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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)

Professor John Garside (Deputy Pro-Chancellor)

John Garside is the former Vice-Chancellor of UMIST (2000-2004).  In this position he was instrumental in leading the merger of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester to form the new University of Manchester.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2019)


He has held academic positions at UCL and Iowa State University prior to being appointed to a Chair in Chemical Engineering at UMIST in 1982.  He was awarded a DSc by the University of London for his research in the broad field of crystallisation where he has published over 150 papers.

John is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of UCL and holds Honorary Degrees from UMIST and the University of Manchester.  He has served as President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and as Vice-President of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering.  In 2005 he was awarded a CBE for services to higher education.

John currently lives in Cumbria.  He is a trustee of the Halle Endowment Fund, of Psappha (a contemporary music group) and of the Cumbria County History Trust.

John also serves on the University’s Nominations Committee and the Estates Committee.

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 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.

Professor Steve Bradley

Professor Steve Bradley is Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Economics.  He holds a doctorate from Lancaster University.  Prior to his entry into academia, Steve spent ten tears 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 in leading journals 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 including the analysis of matching models of the labour market, employer search behaviour, selection and recruitment, the effect of employment protection on effort, the econometric evaluation of youth training programmes, and the determinants of unemployment and social exclusion.  Published work has appeared in leading journals, such as the Economic Journal, Economica, the Oxford Bulletin for Economics and Statistics, Oxford Economic Papers, and Labour Economics.

Professor Bradley’s current research interests focus on gender wage gaps in the public sector, the effect of teaching quality on educational attainment of secondary school pupils and the analysis of transition behaviour in the adult labour market.

Professor Bradley has held various managerial roles at Lancaster University, including Associate Dean/Deputy Dean in the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS).  From 2010-18, he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), in which role he was at the forefront of implementing the University’s strategy with respect to international development, including the development of institution-level international teaching and research collaborations, and the internalisation of the Lancaster University student experience.

Rhiannon Llystyn Jones

Rhiannon Llystyn Jones is serving her second time in office as President of the Students’ Union.  She was previously an ex-officio member of University Council in 2016/17.  Her undergraduate degree is in Biomedical Sciences.

(Current appointment to 30 June 2019)

In her first year of University she was President of The County College, the largest undergraduate college.  In her second year she was elected as the Students’ Union President and re-elected in her third year of study.  She is the first ever female to be re-elected as Students’ Union President since its establishment.

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.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2019)

After working in corporate finance with Merrill Lynch and Hambros, in 1995 he joined Robert Fleming in the asset management business.  He spent nearly 20 years in this group, which through acquisition became part of JP Morgan. 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 is now Chief Executive of Miton Group plc., a developing fund management business.  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 currently chair of the University Finance and General Purposes Committee.

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

Michael J. Dormer

Michael J. Dormer is retired Worldwide Chairman, Medical Devices and Diagnostics for Johnson & Johnson.  Born in the UK, Mike graduated from Lancaster University with a BA in Economics and an MA in Economics and Financial Control.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2021)

Mike began his Johnson & Johnson career in 1976 as a product manager with Johnson & Johnson Patient Care in the UK.  After serving in multiple senior positions in the organisation, in 1992, Mike left Johnson & Johnson to become president for DePuy, International Ltd. After further senior positions following Johnson & Johnson’s acquisition of DePuy, in 2001 to franchise group chairman and a member of the Executive Committee of Johnson & Johnson before becoming Worldwide Chairman, Medical Devices. 

He served as Secretary of the Board and member of the Executive Committee of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed).  He also served on the Board of Trustees and Council of Deirdre’s House, a centre for abused children in Morristown, New Jersey.

Since his retirement from Johnson & Johnson, he has been appointed as non-executive chairman to a number of start-up medical device companies and currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Neoss Ltd.

Mike and his family live in Harrogate, UK.

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

(Current appointment to 31 July 2022)

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.

Professor Ella Ritchie

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.

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 has been Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at Lancaster University since 1 October 2014 and in 2017-18 was seconded as Interim Principal for University Academy 92.  Simon began his career as an engineer before beginning his academic life pursuing studies in the humanities followed by a research career which has focused upon sustainable urbanism, where his interdisciplinary and international research connects architecture with urban planning, the property sector with utilities, academia with industry.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2021)

Simon was previously Head of the School of Environment, Education and Development and founding Director of the Manchester Architecture Research Centre at the University of Manchester, and before that Dean of Research at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Newcastle.

Professor Neil Johnson

Neil Johnson is Professor of Medical Education in the Faculty of Health and Medicine where he was Dean of the Faculty 2014-18.

Having completed his initial medical education at Cambridge and Oxford, Neil trained as a General Practitioner.  Alongside his work as a GP he took on a series of academic roles.  He then moved into the leadership and management of medical training, becoming Director of Postgraduate General Practice Education at the University of Oxford in 1998 and then Postgraduate Medical Dean at the University of Leicester in 2001.

(Current appointment to 31 July 2021)

Following a period working closely with the Department of Health on NHS training (as Group Director of Learning Programmes and Services at NHSU (2003-5)) he moved to Warwick Medical School, ultimately becoming Pro Dean Education and Professor of Medical Education.  He worked as a GP until 2014.

Neil’s research interests lie in medical education and he has published on a wide range of topics in the field.  He has also served on a wide range of committees at regional and national level.  He is an adviser to the General Medical Council and is also a Non-Executive Director of University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators.

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.

George Nuttall

George Nuttall has been the student representative on the Council since 2018.  He is currently a third year History and Politics student.  George has also served two terms as the Democracy and Finance Officer for The County College Junior Common Room Executive.

(Current appointment to 30 June 2019)

He has also completed an internship for the Richardson Institute whilst at University.  George is also heavily involved in the Scouting movement outside of University having completed his Queens Scout Award.


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.