Writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg was born in Wigton, Cumbria, in 1939. He read modern history at Wadham College, Oxford, and then joined the BBC as a general trainee in 1961. Three years later, he was appointed editor of BBC2's first arts programme, First Release, and since then has become a pre-eminent figure in arts broadcasting in Britain editing, producing and presenting a wealth of pioneering, award-winning television and radio programmes across the cultural spectrum.

A Cambridge graduate, David Gray worked as a partner for Hepworth and Chadwick in Leeds between 1982 and 2000 (Hepworth and Chadwick was renamed Eversheds in 1997.) He took on a full-time management role as Managing Partner for Eversheds North in 2000 and in 2003 was appointed Managing Partner and Chief Executive for Eversheds. He became Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council (the University’s governing body) on 1 August 2013.

Membership of the University Executive Group (UEG) comprises the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellors, the faculty deans, the Finance Director, the Marketing Director, the Director of Human Resources, the Director of Facilities Management and the University Secretary. 

Alan Langlands is the twelfth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds. Before joining the University, he was the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, responsible for promoting and funding high quality education and research in universities and colleges with higher education programmes. Amongst his other responsibilities, he is the Chair of the University’s principal academic authority, the Senate, and of the University Executive Group.

Professor Roberts leads on development of the University’s research and innovation strategy. Her brief includes promoting partnerships in a number of key sectors, accelerating collaboration across a wide range of academic disciplines and driving recruitment of world-leading academics. Previously she was Executive Dean in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and a Professor of Virology at the University of Surrey.

Professor Ward leads on our overall education strategy, ensuring the University attracts, excites and retains high-quality students from a wide range of backgrounds. His brief includes implementing innovative measures to ensure students benefit from an outstanding education and excellent all-round experience, widening participation, promoting teaching excellence and innovation, and further boosting the employability of the University’s students.

Professor Yu leads on the development and delivery of the University’s international strategy by working with teams across the University and stakeholders to boost the University’s global profile and standing, and generate research and educational opportunities with overseas partners. Professor Yu also holds the role of Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering.

Jane joined the University as Finance Director in 2009. She has responsibility for the Finance, IT, Strategy and Planning and Purchasing functions across the University. Jane graduated in History and Economics from York University in 1989. Since qualifying as a chartered accountant, Jane has held senior finance positions in businesses within the retail and fast moving consumer goods sectors, including Asda Walmart and the Campbell Soup Company.

Martin Holmes is the University’s first Marketing Director. He is a graduate of Geography from the University of Sheffield and joined Marks and Spencer in 1984 where he undertook a variety of commercial and marketing roles before joining the University in March 2005. As Marketing Director his role involves executive responsibility for an integrated marketing capability across the University, as well as for student recruitment, admissions, international development, marketing communications and alumni development and fundraising.

As University Secretary, Roger is responsible for key areas of University life, including corporate governance; audit and risk management; and supporting the University’s governing bodies (including the Senate and the Council) and other main committees. He also looks after student administration - taking students from registration right through to graduation – academic appeals and regulations; legal issues; and complaints and discipline.

Dennis joined the University in 2002 as Director of Residential and Commercial Services and was appointed as Director of Facilities Management in 2009. His responsibilities currently include management of the residential estate; catering operations; conference and event management; sport and physical activity; estate management; and campus support services. He is also responsible for the sustainability of the University’s built environment.

 

A graduate of the School of English at the University, Francesca was appointed Director of Human Resources from 1 October 2015. She oversees a large department which provides HR services and support to over 7000 staff in nine faculties and across the corporate services. Previously, she was the Director of Organisational Development and Business Improvement at Nottingham Trent University, responsible for HR as well as university-wide programmes to enhance organisational performance. She is also a former member of the HEFCE Leadership, Governance and Management Strategic Advisory Board. 

A professor of German, Frank has held a number of roles in the subject community, including being President of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland and was a member of panels for the national assessment of research (RAE and REF).  His research interests include German literature in its social and historical context, and the role of the writer-intellectual.

John is Professor of Mechanistic Biology in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He joined Leeds in 2014 from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where he was Director of the Center for Biomolecular Structure and Function and Edward Rotan Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research. His independent research is strongly influenced by his background in biophysical chemistry and he has published seminal investigations on the application of biophysical data to the understanding of intracellular signal transduction and in drug development. 

Peter Moizer is a professor of accounting at the Business School and active on committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He is a member of the Executive Board of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, the Lord Young Business Charter Executive Group, the EFMD Deans and Directors General Steering Committee, and the EQUIS Committee. His research interests are primarily in the area of auditing.

Professor of Post-14 Education Policy and Curriculum, Jeremy has research interests in education and training policy for 14-19 year-olds, in particular curriculum innovation and change and school-based vocational curricula. Jeremy has directed, co-directed or participated in a large number of national evaluation and research projects on curriculum change in the UK, with research council and governmental reports, journal articles, papers and books in this area.

Peter is a professor of scientific computing. He is a member of the Institute for Computational and Systems Science. His general research area is scientific computation and he is particularly interested in efficient, accurate and reliable computational techniques for the solution of partial differential equations.

Andy is a Professor of Environmental Sustainability. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Member of The British Soil Science Society. He has developed research approaches that integrate a range of disciplines including soil science, ecology, development studies and environmental social sciences and has led inter-disciplinary research projects across African drylands.

Stephen has been a member of the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds since 1985. His research interests are in combustion and oscillations and chaos in of chemical systems. He has a long-term interest in teaching mathematical skills to physical science students and established the PRiSM group, which focuses on pedagogical research within the faculty. He has fulfilled a variety of roles in the University including the Head of Chemistry, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and Head of Physics.

Paul is a professor of medicine and a consultant endocrinologist and joined Leeds in August 2013. Paul is currently a primary investigator within the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit in Leeds and an NIHR Senior Clinical Investigator. He chairs the Chairs & Programme Grants Committee of the British Heart Foundation, is a Member of the MRC Strategy Board and is Chair of the MRC Careers and Training Committee. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.