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Alex Holmes

BSc (hons), PGDip, AAUA

Head of Administration and Finance

As Head of Administration and Finance I manage the business operations of the department. I work closely with the Head of Department on a day-to-day basis on all aspects of departmental policy, strategic planning, development, growth and sustainability, while enabling the administrative team to provide the service, resources, advice and information required for the effective operation of the department.

I coordinate the work of the administrative and support staff team which includes:

  • all the financial aspects of the department (including processing purchasing and expense claims);
  • budgeting and financial control;
  • research grant applications and post-award grant management;
  • contracts;
  • recruitment and personnel matters;
  • student administration;
  • health and safety;
  • communication; and
  • departmental estates and facilities management.

I particularly focus on budgeting, financial control, medium and long term strategic planning, legal matters, risk management, and estates, while our Deputy Departmental Administrator, Sarah Jones, focuses on personnel management, staff development, and student administration, and our Finance Manager, Anna Clarke, concentrates on the day-to-day management of the Department's research funding and financial operations.

I am an Accredited Member of the Association of University Administrators, and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration, Management, and Leadership; I also have a BSc in Adult Nursing, and worked clinically for several years in Respiratory Medicine and Trauma nursing within the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust (now the OUHT). Prior to this, I worked in finance and management in both the private and public sectors including previous roles in both Healthcare and Education. I returned to financial management in 2005 at the OUHT, joining the University in 2007 and moving to Paediatrics in 2010.