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Senior Executive Team

Senior Executive Team

Meet the members of the Senior Executive Team below, alternatively view our Senior Leadership Team structure or our Line Management Reporting Chart.

Professor Mike Thomas

Vice-Chancellor

Mike Thomas


Contact Details

Vice-Chancellor

Professor Mike Thomas
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892501
Email: mthomas14@uclan.ac.uk

Executive Assistant

Anne Roberts
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892515
Email: aroberts1@uclan.ac.uk

Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor

Lesley Lynch
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892500
Email: llynch@uclan.ac.uk

Personal Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor

Sarah Gunn
01772 892509
Email – sjgunn1@uclan.ac.uk

Professor Thomas joined UCLan in the summer of 2014 having worked in the sector for nearly 30 years. He has an academic background in clinical mental health and organisational leadership.

Mike carries out research into the area of compassion and kindness in leadership and explores management and leadership with particular emphasis on stewardship, values and resilience.

He is a non-Executive Director of the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

He also serves on a number of regional and national committees and groups, has led three social enterprise companies and acted as a mentor/coach to executive leadership in the public sector.

An ex-submariner Mike has worked on projects for many years which support military discharged service personnel to find new life and career opportunities. He works with a team of active ex-service academics and those with a special interest or specialism in the field of transition support and is the Co-Founder of the College for Veterans and Emergency Services. In 2014 he was awarded a Nationwide Award for Outstanding Contribution to Resettling Military Families.

Professor Thomas is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society for the Arts and a Member of the British Psychological Society.

Current Responsibilities

Committee Membership

University Board
Audit and Risk Committee
Resources Committee
(Chair) Senior Executive Team
(Chair) Academic Board
(Chair) Honorary Fellows Awards Committee
(Chair) Honorary Doctorate Awards Committee

Trustee

University of Central Lancashire Foundation

Representation on External Bodies:

College for Veterans and Emergency Services
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Universities UK – Health Education and Research Policy Network
Universities UK – Innovation and Growth Policy Network

Lynne Livesey

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Lynne Livesey

Contact Details

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Lynne Livesey
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892504
Email: lmlivesey@uclan.ac.uk

Personal Assistant

Carolyn Williams
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892342
Email: cawilliams@uclan.ac.uk

Lynne is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire with responsibility for academic development, employability and partnerships. Previously Lynne was Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic and Dean of the Lancashire Law School at UCLan.

 

Lynne has many years’ experience of curriculum development, quality assurance and enhancement of student experience across educational disciplines and in legal professional and academic education. She has been involved on panels as a chair or member reviewing quality and student experience in more than 30 international institutions and at many UK universities and colleges, as well as undertaking roles on various Boards of Governors. She is an Assessor of legal education provision for the legal professional bodies in England and Wales. She has participated in national working parties and groups to review and enhance education and policy.

Lynne works closely with the University’s international office to enhance international student experience and has travelled widely to support international students. As chair of the University’s UK and Overseas Partnership review panel and as Dean she helped to develop UCLan’s work with partner Universities and Colleges from several countries. .

Alongside her academic background, Lynne is a practising lawyer with expertise in Trusts and Property laws and has several years’ experience in private practice. She has a strong professional and academic interest in education law, equality and diversity law and in social issues around improvement of social mobility and access to justice. She has contributed as a key note speaker at several UK and international conferences and advisory meetings on these issues, including conferences organised with senior members of the Chinese Government to discuss proposals for Constitutional reform relating to equality and diversity in Chinese education.

Lynne has led several externally funded high value research projects, frequently working in collaboration with international partners. She has been involved in developing employer networks, industry Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and social enterprises to help to improve students’ employability and enterprise skills, their resilience and to raise their aspirations.

Current Responsibilities

  • Academic Development
  • Employability
  • Partnerships

Lynne is a Member of the following UCLan Committees

  • Executive Team
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Student Experience Committee
  • Academic Board

Representation on External Bodies

  • Preston Inc. Law Society
  • Runshaw Corporation Board
  • Visions Learning Trust Board
  • Applied Policy Sciences Unit Board
  • Guild UTC Board

Liz Bromley

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

liz bromley

 

Contact Details


Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Liz Bromley
Tel:  +44 (0)1772 896341
Email:  lbromley@uclan.ac.uk

Personal Assistant

Carol Doloughan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894000

Liz Bromley joined UCLan in September 2016 after four years as Registrar and Secretary of Goldsmiths, University of London. Having read English at Worcester College, Oxford in the early 80s, Liz lived in the Middle East, teaching English and working for Japan Airlines before moving to Oman with a young family.

Liz joined the Open University in 1996, leaving eventually after serving a number of years as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, responsible for Quality, Students and the academic staff of the Faculty working in the OU’s 13 Regional Centres. She then had a spell at the AUA as Executive Director, before joining Salford University as the Director of a brand new department, Student Life, which delivered the full range of student support services, plus accommodation, catering and sports.

Liz is Deputy Chair of the Mulberry Multi Academy Trust, a non-executive member of The Association of Higher University Administrators (AHUA) and a number of other Boards, and has served for a number of years as a Justice of the Peace. She has four children, all of whom have lived through - and survived - the significant changes to Higher Education over the past 10 years, and a stepson who is at university.

Current Responsibilities

Liz is responsible for the corporate planning process and the related services responsible for the delivery of the Strategic Plan. She is responsible for UCLan’s International Strategy, for student administration and Strategic Marketing & Communications.

Liz is a Member of the following UCLan Committees:

  • Senior Executive Team
  • Academic Board
  • Equality and Diversity Executive Group
  • Changing the Culture Steering Group

Liz is a Director of the following University Companies:

  • UCLan Overseas Ltd
  • UCLan Cyprus

Representation on External Bodies:

  • AHUA
  • NCEE
  • Mulberry Academy Trust
  • Common Purpose

Michael Ahern

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Ahern Chief Operating Officer University of Central Lancashire

Contact details

Chief Operating Officer

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892502
Email:  mahern@uclan.ac.uk

Personal Assistant

Michelle Fletcher
Tel:  +44 (0)1772 892508
Email:  mfletcher@uclan.ac.uk

Michael has extensive experience of designing and delivering strategic and operational change programmes both within business information systems and in wider a business context. Michael has 10 years experience in technical and engineering roles and 15 years in strategic leadership roles. Since joining UCLan in 1998 Michael has been responsible for transforming the technical IT team into a valued university business partner. In 2008 Michael led the creation of Learning and Information Services (LIS), joining UCLan’s IT and Library services into one integrated service. Since then LIS has also taken on responsibility for all technical and digital services around the university.

Prior to joining UCLan Michael worked within Bolton Metro (Leisure) as IT & Support Services Manager where he was responsible for creating and establishing the organisation’s IT Services and delivered their first IT infrastructure based on distributed LANs.

Prior to this Michael worked for Bass Brewers as Head of Production Services where he was responsible for leading and managing the deployment of large production systems at some of Europe’s largest brewing, productions and distribution plants.

Before joining Bass Brewers Michael worked for British Gas North Western, originally in Customer Services before moving onto Productivity Services.

Current responsibilities

Directorate Lead for:

  • Marketing
  • Facilities Management
  • Learning & Information Services
  • Student & Academic Support Services

Committee membership:

  • Executive Team
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Centralan Holdings Ltd Board
  • Death in Service Trustee
  • Honorary Awards Committee
  • Masterplan Vision Board
  • Safety Health and Environment Committee

KEN LEE

Executive Director of Human Resources

Ken Lee

 

Contact Details

Executive Director of Human Resources

Ken Lee
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892391
Email: Klee9@uclan.ac.uk

Personal Assistant (Interim)

Cath Kilmartin
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892507
Email: CAKilmartin@uclan.ac.uk

Ken joined the University in August 2016. He is responsible for ensuring that the University offers a professional, flexible and innovative Human Resources function with responsibility for staff recruitment, administration, engagement and development. His role involves driving the organisational development and culture change to underpin the realisation of the University Strategy.

Ken, who originally hails from Burnley, was HR Director of BBC North from 2008-2016. He oversaw the corporation’s HR agenda during and after the £200m implementation of the new BBC North organisation including the migration of staff to the Media City location and the development of a new creative and collaborative culture. Prior to this he held senior Human Resources and Organisational Development roles at British Aerospace, Halifax and HBOS.

Ken graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class Honours Degree in Jurisprudence (Law and Philosophy).

Current responsibilities

  • Staff recruitment
  • Staff development and engagement
  • Reward and recognition
  • HR service and administration

Committee membership

  • Executive Team
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Staff Experience Steering Group

 

Ian Fisher

University Secretary and Legal Officer

Ian Fisher

Contact Details


University Secretary and Legal Officer

Ian Fisher
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894003
Email: ifisher@uclan.ac.uk

Personal Assistant

Lisa Atty
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892569

Ian joined the University in September 2014. Prior to his appointment Ian was the County Secretary and Solicitor at Lancashire County Council. In addition to being the Chief Legal and Governance Adviser to the County Council Ian also played a major role in creating and supporting a wide range of partnerships and joint ventures including a number of limited companies such as the Lancashire Economic Partnership, Lancashire County Enterprise Limited and Marketing Lancashire. Ian is Secretary and Legal Advisor to the University Board and Company Secretary to the majority of the University’s subsidiary companies. He also heads up a significantly enhanced Legal and Governance team and is a member of the University’s Executive Management Team.

Current Responsibilities

  • Corporate Governance
  • The provision and procurement of legal advice to the University and its Companies
  • Internal Audit and Risk Management
  • Oversight of Innovation and Enterprise activity

Ian is Secretary of the University Board and its Committees and Secretary of the University’s various subsidiary Companies.

Ian is a Member of the Executive Team and the Senior Leadership Team.

Daniel Benham

Director of Finance

Contact Details


Director of Finance

Daniel Benham
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892167
Email: DDBenham@uclan.ac.uk

Personal Assistant

Denise Helm
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892160
Email: dhelm1@uclan.ac.uk

Daniel joined the University in July 2017. He will provide strategic leadership over the University’s financial management at a critical time when UCLan seeks to develop.

Daniel has extensive experience of strategic financial management in large, complex and multinational organisations. Before joining UCLan he was the Director of Finance at Aberystwyth University. Prior to that he worked as Chief Financial Officer for the International Baccalaureate Organization and held high profile positions at several other companies including Schick Wilkinson Sword and Oral B.

Daniel graduated from Imperial College London with a BSc (Hons) Microbiology degree before gaining a PGCE teaching certificate at the Institute of Education (University of London). Following a few years as a school teacher he undertook Chartered Accountancy training and graduated as an ACA in 1990.

Current responsibilities

  • Ensuring effective governance and controls over the University’s financial operations, including the setting and monitoring of departmental budgets
  • Managing the University’s purchasing activities in order to deliver both legal compliance and value for money
  • Ensuring that appropriate financial information systems, policies and procedures are robust and fit for purpose
  • To ensure the efficient use of the University's financial, physical and intellectual assets in support of its investment plans.

Committee membership

  • Senior Executive Team
  • Death in Service Trustee

Dr Ebrahim Adia


Provost, UCLan Burnley Campus

 

Contact details


UCLan Burnley Provost

Dr Ebrahim Adia
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 89 6083
Email: EAdia@uclan.ac.uk

Ebrahim has been Provost for UCLan’s Burnley campus since 2017. However, his relationship with UCLan is a long-standing one and he has held a number of positions including Senior Lecturer, Ambassador for Students, and Strategic Coordinator for Student Retention, amongst others, since 1997.  During this period he has also served as a member of the University Board and the Board’s Nominations Committee.

As the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at the University of Bolton, Ebrahim had responsibility for student retention and satisfaction and the TIRI Interdisciplinary Research Centre.  His research interests continue to focus on key dimensions of the student experience.

Ebrahim has a growing public profile as the Deputy Leader of Bolton Council and is closely involved in the Northern Powerhouse project through his association with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.  He is also a Board Member of the Growth Company and the Manchester Airport Secured Lending Group.

Ebrahim has also served at a national level on the UK Government’s Commission on Integration and Cohesion and has worked as an Independent Expert Adviser for the Audit Commission.

Current Responsibilities

  • Responsibility for all aspects of the University's campus in Burnley.

Committee Membership

  • (Chair) University Ethics Committee
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Academic Board
  • Academic Leadership Group
  • Student Experience Committee
  • Research and Innovation Committee
  • (Chair) Burnley Campus Operational Group

Representation on External Bodies

  • ASQAC
  • East Lancashire Strategic Steering Group
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy