The Council is the University's governing body. It includes members of staff, students and lay members. Below are profiles of the members. Read more on our Secretariat website.

Ed Anderson

Ed has been a lay member of the Council since 2007 and, in 2019, became a Deputy Pro-Chancellor.  A graduate in Economics and a qualified accountant, he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.

Ed is a former executive director of Leeds City Council and former Chairman of the Yorkshire Building Society; and he served for ten years as CEO of Leeds Bradford Airport. He is currently Chairman of National Savings and Investments and former Chairman of the Airport Operators Association, and also serves on a number of voluntary sector boards in the region.

A former High Sheriff, Ed is Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

Liz Barber

Liz has been a lay member of the Council since 2013 and, in 2019, became a Deputy Pro-Chancellor. She is CEO of Yorkshire Water.

Formerly the Finance Director of Kelda Group, owners of Yorkshire Water, she covered not only finance but also strategy, regulation, markets, risk and assurance. Liz joined Kelda in 2010 from EY (formerly Ernst & Young), where she had worked for 23 years as a partner and led the audit practice for the North Region and the UK-wide water utility team.

Liz is a member of the CFO Network of Accounting for Sustainability (a charity of HRH The Prince of Wales), of which she was Chair for two years. She also sits on the board of the Natural Capital Coalition, is a non-executive director of KCom plc, where she chairs the Audit Committee.

Vicky Blake

Vicky is a staff member elected by and from the faculties.

Rachael Brown

Rachael has been an elected staff member of the Council since 2017. She joined the University in 2013 and her current role is Athena SWAN Project Officer. Formerly she was PA to the Head of Media and Communication, a role in which she provided wide-ranging support for academic staff.

Tom Clark

Tom joined the Council in 2019. With over 30 years’ experience in technology, he has held a variety of leadership roles in multiple geographies, and is currently the Chief Information Officer at Leeds Building Society. 

His experience encompasses the full range of IT-related services expected at a senior level, including cyber security and risks, digital; IT strategy; and infrastructure and asset management. He has previously been a non-executive director of Ongo Homes, Scunthorpe.   

Qualified with a bachelors degree in Business Studies and a masters degree in IT Management, he is also a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Seb Elsworth

Seb has been a lay member of the Council since 2016.  He graduated from the University in 2004 with joint honours in History and Philosophy.

Since 2015, Sep has been chief executive of Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, which supports charities and social enterprises across England to be more financially resilient through developing enterprise activity and providing blended finance.

Seb’s previous roles have been within the charity sector covering policy, strategy and funding.  Following his graduation, he held two consecutive terms on the executive of Leeds University Union, during the latter of which he also served on the Council as a student representative.

Helen Grantham

Helen joined the Council in 2019.  She took her law degree at the University of Leeds and qualified as a solicitor at Hammond Suddards (now part of Squire Patton Boggs).

She has spent the majority of her career as General Counsel and Company Secretary of listed companies across a range of industries – retail, building materials, security and leisure.  She is currently General Counsel and Group Secretary at the Co-op Group where she leads their legal and secretarial functions and is a member of the Executive Team. 

She participates in the School of Law mentoring scheme.

Michael Howell

Michael has served on the Council as the representative of the Clothworkers’ Company of London (a co-founder of one of the University’s principal precursors) since 2016.

Michael studied engineering and economics at Cambridge, and has MBAs from INSEAD and Harvard Business Schools. He led major US manufacturing businesses for 15 years (Cummins Engine and GE Transportation); he was Commercial Director of Railtrack during the 1990s privatisation of the UK rail network; and he led the procurement of the recently-commissioned tram system in Edinburgh. 

Michael is a former Chairman of the City and Guilds of London Institute; and has been on the Board of Westinghouse Airbrake Technologies Corporation, USA, since 2003.

Lauren Huxley

Lauren is the Union Affairs Officer at Leeds University Union.  In 2018-19 Lauren was the Activities Officer at LUU.

Pam Jones

Pam has been an elected staff member of the Council since 2017. After graduating from the University of Oxford with a degree in Biochemistry and a DPhil in Natural Sciences, Pam took a postdoctoral position in Basel, Switzerland, funded by a Royal Society Fellowship.

A second postdoctoral period at the Friedrich-Miescher Institute in Basel was followed by five years as a Senior Scientist in a biotechnology/pharmaceutical company in the USA. Pam returned to the UK to a Fellowship position in Leeds and is now Professor of Biomedical Research with an interdisciplinary research interest focused around the functioning of blood vessels.

Pam has had an increasing focus on leadership roles: she stepped down as the Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Medicine of Health in order to become Director of the Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James’s.

Robert Kelsall

Robert W Kelsall studied for BSc and PhD degrees at the University of Durham, and held research posts at both Durham and Newcastle universities before coming to Leeds.

He joined the University as a lecturer in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and is now Head of School and Professor of Semiconductor Nanotechnology.

His research work has spanned the interface between physics and electronics, focussing on the simulation and design of semiconductor devices for applications in micro- and opto-electronics. 

Abiha Khan

Abiha is the Education Officer at Leeds University Union.

Roger Marsh

A Leeds alumnus (in Metallurgy), Roger has been a lay member of the Council since 2013.

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Roger initially qualified as a chartered accountant at PwC, where he spent much of his career and was a partner for over two decades. Roger has managed change at the highest level of Government, and in major businesses and companies, implementing sensitive projects in times of transition and for long term financial health. 

He has been Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) since 2013; and has led the LEP through a period of significant transformation, including securing the country’s largest ever Local Growth Deal with Government.

In 2015, Roger became an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to business and the economy.

Iain Moffatt

Iain joined the Council in 2019 and is a chartered accountant by profession.

He retired from KPMG in September 2019, after 22 years as a partner, for the last seven heading KPMG’s U.K. national business, and prior to that was the senior partner in Leeds. During that time he’s worked with most of Yorkshire’s leading businesses and institutions.

He is now a non executive director of two companies, and is a governor of Barnard Castle School. When he’s not doing this, he’s following most sports and playing some. 

Iain is married to Jan, with one son, Jamie, who is studying at Newcastle University. 

Dr Yvette Oade

Yvette has been a lay member of the Council since 2015. She is Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee. She joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as Chief Medical Officer in June 2013. Her portfolio includes responsibility for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and leading Medical Education and Research.

Originally trained as a doctor in Leeds, Yvette became a Consultant Paediatrician in Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation NHS Trust. On moving into clinical management, she held a number of senior managerial roles, which culminated in her appointment as Executive Medical Director.

Yvette also served for two years as the Chief Medical Officer of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Deputy Chief Executive, focusing on quality improvement and patient safety; and she was closely involved in the development of the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.  

Yvette is also a trustee of Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Leyla Okhai

Leyla is the Director of Diverse Minds UK Ltd, providing workplaces with training, coaching and consultancy on mental health, wellbeing and inclusion. Previously, Leyla was the Head of Centre for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Imperial College London, for five years.

Prior to joining Imperial College, Leyla worked at the University of Oxford for six years; firstly in student recruitment specialising in increasing applications from underrepresented BAME young people, then becoming Oxford University’s first specific advisor for race and religion. She is a Leeds alumna and was LUU’s Welfare Executive Officer 2003-2004.

Martin Pelan

Martin was elected to the Council in 2018 as one of the two support staff members.  He is a Senior Student Support Officer in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University, where he is responsible for managing the School’s pastoral support provision.  He is also a member of the University’s Mediation Services team and a health and safety representative.

Geoff Potter

Geoff has been a lay member of the Council since 2011. He is a corporate communications consultant who serves as a Senior Partner with Instinctif Partners, having been Senior Vice-President, Corporate Communications, for GlaxoSmithKline for 23 years.

A graduate in Political Theory and Institutions from the University of Sheffield, Geoff is Deputy Chairman of the Ryedale Festival. Formerly he was a trustee of the Royal Institution and Opera North and a Council member of the School of Pharmacy, University of London.

Geoff is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Janet Sheriff

Janet was appointed head teacher at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley, in 2009, and is the first female head teacher in the school’s 400-year plus history. She was also the first BME secondary head teacher in Leeds. More recently she was appointed to the role of CEO for the Collaborative Learning Trust, a Multi Academy Trust with Prince Henry’s as the first member school.

Janet is a passionate advocate of greater diversity in school leadership: She is chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Diversity Steering Group and, as part of this group, she has developed the Diversity Internship Programme for the Yorkshire Leadership Community, along with other equality and diversity programmes and Continuing Professional Development opportunities for women and BME teachers.

Tim Smith

Tim joined the Council in 2019 and is currently an independent adviser and non-executive director. Recently he was advising Pret a Manger on consumer protection and Tesco on food policy, including health, agriculture and food waste. Tim graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Microbiology and Zoology.

In October 2012 Tim joined Tesco as the Group Quality Director where he led a team responsible for product development, responsible sourcing, standards, quality and food policy. He stepped down in 2017.

Prior to this he was the Chief Executive of the UK’s Food Standards Agency for five years.

He is now a Non-Executive Director of Cranswick Plc and Pret and holds a number of external advisory and charity roles.

Mark Taylor-Batty

Mark has been an elected staff member of the Council since 2015. He is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies in the School of English at Leeds and a former President of the UCU local association at the University.

Mark’s teaching and research are grounded in Twentieth-Century British and European Theatre and Performance, with special interests in the works of Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett. He is series editor of Bloomsbury’s Methuen Drama Engage series of books. He is the Principal Investigator on an AHRC-funded three-year project Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies.