Mr Lee Sanders BA

Mr Lee Sanders

Registrar and Secretary and Chief Operating Officer

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The Registrar and Secretary, Mr Lee Sanders, is the University’s Chief Operating Officer responsible for Professional Services. He is a member of the University Executive Board and is involved in University strategy and policy and providing advice to the Vice-Chancellor and other senior colleagues. As Secretary to the Senate and Council, he is responsible for University governance.

Lee is involved in national and international work in Higher Education. He is currently a member of the UK-Sweden Registrars’ Group and was Chair of the UK Association of Heads of University Administration from 2017-2020.

Lee is supported by the Executive Support Division, led by the Chief of Staff. The Division includes the Executive Office, the Governance team, Strategic Planning, Strategic Change, and Legal Services.  


Lee joined Birmingham as Registrar and Secretary in October 2008 and has over 30 years' experience of management in Higher Education.  After obtaining a BA degree followed by postgraduate research in Medieval History at the University of Manchester, he held a range of management posts at the University of Warwick from 1990–2003.  These included Director of Research and Development Services (1997–99) and Academic Registrar (1999-2003).  He then moved to the University of Durham as Registrar and Secretary, where he was from 2003-2008.

Lee has extensive experience in HE, with 15 years on the Executive Committee of the UK Association of Heads of University Administration, which he Chaired from 2017-2020, and on national groups and task forces.  He was a founding governor of the University of Birmingham School and has served as director of a number of University companies.  He is a regular contributor to national and international conferences, reviews and development programmes, and serves as external adviser on appointments at other universities.