IT Services - Senior Management Team

Darrell Sturley
Dr Darrell Sturley, Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Responsible for the Information Technology infrastructure, development, support and provision of information systems and services for the University.




External roles:

Professional qualifications: ITIL, Project Management, Leadership and Management

Academic qualifications: BSc Hons (London), MSc (Reading ), PhD (Plymouth)


Rachel Bence
Dr Rachel Bence, Deputy CIO and Head of Governance

Responsible for the IT Governance group, encompassing, information security management, audit & risk management, software licensing, budget management and forecasting, and communications within and outside the University.

Simon Burbidge, Director Advanced Research Computing
Simon Burbidge, Director, Advanced Research Computing/HPC


Provides strategic, technical and operational leadership of the Advanced Computing Research Centre (ACRC) - a University-wide facility providing advanced research computing capability, in particular within the fields of High Performance Computing (HPC) and research data storage.




Nick Skelton Head of Infrastructure
Nick Skelton, Head of Infrastructure/Operations (currently on secondment to head up the Digital Workspace Programme. Acting Head of Group is Graeme Cappi.)


Leads the IT Infrastructure Group, providing the underlying IT which keeps university teaching, research & business running. Responsibilities include the strategic development of networks & telephony, computer systems hardware and applications, data storage and management and data centres.


Nick's particular interests include mobility, cloud computing, the social web and IT consumerisation. At Bristol Nick works to develop an understanding of IT strategy across all staff through the Futures Cafe programme. Nationally he speaks at conferences including FOTE, the Eduserv Symposium, and Networkshop.

Professional qualifications: PRINCE2 Foundation

Academic qualifications: Chemistry MSci (Bristol)

Luke Taylor Head of Systems Development
Luke Taylor, Head of Systems Development


Responsible for developing and delivering the Division’s vision and strategy for Information Technologies across the University, and ensuring alignment with University vision and strategy. More specifically, responsible for leading IT Systems Development University-wide, including systems development, enterprise architecture and middleware services.


External roles:

  • Chair UCISA Corporate Information Systems Group committee and member of UCISA Executive committee

Professional qualifications: MBCS, PRINCE2, ITIL


Pete Walker Head of Service Delivery
Pete Walker, Head of Service Delivery


Responsible for leading Service Delivery – the Service Desk, Zonal teams and Training team.



Professional qualifications: Prince2 practitioner, ITIL

Academic qualifications: BA (Warwick), MSc (UWE)