Senior Management Group

A number of Heads of Schools, Heads of Professional Services are responsible for the management and operation of the University College. Find out more about the group below.

Senior Management Group

AECC University College has a number of management groups.

The Senior Management Group at AECC University College advises the Principal on matters relating to policy and together develop and monitor AECC University College strategic and operational plans and targets. They meet once a month to consider and make recommendations on membership, institutional projects and initiatives, risks and capital expenditure.


Senior Management Group 

The AECC University College Senior Management group consists of; Principals, Vice Principals, Heads of Schools, Clinical Directors,  Heads of Professional services. Please find out more about the members of the group below. 

Professor Lesley Haig

Professor Lesley Haig is Vice-Chancellor of AECC University College. As Chief Executive Officer, Lesley works in close consultation with the Board of Governors and Senior Members of University College staff, and with a wide range of internal and external constituencies to provide the personal and professional leadership to develop the institution in accordance with the strategy, directions and guidelines set by the Board. Read Lesley's full bio.

Director of IMRCI / Clinical Director - Special Imaging 
Professor Alan Breen

Professor Alan Breen graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1967 before setting up his own chiropractic practice. In 1986 he became Director of Research at the AECC University College, focussing on musculoskeletal research and epidemiology whilst encouraging staff to undertake doctoral studies. In 1999 Alan became Director of a new Musculoskeletal Research Institute where he continues to work.

Alan is also Professor of Musculoskeletal Research both in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University. As well as this, Alan holds the position of Clinical Director for Special Imaging, responsible for the Bournemouth Open Upright MRI service and Quantitative Fluoroscopy (QF).  Read Alan's full bio

Clinical Director
Dr Neil Osborne

As the AECC University College Clinical Director he has been passionate about involving his students in both mainstream spinal care in the NHS, and within specific areas of clinical research. He has been working in a triage service for a local GPs in a hospital setting; he works with the Physiotherapists and medical team at AFC Bournemouth, and has recently worked with RedBull F1 racing team in both treatment and injury prevention. Read Neil's full bio

Head of School of Chiropractic 
Philip Dewhurst

Philip Dewhurst is the Head of the School of Chiropractic and graduated from the AECC University College as a chiropractor in 2005. Read Phil's full bio

Head of School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity
Professor Stewart Cotterill 

Professor Stewart Cotterill is Head of School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity at AECC, and a Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology. Read Stewart's full bio

Head of School of Radiology
Warren Foster

Warren Foster is Head of School at AECC University College's School of Radiology and program Lead for the MSc Ultrasound courses. Read Warren's full bio

Professor Dave Newell 
Director of Research 

Professor of Integrated Musculoskeletal Care, Director of Research, and Reader at the AECC University College, a member of the Senior Management Group and chair of the Staff Development and Research Committee. Read Dave's full bio

Julie Currin

Chief Operating Officer
Julie Currin

Julie Currin is Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the AECC University College’s corporate professional services. These are the human resources, payroll, finance, marketing & communications, IT, data protection, estates, facilities management and catering functions.

Julie’s role is to support the Vice-Chancellor in the leadership, management and day-to-day operation of the University College, deputising as required, making significant contributions to strategy and decision-making across the full range of institutional activity.

Julie is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA) and has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Warwick. She has worked at Board level since 2001 when she was Director of Finance and Corporate Services for Northamptonshire Health Authority. She has a range of experience gained from senior roles across the public and voluntary sectors, including positions as Chief Finance Officer of Shaw Trust, a large national charity and as an Executive Director of several educational providers, including as Assistant Principal of South Downs College. Read Julie's full bio here.

Karen Pichlmann AECC University College

Academic Registrar
Karen Pichlmann

Karen is the University College’s Academic Registrar responsible for the strategic development and operational delivery of student and academic administration. Registry services are fundamental to the delivery of the University College education and student experience. Karen joined AECC University College in July 2016 bringing 15 years’ experience in higher education in the UK and Australia. Prior to joining the University College, Karen was Head of Admissions at Bournemouth University and Manager, Prospective Students Office at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Joining the AECC University College after degree awarding powers had been achieved provided Karen with a unique opportunity to develop and enhance existing processes and practices to enhance the student experience.

The Academic Registrar is also responsible for the Academic governance and committees, student facing regulations, policies and procedures and is the University College’s Prevent lead.

Caroline Cooke

Head of Library and Learning Services
Caroline Cooke

Caroline Cooke is Head of Library and Learning Services at AECC University College and is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of Library Services, the Virtual Learning Environment and Technology Enhanced Learning. 

Caroline joined AECC University College as E-Resources Librarian in 2008, prior to that Caroline has held positions as Assistant Information Manager at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, various education and industry librarian roles and has taught at secondary and primary levels. Caroline has a passion for education, libraries, and information and digital literacy; and particularly how these tools and services are of most use to students and staff when embedded effectively into the learning environment. 

Karen Thurlow

Head of Marketing and Communications
Karen Thurlow

Karen is the Head of Marketing at AECC University College and is responsible for leading and implementing the marketing and communications strategy and plans. Karen manages the communications team, and leads on digital, events, schools, design and print and press relations. Prior to joining the University College, Karen was Head of Marketing at Arts University Bournemouth.


Head of IT
Steve Goode

Steve joined AECC University College in 2003 and has been involved in the many exciting developments and transformations the institution has been through during this time. Steve has led the IT team through numerous projects and infrastructure refreshes to ensure the IT team and facilities are able to support the institution as it continues to grow and develop.