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.  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 serve for ten years as CEO of Leeds Bradford Airport.  He is currently Chairman of National Savings and Investments and 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.  She is the Finance Director of Kelda Group, owners of Yorkshire Water, in which capacity she covers 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.

With effect from 12 September 2019, Liz will become CEO of Yorkshire Water.

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 is currently the Chief Information Officer at Leeds Building Society.   His previous roles include IT Director for HSBC Global IT Operations and Vice President for IT for HSBC Global Software Delivery in Chicago.   

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 been on the board of a Housing Association (Ongo Homes, Scunthorpe) where he had responsibility for oversight of strategy, risk management, operations management and information technology.   He currently acts as a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation and for the Women Ahead programme.

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

A Leeds graduate, and solicitor by training, Helen is currently the Group Secretary and General Counsel at the Co-op Group.   She has extensive board level experience as General Counsel at five FTSE 100/250 companies, and of working with boards and executive committees across a range of sectors including consumer retail, leisure, security services and manufacturing.   Prior to the Co-op, she held similar roles at Dixons, William Hill, Chubb and Boots.   She is also involved with the University via the Law School Mentoring Programme.

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

Rob was elected by and from the Senate in 2019.  He is Head of the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. 

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 is a qualified accountant with an extensive track record of senior executive leadership.   

He is a senior partner and member of the executive committee at KPMG.   (He worked as a partner at KPMG in Leeds from 1997, and as the senior partner in the Leeds office from 2008 to 2012.)   He has also held the position of Head of National Market and the Public Sector Business in the UK at KPMG, since 2012.   

Mr Moffatt chairs KPMG Crimsonwing, which is a joint venture company with KPMG Europe.   The organisation is made up of representatives from three different countries and is designed to enable collaboration and consensus building. 

He is due to retire from KPMG in September.

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 Politics from the University of Sheffield, Geoff is a trustee of the Royal Institution and Deputy Chairman of the Ryedale Festival. Formerly he was a trustee of 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 is a Leeds graduate and holds a number of non-executive directorships, including at Pret A Manger (where he is also a member of the audit committee and special adviser on consumer protection), and at Cranswick plc (a FTSE 250 company, where he is a member of the audit committee, remuneration committee, and lead NED for stakeholder engagement).   

He is also on the board of FarmAfrica and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink.   Previously, he was chief executive at Arla Foods and at the Food Standards Agency, and Group Quality Director of Tesco (he is currently an adviser to its group CEO).   He has also sat on the Prime Minister’s Council of Food Policy Advisers.   

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.