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The Heads of Department Forum facilitates discussion and communication between members of the University Executive Board, heads of academic departments and senior managers within the support services.

Subscribed members of HoD Forum may communicate by sending an email to Non-members wishing to circulate an email to the Forum should contact the list administrator, Julie Sugden at




Prof Charlie Jeffery Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Saul Tendler Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
Prof Deborah Smith Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) 
Prof John Robinson Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning & Students)
Vacancy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships & Engagement)   
Prof Martin Smith Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Projects)
Prof Tracy Lightfoot Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching, Learning & Students)
Prof Ambrose Field Interim Dean of Faculty, Arts and Humanities
Prof Richard Ogden  Associate Dean (Research), Arts & Humanities
Dr Gill Chitty Associate Dean (Teaching, Learning & Students), Arts & Humanities
Prof Brian Fulton Dean of Faculty, Sciences 
Prof Sarah Thompson Associate Dean (Research), Sciences  
Dr Steve King Associate Dean (Teaching, Learning & Students), Sciences
Prof Stuart Bell Dean of Faculty, Social Sciences
Prof Matthew Festenstein Associate Dean (Research), Social Sciences
Dr Jill Webb Associate Dean (Teaching, Learning & Students), Social Sciences
Prof Tom Stoneham Dean, York Graduate Research School 
Academic departments
Prof Nicky Milner Archaeology 
Prof Jennifer Potts Biology
Prof Duncan Bruce Chemistry
Prof Neil Audsley Computer Science
Prof Jo Swaffield Economics and Related Studies  
Prof Paul Wakeling Education
Prof Andy Tyrrell Electronic Engineering
Prof Helen Smith English and Related Literature   
Prof Mark Hodson Environment
Prof Karl Atkin Health Sciences 
Prof Lawrence Black History
Prof Michael White History of Art
Prof Una MacLeod Hull York Medical School 
Prof Dunstan Brown Language and Linguistic Science
Prof Niall MacKay Mathematics
Dr Aine Sheil   (Interim) Music 
Prof Alan Thomas Philosophy 
Prof Kieran Gibson Physics
Prof Nina Caspersen Politics
Prof Mike Burton Psychology
Prof John Hudson Social Policy and Social Work 
Prof Paul Johnson Sociology
Prof Duncan Petrie Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media 
Prof Mark Freeman York Management School
Prof Caroline Hunter York Law School

Prof Maria Goddard Centre for Health Economics
Prof Lesley Stewart Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Dr Matthew Perry International Pathway College
Prof Erik Tonning Norwegian Study Centre
Prof Werner Bonefeld School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Prof Sarah Rees Jones Centre for Medieval Studies
Support departments
Ms Jo Horsburgh, Registrar and Secretary  Registrar and Secretary
  Student & Academic Services  
Dr Wayne Campbell  Academic Registrar 
Ms Valerie Cotter Student Services
Mr Nigel Dandy Academic Support Office
Mr Tom Banham Careers and Placements
Ms Paula Tunbridge Student Life and Wellbeing
  Commercial Services  
Mr Jon Greenwood Director
Mr Philip Kember  Deputy Director
  Estates and Campus Services  
Mr Stephen Talboys Director
Ms Liz Gatheral Estates Development 
Mr Kevin Whelan Estates Operations
Mr Dean Spears  Campus Services
  External Relations  
Ms Joan Concannon Director
Mr Iain Barr Centre for Lifelong Learning
Dr Sarah Mitchell Events & Public Affairs 
Ms Hilary Layton Global Engagement
Mr Alistair Keely Media Relations 
Ms Mary Haworth Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni
Ms Roxanne Pendlebury Student Recruitment and Admissions
Mr Jeremy Lindley Director
Mr Rod Peet Deputy Finance Director
Mr Rob Hunt Assistant Director of Finance - Procurement
Vacancy Assistant Director of Finance -  Management Accounting  
  Human Resources  
Dr Joss Ivory Director 
Rachael Millhouse HR - Operations

Miss Helen Selvidge HR - Specialist Support 

Ms Susan Kane Learning and Development
Mrs Maria Ayaz Equality & Diversity 
  Corporate and Information Services  
Mrs Heidi Fraser-Krauss  Deputy Registrar
Mr Masud Khokhar Library and Archives
Mr Arthur Clune  IT Services 
Mr Andrew Male  IT Services
Mr Denis Fowler Health and Safety Services
Mrs Rebekah Desport Planning Office
Mr Jamie Holliday Operations Manager (Arts and Humanities)
Mrs Natalie Armstrong Operations Manager (Sciences)
Mr Mike Clark Operations Manager (Social Sciences)
  Research & Enterprise Services  
Mr David McBeth Director
Mrs Jennifer Gilmartin  Research Services
Mrs Amanda Selvaratnam Enterprise Services
Colleges Principals
Ms Charley Bayley Alcuin College
Mr Andrew Ferguson Constantine College
Dr Eleanor Brown Derwent College 
Prof Matt Matravers Goodricke College
  Halifax College  
Dr Andrew Kerrigan James College
Dr Dan Horsfall Langwith College

Dr Rob Aitken Vanbrugh College
Mr Russell Yates Wentworth College


Meeting dates

Meeting dates

Autumn 2019  
Spring 2020
  • To be confirmed
Summer 2021
  • To be confirmed

Future meetings will be organised by the Vice-Chancellor's Office.

Contact details

Julie Sugden
Vice-Chancellor's department

Tel: 01904 32 2926