UCEA was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (number 02914327) on 30 March 1994. The four members of the company are the CUC, GuildHE, Universities Scotland and Universities UK.
Board membership comprises Vice-Chancellors, Principals and University Council Chairs or members nominated by the four members. The Board includes six CUC representatives, two GuildHE representatives, two Universities Scotland representatives and eight UUK representatives. This ensures that the Board membership is representative of subscribing institutions. UCEA is a membership organisation which all Universities and HE Colleges in the UK can join as subscribing institutions.
The Secretary to the Board is Sue Endean, UCEA Deputy Chief Executive.
Professor Mark E. Smith, Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University
Mark has been Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University since January 2012, having previously been Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Warwick. He has also worked in Germany and Australia. Mark is the current Chair of the Graduate Prospects and HECSU boards, and is a member of the HESA Board. He also serves on the UniversitiesUK Research Policy, Funding Policy and Long Term Strategy Network groups, and in June 2015 he became Chair of the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group for Higher Education. Mark chaired the national review of A-level content 2013-14, is a member of the Strategic Advisory Network for the EPSRC, Trustee of the AQA Council, and member of both the UPP Foundation Advisory Board and HEFCE’s Leadership, Governance and Management Committee. In December 2014, Mark became a Trustee and Board Member of Jisc. 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. He joined the UCEA Board in February 2016 and was appointed Chair in October 2016.
Professor Julie Lydon OBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of South Wales
Julie became Vice-Chancellor of the new University of South Wales on 11 April 2013. She previously held the roles of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan from April 2010 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor from April 2006. She commenced her career in HE in 1989 at the University of Wolverhampton Business School, which she joined as a lecturer progressing through promotion to the post of Associate Dean. In 2003 she moved to a directorate role at the University of the West of England, where she was an Assistant Vice-Chancellor. Following completion of an honours degree in Economics, she worked for the Tube Investments group for ten years. She has a strong reputation of academic leadership including major change projects in strategic academic development, curriculum design, widening access, partnerships and quality. Her research interests and publications are in the fields of organisational change and collaboration within higher education.
Shirley Atkinson, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Sunderland
Shirley has responsibility for the executive management and oversight of the University of Sunderland, including preparation and delivery of its Strategic Plan. She is currently a board member of the City of Sunderland College, a founding trustee and Director of the South West Durham University Technical College, a member of Universities UK international policy advisory group, and innovation and growth policy network, a Director of the Sunderland Business Group, a member of the City of Sunderland Economic Leadership Board and Chair of the Education Leadership Board, and a Director of five university trading companies including the London Campus operation and companies in Malaysia and Hong Kong. Shirley is also an Executive Board member of Million Plus and a member of the Social Mobility Working Group (led by Universities UK). Before joining the University sector in 2008, Shirley worked in public, commercial and not for profit organisations at Board and Executive level. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (qualifying with honours in 1989), for whom she has delivered over 200 lectures, chaired a number of conferences, and previously held a position on their examinations board. She also holds an MSc in Finance, is an alumnus of Harvard Business Schools’ Global Leaders Programme and is a Fellow of the RSA. Shirley joined the UCEA Board on 1 January 2017.
Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor, Southampton Solent University
Before joining Southampton Solent University as Vice-Chancellor in August 2014, Graham worked as Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He joined UCLan's Senior Management Team in 2003 and held posts as Dean of Academic Development and Director for Cumbria. In 2007/2008 Graham was seconded to work as the National Skills Research Director for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority at Sellafield Limited. In March 2008 he took up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Skills & Employer Engagement), and was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) from 1 January 2010 with overall responsibility for UCLan's academic and research activity. Graham also worked closely with partner institutions particularly in Hong Kong, China and the Middle East, and he received an Outstanding Foreign Expert Award from Hebei Province, China. During 2014 he was also appointed as Honorary Professor at Hebei University in Baoding, and in 2015 was appointed as a visiting Professor by the National Academy for Education Administration, Beijing. Graham has a first degree from the Madeley School of Physical Education, an MSc from Loughborough University and a Doctorate from the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wales, Bangor. He is a qualified teacher with a PGCE from the University of Wales and he taught briefly in the secondary and further education sectors before commencing a career in higher education. Graham joined the UCEA Board on 1 August 2016.
Christian Brodie, Chair of Council, University of Sussex
Christian Christian read law at Magdalen College, University of Oxford and graduated in 1978. After passing the solicitors’ professional exams with distinction in 1979 he then worked for Herbert Smith & Co. as a corporate finance lawyer in the City of London and New York. In 1985 he joined S.G. Warburg & Co. Ltd. which was ultimately acquired by UBS which became the largest financial services organisation in the world in terms of client funds under management. At UBS he served in a variety of senior management positions including as a member of the Group Management Board, Vice Chairman of the Investment Bank, head of Investment Banking in Europe, Middle East and Africa and head of Investment Banking in Australia and New Zealand. Following his retirement from UBS in 2013, he has taken on a number of non-executive roles. He chairs or has chaired a number of organisations including: the Chelsea & Westminster Health Charity, Greensage Limited, the Council of the University of Sussex (as well as being the Pro Chancellor), the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, the Student Loans Company, Pentathlon GB which is the governing body in the UK of the Olympic Sport of Modern Pentathlon, the Public Chairs Forum, the BIS Partnership Organisations Chairs Forum, the Regulatory Partnership Group for Higher Education and the Council of UCAS. He is also a member of the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group of HEFCE, has been a member of the finance and grants committees of the Wates Foundation and serves on the Public Leaders Editorial Board of the Guardian. He joined the UCEA Board in July 2015.
Jerry Cope, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors, London South Bank University
Jerry has been Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors at London South Bank University since 2015. He was previously Chair of the Board of Governors at Kingston University until 2011. Jerry spent 30 years with the Post Office and Royal Mail, leaving in 2003. He started in personnel and industrial relations before moving into strategy and line management. He was appointed to the Post Office Main Board in 1996, taking up appointment as Group Managing Director with particular responsibility for international businesses, before becoming UK managing director. During his time at the Post Office, Jerry was a shareholder Director at Camelot. Jerry was also Chair of the Prison Service Pay Review Body for eight years and is currently Chair of the NHS Pay Review Body. He is also Treasurer of the English Bridge Union. Other current appointments include being a Pension Trustee, Chair of the leadership and change consultancy t-three, and Chair of the logistics consultancy PLCWW. He joined the UCEA Board in June 2016.
Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Durham University
Stuart joined Durham University as Vice-Chancellor and Warden in 2015 from the London School of Economics (LSE), where he served as Deputy Director and Provost. He graduated with a BA Honours degree in Geography from Sidney Sussex College and continued at Cambridge for his PhD, which was focused on the politics of ethnoregionalism in Jharkhand, India and has carried out field-based academic work in eastern India ever since. Alongside this, he has also worked extensively in that region for the UK’s Department for International Development, including on public service delivery issues, joint forest management, participation and empowerment. He has held posts at Huddersfield Polytechnic, Royal Holloway, Bedford New College (University of London) and the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In 1988, Stuart was appointed to a Lectureship in South Asian Geography at Cambridge University and was elected to a Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College. He remained at Cambridge for the next 11 years before taking up a post of Professor of International Studies at the University of Miami and later a Chair in Geography at the LSE. He became the Head of the Department of International Development in 2007 and from 2010 served as Pro-Director for Research and External Relations. In 2013 he was appointed as the first Deputy Director and Provost of LSE and led work to develop LSE’s core undergraduate course (LSE 100) and more generally, he led work to improve systems of academic recruitment, mentoring, review and reward. He joined the UCEA Board in October 2016.
Professor Julian Crampton CBE DL, Chair of the Council, University of Gloucestershire
Julian is the Chair of the Council of the University of Gloucestershire and is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Brighton. Previously he was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton for 10 years between 2005 and 2015. Julian was educated at the University of Sussex and holds a doctorate from the University of Warwick, held research appointments in London and in Boston, USA and senior appointments at the University of Liverpool. Currently Julian is Board Chair of SeaChange Sussex (the economic development company for East Sussex); Chairman of MDHub (a ‘Club’ for the 100 highest growth SMEs in Brighton); Chair of the Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; a member of the Infrastructure sub-committee for the Coast to Capital LEP; Chair of the Board of the Brighton and Hove 'Our Future City'; and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex and was made CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2015. He joined the UCEA Board on 1 November 2016.
Geoff Dawson, Former Chair of the Board of Governors, Sheffield Hallam University
Geoff joined the Board of Sheffield Hallam University in 2006 and became Chair of its Board of Governors in March 2010. He has been a senior executive in global organisations providing strategic consulting and IT services. Educated at Manchester Grammar School and Loughborough University, where he read Mechanical Engineering and played 1st XI cricket, his early career encompassed technical roles with British Rail, GEC and British Aerospace, before joining Scicon, the IT subsidiary of BP in 1979. He took up his first Director level role, in Sales and Marketing, in the mid 80’s. Wide international business experience followed, living and working in more than 30 different countries including five years in Singapore as a Regional Director for Electronic Data Systems. On retiring early from EDS in 2006, he re-entered university life, obtaining an MA in Ancient History from UCL. He is also the Chairman of Sporrance Ltd, a management consulting company. Geoff is Chair of the CUC.
Dr Frances Dow, Chair of Court, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Frances has been Chair of Court at Queen Margaret University since March 2016 and was a member of its governing body between 2005 and 2012. A historian by training, her academic career was spent largely at the University of Edinburgh where from the 1990s she held a number of senior management roles, including Vice Principal (Development) from 2002-2003. Since retirement she has held several public appointments in the fields of education and healthcare. Currently she is a lay member of the Scottish Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards for NHS consultants, and a member of the Appointments Committee of the General Teaching Council for Scotland. She has been involved with Healthcare Improvement Scotland and with the Scottish Government’s Health Directorates, most recently in connection with Medical Revalidation and Nursing and Midwifery Revalidation. Previously she chaired two Scottish Government steering groups on the regulation of healthcare support workers and on Professionalism in the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions. She has been a member of the Council for At Risk Academics, which assists overseas academics who are threatened with discrimination or persecution. From 2007 to 2011, she was Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, which oversees the award of Marshall Scholarships to highly-qualified US graduate students for study anywhere in the UK, and was awarded CBE in the New Year Honours List 2012 for services to UK/USA relations. She joined the UCEA Board on 1 August 2016.
Professor John G. Hughes, Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University
John was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University in September 2010. He is a mathematician and theoretical physicist by academic background. Following appointments at Queens University Belfast and at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, he became Professor of Information Systems Engineering, and later Dean and then Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Ulster from 1991 to 2004. He was then appointed President of National University of Ireland Maynooth in 2004. He has a strong reputation for working closely with industry and in the commercialisation of research, and has also built up an extensive network of international partnerships in Europe, the US and Asia.
Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of York
Koen became Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of York on 1 January 2014 when he also joined the UCEA Board. He was appointed as Chair of the Employers Pensions Forum (EPF) in May 2015. Koen holds undergraduate degrees in Philosophy (1985) and Psychology (1987) and a PhD in Experimental Psychology (1992) from the University of Leuven. Following a research appointment at the University of Chicago, he became a lecturer at the University of Birmingham in 1992. He was Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Warwick from 2000 to 2013. At the University of Warwick he served as Faculty Chair for Science, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research (Science & Medicine) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost. Koen was a recipient of the British Psychological Society’s Cognitive Award (1996) and of the Experimental Psychology Society Prize (1997).
Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Stirling
Gerry became Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling on 1 May 2010. He is a scientist who has worked in both Space Physics and Carbon Dating. At the University of Michigan he worked on the NASA Dynamics Explorer satellite programme and subsequently became Director of the high-precision carbon dating facility at Queen’s University Belfast, where he undertook research into global carbon cycling and contributed to the dating of national historic monuments such as Stonehenge, Sutton Hoo and Newgrange. He was Pro Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast from 2001 to 2010, where he had responsibility for Academic and Financial Planning, Economic Development and External Affairs. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufacturers. Gerry took on the role of Vice Convener of Universities Scotland on 1 August 2016.
Professor Andrea Nolan OBE, Principal & Vice-Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University
Andrea became Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University in July 2013. Her institutional leadership career began with her appointment to Head of Division of Veterinary Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow, becoming Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, Vice-Principal for Learning & Teaching in 2004 and Senior Vice-Principal & Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2009. Andrea graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College Dublin and after a short time in veterinary practice, embarked on an academic career which took her to the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol, and the Technical University of Munich. During the 1990s she established herself as a research leader in the field of animal pain, and was appointed Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology in 1998. She is a member of the QAA Scotland Committee and the UUK International and Europe Unit Board. Andrea is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Royal Agricultural Societies and is an honorary life member of the Association for Veterinary Teachers & Research Workers. Andrea took on the role of Convener of Universities Scotland on 1 August 2016.
Professor Stuart Palmer, FREng, Chair of Council, Cardiff University
Stuart holds a BSc, PhD and DSc in Physics from the University of Sheffield and Honorary DSc from the University of Warwick. His academic career began in 1967 at the University of Hull (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader) before moving to the University of Warwick in 1987 as Professor of Experimental Physics. He was appointed Head of the Department of Physics in 1989, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research 1995-1999 and Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor 1999-2001. He stood down as Head of Department in 2001 to take on the role of the University’s first Deputy Vice-Chancellor, a role he filled until 2010. He is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of Warwick and Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology. Stuart is a member of the HEFCE Financial Sustainability Strategy Group and the Board of the Mercia Seed Corn Fund. He is Chair of the Trustees of the University of Warwick Pension Fund, the HEFCE TRAC Development Group and the Board of Institute of Physics Publishing. Stuart is Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Physics and held the post of the Secretary General of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (2012-2015). He was appointed to the Cardiff University Council on 2 December 2013. He is also a member of Academic Promotions Committee, Governance Committee and Remuneration Committee and a Trustee of the Cardiff University Pension Fund. He joined the UCEA Board on 1 January 2017.
Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University
Edward joined Nottingham Trent University as Vice-Chancellor in August 2014, where he leads the Executive Team overseeing approximately 28,000 students and 5,000 staff across three campuses. Prior to this he worked at the University of Birmingham, initially as Director of the Health Services Management Centre and then as Head of the School of Public Policy. Latterly he was Head of the College of Social Sciences. He played an active role in the civic life of the Birmingham, which included being a Non-Executive Director of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce.
Professor Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor and CEO, University of Northampton
Nick is Chair of Procurement UK, and is a former Royal Society Research Fellow and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. A geologist by training, with a DSc from the University of Liverpool, Nick has worked in industry (BP) and on academic and commercial research projects throughout the world. He has held visiting research appointments at the Universities of Michigan and Vermont (USA) and NASA, and is currently visiting professor at Macquarie University, Melbourne. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Professor Simone Wonnacott, Principal, Leeds College of Art
Simone was appointed Principal of Leeds College of Art in 2009, having previously served as Vice-Principal since 2004. An MBA graduate of the University of Leeds with a background in HR, she is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Having led a number of significant management and workforce re-structuring projects during her career, in August 2011 Simone steered the College through its transition to the HE sector.
Gordon McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, GuildHE
Chris Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK
Last updated 3 January 2017