Executive Team

Executive Team

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Vice Chancellor - Professor Mike Thomas  

Mike Thomas

Contact Details


Professor Mike Thomas
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892501

Executive Assistant

Anne Roberts
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892515

Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor

Lesley Lynch
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892500

Personal Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor

Sarah Kernohan
01772 892509
Email –

Professor Thomas joined UCLan in the summer of 2014 from the University of Chester where he was Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) for four years. A graduate of the University of Manchester where he studied healthcare he holds a Masters in Law from John Moore’s University, gained a PhD in Psychotherapy from the University of Nottingham and is an alumnus of the Said Business School, University of Oxford.

He carries out research into the area of compassion and kindness in leadership and supervises a number of PhD students who explore management and leadership with particular emphasis on stewardship, values and resilience. He is an advisor to external recruitment organisations.

He is Chair of several external Regional Boards and serves on a number of national committees, has led three social enterprise companies and continues to act as a consultant to third sector organisations and start-ups.

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 Director of the College for Veterans and Emergency Services.

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
  • Remuneration Committee
  • (Chair) Executive Team
  • (Chair) Senior Leadership Team
  • (Chair) Academic Board
  • (Chair) Honorary Awards Committee


  • University of Central Lancashire Foundation

Representation on External Bodies

  • Age UK Mid-Mersey
  • Broughton House, Home for veterans
  • National Council for Enterprise in Education
  • Entrepreneurial University Leadership Programme
  • College for Veterans and Emergency Services
  • Army Professoriate
  • Education and Employment Board, 42nd Brigade

Michael Ahern

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Ahern Chief Operating Officer University of Central Lancashire

Contact details
+44 (0)1772 892502

Personal Assistant:

Michelle Fletcher
+44 (0)1772 892508

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.

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

Lynne Livesey

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Lynne Livesey

Contact Details

Pro Vice-Chancellor

Lynne Livesey
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892504

Personal Assistant

Carolyn Williams
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892342

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

Deborah Reid

Director of Finance

Deborah Reid Director Finance University of Central Lancashire

Contact Details

Director of Finance

Deborah Reid
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892167

Personal Assistant

Denise Helm
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892160

Deborah trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young in Manchester after completing her degree at Lancaster University. Following qualification, she moved into industry and spent several years working in the fast moving consumer goods’ sector of chilled food production in a variety of financial roles before becoming a director of a small quoted company which specialised in furniture manufacture. Eventually she returned to the North West and moved into the Education sector when she took up the post of Group Financial Controller with UCLan in 2002. She was promoted to Finance Director in 2012.


Deborah has line-management responsibility for

  • Financial Services

Ian Fisher

Contact Details:

University Secretary and Legal Officer:
Ian Fisher
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894003

Personal Assistant:
Lisa Atty
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892569

Ian Fisher, University Secretary and Legal Officer

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.