IT Services - Senior Management Team

Tim Phillips Director IT Services
Tim Phillips, Director IT Services/Information Systems


Responsible for the Information Technology infrastructure, development, support and provision of information systems and services for the University and also network provision to higher and further education institutions in the south west region, in collaboration with IT departments in four other Universities across the region.



External roles
  • Chair of the management committee for "SWERN", which provides data network facilities for all Higher and Further Education institiutions in the South West. This involves contacts within the education sector but also with others in the public sector across the region and with the Regional Development Agency.
  • Member: RUGIT (Russell Group IT Directors)
  • The JNT Association, which provides the JANET national academic data network;
  • UCISA (Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association)
  • British Computer Society – Member of Steering Board for Professionalism in IT Programme.

Professional Qualifications: MBCS, CITP

Academic Qualifications: B.Soc.Sc. (Birmingham), M.Sc. (Open)

John Richards Programme Manager
John Richards, Programme Manager

Responsible for a number of areas that span IT Services including the management of the ICT Programme and major projects, including the SPR reorganisation; managing our portfolio of IT services over their entire lifecycle; developing service strategy and its execution; and developing, overseeing, supporting and improving IT service management processes, policies and standards.


External roles:
  • Member, RUGIT (Russell Group IT) Quality Working Group

Professional qualifications: CEng MBCS CITP; PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Academic qualification: BSc MSc (Bristol).

Lesly Huxley Director ILRT / R&D
Lesly Huxley, Director, IT Services R&D/ILRT


Responsible for strategic planning for IT Services R & D/ILRT, ensuring that the University benefits from innovation in the use of technology for research and learning. I lead a multi-disciplinary team that explores, prototypes, pilots and advises on technical and data aspects of research. We partner with academics at Bristol and other universities in externally-funded projects that make research more discoverable and usable.



External roles:
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, King's Learning Institute, King's College London
  • Director, Jisc Services Management Company
  • Member, MIMAS Board of Management
  • Member, UCISA Staff Development Group
  • Member, Organisational Development in Higher Education group
  • Seconded 0.6FTE as Director, Networks and Organisational Development, The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

Professional qualifications: Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner; Prince2 Foundation, FAUA, FCIPD, FRSA

Academic qualifications: BA (Swansea), DipHRM, EdD (Bristol)

Ian Stewart Director Advanced Research Computing
Ian Stewart, 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.  I also provide advice on complex techniques in HPC such as code optimization, tuning and parallelization and Numerical Analysis principles and methods and their application.


External roles:

Academic qualifications: BSc (Heriot-Watt), MSc PhD (Dundee)



Nick Skelton Assistant Director Infrastructure
Nick Skelton, Assistant Director, Infrastructure/Operations


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, data centres, business continuity, mobile IT, communications & collaboration tools.


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 2011.

Professional qualifications: PRINCE2 Foundation

Academic qualifications: Chemistry MSci (Bristol)

Luke Taylor Assistant Director Systems Development
Luke Taylor, Assistant Director, 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 Assistant Director Service Delivery
Pete Walker, Assistant Director, Service Delivery


Responsible for leading Service Delivery – the Service Desk, Zonal teams, Training teams, Information Security, software licensing and identity management issues.



Professional qualifications: Prince2 practitioner

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