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UCEA Board

UCEA Board Membership

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 Roshan Israni, UCEA Deputy Chief Executive.

Chair of the Board   

Mark E Smith

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 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. 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. Mark joined the UCEA Board in February 2016 and was appointed Chair in October 2016.

Deputy Chairs

Jerry Cope

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 Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor, Solent University, Southampton
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.
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.
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 Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield
Koen became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield in November 2018. He was previously the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of York from 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 Board of the Mercia Seed Corn Fund. He is Chair of the Trustees of the University of Warwick Pension Fund. Stuart held the post of Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Physics (2009 - 2017) 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 the Finance Committee, Governance Committee and Remuneration Committee. He has since 31 March 2016 been a Trustee of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. 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, Sydney. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Professor K Mike Spyer, Chair of the Council, Brunel University London
Mike is a neuroscientist by training and was Head of the Department of Physiology at University College London (UCL) before becoming Head of its Medical School and Vice-Provost (Biomedicine). He was UCL’s first Vice-Provost (Enterprise). On retiring from this last post at UCL he was appointed Chair of NHS London serving until the Strategic Health Authorities were abolished in the reforms of 2013. In 2013 he was appointed Chair of the Council of St George’s University of London (SGUL). In 2017 he stood down from the Council of SGUL to take up the role of Chair of Council at Brunel. Mike had a very distinguished research career heading a research group that was funded by BHF, MRC and the Wellcome Trust. He served on numerous biomedical research funding committees in the UK and internationally. He is a former President of the Physiological Society and is a founding Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has served as a non-executive director of several biomedical start-up companies and is a Trustee of the Anthony Nolan charity. He joined the UCEA Board in October 2017.
Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sussex
Adam is a highly-regarded economic geographer and began his academic leadership career as Research Director in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol. During this time, he served as Vice Chair of the Research Grants Board of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and as the Editor of Transactions, Institute of British Geographers. He then joined Royal Holloway as Dean of the Faculty of History and Social Sciences, before becoming Vice Principal (Research, Enterprise and Communications) at the same institution. Before he joined Sussex, he held the position of Provost and Vice-Principal at the University of Birmingham. Adam joined the UCEA Board in October 2018.
Professor Rob Warner, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Plymouth Marjon University
Rob joined Plymouth Marjon University as Vice-Chancellor in March 2017 having previously been Executive Dean of Humanities at the University of Chester. He has first class honours degrees in English Literature (York) and Theology (Oxford) and a PhD in Theology (King’s College London). His research specialism is the decline of religion in Europe since the mid nineteenth century. His publications include ‘Secularization and Its Discontents’ (2010) and, with AHRC/EXRC funding, Christianity and the University Experience (2013) with Guest, Aune and Sharma. Rob joined the UCEA Board on the 1 November 2018. 
Professor Simone Wonnacott, Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Arts University
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 and in gaining taught degree awarding powers in 2016. She became Vice-Chancellor when the institution was granted university status in August 2017.
Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor, Aberystwyth University
Elizabeth joined Aberystwyth University as Vice-chancellor in April 2017. Previously, she was Deputy Vice-chancellor of Cardiff University (2010-17) and before that Dean of the School of Dentistry (2006-2010).  She is currently a member of the UCAS Media Board and UCAS Finance Committee and has been appointed to the UCAS Board from September 2019.  She has previously served as an Independent Member of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board where she chaired the Quality, Safety and Experience Committee and was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.  Elizabeth graduated from Birmingham University with a PhD and BDS and has worked in the NHS in both clinical and managerial roles as well as in the University of Otago, New Zealand.  Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. She joined the UCEA Board in January 2019, having previously been a member of the UCEA Health and Safety committee. 



Gordon McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, GuildHE

Chris Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK


Last updated 16 January 2019