How is Lancaster University governed and managed?

The University is led by the Executive Team. Find out more about how we are governed and managed.

Chris Bonington in cap and gown at a graduation ceremony


The Vice-Chancellor's Executive Team supports the Vice-Chancellor in delivering the University's Strategy and in the operational management of the University.

Beyond this team is the University's governing body, The Council, comprising a larger group drawn from academia and beyond. The Council is chaired by the Pro-Chancellor.

The Chancellor and Chancellor's Ambassador

The Rt Hon Alan Milburn became Chancellor of Lancaster University on 1 January 2015. He succeeded the University's second Chancellor, mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington CVO CBE DL, who continues his involvement with the University in the new role of Chancellor’s Ambassador.

The Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Pro-Chancellors

The Rt Hon Alistair Burt has been Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council at Lancaster University since October 2020.

Professor Ella Ritchie is the University's Deputy Pro-Chancellor.

Vice-Chancellor's Executive Team

The Vice-Chancellor's Office is responsible for the leadership and strategy of the University.

Professor Andy Schofield
Professor Andy Schofield


Professor Andy Schofield

Professor Andy Schofield has been the Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University since May 2020. He was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

He has a background in condensed matter physics specialising in correlated electrons, developing and studying new materials using high precision techniques at low temperatures to understand how emergent properties like superconductivity, magnetism and novel metal behaviour arise.

Professor Schofield studied Natural Sciences followed by a PhD at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he was appointed to a Research Fellowship in 1992. He moved to the USA in 1994 working at Rutgers for two years before returning to Cambridge.

In 1997 Professor Schofield was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to work on theories of non-Fermi liquids. In 1999 Professor Schofield moved to the University of Birmingham and was promoted to Professor of Theoretical Physics in 2002. In that year he won the Institute of Physics' Maxwell Medal and Prize for work on the emergent properties of correlated electrons. From 2008 Professor Schofield occupied a number of leadership positions within the University of Birmingham before becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Since his appointment to Lancaster University Professor Schofield has taken up the role of Senior Independent Member in the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and sits on the boards of University Academy 92 (UA92), the N8 group of universities, ic Chair of EPF and a member of NWBLT. He is an honorary fellow of the Manufacturing Technology Centre and chairs the UK Overseas Campus Network.

Executive Officer: Michele Aldridge


Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Rebecca Lingwood

Professor Rebecca Lingwood joined Lancaster University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in July 2024.

She has a background in theoretical and experimental fluid dynamics specialising in laminar-turbulent transition of complex flows. Since 2007, her research has been based at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Sweden, where she is an Affiliated Professor.

Professor Lingwood studied Engineering followed by a PhD at the University of Cambridge. She was appointed to a Research Fellowship at Pembroke College, Cambridge, followed by a Dorothy Hodgkin Royal Society Research Fellowship. She moved to the École Polytechnique, France, in 1999, before returning to the UK, first working in industry and then for the University of Oxford in a variety of roles, before returning to Cambridge in 2009, and moving on to become Vice-Principal (Student Experience, Teaching & Learning) at Queen Mary University of London and then to be Provost of Brunel University London.

In 2019, Professor Lingwood was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. She is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. the Royal Aeronautical Society, and is an Advance HE Principal Fellow. She is a board member of the Institute of Educational & Social Equity and is a Visiting Professor at the New Model Institute for Technology & Engineering (NMITE). She has conducted numerous strategic reviews for universities in the UK, Norway and Sweden, and has extensive experience of partnership working in research and education, nationally and internationally, as well as with secondary schools and further education institutions.

Executive Officer: Lynne Knipe


Professor Rebecca Lingwood
Professor Rebecca Lingwood

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global (Digital, International, Sustainability)

Professor Simon Guy

Professor Simon Guy’s Global remit is to develop, connect and lead Lancaster University’s digital, international and sustainability strategy. He is currently leading the creation of Lancaster’s new campus in Indonesia, scaling up our campus in Leipzig, Germany, while also overseeing the evolution of our other partner campuses in China, Ghana and Malaysia. Simon also leads our work on sustainability and the climate emergency, coordinating work across the University to meet our net zero goals and commitments. He also has responsibility for our digital agenda, ensuring our infrastructure and operational processes are digitally enabled to promote agility and efficiency and that digital innovation underpins our academic practices.

Simon’s previous role was the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at Lancaster University (2014-19), and in 2017-18 he was seconded as Interim Principal/CEO for University Academy 92 to lead the establishment of the new campus and curriculum.

Previously in Simon’s career, he was Head of the School of Environment, Education and Development and founding Director of the Manchester Architecture Research Centre at the University of Manchester (2005-14). Prior to that, he was Dean of Research at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Newcastle.

Simon’s career began as an engineer before beginning his academic life pursuing studies in the humanities and social sciences, followed by a research career which has focused upon sustainable design and urbanism, where his interdisciplinary and international research connects architecture with urban planning, the property sector with utilities, academia with industry.

Professor Simon Guy on LinkedIn

Personal Assistant: Jess Fletcher


Portrait of a smartly dressed man.
Professor Simon Guy

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)

Professor Malcolm Joyce CEng FNI

Professor Malcolm Joyce has been interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise of Lancaster University since March 2024. He was previously Cross-faculty Associate Dean for Research (2019-2024) and Head of Engineering at Lancaster (2008-2015).

He has a background in nuclear engineering specialising in applied radiation detection and materials assay for applications in nuclear energy, decommissioning, and environmental characterisation.

Professor Joyce studied Physics followed by a PhD in Nuclear Physics and a DEng in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Liverpool and then spent 4 years in industry. He was awarded a national teaching prize by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2005, the James Watt medal by the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2014, a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2016 and was promoted to Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering in 2023. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute.

Professor Joyce is a member of the UK Government’s Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board (NIRAB), the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM), the UKAEA Programme Advisory Committee and is co-chair of the UK’s National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF).

Personal Assistant: Anita Formby-Barker


Professor Malcolm Joyce CEng FNI
Professor Malcolm Joyce CEng FNI

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)

Professor Sarah Kemp

Sarah Kemp is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement. She leads on the Knowledge Exchange Framework and the Civic University’s Agreement. Lancaster University places equal weight on the quality of its teaching, its research and its engagement, as all are critical to the civic responsibility of a university in the 21st Century. She leads on the Eden North project and broader external engagement with National Cyber Force and is the senior management link to the Chaplaincy.

Sarah has built a career which is fluid across many sectors within the private and public sector arena, building on an original foundation as a science and technology graduate of Kings College London. She subsequently became a successful international business development manager in life science and scientific instrumentation markets, at which time she also successfully completed a Master's in Business Administration.

Sarah is an expert practitioner of economic development, regeneration, inward investment and delivering large scale capital programmes at a North West regional level and on behalf of the City Regions of Greater Manchester and Liverpool. Sarah has delivered strong results when working at the interface between the public, private and education sectors, convening and facilitating durable partnerships, working to capitalise on new and emerging opportunities and to address some of the UK’s more intractable socio-economic challenges.

Most recently, as Chief Executive for Lancashire Local Economic Partnership, Sarah was responsible for developing and implementing Lancashire's Economic Strategy, delivery of Lancashire’s £374m Growth Deal Programme and she secured a further £34m of Getting Building Fund to invest in projects which created new jobs and stimulated the green economy. She was responsible for partnership delivery of BOOST Growth Hub, Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub and strategic delivery of Lancashire's four Enterprise Zones.

Working with partners, including Lancaster University, Sarah secured the Government decision to establish the new National Cybersecurity Centre at Samlesbury, as part of a £5bn Government investment, which recognised the outstanding cyber and security related credentials of the University as core to Lancashire's proposition.

Personal Assistant: Kate Jenkinson


Sarah Kemp
Sarah Kemp

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Professor Wendy Robinson is the University’s PVC Education and is responsible for leading the University’s strategy for delivering an excellent, transformative, rigorous and innovative educational experience for all students and to ensure that the quality of the student experience remains at the heart of University activity.

Wendy joined Lancaster University in 2021, having previously held academic appointments at the Universities of Exeter, Warwick and Cambridge. During her sixteen years tenure as Professor of Education at Exeter, Wendy developed her academic leadership portfolio through a number of senior leadership positions, including as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University Academic Dean, Faculty Associate Dean for Education and Head of the Graduate School of Education.

Wendy’s academic background is as an educationist where she has published extensively in the field of history of education and historical perspectives on teacher development, teacher effectiveness, teacher education and gifted education. Selected research monographs include:

  • A Learning Profession? Teachers and their Professional Development in England and Wales 1920-2000
  • Effective Teaching in Gifted Education: Using a Whole School Approach; Power to Teach: Past and Present Perspectives on Learning Through Practice
  • Assessing Teacher Effectiveness: Developing a Differentiated Model
  • Pupil Teachers and their Professional Training in Pupil-Teacher Centres in England and Wales, 1870-1914.

Wendy was educated at the University of Cambridge, where she achieved a BEd Hons, First Class degree in 1991 and her PhD, fully funded by the ESRC, in 1997 and at the University of London, where she was awarded an MA in the History of Education in 1992.

Wendy is Principal Fellow of Advance HE, and an elected Associate Fellow of Homerton College Cambridge. She is currently a trustee of Blackpool and the Fylde College Corporation Bard and member of the Quality and Standard Committee, a non-executive Trustee of Ascentis Awarding Organisation Board – an international educational charity and an appointed co-opted member of the UCAS Audit Committee. She was a Director of the Lancashire and Cumbria Institute of Technology Limited and a member of the Lancashire Skills and Employment Board from 2022-2024.

Personal Assistant: Charlotte Holding (Temporary)


Professor Wendy Robinson

Executive Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology

Professor Peter M. Atkinson

Professor Peter Atkinson is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University. Since 2015, he has been responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty, which comprises seven departments. In 2018-19, he was simultaneously Interim Dean of Lancaster's Faculty of Health and Medicine. In 2018-19, Peter Chaired the University’s Athena SWAN Institutional Self-Assessment Team (ISAT), leading to a successful Institutional Bronze Award.

Peter is a Distinguished Professor of Spatial Data Science at Lancaster. His research is highly interdisciplinary, covering a wide range of statistical and numerical modelling methods on the one hand and several application domains on the other. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, was awarded the 2016 Peter Burrough Medal of the ISARA organisation, and held the 2015 Belle van Zuylen Chair at Utrecht University.

Peter studied Geography at Nottingham University, followed by a NERC CASE PhD at Sheffield University and Rothamsted Experimental Station. After a year in industry at Logica plc. he moved to the University of Bristol in 1990 and then to the University of Southampton as a Lecturer in 1994. He was promoted to Professor of Geography in 2002. Peter then held several leadership roles at Southampton, including as Head of the School of Geography from 2007 to 2012.

Executive Assistant: Robyn Harrison


Professor Peter M. Atkinson
Professor Peter M. Atkinson

Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Edward Simpson

Professor Edward Simpson is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. FASS is a large and vibrant faculty with a global outlook and reputation. The Faculty includes arts, humanities, languages and social sciences as well the Confucius Institute, Lancaster Arts and The Ruskin. Edward joined Lancaster in 2023 having previously served as Head of College at SOAS University of London.

Edward is Professor of Social Anthropology. His research has focused on India, particularly post-disaster reconstruction and politics. More recently, with funding from the European Research Council, he has led projects looking at climate change, infrastructure and thought politics.

Executive Assistant: Monika Zaczek

Tel: +44 (0)1524 593484


Professor Edward Simpson
Professor Edward Simpson

Executive Dean, Lancaster University Management School

Professor Claire Leitch

Professor Claire Leitch was appointed Executive Dean of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) in May 2022, with responsibility for leading the Faculty to align with Lancaster University’s strategy. She joined LUMS in 2012 and served as Interim Executive Dean, Deputy Dean and Associate Dean in LUMS prior to her recent appointment. Before arriving in Lancaster, Professor Leitch held posts at Queen’s University Management School, Belfast and the University of Ulster. In 2021, she was elected as one of Senate’s representatives to University Council for a three-year period.

Claire has an international research reputation and recognition in gender, leadership and learning in entrepreneurial contexts and was responsible for leading the Faculty’s successful Athena Swan Bronze submission in April 2021. Currently, she is co-director of LUMS’s Academy for Gender, Work and Leadership and is leading a major EU project addressing gender inequality in management schools, which positions Lancaster at the heart of the European EDI agenda.

Faculty Admin Officer: Kay Bowen

Tel: +44 (0)1524 594202


Professor Claire Leitch
Professor Claire Leitch

Executive Dean, Faculty of Health and Medicine

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone OBE

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medicine with responsibility for leading the Faculty to align with Lancaster University’s strategy. She has considerable university leadership experience being previously Head of School, University Director of Research, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact.

Jo is a Distinguished Professor of Health Research, undertaking research that is directly relevant to improving patient and public outcomes and experiences. In 2014, Jo was named a highly cited researcher in the top 1% globally by citation for field (social sciences) in the Web of Science. Jo has considerable experience in research and policy contexts, including as Director of the National Institute for Health Research’s (NIHR) Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme, member of the NIHR Strategy Board, and as Chair of the National Institute for Care and Health Excellence (NICE) Implementation Strategy Group.

Jo is an emeritus Welsh Senior Research Leader and was a REF2021 sub-panel member for Unit of Assessment 3 – Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy. She was awarded an OBE in the Kings New Years Honours 2023 for services to health and social care research.

From September 2021, Jo has been a Senate-elected member of the University’s Council.

Executive Assistant and Information Officer: Marie Crane

Tel: +44 (0)1524 593169


Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone OBE

Deputy Chief Executive (Operations)

Nicola Owen

Nicola Owen is the Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) at Lancaster University. Together with the Director of Finance, she leads the Professional Services at Lancaster. As Deputy Chief Executive (Operations), she is the Head of Administration and has responsibility for the following administrative divisions:

  • Alumni and Development
  • External Relations
  • Facilities
  • Information Systems Services
  • People and Organisational Effectiveness
  • Research and Enterprise Services
  • Strategic Planning and Governance
  • Student and Education Services

She also has responsibility, working together with the Deans, via the Faculty Managers, for the effective operation of the administration across the faculties and academic departments.

As Secretary, she has responsibility for the operation of governance and support to the Council as well as a number of other legal, governance and licensing roles.

Nicola has been the Chair of the Association of Heads of University Administration since April 2020 and has recently been re-elected for a further period of three years from April 2023.

Prior to moving to Lancaster University, Nicola has held roles at the University of East Anglia and the University of Warwick. She was a member of the AUA Trustee Board between 2013- 19 and represents the UK in HUMANE (the European Network for Heads of University Administration).

Executive Assistant: Becky Kay


Nicola Owen

Director of Finance

Sarah Randall-Paley MBE, BA, FCA

Prior to joining Lancaster, Sarah Randall-Paley studied English at Nottingham University and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London, working in audit and forensic accounting.

Sarah has been Lancaster University’s Director of Finance since 2009. Together with the Deputy Chief Executive (Operations), she leads the Professional Services at Lancaster. As Director of Finance, she is responsible for Finance and Procurement activities including financial management and control, financial reporting, preparation of data returns, audit preparation, treasury management and promoting value for money. She also supports the Vice-Chancellor in his wider responsibilities as designated Accountable Officer under the OfS regulatory framework.

In 2010 Lancaster was successful in winning the ‘Outstanding Finance Team’ in the Times Higher Education Awards (THELMAs) and in the 2014 THELMAs Lancaster was shortlisted for ‘Outstanding Procurement Team’. In 2023 the Procurement team won an award for ‘Outstanding Responsible Procurement Initiative’ from the UK Universities Purchasing Consortium.

In addition to Director of Finance at Lancaster University, Sarah is former Chair of the national British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG), current Chair of the BUFDG Tax Group, a co-opted member and Chair of the Audit Committee of UCAS, a member of the national TRAC Development Group and Governor and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School.

Sarah was awarded an MBE, for services to higher education, in the King's birthday honours list 2024.

Finance Divisional Assistant: Katharine Bennett


Sarah Randall-Paley BA, FCA

Vice-Chancellor's Office Administrative Team

The Vice-Chancellor's Executive Team is supported by the Vice-Chancellor's Office Administrative Team.

University Leadership Structure

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