LSE appoints first Chief Operating Officer 30 Oct 2015

LSE is delighted to announce that Dr Andrew Young has been appointed as the School’s first Chief Operating Officer (COO). He will report to the Director of the School and become a member of the Director’s Management Team.

The role of COO has been created to oversee and improve the integration of LSE’s non-academic services. Dr Young will be directly responsible for key professional service divisions, including Estates, HR, Information Management & Technology, Residences and Catering. He will also convene a Service Leaders’ Forum and work to achieve greater shared planning and productivity across all of LSE’s non-academic administration areas.

Dr Young joins LSE from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where he has held the position of COO since December 2012, and the Chair of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium board.  This builds on extensive HE management experience, including heading the faculty support team under the Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor at Newcastle University. His career started with a PhD in Zoology at Newcastle, with his moving into academic administration by way of organisational support to laboratory science.

Dr Andrew Young said: "I have enjoyed working over the past few years with wonderful colleagues at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  I am proud of what we have achieved together. Now, I am looking forward to a new challenge, and thrilled to be joining LSE."

LSE Director, Professor Craig Calhoun, said: "It is fantastic to be able to welcome Andrew to LSE. He joins us at an exciting time as we focus on delivery of our strategic plan and continued development of the School’s infrastructure. Enhancement of LSE’s estate is perhaps the most visible aspect of transforming our campus into an ever more vibrant and inspiring place in which to learn, teach and undertake research. But all our Professional Service Divisions play key roles and we benefit from exceptional staff in each.

"Effective delivery and better coordination across all aspects of our operations is crucial, especially in support of our core goal of achieving a step change in education and student experience. Andrew brings enormous strengths to the School and an impressive track record. We are lucky to have him on board."

Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: "Andrew has been a tremendous asset to our School, and his work has contributed to our success in recent years. LSE is one of our key partners in London - together we run a world-leading joint MSc programme in Health Policy, Planning and Financing.  We wish Andrew all the very best in his future career."

Dr Young will start work at LSE on 18 January and is already engaged in meeting leaders of the LSE service divisions.

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