Director of the British Antarctic Survey, Dame Jane Francis is a pioneering scientist whose study of fossil plants and their use as tools for climate interpretation is recognised internationally. Jane read Geology and completed a PhD at the University of Southampton. From 1979-1982, she continued her studies as a NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Bedford College, London before taking up a position as a palaeobotanist at the British Antarctic Survey from 1984 to 1986. She worked at the University of Leeds from 1991-2013, the last five as Dean of the Faculty of Environment. Among her many awards, Jane was the recipient of the Polar Medal in 2002 - which has also been awarded to Captain Robert Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton. In 2017, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) for services to polar science and diplomacy.

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.

University Executive Group

Membership of the University Executive Group (UEG) comprises the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, the Executive Deans, the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Marketing Director, the Director of Human Resources, the Director of Campus Development and the University Secretary. 

Alan Langlands is the twelfth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, a major Russell Group University with a commitment to high quality education, a strong and dynamic research base and a track record of social, economic and cultural development. 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.

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 and Physical Sciences.

Tim is accountable for every aspect of the University’s operations, ensuring that all activities are properly aligned with the University’s Strategic Plan, and with each other, to enable its key imperatives of student education and research and innovation. He is responsible for student operations, information management and technology, change management, facilities, marketing and communications. Before joining the University, he was deputy Chief Executive of UK Biobank, a major medical research resource established for the investigation of common, complex diseases.

As University Secretary, Roger is responsible amongst other things for providing advice and support to the Council, Senate and their committees; corporate governance, including ethics; overseeing and co-ordinating the University’s response to changes in the external regulatory framework;  policy and compliance in relation to Freedom of Expression and Prevent;  student discipline, complaints and appeals;  policy and investigatory responsibilities in relation to whistleblowing, bribery and corruption, and allegations of misconduct in academic research;  legal services and legal compliance, including GDPR and Freedom of Information;  protocol, including graduation ceremonies and other major University events;  and overseeing the management of critical incidents (including student emergencies).

Jane Madeley is the University’s Chief Financial Officer. She has responsibility for Finance, Strategy & Planning, Risk Management and Purchasing across the University. Jane’s role also includes developing the University’s commercial relationships with industry, commerce, public-sector partners and education and research partners at home and abroad. 

Jo Holmes is the University’s first Marketing Director. She is a graduate of Geography from the University of Sheffield and joined Marks and Spencer in 1984 where she undertook a variety of commercial and marketing roles before joining the University in March 2005. As Marketing Director her 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. 

Dennis joined the University of Leeds in 2002 as Director of Residential and Commercial Services and was appointed as Director of Facilities Management in 2009. His responsibilities currently include development and management of the University’s estate, including the residential portfolio, commercial and campus support services, sport, and sustainability.

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 staff in seven faculties and across the professional 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.

Karen is Professor of Exercise Science in the School of Biomedical Sciences. She previously held the post of Head of School and is a Fellow of the American College of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Her research interests include using exercise and physical activity to enhance fertility and to ameliorate the impact of reproductive ageing upon cardiovascular disease in women. Her research integrates the disciplines of medicine, exercise science, cardiovascular science and fluid dynamics.

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.

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.