Alan Cooke has contributed to UCA’s strategic development over many years. As well as transforming our campus spaces, his work has ensured that UCA remains financially resilient and able to invest in the student and staff experience.
He joined the University in 1995 and was Director of Estate Services until 2007, when he was promoted to Pro Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Resources). In September 2014, Alan was appointed to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Resources) (DVC CR) and he undertook the role of Acting Vice-Chancellor in 2017 until the appointment of the current Vice-Chancellor. Alan was awarded Professorship in Higher Education Leadership in 2018.
Alan has specific responsibility for the strategic management and leadership of the University’s Corporate Resources’ Departments, namely Finance, Estates & Facilities, Human Resources, IT Services and Library & Student Services. He also has oversight for health, safety and wellbeing and is Deputy Chair of the University’s Health, Safety & Wellbeing Committee.
Alan leads on the preparation, implementation and delivery of a number of strategic plans, including the University's Financial Sustainability Plan, Capital Investment Plan, Estate Strategy, and People Strategy. Alan also leads on the University’s major capital project development programme.
An MBA qualified Chartered Surveyor, Alan worked with multi-disciplined international property consultants as a Quantity Surveyor, Project Manager and Property Consultant prior to joining UCA.