Senior Management Team
Senior Management Team at NCH
The Senior Management Team (SMT) ensures there is effective leadership, management and coordination of all academic administrative services, marketing, recruitment and support activities undertaken by the College. SMT is responsible for developing detailed operational plans and supporting strategies to deliver the NCH Strategic Plan.
Rob Farquharson BA (Oxon), MBA (Wharton)
Chief Executive Officer
Rob’s early career was as a solicitor with Clifford Chance in London and Singapore. He spent four years in corporate finance with 3i and three years with Bain & Company as a consultant. More recently, he has spent eight years as a director and managing director of major educational publishing businesses. He has a degree in history from Oxford University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Martin Smith LLB, LLM
Assistant Vice President for Recruitment & Marketing for the Global Campuses
Martin is responsible for the recruitment and marketing function across much of Northeastern University’s campus network, including: Charlotte, London (NCH), San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Toronto and Vancouver. Martin gained extensive experience of student recruitment at the University of Law, including the development of the international recruitment department and the agent network . Before this, he was a lecturer in law at the College of Law, the University of Kent and the University of Reading. He was previously a solicitor in the City with Denton Wilde Sapte, specialising in EU and competition law. He holds LLB and LLM degrees.
Sheena Van der Merwe
HR & Operations Manager
Sheena is responsible for drafting and implementing HR policies and procedures which establish a framework and set standards. She is the first point of contact for staff recruitment and staff welfare. She works closely with management and line managers on staff performance, and other contractual matters. She also has oversight of operations/facilities.
Sheena is working towards gaining her Level 7 CIPD qualification in Human Resource Management.
Vanessa Carreras BSc (Leeds), ACMA
Director of Finance
Vanessa specialises in finance related functions and is a qualified Management Accountant. For the last 10 years, she has held various Financial Controller positions. The industries she has worked at have varied from Lift Installation, to mobile technology, print distribution, but most notably Further and Higher Education.
Elizabeth O'Connell MA (Edinburgh)
Director of Admissions, Recruitment & Marketing
Elizabeth is responsible for the full spectrum of brand, marketing, market research, internal communications and customer data management and analysis at New College of the Humanities, and manages the College’s marketing team.
Elizabeth’s 23 years as a marketing professional include wide-ranging international marketing management roles such as Head of Sponsorships for Diageo and Guinness in Africa and, during ten years at British Airways, managing the airline’s sponsorships of the London 2012 Olympic bid and of the British & Irish Lions New Zealand tour, and leading the North American consumer marketing team and frequent flyer programme in New York from 2000 to 2004.
Elizabeth earned her MA in Spanish at the University of Edinburgh.
Rebecca Morrison MSc BSc SFHEA
Director of Academic Services
Bex has oversight and leadership of all academic services, including Registry, Quality, Student Support and Development, and Global Experience. She is responsible for enhancement initiatives across all aspects of the student journey; collaborating with students, faculty and professional staff at a strategic and operational level. She is the key connector between NCH at Northeastern and Northeastern University, ensuring operational effectiveness and efficiency for the planning and delivery of student mobility programmes and the integration of the two providers. She is also responsible for ensuring compliance with the OfS, HESA, QAA, OIA and any other external stakeholder, while collaborating with the Regulatory Affairs team in Northeastern. She is a member of the Senior Management Team; Academic Board; Policy and Compliance Committee; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group; and Resource Allocation Group.
Bex completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in osteopathic healthcare at the University College of Osteopathy. Before joining NCH, she was senior management at other private higher education providers, responsible for quality assurance, student engagement, learning and teaching and taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the UK and Europe. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and previously has been a reviewer for the QAA.
Rosalind Barrs BA, MA (London)
Rosalind is responsible for student and academic administration, including admissions, examinations, quality assurance, and timetabling. She is a member of the NCH Academic Board and is a Fellow of the College. Before joining NCH, Rosalind was a senior administrator at Birkbeck College for over 15 years. Her BA in Philosophy was from Birkbeck and her MA in Latin American Studies from the LSE.