- Registrary Emeritus, Cambridge University
- Secretary, Cambridge Commonwealth and Overseas Trusts
- Honorary Director, Cambridge European Trust
Tim Mead read Chemistry at Queen Mary College, London, before completing a PhD at Cambridge (Churchill College) in the early 1970’s. He held administrative appointments at Sheffield, Southampton (his home city) and Nottingham Universities before being appointed Registrar of the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1991. In 1997 he was appointed Registrary of the University of Cambridge and elected to a Professorial Fellowship at Wolfson. As Registrary he was head of the university’s central administration and Secretary to the Council of the University. His chief professional interests were in staff development (he was for a number of years a Director the national UK Staff Development Association), management information systems and planning and resource allocation procedures in universities. He retired as Registrary in 2007 (becoming a Title D Fellow) and took up related appointments with the Cambridge Trusts, which raise funds for and provide financial support for overseas students at Cambridge.
Apart from his professional interest in the management of higher education, which has taken him as adviser and consultant to Italy, Poland, Australia and Argentina, he is passionate about British butterflies and the fortunes of Southampton Football Club. For most of his professional life he gained comfort through choral singing.