Senior appointments

Lucy Hodson and Peter Curran

Lucy Hodson and Peter Curran

06 September 2012

The University has announced two new senior appointments to the roles of Director of Finance and Director of Planning.

Peter Curran has been appointed Director of Finance, and joins the Aberystwyth from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD).

Lucy Hodson has been appointed Director of Planning and joins Aberystwyth from De Montfort University.

Peter Curran

Peter is currently Vice-Principal at RWCMD, a post he has held since 2006. Prior to this he was Director of Finance at RWCMD from 2000 to 2006 and previously worked for the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and Cardiff City Council.

At the RWCMD, Peter led on the delivery and arrangements for funding for a major new capital project, which has provided world-class conservatoire facilities. He is also a member of the Executive of the British Universities’ Finance Directors’ Group.

Peter is an alumnus of Aberystwyth University, having gained a BSc (Econ) in Economics in 1985, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. He is also an ex-resident of Pantycelyn, and as well as being deeply familiar with the Welsh Higher Education sector, speaks conversational Welsh. He is committed to improving his grasp of the language.

Lucy Hodson

Lucy is currently the Director of Strategic Planning at De Montfort University, Leicester, a post she has occupied since January 2008. She currently has overall responsibility for management information, resource allocation, and risk management, and will therefore bring invaluable experience to her new role at Aberystwyth.

She was previously History Faculty Board Secretary at the University of Oxford, and Head of Administration at the Institute for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at Imperial College, London.  Lucy has also worked in the charity and voluntary sectors.

Lucy gained a BA (Hons) in Modern History and German in 1985 from Wadham College, Oxford and an MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Birmingham in 1996. Alongside her role at De Montfort University, she is currently working towards a PhD in International Relations at St Andrews University.

Lucy is currently Chair of the National Planners’ Group Executive - a UK-wide body which represents higher education planners’ concerns with the funding councils and other higher education agencies, and organises national conferences and training.

Speaking of the appointments, Professor April McMahon, Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University said: “I am delighted to welcome both Lucy and Peter to Aberystwyth. They have both excelled in their careers to date, and will have vital roles to play in the delivery of our new Strategic Plan. I am very pleased that the University has been able to attract new colleagues of this calibre, and look forward to their future contribution to the University’s Executive Group.”

Lucy will take up her new post on 1 November, with Peter joining the University soon after.