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Vice-Chancellor's Group

The Vice-Chancellor's Group, along with the Board of Governors, lead the University and are responsible for ensuring we fulfil our mission and values. As a leadership team they have clear responsibilities to drive improvement and growth around our key objectives of student recruitment and experience, financial stability and continued focus on our people.

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Professor Graham Baldwin

Role at the University
The Vice-Chancellor is the principal academic and administrative officer of the University and is responsible to the Chairman of the Governors.

As Vice-Chancellor, Graham is responsible for the leadership and management of the University within the principles laid down by the Board of Governors, of which he is an ex-officio member. Graham is supported by the Vice-Chancellor's Group, which includes the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Chief Officers and the Pro Vice-Chancellors.

Lynne Livesey smiling
Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Dr Lynne Livesey

Lynne is Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the University of Central Lancashire. Previously Lynne was Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic and Dean of the Lancashire Law School at the University. Lynne is a Director on the LEP Skills and Employment Panel in Lancashire and holds a number of other directorships.

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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Leadership)
Professor Ebrahim Adia

Ebrahim is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business Development and Partnerships).  His relationship with the University is a long-standing one and he has held a number of positions since 1997 including Senior Lecturer, Ambassador for Students and Provost (Burnley Campus).  Ebrahim has also served as a member of the University Board and the Board’s Nominations Committee.

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Chief Information and Infrastructure Officer
Michael Ahern

Michael has extensive experience of designing and delivering strategic and operational change programmes both within business information systems and in a wider business context. Michael has 10 years’ experience in technical and engineering roles and 15 years in strategic leadership roles. 

George Charles smiling
Chief Finance Officer
George Charles, ACMA, CGMA

George joined the University in February 2018 as Interim Deputy Finance Director (FP&A) and was recruited as Chief Finance Officer in December 2019. He is responsible for strategic leadership over the University’s financial management ensuring its financial sustainability.

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Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Ruth Connor

Role at the University
As Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Ruth is responsible for advancing the University’s reputation as a world-leading and life-changing educational institution across the globe. Ruth joined the University as Executive Director of Strategic Marketing in 2018 and was appointed to the Vice-Chancellor’s Group as Chief Marketing Officer in 2019, reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor.

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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)
Professor StJohn Crean

Professor Crean was appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise in December 2019, having been Pro Vice-Chancellor for Clinical, Health and Research since July 2017. He previously served the University in a number of senior academic roles including Executive Dean of the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, Director of Dental Research and Knowledge Transfer, and Dean of the School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education.

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University Secretary and General Counsel
Ian Fisher

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. 

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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students and Teaching)
Professor Andrew Ireland

Professor Andrew Ireland is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students and Teaching), providing strategic leadership across the organisation in the areas of student experience, teaching excellence, curriculum design, and student support services.

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Chief People Officer
Ken Lee

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.