Interim Registrar and Chief Operating Officer

Niamh Lamond, is the interim Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, and so has a wide range of responsibilities.

Born and educated in Dublin, Niamh graduated from University College Dublin with an honours degree in Engineering. After graduating she spent two years employed by Queen’s University Belfast on a research studentship, undertaking industry sponsored applied research projects. She qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in the food industry where she worked prior to moving to the HE sector in Cornwall. Niamh is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

She joined Ulster University in Northern Ireland in August 2016 as its Chief Operating Officer reporting to the Vice Chancellor. During that time she built a strong new team responsible for delivering the university’s core professional services including People and Culture, Estates and Campus Life, Finance, Digital Services, Student Administration and Marketing and Communications. This was part of a wider professional services review involving 900 staff which Niamh sponsored and led. As well as delivering necessary structural change the review led to more collaborative ways of working and established a staff and student focused culture working closely with the students and staff unions.

Prior to Ulster University Niamh was the founding Chief Executive Officer and a Board Director of Falmouth Exeter Plus (FX Plus), a joint venture between Falmouth University and the University of Exeter. In this role she was responsible for the provision of a wide-ranging portfolio of shared professional services to the two universities across three campuses in Cornwall. Under Niamh’s leadership, the proactive engagement of professional services with academic staff and students drove improvements and innovation across services including library and academic skills, student services, IT, estates, capital building developments and campus services.

At FX Plus and in her previous role as Director of Finance and Resources at Falmouth University Niamh played a central role in the Combined Universities in Cornwall project which delivered a step change in higher education opportunities across Cornwall over 15 years.

From its inception she was an architect of the partnership between Falmouth University and Exeter University which, over more than a decade of growth, jointly developed a £300M university campus at Penryn and delivered shared professional services enabling rapid growth in world class teaching and research. She played a central leadership role in overseeing a wide range of large building projects ranging from research laboratories to student villages, a new library and a performing arts centre at Penryn.

For 4 years till July 2016 Niamh was a non-Executive Director of Wave Hub Limited, a 48 megawatt grid-connected offshore wave energy testing facility located off the Cornish coast. She was also a member of HEFCE’s strategic advisory committee on Leadership, Governance and Management for four years until 2011. She represented Northern Ireland on the national executive of the Association of Heads of University Administration up to December 2020.

Niamh was a Trustee of Cornwall’s primary theatre, The Cornwall Playhouse, for 8 years before moving to Northern Ireland and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

She is currently a non executive director of St Aubyn Estates Limited which operates St Michael’s Mount, the iconic island and tourist and heritage destination, along with other business interests in West Cornwall.

Niamh played tennis at a national level in Ireland when she was younger and continues to enjoy competitive sport but now only on the golf course. She also enjoys cycling, hill and coastal walking, gardening and fair weather sailing with her husband Ian.


Contact:       Rhian Berni, Executive Officer to the Registrar and Chief Operating Officer 
Email:           r.l.berni@swansea.ac.uk 
Direct line:   +44 (0)1792 604163

Head and Shoulders of Niamh Lamont, Interim Registrar