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Council Members

Chair of Council

Lord Roger Liddle, Pro-Chancellor (Chair of Council)

Lord Liddle has been a Labour member of the House of Lords since June 2010.  He serves on the House of Lords EU Select Committee.  In addition to Europe, he speaks regularly on a wide range of economic and social questions, including higher education policy.

He is currently Co-Chair of Policy Network, an international think tank focussed on the economic and social challenges facing progressive politics in the UK and Europe.

Lord Liddle has written widely on European questions publishing books on ‘The Europe Dilemma:  Britain and the drama of European integration’ (2014) and ‘The Risk of BREXIT’ (2015).  Previously he served as adviser to the British Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission, as well as the EU Commissioner for Trade and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

He is currently a member of Cumbria County Council and formerly was a Board member at the University of Cumbria and Chair of Cumbria Vision, a body promoting his home county's economic development.

He is Chair of the University’s Council and an ex officio member of all standing committees of Council (except the Audit Committee).

(Current appointment to 31 July 2020)

Rt Hon Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones DCMG (Deputy Pro-Chancellor)

Pauline Neville-Jones is a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.  As a back bench member of the House of Lords, she is currently a member of the Science and Technology Committee.  In the Coalition government led by David Cameron she was Security and Counter Terrorism Minister.  She is a Privy Councillor.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2020)

She holds various Advisory positions concerning cyber security and has a background in defence and foreign affairs having been a career member of the Diplomatic service during which time she led the UK delegation to the Dayton Peace talks on Bosnia.

Professor Ella Ritchie (Deputy Pro-Chancellor)

Ella Ritchie is an academic and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Newcastle University.  She is a Lancaster alumna who studied Politics with French from 1967-70.  She then went on to gain a PhD in Political science from LSE.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2020)

She had a long career in academia where she taught EU Politics and Policy and was active nationally in developing new models of doctoral training.  In addition to her senior management roles at Newcastle she has worked extensively with the Higher Education Funding Council and Universities UK.  Her areas of expertise are internationalisation, university governance and the widening of access to university.  She has also worked on many EU projects and she co-chairs European Higher Education Area Internationalisation group.  She has a wide experience of East Asian universities and is currently the Chief External Examiner of Xian Jiao Tong Liverpool University.  She was awarded the OBE for services to higher education in 2012.

She has three grown up children and three grandchildren.  She is an expert on mid-20th century British, Scandinavian and North American costume jewellery.

Ella has been a Council Member of Lancaster University since 2014.  She chairs the Strategic Health and Safety Committee and is also a member of the University’s Estates Committee.

Professor Mark E. Smith

Professor Mark E. Smith has been Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University since January 2012, having previously been Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Warwick University.  He has also worked in Germany and Australia.  He is the current Chair of UCEA, the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group for Higher Education and the Graduate Prospects and HECSU boards.

He is also a member of the HESA Board, the UniversitiesUK Research Policy, Funding Policy and Long Term Strategy Network groups, is a Trustee of the AQA Council and a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.  He has recently been appointed senior independent member of the Council of the EPSRC and is a Council member of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group.  Mark chaired the national review of A-level content 2013-14 and in December 2014 he became a Trustee and Board Member of Jisc and a trustee of AQA.  Regionally in the North West of England, Mark is a member of the LEP Board for Lancashire and also serves on the North West Regional Leaders Board.

George Nuttall

George is the current President of Lancaster University Students' Union.  He recently graduated from Lancaster after completing a three year degree in History and Politics.  Whilst a student George served two terms on The County College Junior Common Room Executive as the Democracy and Finance Officer, and last year was the elected Student Representative to the University Council.

(Current appointment to 30 June 2020)

 George was an active member of both societies and sports teams, also successfully submitting a project to the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies.

Roberta (Bobby) S. Georghiou

Bobby Georghiou has been a member of Council since 2015.  A graduate in English Language and Literature with a Masters degree in Education, she taught in the state and independent sectors and was Headmistress of Bury Grammar School for 12 years until retirement in 2015.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2021)

She joined the GSA/HMC Universities Committee in 2005, becoming its co-chair in 2009, and the Advisory Board of UCAS from 2013 to 2015.  She is now a reporting inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate, an educational mentor, and has been elected into fellowship of the Girls’ Schools Association.

She serves on the Audit and Nominations Committees.

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson joined Lancaster University Council as a lay member in 2016.  After a career in Law and International Business, he returned to Lancaster in 2012 and was Chair of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust until March 2018.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2022)

He was then appointed Chair of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay in April 2018 and is also involved in the development of Bay Health and Care Partners.

His roles in the NHS and Council have come together in his chairing of the University’s Health Innovation Campus Development Board.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

Sir Ian Diamond has been a member of Council since May 2019.  He is the National Statistician and Head of the Office for National Statistics.  He is a statistician and was, for a long time, at the University of Southampton where he became Deputy Vice-Chancellor.  He was subsequently, from 2003-2010, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council; from 2004-2009, Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group; and from 2010 -2018, Principal of the University of Aberdeen.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2022)

Ian has had a number of non-executive roles having been Chair of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, Deputy Chair of UCAS, and a trustee of WWF-UK and of Iona Cathedral Trust.  He is currently Chair of Plan UK, Edinburgh College of and, until December 2019, Chair of British Universities and Colleges Sport.  He is a Board member of UKRI and of the First Minister of Wales’ Science Advisory Council.

Rt Hon The Lord Price CVO

After reading Archaeology and Ancient History Mark Price started his career at the John Lewis partnership as a graduate trainee in 1982 progressing to become Branch manager in High Wycombe and Cheadle.  In 2005 he joined the John Lewis Partnership Board taking on responsibility for strategy and IT as Development Director.  In April 2007 he was appointed as Managing Director of Waitrose.  At the time Waitrose had 183 stores but had increased to 346 when he retired in 2016 after 10 fulfilling years in the role.

(Current appointment to 31 March 2021)

In 2013 in addition to his position at Waitrose, Mark became Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.

He was Chairman of Business in the Community from 2011-2015 and The Prince’s Countryside Fund from 2010–2016.  He also sat on the Board of Directors of Channel 4 TV latterly as Deputy Chairman from 2013-16.

He was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for his work with Business in the Community and The Prince’s Countryside Fund. He is also Life Patron of GroceryAid.

In February 2016 Lord Price was appointed the United Kingdom Minister of State for Trade and Investment and was made a life peer.

He left the Government in September 2017 to pursue his writing and business interests and remains a member of the House of Lords.  To date he has published 5 books on business, food and for children.

Simon N. Reynolds

Simon Reynolds has served as a Lay Member of Council since 2016.  Simon is a former senior Partner and Director of GVA, a major property consultancy, where he specialised in urban regeneration, corporate real estate and sustainability.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2022)

He is Chair of the Estates Committee and a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Commercialisation Sub-Committee.

He is a former Director of Inward the inward investment agency for the North West and a forerunner of the North West Development Agency. 

He recently served as Governor and Vice-Chair at Bolton School for 6 years.

He is currently Vice-Chair of Cumbria Woodlands, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes all aspects of arboriculture and associated environmental issues in the North West.  He is also a Director of Cumbrian Shepherd Huts Ltd.

His Hon Judge Phillip Sycamore

Phillip Sycamore joined the Lancaster University Council in 2018.  He is a Circuit Judge, who also sits as a Judge of the High Court, the Deputy Vice-President of Tribunals and a Senior Judicial Appointments Commissioner.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2021)

He was previously a solicitor in private practice and was President of the Law Society of England and Wales from 1997-1998.  In 1999 Phillip was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Lancaster.

Valerie Young

Valerie Young has been a lay member of Council since 2014.  She is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Tax Adviser and a Psychology graduate.  Valerie was a Tax Partner at Dodd & Co Chartered Accountants until her recent retirement.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2020)

As the Staff Partner at Dodd & Co she was also ultimately responsible for HR matters.  Valerie is a Trustee of Cumbria Community Foundation, and also assists a number of small local charities with financial matters.  Valerie is chair of the Lancaster University Redundancy Committee, chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Strategic Reward Committee, the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Nominations Committee.

Professor Simon C. Guy

Professor Simon Guy’s remit is to develop, connect and lead Lancaster University’s digital, global and development strategy.  He is leading on the establishment of the University’s new campus in Leipzig and continuing to develop our China campus, while also strengthening connections between all our international partnerships including Ghana and Malaysia.  He also leads on 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 is the major lead across all of our development, alumni and fundraising work, oversees the library and he is the University lead on sustainability.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2021)

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.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-guy-a70892101/

Professor Kevin C. Jones

Professor Kevin Jones joined Lancaster University in 1985.  He became a Professor in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology in 1995 and Distinguished Professor in 2007.  His research focuses on the environmental sources, fate, behaviour and effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

(Current appointment to 31 July 2021)

Kevin was one of the advocates to form the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC).  The Centre is now one of the largest multi-disciplinary focal points for research, training and enterprise in the world.  He has been Director of the Centre since 2011.

A current focus is to develop a strong network of national and international partners for LEC’s research and teaching.  He is involved in the strategic planning and engagement with NERC’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the British Geological Survey, and BBSRC’s Rothamsted Research. 

Internationally, Kevin is focusing on partnerships with China Kevin is a Senior Visiting International Professor with CAS (the Chinese Academy of Sciences – CAS, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and various universities) while encouraging engagements for LEC in Africa and South America. The collaboration with CAS has resulted in the development of the Lancaster-China Catalyst Programme and associated new Masters in International Innovation. He has acted as an external advisor to various Chinese organisations, the United Nations Environment Programme, the European Union, and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. 

Kevin is one of the world’s most cited environmental scientists.  He enjoys working at the interface of research, practice and policy, and the interactions of working with a wide array of international partners and young researchers.

Alison Mullan

Alison has over 20 years’ experience working in higher education across a range of universities and in a variety of roles.  She has worked at Lancaster University since 2013 and, since 2016, has been the Head of Academic Standards and Quality.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2021)

Alison holds 3 degrees, the most recent of which is an MBA in Higher Education Management from UCL, completed in 2013.  Alison is a member of the Board of Governors at Winstanley College.  She is passionate about the transformational nature of education and is committed to supporting people from all backgrounds to reach their full potential.

Bethan Morgan

Bee Morgan is the current Vice-President, Education at Lancaster University Students’ Union.  Having graduated with first class honours in BSc Natural Sciences, she has been thoroughly involved in student life during her time at Lancaster, including multiple vice-presidencies of student societies and lead academic representative of her department.

(Current appointment to 30 June 2020)

Secretary

Nicola C. Owen

Nicola Owen is the Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary at Lancaster University, a post she commenced in January 2013.  Together with the Director of Finance, she leads the Professional Services at Lancaster.  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 Council as well as a number of other legal, governance and licensing roles.