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Council Members

Rt Hon Alistair Burt (Pro-Chancellor)

Rt Hon Alistair Burt was appointed Pro-Chancellor of the University in October 2020.  A law graduate, he qualified as a solicitor, before entering Parliament as MP for Bury North (1983-97).  He served as MP for NE Bedfordshire (2001-19) and retired from the Commons in December 2019.

(Current appointment to 30 September 2025)

He served in six ministerial posts from 1992-2019, including Minister for People with Disabilities, Minister of State for Health and Social Care, and Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa.  He is now the UK Commissioner on the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP), a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), and a Council member of the European Council for Foreign Relations (ECFR).  He remains associated with a number of charities and local organisations in Bedfordshire and social enterprises engaged in the Middle East.

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 2022)

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 2022)

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 was, until Summer 2019, 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 and in 2019 became Deputy Pro-Chancellor.  She chairs the Strategic Health and Safety Committee, and is also a member of the University’s Estates Committee and Nominations Committee.

Professor Andy Schofield (Vice-Chancellor)

Professor Andy Schofield is Vice-Chancellor, Chief Academic and Administrative Officer of Lancaster University.  He is theoretical physicist researching into the quantum properties of interacting electrons and their manifestations in novel materials.

Andy studied at the University of Cambridge for his undergraduate degree and PhD and subsequently worked at Rutgers University (USA), the University of Cambridge and then, for more than twenty years, at the University of Birmingham.  He assumed his present position in May 2020.  He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Professor Steve Bradley (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)


Steve Bradley is a Professor of Economics.  He was educated at Leeds Metropolitan University and Lancaster University from which he holds masters and doctorate degrees.  Prior to his entry to academia, Steve spent ten years working in Local Government as a member of the Education Department of Lancashire County Council.


His research interests fall into two areas:  Education Economics; and Labour Economics.  He has published widely on issues related to the operation and impact of introducing a quasi-market in the secondary education sector, and the econometric analysis of educational policy.  Published work in the field of Labour Economics includes the employer selection and recruitment, tests of theories of labour market matching, and the effect of employment protection on work effort.

Recently, he has, in conjunction with colleagues in the Department, completed a Nuffield Foundation-funded project evaluating the impact of the specialist schools policy on educational and labour market outcomes.

Professor Bradley's current research interests focus on the determinants of youth unemployment and economic inactivity for Britain, Italy and Spain, the effect of teaching quality on the educational attainment of secondary school pupils, and the analysis of transition behaviour in the adult labour market.

Oliver Robinson

Oliver Robinson, President of Lancaster University Students' Union

Oliver Robinson has been a member of the Council since his election as President of the Union in June.  Oliver is a Lancaster alumnus, who graduated with a First-Class degree in History, Politics and Philosophy.

(Current appointment to 25 June 2021)


He also serves as a City Councillor, following his re-election in May 2019, where he chairs the Personnel Committee.  His role is to represent the student body on the Council and to ensure that Council members are made aware of issues pertaining to students.

David Barron

David Barron was born in York and attended Lancaster University between 1977 and 1980 where he read Accounting and Finance.  After graduation he joined Thomson McLintock (now KPMG) qualifying as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.  Subsequently he attended business school at INSEAD in Fontainebleau obtaining an MBA.

David’s career has been in financial services, principally in the fund management sector.

(Current appointment to 31 May 2023)


Until 2013 David managed part of the UK business of JP Morgan Asset Management, sat on the Executive Committee and was involved particularly in managing senior client relationships, product development, governance and responses to re-regulation of the UK savings market.

David was until November 2019 Chief Executive of Miton Group plc., a listed fund management business, and became a non-executive director of Premier Miton Group plc. on completion of the merger between Miton and Premier Asset Management.  He has also been a director of an industry trade association, the Association of Investment Companies.  He is also a chairman of a listed investment fund.

He has sat on the External Development Board of Lancaster University and taken an active interest in the affairs of the University and is a member of the University Finance and General Purposes Committee.

He is married to Heather who was a physiotherapist, and has three children, the eldest two have graduated in the UK and the youngest is currently a student in the UK.

Hanah Burgess

Hanah Burgess became a lay member of the Council in 2020.

After reading Geography at Oxford University Hanah joined PwC in 1997 where she qualified as a chartered accountant.  She then went on to work in the financial services sector before taking on a senior finance and business development role at ITV.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2023)

Hanah has spent the last ten years working for large UK charities leading on finance, governance and strategy.  Hanah sits on the boards of two charities:  the international children’s development charity, Plan International UK, where she also chairs the audit, finance and risk committee; and Affinity Trust, which provides support to people with learning disabilities to live as independently as possible.

Anthony Carey

Anthony Carey is a Partner and UK Head of Board Practice at Mazars, the international accountancy firm.

Anthony is a chartered accountant and chartered director and has been actively involved in the higher education sector for a number of years.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2023)


Prior to joining the Council of Lancaster University, Anthony was chair of the audit committee at Cranfield University and was also previously chair of the Finance Committee at the Higher Education Academy.  Other past appointments include membership of the FRC’s Financial Reporting Lab Steering group and of its Financial Reporting Review Panel and of the Executive of the Quoted Companies Alliance.

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.

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 (retired 30 November 2019).

He was appointed Chair of Cumbria Health on Call Limited (CHoC), the provider of out of hours and primary care services for Cumbria, with effect from 9 March 2020.

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

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.

His Hon Phillip Sycamore


Phillip Sycamore joined the Lancaster University Council in 2018.  He is a past President of the Law Society of England and Wales.  He retired as a Circuit Judge and as Deputy Vice-President of Tribunals in March 2020.

Phillip continues to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge and as a Sports  Arbitrator.  He is a member of the Queens Counsel Selection Panel.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2021)



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 2023)

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 global, digital, international, sustainability 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 2019, has been the Academic Registrar.

(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

Bethan (Bee) Morgan, Student Governor (appointed by the Students' Union)

Bee Morgan is the current Vice-President Education at Lancaster University Students' Union, after being re-elected for a second term of office.  Having graduated with a 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 25 June 2021)


Nicola C. 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. 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.

Nicola has been elected to the position of Chair of the Association of Heads of University Administration.

Prior to moving to Lancaster University, Nicola was Deputy Registrar at the University of Warwick.