Leeds Trinity University appoints Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director of Operations and Sustainability


Leeds Trinity University has announced Jo Hynes as its new Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director of Operations and Sustainability.

Jo Hynes appointed as new COO.

Jo will join the Executive team in September and will report directly to Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Egbu.

In this key role for the University, Jo will be responsible for leading and managing its core operations across the areas of Estates and Facilities, Digital and Information Services, Sustainability, Business Continuity and Health and Safety, whilst providing exceptional service to colleagues, students and other stakeholders.

Jo joins Leeds Trinity from the University of Leeds, where she is currently Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities, with over 15 years of experience in the field. Jo’s early career was spent in quality and safety management, and these remain two areas that she is extremely passionate about today.

Professor Charles Egbu, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds University, said: “I am very pleased to announce that Jo Hynes has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director of Operations and Sustainability at Leeds Trinity University. This is a significant role that supports the University in delivering on the key pillars of our new Strategic Plan as well as a key driver in the expansion and development of our building and facilities. Jo made a lasting impression during the interview process and her wealth of experience will benefit all stakeholders in our university community.”

Jo brings her commitment, energy, passion and wealth of knowledge to add to the already strong Executive Team at Leeds Trinity.

Jo Hynes said: I am thrilled to be joining Leeds Trinity University at such a pivotal time in the University’s strategy and I’m very excited for what lies ahead. I have felt so welcome by those I have been fortunate to meet already, and I’m look forward to meeting others.

“It is clear that people are at the heart of Leeds Trinity and that they are fundamental in delivering exceptional student experience. Their commitment to this is evident in the University’s National Student Survey results, placing it 25th in the UK and joint top in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction. I am confident that together we are going to go on and achieve even more.” 

Leeds Trinity University is a small university with a big reputation, renowned for teaching excellence and producing highly employable graduates.

Providing a framework for the institution’s growth plans, its Strategic Plan 2021-26 is built around the four Strategic Pillars of ‘Education and Experience’, ‘People and Sustainability’, ‘Research, Impact and Innovation’, and ‘Careers and Enterprise’. This is supported by the two key themes of Digital Futures and the Leeds City Region.

Read more about Leeds Trinity University’s Strategic Plan on the website.