The Executive Team is led by the Vice-Chancellor and is responsible for overseeing and advising on all matters relating to the alignment of the University’s day-to-day management with its strategic objectives, and for making related recommendations to the Board of Governors for approval.
  • Professor Catherine Bachleda


    Professor Catherine Bachleda is the Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of Gibraltar, responsible for the strategic direction of the University and for providing academic leadership.

    Over the past 35 years, Catherine has worked in North Africa, the Middle East, the USA, the United Kingdom and Australia in a variety of management, quality, and learning roles, in academia and 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 a leading accredited corporation providing executive and continuing education; Director of a small corporate law firm; Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs in 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 and implementation, quality assurance, staff performance management and development, programme design and implementation, resource allocation and statutory compliance. Committed to the concept of continuous improvement, she also possesses extensive experience in establishing accreditation-compliant processes and in business development.

    Catherine’s main research interests lie in the fields of consumer behaviour and services marketing, and she has been the recipient of an Outstanding Paper award in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

    She holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, a Juris Doctor, and a Master of Business Administration.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 University of Gibraltar 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.

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  • 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, Climate Change Committee and Scientific Diving Committee, as well as member of the UNESCO WHS Gorham’s Cave Complex Action Forum. He is an appointed mentor on the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort and European Commission Expert on Environment and Higher Education. He is a registered Scientific Diver, 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.”

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  • 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, working closely with financial and HR matters at the University including financial management and reporting.

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