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Denise Jagger

  • Pro Chancellor, Chair of Council

Council - Denise Jagger

Denise Jagger's formal associations with the University go back to 2009 when she was a member of Court, and has been a member of Council for a decade, becoming Chair and Pro-Chancellor in 2019. Denise holds a portfolio of non-executive directorships and trusteeships, following recent retirement as a partner with international law firm Eversheds latterly focussing on client services. Originally from Yorkshire, Denise studied law at Warwick University before undertaking postgraduate EU Studies at the University of Nice. Denise qualified as a solicitor and in her early career practised as a corporate finance lawyer in a major London law firm before embarking upon a career in industry. Denise was Company Secretary, General Counsel and a Director of Asda Stores during its rapid growth period and remained with the business once part of US retailer, Wal Mart.

Denise's current non-executive roles include as Senior Independent Director at Bellway PLC, Pool Reinsurance Limited, and Denise is Chair of St Giles' Trust, a national charity supporting disadvantaged people. Former roles include as Chairman of the York Museums Trust, with the British Olympic Association and of Northern Ballet. Other Higher Education governance experience includes as a former member of both the Council and Court at Leeds University. Denise was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett) in July   2013.

Denise is married with two sons and lives in York.

Philip Carpenter

  • Pro Chancellor

Council - Philip Carpenter

Philip Carpenter is by background a publisher for Higher Education with an interest in the ways in which publishing and digital technologies can support the development of teaching, learning and research to enhance student outcomes and enable the impact of the research community. 

After leaving Oxford University, where he was awarded the Beddington Prize for English, he joined Blackwell Publishers in 1979, where he published extensively across the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Following the merger with Blackwell's sister company in Science and Medicine in 2000, he took responsibility for the company's combined book publishing across the whole academic spectrum for the global market, including particularly its development in the United States and Asia.  When John Wiley Inc. acquired Blackwell Publishing in 2007 he took on the leadership of the combined journal and book publishing of the merged company in the Social Sciences and Humanities.  He subsequently became Senior Vice President for Wiley's journal programme, then in 2014 Executive Vice President, Research  with responsibility for all the company's digital products and services for the global research community.

He has taken an active interest in how the publishing industry can support universities and governments in the development of Higher Education and served on the Board of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers from 2013 to 2017.  He remains active in the field of publishing and related technologies, serving as an adviser and consultant to a number of organisations.

Professor Charlie Jeffery

  • Vice-Chancellor & President

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Professor Charlie Jeffery has been the Vice-Chancellor & President at the University since September 2019.  Prior to his appointment he was Senior Vice-Principal at the University of Edinburgh, a role he  served with distinction since 2014. Prior to that, he was Vice-Principal (Public Policy) at the University of Edinburgh, and he has been Professor of Politics at Edinburgh since 2004.

Professor Saul Tendler

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

Council - Saul Tendler

Professor Tendler was appointment as the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost from September 2015.  

Professor Tendler gained a BSc in Pharmacy at the University of Manchester in 1982 and was awarded a PhD from the University of Aston in 1986. From 1986-1988 he was a Medical Research Council Training Fellow at the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, before being appointed to a Lectureship at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham. He was subsequently promoted to Reader and Professor of Biophysical Chemistry in 1998. From 1999 to 2003, Professor Tendler was Dean of the University of Nottingham's Graduate School. For the next six years he headed Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy before becoming a Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 2009.

Professor Tendler has significant experience of research and technology transfer. He was a founding director of Molecular Profiles Ltd. His research has resulted in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, the award of a DSc and has been recognised through a number of prizes. He has served on many funding council and research council boards and committees and was Chair of the MRC/BBSRC/EPSRC Discipline Hopping Panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and was designated a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2000.

Professor Kiran Trehan

  • elected by and from Senate

Professor Kiran Trehan is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement at the University of York and Director of the Centre for Women’s Enterprise, Leadership, Economy & Diversity.

Kiran is a key contributor to debates on leadership, enterprise development and diversity in small firms and business. She has led a number of leaderships, enterprise and business support initiatives and has extensively published a number of journal articles, policy reports, books and book chapters in the field. Her work has been supported by grants from a full range of research funding bodies; including the Economic and Social Research Councils and Arts Humanities Research councils, government departments, regional and local agencies including Local Enterprise Partnerships and Chambers of Commerce and the private sector. She has also received invitations as Guest Editor from reputable international journals (Human Relations, Management Learning, International Small Business Journal), as well as national and international advisory roles that shape debates and policy in diversity and enterprise.

In 2019 Kiran was elected to be the President of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). ISBE is the leading national body for SME research and policy learning.

 

Chris Thompson

  • Pro-Chancellor
  • Treasurer

Council - Chris Thompson

Chris is a chartered accountant who was Chief Financial Officer at the University of Nottingham from 2007 to 2013, where he was responsible for finance, procurement, IT and research administration. His career has largely been spent in the retail and food manufacturing sectors. After working for KPMG for 10 years at their Newcastle and London offices, he went on to work in senior financial positions in a number of retailers, including Asda and Woolworths before joining the Co-operative movement where he worked for eight years. During this time he was responsible for the management of a number of large businesses in the funerals, pharmacy, retail, distribution and manufacturing sectors. Chris is a non-executive director of Harrogate District NHS Foundation Trust, where he also chairs the Audit Committee, and is also a director of Nevill Holt Opera Limited. Chris is married with 4 children and lives in Harrogate.

Professor Nicky Milner

  • elected by and from Senate

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Professor Kieran Gibson

  • elected by and from Senate
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Kieran Gibson joined the University of York in 2007, as a Reader, before being appointed to a Chair in Plasma Physics in the York Plasma Institute in 2013, and from 2017 has been Head of Department in the Department of Physics at York.

 He graduated with an undergraduate degree from Imperial College, London, followed by a PhD at the University of Manchester.  He began his academic career at UMIST, and subsequently the University of Manchester, as a lecturer in 1993.  

 His research is focussed on the development of fusion energy – the energy source that powers the sun and the stars - and specialises in magnetically-confined fusion plasma research, seeking to provide environmentally sustainable sources of energy for the future. His expertise spans the development of plasma measurement systems, plasma stability, as well as studies of the handling of heat and particle exhaust at the edge of fusion devices – a critical issue for future fusion reactors which involves both plasma physics and materials science.

He has served as a senior member of the Board of Governors of FuseNet, the co-ordinating body for fusion education in Europe, and was Programme Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy, a consortium of five UK universities providing doctoral training for the next generation of fusion scientists. Amongst a number of roles he currently holds in the community, he is a member of the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Programme Advisory Committee, a body that advises on the UK government strategy in fusion science and technology.

Lindsey Fussell

  • Deputy Treasurer

Council - Lindsey Fussell

Lindsey Fussell is Group Director of Consumer and External Relations at Ofcom, the independent telecoms and media regulator.  Lindsey is responsible for leading Ofcom’s consumer policy and enforcement functions and also represents Ofcom internationally. 
Prior to joining Ofcom in April 2016, Lindsey’s career was mostly in the Civil Service.  From 2012 to 2016, she was the Director of Public Services at HM Treasury, responsible for oversight of public spending on defence and security, education and criminal justice.  She is a qualified accountant. 
Lindsey joined the Council at the University of York in July 2018.

Judith McNicol

  • lay member

Judith McNicol joined the Council of the University as a lay member from 01 November 2019. Judith is the Director of the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York – a role which she has held since 2017. The NRM is part of the prestigious Science Museums Group (SMG) and Judith is embarking on a transformation of the Museum as it shifts from a social history to a STEM focus. Prior to this role Judith has held group-wide senior posts in the wider SMG, including as Director of People and Culture, Change Director and Commercial Development Director.

With a commitment to outreach and opening access, Judith herself completed a Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Countryside Management as a mature student from Bishop Burton College.

Judith has lived in Yorkshire for twenty years and her commitment to the future success and growth of the City and its major institutions, including the University and the NRM, will be an asset to the work of Council.

Amanda Nevill

  • lay member

Amanda Nevill, CBE joined the Council of the University as a lay member from 01 November 2019. 

Amanda joined the BFI in 2003 and has led its complete transformation into a major organisation valued by the UK industry and recognised as influential internationally. Today it is the lead body for film, tv and the moving image, a Royal Chartered  charity and a distributor of National Lottery Funds. Amanda’s focus is on nurturing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences. She pioneered the development of the VOD platform BFI Player, launched the BFI Film Academy and BFI Film Audience Network across the UK, transformed BFI Southbank into one of London’s coolest arts venues and ensured the BFI London Film Festival is one of the most significant film festivals in the world. She led the development of an entirely new archive strategy for collections of the moving image and is particularly proud of the influential and innovative work for which the staff at the BFI National Archive are now applauded for internationally.She sits on the Government’s Creative Industries Council, the Creative Industry’s Trade and Investment board.


Before the BFI, Amanda was Head of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (National Media Museum) for nine years, also serving as one of the Executive Directors of the National Museum of Science & Industry. She was the Government Expert Advisor on photographic exports. Before that she was CEO of the Royal Photographic Society.

Amanda is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Bradford University, an Honorary Fellowship from Bradford College and an honorary degree of Doctor from the University of York in 2015 and Norwich University of the Arts 2018. Amanda received the Veuve Clicquot Social Purpose Award 2018, and the Barclays Business WFTV Award in 2016. She was awarded a CBE in 2015.

She has two daughters and 5 grandchildren which, she says, trumps all the above. She retains close ties with Yorkshire where she grew up, and where her extended family still live.

Professor Simon Best

  • lay member

Professor Simon Best OBE, FRSE joins the University Council as a lay member from 01 November 2019. Simon is a life sciences and biotechnology entrepreneur, and is currently Lead Independent Director at the pharmaceutical company Liminal Biosciences, which dedicated to healing conditions such as fibrosis, after seven years as CEO and Chair of its Board. Simon’s track record in life sciences commercialisation has seen him founding and developing substantial ventures. These include Ardana, Zeneca Plant Science, Evofem in the United States which focuses on products supporting women’s sexual and reproductive health and Roslin Biomed, spun out from The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh. Simon was Chair of commercialisation for Edinburgh BioQuarter from 2010-15.

Simon is an alumnus of the University of York (BMus 1977), holds an MBA from London Business School, and was awarded an honorary degree from York (2004). Simon was awarded the OBE in 2008 for services to the pharmaceutical industry. Simon has been awarded such accolades as Science and Technology Venturer of the Year (1999) Technology Pioneer of the Year (2000). Simon is a Visiting Professor of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

Building on his first love of music, Simon started his career as music talent-spotter and started a record label, working with the 1980s electropop-synth band, The Human League.

Professor John Loughhead

  • lay member

Professor John Loughhead CB OBE FREng FTSE joins the Council of the University from 01 November 2019. John is a specialist in industrial research at the interface of industry and academia, and has been Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) since 2016. Prior to this he has held role as Chief Scientific Adviser at the former Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Director of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and Corporate Vice-President of Technology and IP at global transport company, Alstom.

He is Past-President of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and its Australian counterpart, and was made a Fellow of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in 2009, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Cardiff.

John has strong regional roots, and lives in West Yorkshire, with his wife having spent her entire career working in Yorkshire.

Briana Pegado

  • lay member

Briana Pegado joined the Council of the University as a lay member from 01 July 2020. 

Briana’s expertise and experience are in, and across, the fields of education, social enterprise and entrepreneurship, design thinking the creative industry, and additionally through her leadership experience, consultancy, business and events management and agile approaches. In September 2019 she was appointed Chief Executive of Creative Edinburgh which provides careers, advocacy and events support for Edinburgh’s creative community, across all disciplines and activities. Briana was President of Edinburgh Students’ Association from 2014-15 (its Students’ Union) - the first ever Black female President in the Association’s 130-year history. Her many achievements include as:

  • Founder and Director of Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF), an award-winning social enterprise founded in 2014
  • Named as one of Scotland’s 30 under 30 Inspiring Young Womenby YWCA Scotland in 2017
  • A recipient of the Sundstrom Scholarship for Women Leaders to support her MBA at Central St Martins and Birkbeck.

Briana now lives in Edinburgh, hails from the United States and was schooled in Washington DC.

Professor Dame Vicki Bruce

  • lay member

 

Professor Dame Vicki Bruce joins Council as a lay member from 01 February 2021, and is an esteemed academic, and is Professor Emerita at in Psychology at the University of Newcastle, were she was latterly Head of Department until 2015. As well as holding Professorships at the universities of Nottingham and Stirling, Vicki was Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Vicki is a former President of the British Psychological Society (BPS),  Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, as was awarded an OBE IN 1997 and DBE in 2015 for services to Psychology and Higher Education in 2015 and holds honorary doctorates from Goldsmiths, University of London, St Andrews, the University of York and several Honorary Fellowships.

Dr Philip Rycroft

  • lay member

 

Dr Philip Rycroft CB joins the Council of the University as a lay member with effect from 26 February 2020 for an initial two-year period of registration.  Philip has had a distinguished career as a senior civil servant, holding senior roles in both the Scottish and the UK Governments.  He was responsible for Higher Education policy in Scotland between 2006 and 2009 and was Director General in the office of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg between 2012 and 2015.  Philip’s most recent role was as Head of the UK Governance Group in the Cabinet Office, with responsibility for constitutional and devolution issues, and as Permanent Secretary at the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU).  He left the civil service at the end of March 2019 and is now a non-executive director, independent consultant and academic.  Philip was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2014 for services to the UK’s devolved and coalition governments.  His own academic background is as an historian; he completed a Doctorate of Philosophy (DPhil) at the University of Oxford in the late 1980s on the local social and economic history of part of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the 18th and 19th centuries, in the course of which he visited York to use the archives of the then Borthwick Institute of Historical Research.

In September 2019, Philip took up a distinguished visiting fellowship at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, and holds an Honorary Professorship and an advisor to the Principal position at Edinburgh University.  His current research interests are in the governance and politics of the United Kingdom.

David Watson

  • lay member

 David Watson

David is currently Chair of the University’s Audit and Risk Committee and has recently become a member of Council (February 202I).  He is a chartered accountant (Price Waterhouse) with a law degree from Cambridge University, David has worked throughout his career in the financial services sector and has held senior management roles within investment banking, private equity and asset management.

Most recently, David was co-founding partner of Pensato Capital, an asset management firm, where David was responsible for the overall management of the business, including governance, finance, risk and all legal and compliance matters. David ran this well-regarded business for some 10 years before managing its sale in 2017 to a sector consolidator.

A competitive cyclist and keen gardener, David lives in North Yorkshire with his partner and three dogs. David is a Trustee of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. He is also a non-executive director of York Hospitals NHS Trust, and was subsequently asked to Chair the Resources Committee of the board. 

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Andy Durrant

  • elected by and from non-academic staff

Andy Durrant joined the University of York in February 2011 and he is currently the Head of Estates Operations and Maintenance for the University. His introduction to the University came via a year with the University Partnership Programme (UPP).

Andy began his career in Facilities and Estates Management in 1990 with the Civil Service College at Sunningdale Park. He then moved onto being the Facilities Manager with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) based at York in 2002 until 2009 followed by a year with Interserve FM. Andy has been responsible for both hard and soft FM working closely with a number of FM contractors.

Andy moved to Yorkshire in 2002 and has 2 children now in their early twenties.

Patrick O'Donnell

  • President, Students' Union

Patrick is the President of YUSU, the York University Students' Union. This means that he is the lead representative for all students at the University. This requires him to sit on a variety of University committees to ensure the student voice is heard. 

Viviane Yuxin Cao

  • President of the Graduate Students' Association‌‌

Viviane is the President of Graduate Students' Association (GSA).Her key role is to voice the opinions of all postgraduate students in all senior level committees of the University.