMD, JP, FCIB is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of Gibraltar. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gibraltar International Bank. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and brings extensive experience and understanding of corporate governance built over a period of over 40 years.
He was awarded the MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List. He was also honoured in 2019 as one of the recipients of the prestigious Gibraltar Medallion of Distinction.
Mr Langston is a former Chairman and Country Manager of Lloyds Bank Gibraltar and former Assistant General Manager of Barclays (Gibraltar Management) Limited. He has been President of the Gibraltar Bankers’ Association (two terms) as well as having served on the board of the Gibraltar Deposit Protection Scheme and founding member of the Gibraltar Finance Centre Council. He was the first President of the local centre of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and served as Council Member of the Institute. He is also a former Chairman of the Gibraltar Magistrates’ Association and is a Lay Assessor for complicated financial Supreme Court cases. He has also been the Chairman of the Prison Board.
Mrs Jackie Mason
Board of Governors Member
Jacqueline Mason Director of Education graduated in Chemistry at the University of Kent in 1986. She was awarded an MA in Management and Leadership of Education from Durham University in 2011.
She has been teaching for 30 years in a number of schools and across sectors. Most recently she carried out the role of Deputy Headteacher at Notre Dame First School and was then promoted to Headteacher four years ago.
In September 2018 she was appointed Director of Education.
Mr Ian Peate
Board of Governors Member
Ian Peate has worked in nurse education since 1989 when he obtained his Registered Nurse Tutor qualification and a BEd (Hons) from Sussex University. He then undertook an MA in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), later followed by an LLM Masters of Medical Law at Cardiff University. After working with Barnet College of Nursing and Midwifery Ian Peate held a number of posts at the University of Hertfordshire, including Principal Lecturer and Associate Head of School. He became Head of School and Professor of Nursing at the University of West London. Professor Peate is widely published in the health sector.
As Head of the School of Health Studies in the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA), Professor Peate has been instrumental in developing partnerships with a number of universities including Kingston & St George’s (University of London), Oxford Brookes and Salford. These partnerships have resulted in the School of Health Studies delivering a BSc in Adult Nursing, an MSc in Leadership and Management for Health Care Practice, a BSc in Mental Health Nursing, a Diploma in Higher Education Nursing and a BSc in Operating Department Practice. For his outstanding contribution to Nursing and Nurse Education, Professor Peate was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List 2016 and Royal College of Nursing Fellow in May 2017. He became Visiting Senior Clinical Fellow of the University of Hertfordshire in 2018 in recognition of distinguished contribution to Health and Social Work.
Mr Stephen Warr
Attends Board meetings on invitation as Student Representative
Stephen Warr is a part-time Doctoral student at the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences. He has over 15 years experience working in the Department of the Environment specialising in the management of Gibraltar’s protected areas and the implementation of international and EU environmental law and policy. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Southampton and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Imperial College London. Stephen’s current research is based on understanding how species disperse in the marine environment, a key theme in marine conservation, and how this can affect the design and optimisation of marine protected area networks using the endangered Mediterranean Ribbed Limpet as a model species.