Meet the Executive Team

Chaired by Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor Carl Lygo, our Executive Team is responsible for steering and guiding Arden University’s strategic direction.

Embracing innovation, diversity, and continued growth, the Executive Team dedicate themselves to Arden University’s mission of delivering outstanding academic opportunities to all our students as they face new and unprecedented changes in the workplace across all business sectors.

Professor Carl Lygo

Professor Carl Lygo is a barrister, a Diplock Scholar, a Blackstone scholar and a Professor of English Common Law.

He has been a member of faculty at the University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, London Guildhall University, City University London and the University of East Anglia. For his ground-breaking work in establishing BPP Law School as a leading professional law school, he was included in the UK's 'Hot 100 Lawyers' list by The Lawyer magazine.

For 20 years, he was at BPP Professional Education Group. He progressed from being a tutor to becoming the founding Vice-Chancellor of BPP University and Group Chief Executive of BPP Holdings plc. 

He inspired and led the growth of BPP's Business School, Law School, School of Health and School of Foundation & English Language Studies, and executive responsibility for universities in the Netherlands and the IUBH business school in Germany.

In 2015, Professor Lygo was voted as one of the 'Top 50 Most Influential People in UK Higher Education by Wonkhe. Professor Lygo has served as a Non-Executive Director on the UK Higher Education regulatory bodies, Office for Students (OfS) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

In 2018, he was appointed as Executive Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Applied Sciences Europe (UE) in Germany and Chairman of Global University Systems' Public Affairs Committee. He is an Association of Colleges Global Medal winner and was honoured with the 'Outstanding Contribution by an Individual title at the Education Investor Awards 2018.

He was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at Arden University in 2019 and is committed to extending access to Higher Education and promoting access for all in society as Arden continues to go from strength to strength.

Professor Carl Lygo
Chief Executive & Vice-Chancellor
Ashraf Jawaid, OBE

Professor Ashraf Jawaid OBE is the Chief Executive Officer, International Partnerships for Global University Systems. He leads development initiatives across the network and heads Transnational Education and Partnerships for Arden University. He was Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire, responsible for Home, EU and International Recruitment and Associate Dean of Engineering at Coventry University. Professor Jawaid earned his MA in Production Management from Birmingham University and his PhD from the University of Warwick, where he then continued for 12 years.

Ashraf Jawaid, OBE
CEO, International and Partnerships
Tracie Greenhalgh

Tracie Greenhalgh leads our highly talented and specialist team of professionals across all disciplines of our People Team, including reward and well-being, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, organisational development, generalists, and internal communications.

Tracie began her career as a policewoman before transitioning to human resources where she has spent over 25 years working across a variety of sectors. She firmly believes in a people before process approach, encouraging wholehearted leadership to enable individuals to shine.

For Tracie, joining Arden was an easy decision; finding the University’s people, vision, and values hugely inspirational, she is incredibly excited to be able to be part of our journey in creating something unique.

Tracie Greenhalgh
Chief People Officer
Steve Clayton

Steve is a highly experienced university administration professional, with a deep understanding of the Higher Education sector developed over 25 years. He has spent his entire career in Higher Education roles, spanning the full breadth of university functions including Faculty, Strategy, Planning, Student Experience, Inclusion, Registry, Quality and Standards, Governance, Compliance, Information Technology, Estates, and numerous strategic projects. He is relentless in ensuring high quality standards and cares deeply about the integrity of Higher Education.

Steve is a member of the Association of Heads of University Administration and is their spokesperson on Quality and Standards.

Steve does not seek personal accolade or award, preferring to focus entirely on the continuous improvement of Arden University on behalf of its students, staff, and shareholders.

Steve Clayton
Registrar and Chief Operating Officer
Vitaly Klopot

Vitaly Klopot is Arden University’s Chief Commercial and Innovation Officer, overseeing the objectives and implementations of all commercial strategies. With over a decade’s experience in higher education, he specialises in online learning, digital transformation, and international marketing for education technology. 

His role with Arden University makes him a leading voice on the implementation of innovation within a digital-first university. Arden’s differences from traditional institutions, and its online legacy (starting exclusively online before later integrating face-to-face teaching), means that technology, by default, is at the very heart of the institution. 

Vitaly’s business acumen allows him to provide uniquely interesting perspectives on the macro-level trends driving Universities to become more business-like. As the industry grows increasingly competitive, with students’ expectations vis-a-vis online delivery also increasing, Vitaly has extensive insight into how higher education institutions can think more like businesses, and utilise technology as a driving force behind innovation.

He also sits on the board of Dignity Health Global Education, mentors start-ups in the Data, Analytics and Education space and hosts a podcast on the Business of Education.

Vitaly Klopot
Chief Innovation and Commercial Officer
Matt Gee

Matt Gee is Arden University’s Chief Financial Officer with 28 years’ experience in high growth B2C and B2B businesses. He has a proven track record of driving revenue & profit growth, achieving significant working capital improvements and managing M&A transactions.

Matt joined Arden University in 2018 and prior to this was the International Chief Financial Officer with Prince Corporation, a high growth PE backed business where he lead on and integrated acquisitions in South Africa, Belgium, Italy, and Germany. 

Most recently Matt held the role of Chief Financial Officer in Bureau Veritas’ European operation integrating the Northern Europe businesses and M&A activity.

Matt Gee
Chief Financial Officer