Greg Melly


Greg has a commercial background, joining the University of Surrey from the private sector in 2002.

He has worked in the banking, electricity, telecommunications and satellite industries in South Africa, UK and mainland Europe, and has an MBA from Henley Business School.

Greg moved to the UK in 1989 and spent five years with South Wales Electricity, working on privatisation, treasury management, project finance and mergers and acquisitions.

In the mid-nineties, Greg moved to Guildford as Managing Director in the start-up Cable Communications venture CableTel Surrey and Hampshire Limited. The company experienced a growth rate of around 10 percent per month for the period of his leadership and was eventually incorporated into Virgin Media.

Greg then worked in mainland Europe in the satellite industry before joining the University. His major accomplishments at the University have included:

  • Operational leadership of the non-academic and commercial functions
  • Business efficiency initiatives
  • Large-scale capital programmes (c. £500m over the past ten years)
  • The sale of spinout company SSTL for a record-breaking cash exit
  • The formation of Surrey Sports Park
  • The strategic alliance with the National Physical Laboratory

Greg is currently the University’s Senior Vice-President, Advancement and Partnerships. In this role he is responsible for engagement with civil and civic society, including Alumni and Strategic Partners so as to advance the University’s growth through collaboration. The role includes sponsorship of large scale strategic projects.