Meet the team

Jane Bridgwater - Director of Legal Services and Deputy University Secretary

Jane was called to the Bar in 1986. Subsequently she qualified as a solicitor and became a partner and head of the employment unit at a commercial firm in Bristol. In 2000, Jane joined Burges Salmon, where she acted as a consultant from 2004 to 2007. Jane joined the Secretary’s Office as an employment lawyer in January 2005 and became Deputy Secretary in September 2006. In May 2007, Jane was appointed to the position of Director of Legal Services and Deputy Secretary.

Email: Jane.Bridgwater@bristol.ac.uk
Phone: (0117) 394 1817 (Internal: 41817)
Working days: Monday - Friday 

Clare Smith - Associate Director of Legal Services

Clare has been qualified as a solicitor since 1999 and joined the University's Secretary's Office in 2006. Clare is responsible for advising on legal aspects of University transactions involving commercial, intellectual property/copyright and property issues (other than those which are research-related). 

Email: Clare.Smith@bristol.ac.uk
Phone: (0117) 394 1829 (Internal: 41829)
Working days: Tuesday - Friday

Laura Trescothick-Martin - Associate Director of Legal Services

Laura qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and spent four years working for a law firm specialising in education law.  Laura joined the University in 2008 and specialises mainly in student related matters. Laura deals with student disciplinary cases, student mental health, appeals and complaints, including clerking hearings and litigation cases.  Laura also deals with student complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA), safeguarding and criminal convictions.

Email: Laura.Trescothick-Martin@bristol.ac.uk     
Phone: (0117) 394 1831 (Internal: 41831)     
Working days: Monday - Friday

Keith Feeney - Senior University Lawyer

Keith was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003 and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. Prior to joining the University in 2008 Keith worked in private legal practice specialising  in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Keith specialises mainly in student related matters, including student disciplinary cases, appeals and complaints, clerking hearings and student complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA). Keith also advises on general matters including Bribery Act compliance and contract matters as required.

Email: Keith.Feeney@bristol.ac.uk     
Phone: (0117) 394 1819 (Internal: 41819)     
Working days: Monday - Friday

Jane Johnson - University Lawyer

Jane qualified in 1996 as a solicitor and worked initially in company & commercial law in private practice.  She has specialised in employment law since 2000, and has worked in the private sector and for a number of different of local authorities.  Most recently she has worked for Bristol City Council in a range of roles covering employment, commercial, governance and public procurement law; she was a team leader for the commercial and governance team and business manager for the council's legal service.  She joined the University in May 2021 with a primary focus on employment law.

Email: Jane.Johnson@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: TBC   
Working days: Monday - Friday

Jenna Jones - Student Case Officer 

Jenna has worked in the Secretary's Office since April 2020. She deals in particular with student related matters such as fitness to study cases and appeals, including clerking hearings. Prior to this, Jenna held a role in Student Administration within the University, and has a background in the legal and finance sectors. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Email: Jenna.Jones@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: TBC    
Working days: Monday - Friday

Rebekah Randell - Student Case Officer 

Email: Rebekah.Randell@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: TBC    
Working days: Monday - Friday

Philippa Guereca – Student Complaints and Mediation Manager

Philippa receives and deals with all appeal applications at the University Stage of the Academic Appeal Process (under the examination regulations) and all student complaints at the University Stage of the Student Complaints Procedure (PDF, 149kB). She also manages the University of Bristol Mediation Service, which is available to staff and students, providing a forum for a confidential constructive and safe exchange of information with a view to early dispute resolution. Philippa has a background in Psychology and Special Education and is a qualified counsellor, advocate and accredited mediator.

Email: Philippa.Guereca@bristol.ac.uk     
Phone: (0117) 394 1820 (Internal: 41820)     
Working days: Monday - Thursday

Rachel Paterson - Senior University Lawyer

Rachel qualified as a solicitor in December 2000 and has worked at the University since May 2011. Rachel advises on non-research related commercial contracts and intellectual property issues.

Email: Rachel.Paterson@bristol.ac.uk   
Phone: (0117) 394 1825 (Internal: 41825)    
Working days: Monday - Friday

Hal Jordan - Senior University Lawyer

Hal advises the University in relation to‚Äč all legal aspects of its property matters. He qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and joined the Secretary's Office in 2011 having previously been in private practice.

Email: Hal.Jordan@bristol.ac.uk     
Phone: (0117) 394 1823 (Internal: 41823)     
Working days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Claire Rawls - University Lawyer

Claire qualified as a solicitor in September 2008 and joined the University in June 2015.  Claire has experience of working in both the Public Sector and Higher Education and advises on commercial and procurement related issues.

Email: claire.rawls@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1827 (Internal: 41827)     
Working days: Monday - Friday 

Susan Thomas - University Lawyer

Email: Susan.Thomas@bristol.ac.uk   
Phone: (0117) 428 4099 (Internal: 84099)    
Working days: Monday, Wednesday - Friday

Viviana Di Stefano - University Lawyer (Avvocato)

Email: Viviana.Distefano@bristol.ac.uk 
Phone: (0117) 394 1841 (Internal: 41841)     
Working days: Monday - Friday

Elaine Arundel - Insurance Manager

Elaine joined the Secretary's Office in July 2019 from the University of Gloucestershire, where she had been the Insurance Manager for eleven years. Prior to working for Gloucestershire, Elaine worked for Insurance Brokers (including as a Broker with a National Insurance Broker) and Insurance Companies for many years before becoming involved with the education sector. Elaine is qualified to Diploma level with the Chartered Insurance Institute. 

Email: Elaine.Arundel@bristol.ac.uk      
Phone: (0117) 394 1821 (Internal: 41821)     
Working days: Monday - Friday

Harry Neill - Insurance Officer

Harry joined the University Secretary's Office in May 2020. He works in the Insurance Office and primarily deals with day-to-day queries and administrative tasks, supports the Insurance Manager and works to improve the procedures and administration of insurance throughout the University. Prior to this, Harry worked as a tax advisor to owner managed business and rural clients. 

Email: Harry.Neill@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1828 (Internal: 41828)     
Working days: Monday - Friday 

Henry Stuart - Information Governance Manager

Henry leads the Information Governance Team and is responsible for ensuring that information-related legislation is implemented and complied with across the University. This includes data protection, freedom of information, records management and other related areas. He has undertaken similar roles within the higher education sector since 2005, and joined the University in October 2017.

Email: Henry.Stuart@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1824 (Internal: 41824)    
Working days: Monday - Friday

Christabel Oseghale - Information Governance Officer

Email: Christabel.Oseghale@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 0200 (Internal: 40200)    
Working days: Monday - Thursday

Cecilia Pready - Information Rights Assistant

Email: Cecilia.Pready@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 428 2249 (Internal: 82249)    
Working days: Wednesday - Friday

Leanne Dickerson - Senior Executive Assistant

Leanne joined the Secretary's Office in September 2013. She is responsible for managing the administration within the office, and for the affixation of the University Seal on legal deeds.

Email: Leanne.Dickerson@bristol.ac.uk    
Phone: (0117) 394 1830 (Internal: 41830)    
Working days: Monday - Friday

Cheryl Belchamber - Administrative Assistant

Cheryl joined the Secretary’s Office in 2019 as a temporary member of staff to assist the Senior Executive Assistant. Cheryl has since secured a permanent position as an Administrative Assistant and is responsible for general office administration.

Email: Cheryl.Belchamber@bristol.ac.uk     
Phone: (0117) 394 1818 (Internal: 41818)     
Working days: Monday - Friday

 

For general enquiries, please email: Secretarys-Office@bristol.ac.uk