Professor Paul Boyle CBE is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester. Previously, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funding agency for social science research; the International Champion of Research Councils UK, with responsibility for international strategy on behalf of all seven UK research councils; and President of Science Europe, representing over 50 European funding agencies. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Royal Geographical Society of Scotland.
Professor Boyle is Chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Council, which is Scotland’s highest level science advisory body; a Board Member of Universities UK, who provide leadership and support to executive heads of 133 UK University institutions; a Council Member and Trustee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which has over 500 member institutions in 37 Commonwealth countries; an ‘impact champion’ for the United Nations HeForShe global solidarity movement for gender equality; Chair of the Q-Step Strategy Board, promoting quantitative social science training in the UK; on the Advisory Board of the UPP Foundation; and the Advisory Board of Sporting Equals, promoting ethnic diversity in sport and physical activity.
Professor Julia Buckingham
Julia Buckingham read Zoology at the University of Sheffield and, after a short spell in the pharmaceutical industry, moved to London to study for a PhD in Pharmacology at the University of London and to pursue an academic career. She was awarded a DSc and appointed to the Chair of Pharmacology at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1987 where she became Pre-clinical Dean in 1992. She joined Imperial College London in 1997, contributing to the establishment of the new Faculty of Medicine and held the roles of College Dean for non-clinical Medicine, Head of the Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Head of the Centre for Integrative Mammalian Physiology and Pharmacology and Pro-Rector (Education and Academic Affairs).
In 2012 she was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London. Throughout her career Julia has combined research and education with supporting the broader aspects of academic life through work with the research councils, medical charities and learned societies. She has published widely in her field, served on numerous national and international review panels and received a number of prestigious awards and honours for her work. Former roles include President of the British Pharmacological Society, President of the Society for Endocrinology, member of the Sykes Commission, Editor of the Journal of Neuroendocrinology, Chairman of BioScientifca Ltd and a member of the Athena Forum. She is currently a Trustee of the Royal Institution, Chairman of SCORE, a governor of St Mary’s Calne, a founder Trustee and Member of the Board of the Royal Society of Biology, a Trustee and Member of the Board of Universities UK, a Director of Imperial College Health Partners and Co-Chair of the National Centre for Universities and Business Talent Management Network.
Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea
Sir Timothy O'Shea is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Edinburgh. He holds a BSc in Mathematics and Experimental Psychology from Sussex and a PhD in Computer Based Learning from Leeds University.
He was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor at The Open University in 1993. In 1997 he was elected Master of Birkbeck and subsequently appointed Provost of Gresham College and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, holding the three posts concurrently. He returned to Edinburgh as Principal in 2002.
Professor Mark E. Smith has been Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University since January 2012, having previously been Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Warwick University. He has also worked in Germany and Australia. He is the current Chair of the Graduate Prospects and HECSU boards, as well as being a member of the HESA Board, the UniversitiesUK Research Policy, Funding Policy and Long Term Strategy Network groups and in June 2015 became Chair of the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group for Higher Education.
Mark chaired the national review of A-level content 2013-14, is a member of the Strategic Advisory Network for the EPSRC, Trustee of the AQA Council, board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and member of the UCEA Board, UPP Foundation Advisory Board, and HEFCE’s Leadership, Governance and Management Committee. He has recently been appointed as a Council member of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group. In December 2014 Mark became a Trustee and Board Member of Jisc. Regionally in the North West of England, Mark is a member of the LEP Board for Lancashire and also serves on the North West Regional Leaders Board.
Professor Andrew Wathey
Andrew Wathey has been Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Northumbria University since September 2008.
Born in Plymouth, he graduated in Music from the University of Oxford in 1979, where he took his doctorate in Music in 1987. He was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College Oxford, and then a Research Fellow at Downing College, Cambridge. In 1989 he became Lecturer in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Reader from 2005, and in 1999 he was appointed Professor of Music History. He held roles within the Music Department and as Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Royal Holloway, before being appointed Vice Principal (Planning and Resources) in 2003, and Senior Vice-Principal in 2006.
Professor Wathey chairs the Stakeholder Forum of the Student Loans Company, and is Deputy Chair of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. He is a Member of Universities UK's Longer Term Strategy Group and of its Finance and Research Policy Networks.