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 Celecia
Director of Information & Communication Technologies
Christian leads and directs the provision and delivery of ICT services throughout the organisation, and develops ICT services in alignment with local and national strategies whilst taking into account ICT market developments. He also contributes to organisational strategic decision-making, leadership and management, participates in corporate initiatives, and represents the University when required. Christian was a key member of the original project team that developed the University Campus. His specific interests include ICT in Education, networking and security. He has been a Chartered IT Professional member of the British Computer Society since 2004.
Ms Nadine Collado
Director of Professional Development & Continuing Education
Nadine oversees the delivery of the University’s courses that offer industry-relevant qualifications, including professional body qualifications, professional certificates of competence and continuous professional development. Her responsibilities include overseeing the university’s key advisory groups to ensure that the courses offered meet Gibraltar’s needs. These include new cutting edge areas, as well as established sectors. The Europa Point Language Centre forms part of Nadine’s portfolio. She also leads and responds to community outreach initiatives so that the wider population has the opportunity to learn, enjoy and expand on cultural and historical themes.
Dr Darren Fa
Director of Academic Programmes & Research
After obtaining a first-class honours degree in Education with QTS in 1990, Darren taught for ten years during which he read for and completed his PhD in Biological Oceanography at the University of Southampton. He then moved to the Gibraltar Museum in 1999 during which time he also read for a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. Darren was then chosen to be seconded as part of the team that developed and implemented the roadmap for the creation of the University of Gibraltar, eventually joining its team as Director of Academic Programmes and Research in 2014.
As well as authoring several popular books, Darren has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters mainly on ecological and archaeological subjects, and has been principal investigator on a number of EU and EFCHED funded projects, several of which received international awards. His primary research areas are in marine species ecology and conservation, palaeoecology, and human evolution and behaviour, especially the relationship between people and the sea in the past.
He is responsible for all the academic research that takes place under the aegis of the University, and is a member of the University’s Research and Research Degrees Committee as well as its Academic Board. He is also directly responsible for the development and delivery of a number of its academic programmes, having personally written the specifications for the MSc in Marine Science and Climate Change and the University’s flagship PhD programme.
Amongst other things, Darren is a member of HMGoG’s statutory Nature Conservancy Council, a director of the Gibraltar Museum’s Gibraltar Caves Project as well as member of the UNESCO WHS Gorham’s Cave Complex Action Forum, a registered Scientific Diver and European Commission Expert on Environment and Higher Education, a Chartered Biologist by the Royal Society of Biology and Elected Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. He is married with three daughters and somehow finds time to dive, ride and play music when he can.
Ms Krystle Robba
Krystle is responsible for student-facing registry services of the University and safeguarding the student experience by ensuring control of student records and regulations affecting students. Krystle is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and also works closely with financial and HR matters at the University including financial management and reporting.