Appointments made to senior professional services roles

From left to right Antony Willott, David White, Rotimi Akinsete

Antony Willott appointed Director of Planning and Council Secretariat

Antony Willott (pictured left) has been appointed as Director of Planning and Council Secretariat (PACS), and will take up the new role on Monday 27 September.  Antony joined the University as Head of the Registrar's Office in July 2019, and has also coordinated the University's COVID-19 planning response for the last 18 months. He spent much of his previous career before Oxford working in a variety of planning and governance roles at the Houses of Parliament. He has led the PACS team in an interim capacity alongside Stephen Purbrick since October 2020, following the departure of Michael Glover.

David White appointed Divisional Registrar, Social Sciences Division

David White (pictured centre) has been appointed as Divisional Registrar for the Social Sciences Division.  David is currently Director of Student Fees & Funding, and Director of Student Systems in the Academic Administration Division (AAD).  During his time at Oxford, David has delivered a number of major IT systems and has recently led the University's delivery of student financial support during the pandemic. 
David will take up his new position on a part-time basis from Monday 4 October, while retaining some of his existing responsibilities. He will then work full time as Divisional Registrar from Monday 1 November. Laura Gibbs will continue to provide interim Divisional Registrar support until the end of October, to aid David’s transition.  

Rotimi Akinsete appointed Director of Student Welfare and Support Services

Rotimi Akinsete (pictured right) has been appointed as Director of Student Welfare and Support Services. He will join the University on Monday 4 October, reporting to the Academic Registrar Saira Shaikh. Rotimi is currently Associate Dean of Students at the University of Arts London, and has held several leadership roles in the wellbeing area at other universities. He is a highly-respected counselling practitioner in his own right, is actively engaged in national developments, and recently won a Royal Television Society Programme award for his role in the children's programme focused on diversity issues, 'In Real Life' with Team Charlene.