Brown, whose role also has responsibility for marketing, leads a central team of around 20 at the £48million Palatine Centre, where most of the university’s services have been based since 2012. Among his key responsibilities are new media strategy and implementation, corporate publications and corporate affairs.

Prior to joining the university in 2006, he worked for agencies in the North East and London, something of a career shift after a first degree in medical microbiology. Outside the office, he’s a business mentor for the Prince’s Trust and a member of the Institute of Advanced Drivers.