Meet the members of the Senior Executive Team below, alternatively view our Senior Leadership Team structure.
Professor Mike Thomas
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892501
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892515
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892500
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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.
Audit and Risk Committee
(Chair) Senior Executive Team
(Chair) Academic Board
(Chair) Honorary Fellows Awards Committee
(Chair) Honorary Doctorate Awards Committee
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
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892504
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892342
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.
Lynne is a Member of the following UCLan Committees
Representation on External Bodies
Tel: +44 (0)1772 896341
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.
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:
Liz is a Director of the following University Companies:
Representation on External Bodies:
Chief Operating Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892502
Tel: +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:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892391
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892507
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).
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894003
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.
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.
Dr Ebrahim Adia
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 89 6083
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.
Representation on External Bodies