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.
Dr Joseph Britto
Research and Research Degrees Committee Member
Dr Joseph Britto studied English Literature and Education at what is now St Mary’s University and obtained his doctorate in Education at the University of Sheffield in 2007. He has taught in the secondary and primary sectors in Gibraltar and was appointed Director of Education in 2012. From 2016 to 2018 he was seconded and temporarily promoted to the post of Senior Administrator in the Office of the Chief Secretary to support and assist in matters pertaining to the day-to-day running of the Civil Service, Agencies, Authorities and government-owned companies. Following his retirement in 2018, he was engaged by the Chief Secretary’s Office in an advisory capacity, chiefly on Special Projects relating to development and Service improvement. He also sits as a member of the Law Commission, currently tasked with reviewing Gibraltar’s criminal sentencing law, and is a member of the Drugs Advisory Council.
Dr Britto was a founder member of the Board of Governors of the University of Gibraltar and has been involved with the University project since before its physical inception. He is the Director of the University’s Institute of Education, a member of the New Technologies in Education key advisory group, is involved in PhD supervision, and is an Associate Researcher at the University of Gibraltar. He takes a keen interest in all matters relating to English literature and language, radio communications and information technology; he is a licensed Amateur Radio enthusiast (ZB2ZX) and is an avid reader.
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.
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)
Chair of the Board of Governors
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.
Ms Keri Scott
Board of Governors Member
Keri is the Director of Education for HM Government of Gibraltar’s Department of Education.
Mr Michael Tavares
Board of Governors Member
Michael graduated in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at Leeds University in 1984 and subsequently obtained my PGCE at King’s College, University of London, in 1988. He recently retired as Headteacher of Bayside Comprehensive School, having enjoyed a career in teaching spanning 33 years. Michael was part of the Bayside SLT for 12 years. He also formed part of the advice group that recommended to the Gibraltar Government the move to coeducation at secondary level.
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.