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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



Professor Charlie Jeffery Vice-Chancellor and President
Professor Saul Tendler Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
Professor Matthias Ruth Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

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

Professor Maria Goddard Centre for Health Economics
Professor Lesley Stewart Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Dr Matthew Perry International Pathway College
Professor Erik Tonning Norwegian Study Centre
Professor Werner Bonefeld School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Professor Sarah Rees Jones Centre for Medieval Studies
Support departments
Ms Jo Horsburgh, Registrar and Secretary  Registrar and Secretary
Student and 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 and 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 and Diversity 
Corporate and Information Services 
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)
Research and Enterprise Services 
Mr David McBeth Director
Mrs Jennifer Gilmartin  Research Services
Mrs Amanda Selvaratnam Enterprise Services
College Principals
Ms Charley Bayley Alcuin College
Mr Andrew Ferguson Constantine College
Dr Eleanor Brown Derwent College 
Professor 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: +44 (0)1904 32 2926