Principal Officers of the University - 2021/22


  • Chancellor: Karen Jones CBE


  • Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council: Dr Sally Howes, OBE (Cantab), PhD (Bristol) (2024)


  • Treasurer: Mr Mark Williams, BA (Hons), MSc (East Anglia), ATT, CTA, CLD (2022)

  • The Deputy Chair of Council: Mr Jeremy Clayton, MA (Oxon) (2025)


  • Vice-Chancellor and President:  Professor David Richardson, BSc (Keele), PhD (Birmingham)


  • Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Professor Christine Bovis-Cnossen, BA Hons (McMaster), MA (Wilfred Laurier), PhD (Hull) 

  • Pro-Vice- Chancellor Research and Innovation: Professor Fiona Lettice, BSc (Bradford), MSc, PhD (Cranfield), BA (OU) (2022)

  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor Student Experience and Education: Professor Emma Sutton-Pavli (2022)

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Humanities: Professor Sarah Barrow, BA, MA (Cantab), PhD (Sheffield) (2022)


  • Pro Vice-Chancellor Medicine and Health Sciences: Professor Charles ffrench-Constant, MA, MB, BChir (Cambridge and UCL), MRCP (London) (2026)

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor Science: Professor Mark Searcey, BSc (Loughborough), PhD (Hertfordshire) (2024)


  • Pro Vice-Chancellor Social Sciences: Professor Frances Bowen, BA (Oxon), PhD (Bath), HEA (2023)


  • Chief Resource Officer and University Secretary: Mr Ian Callaghan, BA Hons (Sheffield), ACMA, GCMA, ACIB


  • Chief Operating Officer: Ms Jenny Baxter, BSc Hons (Surrey), Knight Wallace Fellow (Michigan)


(A year after an Officer’s name indicates that the term of office expires on 31 July of that year.)


Former Principal Officers