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Chief Operating Officer – Jim Andrews

Jim Andrews joined Bournemouth University early in 2010 having held board and senior level roles in the National Health Service.

As Chief Operating Officer, Jim leads the strategic development, engagement and delivery of BU’s professional and commercial functions. Estates, Information Technology, Marketing & Communications, Fundraising, Alumni Relations, Student Services, Organisational Development & HR, and Governance & Legal Services all fall within his remit. Jim also has responsibility for community engagement, sustainability, equality and diversity, health and safety, is the organisation's CIO, Prevent Lead and our Nominated Officer for subsidiary companies.

Jim has instigated and leads on many of BU’s transformational programmes, including the development and delivery of BU’s estates vision, investing approximately £250 million by 2019 in major developments; the new IT strategy investing £21 million and the Student Journey Programme that is driving the implementation of service improvements across the entire student journey, through process reviews underpinned by the implementation of a new student records system. Under Jim’s leadership, BU’s Marketing & Communications team has achieved the highest number of applications to study in BU’s history, over the period from 2012-16.  

Jim is a board member of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and a Non-Executive Director of the UK Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland MUN(UK).

Before joining BU, Jim spent 11 years working for a number of NHS organisations during periods of significant change and development. Most recently he was Executive Director: Strategy and Organisational Development for a leading NHS Foundation Trust where he led the implementation of the trust’s strategy, business planning and development, organisational development and HR. Prior to this, Jim was Director of Human Resources for a Primary Care Trust during a period of financial turnaround and also spent several years working for the Department of Health.

Jim is a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.