Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary

Ms Nicola Owen, BA, MA

Nicola Owen is the Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary at Lancaster University, a post she commenced in January 2013. Together with the Director of Finance, she leads the Professional Services at Lancaster. As CAO, she is the Head of Administration and has responsibility for the following administrative Divisions:

  • Strategic Planning & Governance
  • Recruitment, Admissions & International Development
  • Facilities
  • Human Resources and OED
  • Information Systems Services
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Alumni and Development
  • Research and Enterprise Services
  • Student Based Services

She also has responsibility, working together with the Deans, via the Faculty Managers, for the effective operation of the administration across the faculties and academic departments.

As Secretary she has responsibility for the operation of governance and support to Council as well as a number of other legal, governance and licensing roles.

Prior to moving to Lancaster University, Nicola was Deputy Registrar at the University of Warwick, a post to which she was appointed in 2010. Before her appointment as Deputy Registrar, Nicola was Academic Registrar from 2007 and prior to that was Director of Academic and Student Affairs and the Director of Operations and Planning. Prior to joining Warwick in 2001, Nicola held a variety of posts at the University of East Anglia including in Teaching Quality, the Graduate School and the Centre for Continuing Education. Nicola has a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Nottingham and an MA (Hons) in European Integration and Co-Operation from the University of Hull.