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Leaders in Residence

Our Leaders in Residence are a high calibre, effective network of individuals, providing the University with influential connections with a breadth of experience and specialist knowledge.

How it works

Staff nominate prospective Leaders in Residence annually, and following a shortlisting process, the Executive Dean invites them to join the network. The tenure is for a period of three years and the Executive Dean reviews contributions on an annual basis.

As part of the Faculty’s Industry Advisory Board, the Leaders in Residence contribute through:

  • Enhancing the student experience.
  • Being excellent role models for young people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Exercising their influence through advising on curriculum relevant to industry.
  • Contributing to the teaching and learning of students in a variety of ways: guest lectures, mentoring, masterclasses, attending employability events.
  • Working with our academic staff to contribute to research projects.

Gary Aspden is a brand expert, specializing in building and positioning brands with an emphasis on creating connections between brands and popular culture. As a mature student, he graduated from UCLan in 1998 with First Class Honours in BA Fashion Promotion. As part of that course, he worked at various internships before working with British menswear label 6876. He went on to work as an employee of Adidas for over nine years before starting his own consultancy. He was employed by Adidas UK to work on entertainment marketing and after putting together a brand strategy during his first 12 months, Gary was promoted to the Global Marketing Team before going on to head up their entertainment department globally.

He has consulted for a number of clients from YouTube to CP Company but his main client continues to be Adidas. He designs and curates the Adidas Spezial capsule collection for Adidas Originals and is commemorated for his brand knowledge and vast vintage Adidas archive. Gary is also a contributor to Arena Homme+ and SHOWstudio. He guest lectures on fashion marketing and on occasion judges the Creative Marketing Award at Graduate Fashion Week.

Gary’s work is based out of London but he spends much of his time in Lancashire - which he cites as his biggest source of inspiration.

Andy trained at Central School of Speech and Drama and was an early recipient of the Stage One Producers Bursary. He is Executive Producer of Perfect Pitch, a company he and partner Wendy created for the development and production of new British musical theatre. They have produced several productions, notably ‘The Go-Between’ starring Michael Crawford in the West End (Winner Best Musical at UK Theatre Awards and nomination for Best Regional Production at the awards); ‘Lift’ at Soho Theatre (nominated for Best Original Music at the awards) and ‘Pieces of String’ at the Mercury Colchester (nominated Best Musical at UK Theatre Awards). Andy has also produced a number of musicals outside of his work with Perfect Pitch including ; ‘SIX’ in the West End and on tour (nominated for six Awards); ‘The Wiz’ at Hackney Empire; ‘Departure Lounge’ (nominated for Best New Musical in the Awards); ‘When Harry Met Sally’ (UK Tour) and ‘Tell Me On A Sunday’ (UK Tour). Andy is a proud member of the Society of London Theatre.

Her Honour Judge Jacqueline Beech was called to the bar in 1981 and practiced on the South Eastern and North Eastern circuits, specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence litigation and commercial road transport regulation. In 2000, she was appointed part time Chairman of the Transport Tribunal (now part of the Upper Tribunal) and in 2007 she became a Circuit Judge. She was appointed Designated Civil Judge for Cumbria and Lancashire in 2017. She continues to sit in in the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Chamber – transport).

With more than 40 years’ experience in the industry, actor George Costigan has become a familiar face on television, stage and on the big screen. Raised in Salford, his acting career began in the mid-1970s. In the early 1980s, he appeared in series’ such as ‘The Barchester Chronicles’ and the BBC production of Shakespeare’s’ ‘The Life and Death of King John.’ He shot into the spotlight in 1987 when he starred as adulterous businessman Bob in ‘Rita, Sue and Bob too.’ George’s stage appearances include starring in touring shows such as ‘Death of a Salesman,’ ‘Blood Brothers’ and ‘Waiting for Godot.’ He was praised for his role as James Tyrone in ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ in Spring 2018. In recent years, George has featured in big name television series’ such as ‘Happy Valley,’ ‘Inspector Morse’ and ‘Scott and Bailey.’ In 2017, Costigan added another string to his bow when he released ‘The Single Soldier.’ The novel, set in wartime France during German occupation, received high-praise with musician and novelist Willy Russell being among those to commemorate George’s authorial debut.

Frederick Edmondson is the founder and managing director of LYPH. LYPH is an avant-garde clothing company creating men’s and women’s clothing for the culture and context of now - whilst respect for the past is important, re-creating the past is not. Representing a balance between modern aesthetics and innovative function, UK brand LYPH offers an interchanging look for both genders. Fred started of his career in London working for companies such a Paul Smith and All Saints. He then moved to Amsterdam to head up the outerwear department for Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein as design manager. He started to create the LYPH brand two years ago and has had quick success with it in a short period of time. LYPH won the 2018 converted ASOS discovery prize and had been accepted into major showrooms within Milan and Paris showing seasonal collections. The company is sold globally with retail shops in London, New York and Tokyo. Fred remains based in the North with a showroom and office space in Manchester. He says: 'I find I am working at my best when I’m based up North.’.

While in her final year at UCLan in 2009, actor Mandip Gill was auditioning with some of the country’s leading casting teams on prolific television shows. For a couple of years after graduating, Mandip worked in theatres and on theatre tours before landing the role of Phoebe McQueen on Channel 4’s long-running soap ‘Hollyoaks’ where she stayed for three and a half years.

Following her time on ‘Hollyoaks,’ Mandip moved to London where she has worked in theatre, short films as well as feature film ‘The Flood’. She has also featured on well-known TV shows such as ‘Doctors’, ‘Casualty’ and ‘Good Karma Hospital’ to name a few. In 2017, she was casted in her most notable role to date, the Doctor’s companion in the BBC’s Doctor Who.

Kevin Gopal is a Manchester-based journalist who has been editor of Big Issue North since 2007. Educated in Bolton and at Manchester Polytechnic, now Manchester Metropolitan University, he began his career in 1987 with a job as reporter and subsequently assistant editor with SiYu, a national Chinese community magazine published from Manchester’s Chinatown. He changed direction in 1990 with his next job, moving into business journalism and a role as the first international correspondent for Pharmaceutical Executive, the market leading US monthly. In 1992, he became the first deputy editor of Manchester-based North West Business Insider, also working on the publisher’s contract magazine Airside, for scheduled passengers at Manchester Airport. He went freelance in 1994, continuing to write for North West Business Insider and Pharmaceutical Executive, as well as other business titles. He was also sub-editor at North West Business Insider and its associated titles from 1997 to 2004, and wrote a politics column for the magazine between 2001 and 2006. During his freelance career he helped set up a community newspaper in Dewsbury, edited obituary pages, wrote restaurant reviews, covered rugby league games and produced copy for the private and public sectors.

Janet Hampson trained and worked as an actor before moving into production. She was a Celebrity Producer on award winning series for BBC and Talkback Productions before moving to BBC Radio Drama to produce and direct dramas. Following a stint producing and casting comedies for Hat Trick North and Channel K, Janet jumped into casting full time. As a Casting Director Janet cast over 200 episodes of Coronation Street, 4 series of Citizen Khan for BBC1, Hebburn for BBC2, plus shows for Sky, E4 and BBC3. Janet also cast plays for Gap Theatre and The Dukes Lancaster and several films including the award winning feature In Another Life.

In October 2019 Janet opened Janet Hampson Personal Management to continue what she loves best – finding great actors for great roles on both screen and stage. Janet’s client Ciara Kaighin Adams will soon be seen as new regular Claire in the second series of The Bay for ITV.

With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Janet brings a wealth of knowledge, contacts and practical advice to help forward an actor’s career at every stage of its progression.

After 35 years as a journalist, Keith is now a successful author, publisher and media consultant. From 2013 to 2018, he was the Editor of the Express & Star in Wolverhampton, one of Britain’s best-selling regional newspapers. Since leaving that role, he has written two successful sports books ( and is working on a third book project for Autumn 2020 ( He also writes for and operates Fulwood End Media, providing consultancy services across the West Midlands. In 2003, he was embedded with UK armed forces during the Iraq War and was subsequently awarded the Iraq Medal and clasp for reporting from the frontline. He is a former member of the Society of Editors and represented the regional press on the Regulatory Funding Company, which finances the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). During his spell at E&S, the team won awards for its campaigns and digital output, as well as the prestigious Society of Editors Regional Newspaper of the Year accolade in 2014 and the West Midlands Regional Newspaper of the Year in 2018. A regular public speaker, he has made numerous broadcast media appearances and was previously a member of the Sky News newspaper review team.

Andrew Michael Hurley is the author of two short story collections, ‘Cages’ (2006) and ‘The Unusual Death of Julie Christie’ (2008). His first novel, ‘The Loney,’ was originally published in 2014 by Tartarus Press and then John Murray a year later, after which it won the 2015 Costa ‘First Novel’ award and the 2016 British Book Industry awards for ‘Debut Novel’ and ‘Book of the Year.’ ‘The Loney’ has been translated into almost twenty languages and is currently being developed as a feature film.

His second book, ‘Devil’s Day,’ was published in October 2017 and was listed as one of the books of the year in The Times, Financial Times and the Mail on Sunday. It went on to jointly win the 2018 Royal Society of Literature Encore Award for best second novel.

Hurley’s short fiction has appeared in Granta, The Best British Short Stories 2017, The Spectator, the "Seaside Special" collection published by Blue Moose, and in the English Heritage anthology, ‘Eight Ghosts.’ The author lives in Lancashire with his family and teaches Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Writing School.

Paul Morley is a Stockport born rock 'n' roll journalist. He first made a name for himself as a journalist for the British music paper, New Musical Express (NME) in 1977 and around that time he had also been the manager as well as the producer of the Manchester punk band The Drones. After leaving NME, Paul co-founded a brand new record label in 1983 with Trevor Horn and his wife Jill Sinclair and worked as spokesperson and head of marketing. He named the new label Zang Tumb Tuum (ZTT), after reading the sound poem of the same name by Italian Futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, which was the author's description of the sound of machine guns and cannons being fired during the Great War. ZTT’s first signing was Art Of Noise. Paul became the fifth member and his role was to inject ideas into the group rather than contributing to the music itself along with giving titles to their music.

After leaving ZTT, Paul set up his first record label, entitled Sense, where one of the label’s signings was comedian Vic Reeves. During the 1990s the former Art of Noise member became a TV broadcaster, appearing on numerous television shows throughout the 90s and 2000s. Towards the end of the 1990s Paul returned to ZTT for a short time and was involved in the reformation of the Art of Noise along with two other original members. He also took to the stage as the group’s frontman during their 1999-2000 concerts.

Paul still writes and has written for the likes of The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, GQ Magazine, The Guardian, Esquire and The New Statesman. In addition to that he has also been the author of a series of books including Ask: Chatter Of Pop, Words And Music: A History Of Pop In The Shape Of A City, Joy Division: Piece By Piece: Writing About Joy Division 1977-2007, and Nothing that deals with aspects of his own life in true Morley-style.

Sir Andrew Motion is an acclaimed poet, biographer, critic and lecturer. He won the Newidgate Prize for his poem ‘Inland’ while still a student at University College, Oxford and has continued to win awards for his poetry and other works throughout his career including the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize, the Whitbread Prize for Biography and the de Moffat Prize for Art Criticism. He became the UK’s Poet Laureate in 1999, a title he held onto until he retired in 2009. Across his career, he has written biographies on the likes of Phillip Larkin, Keats and The Lamberts, critical studies on the works of Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas and others, a script for the Royal Ballet and his autobiography.

More recently, he has ventured into the media, regularly writing for the Guardian and other publications and being a contributor to BBC radio and television. He has also taught at universities and delivered talks to audiences in Hong Kong, Dubai, Melbourne, Mexico City and many more. He was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009.

Steven Pearson is a Prison Governor and is currently in charge of HMP Garth in Leyland. He has more than 30 years working for the prison service in a number of roles, mostly in long term and high security establishments. He is experienced in all aspects of custody and is always exploring ways in which lessons can be learnt to provide better resettlement and development outcomes for those held in prison. A keen supporter of creating a rehabilitative environment and seeks partnerships to look at ways in which men can be better supported to reduce the risk of returning to prison. Steven has worked with prison service representatives overseas, including a number of prisons in the Punjab. He is currently working with colleagues from Germany exploring how relationships and networking can be beneficial to all parties.

Samantha Rhodes is the Director of the Bluecoat Display Centre, one of the country’s earliest independent craft galleries located for over 60 years in the Bluecoat, Liverpool. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the contemporary craft sector and a broad knowledge of craft makers and their practice. Samantha has curated exhibitions over many years at the Bluecoat Display Centre and has co-curated temporary craft exhibitions including Collect at the V&A and Saatchi Gallery as well as internationally in the USA.

Samantha is a member of the steering group for the North West Craft Network, a gathering of North West curators, museums, art educators and organisations, collectors and makers which aim to grow the craft market, build audiences, increase revenue, incubate makers and keep our craft talent working and showing in the region.

Kamila Rymajdo was born in Warsaw but has spent most of her life living in Manchester. She is currently i-D’s Northern Correspondent, writing about music and popular culture. Kamila also contributes to other magazines including Mixmag, Dazed, Vice, FACT and Interview Magazine and previously worked as the Music Editor at The Skinny North. In 2017, she completed a Creative Writing PhD at Kingston University and has published academic articles on Bret Easton Ellis, grime and clubbing. For five years, she has been running Witch*unt, which was described by the Manchester Evening News as ‘the most exciting club night of 2014.’ Since then, her club night has collaborated with Manchester’s Queer Contact Festival, Salford’s Sound From The Other City and also with Reform Radio, as a biweekly music and talk show.

Born in Mexico City in 1947, Michael Schmidt is a poet, novelist, academic, translator and publisher. He has wrote more than 15 books, including five poetry collections. His poems have been translated into more than 10 languages including Arabic, French and Lithuanian. His book ’Lives of Poets’ (2002) was on the New York Times ‘Books of the Year’ list and he received the Los Angeles Times Book Award for ‘Green Island’ (1984).

Michael attended Harvard and then Wadham College, Oxford and has lectured at universities up and down the country throughout his career including, University of Manchester, Glasgow University and St John’s College, Cambridge. Michael founded ‘Carcanet Press’ in 1969, a publisher that produces 35-50 new titles every year, mainly poetry but some fiction too. In 2000, it was named the Sunday Times Millennium Small Publisher of the Year. Michael also founded ‘PN Review,’ of which he is still the General Editor. He is often a contributor to BBC radio and has appeared on television shows such as ‘Newsnight’ and ‘The Late Show.’

Sarah Singleton QC has been a full time Circuit Judge sitting in the Family Court and the Court of Protection in Lancashire since 2012. She also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge and, since 2016, has been the Designated Family Judge in Lancashire. Before she became a judge, she practised as a Barrister in Manchester for nearly 30 years. She became a QC in 2006. In her spare time, Judge Singleton enjoys reading, striving to improve and learn French, Spanish, Italian, and attempting to run and keep up with her rescue greyhound.

In 1969 Professor Stephenson received a 1st class honours degree in architecture and in 1971 passed Part Three RIBA exams, joined RIBA and registered with ARCUK as Architect. Between 1969-1972, he worked as Architectural Assistant and then Architect at Building Design Partnership, Manchester. Between 1972-1979, he became Architect and then Partner at Michael Hyde & Partners, Barton Arcade, Manchester. In 1979, he founded his own practice, which has received more than 150 awards including final short listing for the Stirling Prize in 1998 for The Quay Bar, Castlefield and again for Chetham’s School of Music in 2013. Professor Stephenson speaks French and basic Italian and his hobbies include architecture, jewellery, drawing, music, travel and skiing.

His many other activities include:

  • Chairman of Conservation Areas and Historic buildings panel for Central Manchester for 6 years (1993-1999).
  • Regularly deliver lectures at Universities around the UK.
  • Visiting professor/external examiner at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2002-2008).
  • External examiner at Newcastle University (2002-2004).
  • External examiner at Nottingham University (2006-2010).
  • External examiner at Northumbria University (2010-2013).
  • Occasionally write for the architectural press.
  • Organiser of Manchester Master series lectures featuring internationally famous architects.
  • Civic Trust Assessor.
  • Participant in 1998 World Architecture Triennale Nara, Japan 1998.
  • Jury Chairman RIBA Awards.
  • Elected RIBA National Councillor (1999-2005).
  • Awarded the OBE July 2001 at Queen’s Birthday Honours.
  • November 2004 – Member of CABE National Design Review Panel (2005-2010).
  • November 2006 – Chairman of RIBA North West Region (2007-2009).
  • January 2010 – Member of A+DS Design Review Panel (2010-2013).
  • 2015 – Awarded a fellowship by Manchester Society of Architects.
  • 2016 onwards – Visiting professor at Liverpool University School of Architecture.
  • 2017 onwards – External examiner at UCLan Hong Kong.

Jon is an independent writer and curator who specialises in modern and contemporary sculpture. He worked at the Henry Moore Foundation for twenty years and was Head of Research at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds. He was co-editor of the Sculptural Journal (2014-19) published by the PMSA and Liverpool University Press and co-editor of the ‘Modern Sculpture Reader’.


For enquiries relating to Leaders in Residence contact Tania Callagher, tel: +44 (0)1772 894106.