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 and the University Secretary.
Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellors
Professor Simone Buitendijk – Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Buitendijk is the thirteenth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds. She joined the University in 2020. Amongst other responsibilities, she is Chair of the Senate and University Executive Group.
Professor Hai-Sui Yu – Principal Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
Professor Yu provides oversight and coordination of the University’s academic strategy and its planning and delivery; and leads on the University’s international strategy.
Professor Nick Plant – Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation
Professor Plant leads on the development of the University’s research and innovation strategy, creating a research culture and environment which delivers high quality research and impact.
Professor Jeff Grabill – Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education
Professor Grabill leads our overall education strategy, ensuring the University attracts, excites and retains high-quality students from a wide range of backgrounds.
Jennifer Sewel – University Secretary
Jennifer Sewel is responsible for the University's overall governance, assurance and legal compliance.
Jane Madeley – Chief Financial Officer
Jane Madeley is responsible for Finance and Purchasing, and plays a role in developing the University’s relationships with industry, commerce, public-sector partners and education and research partners.
Rachel Brealey – Chief Operating Officer
Rachel Brealey is responsible for University wide operations and service delivery of key corporate and student focussed professional services.
Professor Andrew Thorpe – Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures
Andrew has a broad humanities research portfolio. He is Professor of Modern History at the University and a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy.
Professor Karen Birch – Faculty of Biological Sciences
Karen is a Professor of Exercise Science and Fellow of the American College of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Her research interests include using exercise and physical activity to enhance fertility.
Professor Julia Bennell – Faculty of Business
A Professor of Operational Research, Julia holds various leadership roles in her research community. Her research focuses on developing optimisation models for logistics and transportation.
Professor Paul Johnson – Faculty of Social Sciences
Paul is a professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy. His research is concerned with a number of broad questions about the relationship between law, human rights and equality.
Professor Selina Stead – Faculty of Environment
Selina is a Professor of Environmental Science. She is a marine biologist, tropical scientist and a UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor and Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.
Professor Nora de Leeuw – Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
A Professor of Computational Chemistry, Nora is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, an elected Fellow of The Learned Society of Wales and elected Member of Academia Europa.
Professor Mark Kearney – Faculty of Medicine and Health
Mark is a British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Research and clinical cardiologist with an interest in the mechanisms underlying diabetes related heart disease.