VC David Richardson and Chair of Council Sally Howes


The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor David Richardson, is the University’s Chief Executive Officer, accountable to Council for the overall management of the University. He is supported by the Executive Team and leads the delivery of the UEA Vision and Plan which sets out the University’s priorities for the future. Key amongst these are the educational and research missions of the University, which are underpinned by significant estates and digital transformation strategies to ensure that the University has appropriate facilities for the future. Council meetings cover a variety of topics including the development of University strategy, research, education, staff, students, the digital and physical estate, finance, risk, governance and compliance. 

CHAIR OF COUNCIL - Dr Sally Howes OBE

Dr Howes has a PhD in hydrology, an early career in international satellite programmes and has worked in aerospace, digital, cyber, government and higher education sectors, most often at the...

VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PRESIDENT - Professor David Richardson

EA - Katie.Phillips@uea.ac.uk The Vice-Chancellor and President is the principal of the University. He provides academic and administrative leadership to all elements of the institution. He...

TREASURER - Mr Mark Williams

BA (hons) French & European History, UEA (1985); MSc Transport Planning & Management, University of Westminster (1986); Honorary Doctorate - Civil Law, UEA (2013); Member Chartered...

DEPUTY CHAIR OF COUNCIL AND INDEPENDENT MEMBER - Mr Jeremy Clayton

Retired Civil Servant. Most recent posts: Director, Government Office for Science, Director Research Base (BIS), Director Science and Innovation Strategy and International (BIS). Currently...

PROVOST AND DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR - Professor Christine Bovis-Cnossen

EA – Freya.Elliott@uea.ac.uk Professor Christine Bovis-Cnossen is the new Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor who joined UEA from Canada. Prof Bovis-Cnossen leads on strategic,...

PRO-VICE-CHANCELLOR (RESEARCH & INNOVATION) - Professor Fiona Lettice

EA - N.Lacey@uea.ac.uk . In 2017, Professor Fiona Lettice was appointed the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) and is responsible for developing and communicating the vision and...

SENIOR INDEPENDENT MEMBER OF COUNCIL - Dr Andy Wood OBE DL

Andy Wood joined Adnams in 1994, he joined the Board in 2000 as Sales and Marketing Director becoming Managing Director in 2006 and Chief Executive in 2010. He has a DBA from Cranfield...

INDEPENDENT MEMBER OF COUNCIL - Mr Stephen Evans

Stephen Evans joined Norwich City Council as Chief Executive in January 2020 from the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames where he held the position of Executive Director, Communities since...

INDEPENDENT MEMBER OF COUNCIL - Prof Lu-Yun Lian

Lu-Yun Lian, PhD, MBA, is an internationally renowned structural biologist and biochemist and has published over 185 peer-reviewed papers. Her research focuses on the biophysical studies of...

INDEPENDENT MEMBER OF COUNCIL - Ms Gillian Maclean

Gillian joined Council in 2016 and has been the Chair of the Audit Committee since 2020, prior to that being a member of it.

INDEPENDENT MEMBER OF COUNCIL - Dr Jonathan Paine

Dr. Jonathan Paine is an investment banker and academic. He is currently a Senior Advisor at Rothschild & Co., where he has worked for the past 25 years as a specialist in the telecoms, media...

INDEPENDENT MEMBER OF COUNCIL - Mr Francis Tengenesha

Francis Tengenesha is an investment professional who has been a member of the investment team at West Yorkshire Pension Fund (WYPF), one of the UK’s largest pension funds by assets under...

INDEPENDENT MEMBER OF COUNCIL - Ms Jeanette Wheeler

Jeanette Wheeler is a Solicitor practising employment law with almost 25 years of experience of advising a wide range of employers and senior executives.  She is a Partner at Birketts LLP...

MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE SENATE - Professor Laura Camfield

I joined the School of International Development as a Lecturer in August 2010 and now work as a Professor of Development Research and Evaluation and Head of School. I have been a member of Senate...

MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE SENATE - Dr Usha Sundaram

I joined Norwich Business School in July 2013 and I have been a member of Council since 2021. I am a Lecturer in Business Management and Marketing and I am the Senior Academic Advisor for Norwich...

MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE SUPPORT STAFF - Mr Kristopher Harper

Kristopher Harper is a Placements Administrator and has over 20 years of experience working in HE at UEA and he is also Chair of the Standing Committee of the Assembly a role held since 2011. He...

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE - Serene Shibli-Sexton

Hi there! I’m Serene Shibli and the new Campaigns and Democracy Sabbatical/fully-time officer at UEA(SU) and sit on council as one of two student representatives. As the C&D officer,...

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE - Taylor Sounes

My name is Taylor Sounes and I am one of two Student Representatives. This is as part of my role as the Undergraduate Education Officer at UEA Student’s Union, where I am elected to be the voice...

GOVERNOR APPRENTICE - Ms Disa Lee-Choun

Governance Apprentice to the UEA Council and member of the Digital Transformation Steering Committee. Entrepreneur, advisor, Financial Times Top 100 Most Influential BAME Leader, and Top 100...

CHIEF RESOURCE OFFICER AND UNIVERSITY SECRETARY - Ian Callaghan

EA - Jessica.Pointer@uea.ac.uk . As Chief Resource Officer and University Secretary, Ian Callaghan is responsible for the University’s governance, finance and planning, HR, commercial services...