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Number in brackets to the right-hand side of a Council member's name indicates length of continuous service in years, up to and including the 2012-13 session. Length of service is not indicated for ex officio or student members, or for observers.

The Chair is appointed from among the Council's Appointed Members for a term of office to be determined by the Council. The term of office of the Chair shall not normally exceed five years.

Ex Officio

President and Provost

Professor Michael Arthur

Professor Michael Arthur

Ex officio member of Council (President and Provost) – since 2013

Professor Michael Arthur is the new President and Provost of UCL.  He was until recently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds and was previously Professor of Medicine (1992), Head of the School of Medicine (1998-2001) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at the University of Southampton (2003-04). He is a hepatologist with research interests in liver cell biology developed initially at the University of California, San Francisco (1986-1988) and more recently as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York (2002). Professor Arthur became a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998.

Professor Arthur has a significant national and international profile.  He was Chair of the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services (NHS) (2010 – 2013) and he is a member of the Council of the Medical Research Council.  He is a US/UK Fulbright Commissioner and a former Chair of both the Worldwide Universities Network and the Russell Group of Universities.

Professor Arthur took up his current post on 1st September 2013.

Education and Campaigns Officer, UCL Union

Mr Keir Gallagher

Keir Gallagher

Ex officio student sabbatical member of Council – since 2013

I am taking a year out of my law degree at UCL to be the UCL Union Education and Campaigns officer. I previously served as UCLU Law Faculty Representative (2012-13), sitting on UCLU Council, and also sat on UCL Academic Board (2012-13). Since 2012, I have been actively involved in local campaigns to save the Carpenters’ Estate from UCL expansion, a project which lacked community support, and to protect the Gower Place Health Centre, to ensure that it remains a service on Campus. I have also been involved in national campaigns for free and accessible education for all.

Ethics, Environment and Operations Officer, UCL Union

Mr Mohammed Zayyan Butt

Zayyan Butt

Ex officio student sabbatical member of Council – since 2013

Zayyan graduated this year with a BSc in Natural Sciences and is currently undertaking a sabbatical year as the full time Ethics, Environment and Operations Officer at UCL Union. During his degree he also served as the Equality Officer at UCL Union as well as sitting on the Joint Staff Student Committee.

Ethics and Environment (E&E) involves striving and campaigning for a more sustainably and ethically run UCLU, and in particular supporting student-run E&E projects. Operations relates to the facilities and services that the Union provides to its membership, including the bars, cafes, shop, gym and study spaces, as well as the supervision of the finances of the Union.


Eleven members (not employees of UCL or students), appointed by Council:

Mr Ven Balakrishnan (1)

Lay member of Council – since 2012

Ven Balakrishnan was educated at UCL. He is Lead Partner, Strategy Group, Grant Thornton UK LLP. He previously worked as a Strategy Consultant, advising private equity houses and banks on investment / restructuring decisions, and corporates on business strategy.  He was formerly a partner in the Commercial Diligence and Strategy practice of Ernst & Young, and a strategy consultant working at PriceWaterhouse Coopers and Boston Consulting Group.  He is a member of UCL’s Finance Committee, a chartered accountant and member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Lord (Tim) Clement-Jones (1)

Lay member of Council - since 2012

Tim Clement-Jones

Lord Clement-Jones is a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took a degree in Economics and Law. A communications professional and a solicitor, he was Group Company Secretary and Legal Adviser of Kingfisher Plc from 1986 until 1995, where he coordinated Kingfisher's contribution to the Shopping Hours Reform Campaign which led to the Sunday Trading Act 1993. Before Kingfisher, he held senior legal positions at Grand Metropolitan and London Weekend Television. He is now the London Managing Partner of DLA Piper, the global law firm.

Lord Clement-Jones was made a life peer in 1998 and until July 2004 was the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman in the House of Lords. Thereafter until the General Election in 2010 he was Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport. He was Chairman of the Liberal Party from 1986 to 1988 and was the Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats from 2005-2010. He was responsible for the passage of the 2003 Tobacco Advertising and Sponsorship Act and the Live Music Act 2012 as private members bills through Parliament. He was formerly the Chairman of Crime Concern, the UK national crime prevention charity. Until its merger with Macmillan Cancer Support in 2008 he was a Trustee of Cancerbackup, the UK cancer information charity founded by his late wife, Dr Vicky Clement-Jones FRCP. He is Hon President of Ambitious About Autism (formerly known as Treehouse), the autism education charity, and is the former Chairman of the Council of the London School of Pharmacy, University of London. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Medicine.

Ms Philippa Foster Back, CBE (5)

Lay member of Council – since 2008

Philippa Foster Back

Ms Foster Back was educated at UCL. She has worked at Citibank NA (1977-79); with the Bowater Group, now known as Rexam, leaving as Group Treasurer (1979-88); with DC Gardner plc as Finance Director (1988-90); as a consultant assisting the Association of Corporate Treasurers to implement new professional examinations, and serving as President from 1999-2000; as Group Treasurer at Thorn EMI (1993-2000); and as a non-executive director for various periods with the Ministry of Defence, the Highways Agency, the Milk Development Council, the Investors Compensation Scheme, and as a Commissioner of Tax. Since 2001 Ms Foster Back has been the Director of the Institute of Business Ethics. She is also currently a non-executive member of the Board/Advisory Board of RAND Europe, the UKTI Defence Advisory Group, and Barrier Biotech Ltd.

Ms Carol Lake (-)

Lay member of Council – since 2013

Carol Lake

Carol Lake has worked for J.P. Morgan for 14 years and is currently charged with leading the firm’s philanthropic efforts internationally outside the Americas. This includes direct management of all grant-making in some 40 countries around the world, as well as employee engagement and community relations activities. During her time with J.P. Morgan, Carol has also played a leadership role in developing the firm’s diversity and inclusion agenda, working closely with senior leaders to help attract, retain and develop the best talent in the market.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Carol held a number of management positions for companies including British Telecom, McDonnell Douglas and Cable & Wireless; working in the UK, Australia and the Caribbean. It was while in the Caribbean that Carol first became involved in philanthropy by establishing a charitable fund initially to respond to the extensive hardship resulting from two successive, major hurricanes that devastated the Eastern Caribbean.

In 2005, Carol served as a member of the expert panel as part of the UK Government’s Equality Review. In 2008, she served as a panel member during the development of the Children’s Plan which was later introduced by the Minister of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls. In 2009, Carol became a Fellow of the RSA.

Outside work, Carol is actively engaged in efforts to widen access to high-quality education and the arts. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation. She chairs the Theatre Royal Stratford East and is a board member of Sadler’s Wells and the Young Vic.

Mr Simon Melliss (2)

Lay member of Council - since 2012

Simon Melliss

Mr Melliss was educated at the University of York. Between 1974 and 1978 he worked at Whinney Murray (now Ernst & Young), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.  

In 1978 he joined Reed International plc where he held a number of financial management positions. From 1989 to 1991 he was Group Financial Controller of Sketchley plc. In 1991 he joined Hammerson plc and served as Chief Financial Officer from 1995 until his retirement in June 2011. He is currently a Non-Executive Director, and Chairman of the Audit Committee, of Whitbread PLC, and Chairman of Hermes Property Unit Trust. 

Ms Vivienne Parry, OBE (Vice Chair) (8)

Lay member of Council – since 2005

Vivienne Parry

Ms Parry was educated at Bedford College, University of London and UCL. She was National Organiser for Birthright (now WellBeing of Women) from 1979 to 1994. She has worked as a presenter and reporter for BBC TV, including Tomorrow's World (1994-97) and Panorama, and as a News of the World columnist (1998-2002), and has been a Trustee of the Diana Memorial Fund and a lay member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. Ms Parry is currently a freelance writer and author specialising in science and health. She writes for many publications, including The Times, The Guardian, and The Mail on Sunday. Her books include The Truth About Hormones. Notable work as a broadcaster has included Inside the Ethics Committee and ‘Am I normal? for Radio 4. Ms Parry is currently a Council member of the Medical Research Council (since 2008) and a Board member of the Science Media Centre (since 2003). She was elected Vice-Chair of UCL Council in 2008.

Ms Katharine Roseveare (5)

Lay member of Council – since 2008

Katharine Roseveare

Ms Roseveare was educated at UCL. She worked at The Marketing Partnership Ltd from 1997 until 2003, leaving as Client Services Partner and Director. As Founder and Agency Director of Intelligent Marketing & Communications Ltd, a marketing and communications agency, Ms Roseveare worked with organisations including HSBC, Diageo, Timberland, Lufthansa and Woolworths. She was recognized as one of Management Today’s 35 under-35 high flying women; a top 10 ‘one to watch’ in media in The Observer Courvoisier Future 500; and a winner of NatWest Women in Business Award. Ms Roseveare is now Group Relationship Director at Nectar, which is owned by Aimia Inc.

Dr Gill Samuels, CBE (4)

Lay member of Council – since 2009

Dr Gill Samuels

Dr Samuels was educated at the University of Sheffield (BSc Physiology) and the University of Birmingham (PhD Neuropharmacology). Appointments held in the course of her career include, among many others: Executive Director of Science Policy and Scientific Affairs, Europe, Sandwich Laboratories of Pfizer Global Research and Development; Director of Cardiovascular Biology, Pfizer; President of the Association of Science Education; Director of the Babraham Institute; and membership of the Council of the Royal Institution and of a number of strategy and advisory committees of the UK Research Councils. Dr Samuels was also a member of government commissions on Human Genetics and Intellectual Property Rights and of the UK Government Healthcare Foresight panel (1999-2000), Chair of the Global Forum for Health Research Foundation Council (2007-2010), and a Board Member of the Drugs for Neglected Infectious Disease Initiative. A co-author of SETFair, the Greenfield Report on Women in Science, Dr Samuels has also served as Vice-President of the Association of Women in Science and Engineering, Chair of the Cheltenham Science Festival, and as a member of the Rosalind Franklin Award Panel of the Royal Society. Awards received include the CBE for services to the Bioscience and Pharmaceutical industries (2002), the CBI’s ‘First Woman in Science’ award (2006) and an honorary doctorate (DSc) from the University of Sheffield (2006).  She is currently a Special Advisor to the British Council, a Board Member for the Cheltenham Festivals, and a Trustee of the Science Museum. She is the Vice Chairman of the University Women’s Club and is a Board Member of UCL Business.

Professor Chris Thompson (5)

Lay member of Council – since 2008

Chris Thompson

Professor Thompson was educated at UCL, studying medicine and psychology. His appointments have included Wellcome Research Fellow and Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry; Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School; Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the School of Medicine, University of Southampton; Registrar and Vice-President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists; Founder and President of the International Society for Affective Disorders; Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation. Professor Thompson is currently Chair of UCL’s Campaign Executive Committee, Board Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Priory Group and a Board Member of the Depression Alliance.

Sir Stephen Wall (Chair) (8)

Lay member of Council – since 2005

Sir Stephen Wall

Sir Stephen Wall was educated at the University of Cambridge. He was, for 35 years, a member of HM Diplomatic Service, serving in a number of posts overseas (New York, Addis Ababa, Paris and Washington) and in various jobs in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Appointments held by Sir Stephen have included: Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary (1988-90) and to the Prime Minister (1991-93); Ambassador to Portugal (1993-95); UK Permanent Representative to the EU (1995-2000); Principal EU adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the European Secretariat in the Cabinet Office with the rank of Permanent Secretary, responsible for coordinating official advice on EU issues (2000-04). In 2004-05 he was Principal Adviser to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor. Sir Stephen is now an official historian for the British Government; Vice-Chair, Business for New Europe; Trustee, the Thomson Foundation; Trustee of the Franco-British Council; Chair of Trustees of Cumberland Lodge and Chair of the Federal Trust.

Baroness (Diana) Warwick (3)

Lay member of Council – since 2010

Baroness Diana Warwick

Baroness Warwick was educated at Bedford College, University of London. She held the post of Chief Executive of Universities UK between 1995 and 2009. Other appointments held in the course of her career include: Senior Negotiator, Civil and Public Services Association (1972-83); General Secretary, Association of University Teachers (1983-92); Board member, British Council (1985-95); Chief Executive, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (1992-95); Member: Employment Appeal Tribunal (1987-99), Executive and Council, Industrial Society (1987-97), Commonwealth Institute (1988-95), Nolan/Neill Committee on Standards in Public Life (1994-99), OST Technology Foresight Steering Group (1997-2000). She holds honorary degrees from Bradford, Brunel, London Metropolitan, Open and Royal Holloway, London universities. Created a Life Peer in 1999, Baroness Warwick is currently a member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and the British American Parliamentary Group. She was appointed Chair of the Human Tissue Authority on 1 January 2010.


Three Professors elected by and from among the professorial members of Academic Board:

Professor David Attwell (3)

Elected professorial member of Council – since 2010

David Attwell

Professor Attwell, Jodrell Professor of Physiology at UCL, was educated at the University of Oxford, studying physics and physiology. After post-doctoral studies in Berkeley, California, he came to UCL in 1981. He set up the four-year PhD programme in Neuroscience in 1996; was a key player in the development of UCL’s Andrew Huxley Building in 2000; and served as a Vice-Head of the Graduate School from 2003 to 2009. Notable external appointments have included Committee Member of the Physiological Society (1994-1998) and Chair of the Wellcome Trust Neuroscience and Mental Health Panel (1998-2001). Professor Attwell was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2000 and a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001.

Professor Nick Tyler, CBE (3)

Elected professorial member of Council – since 2010

Nick Tyler

Professor Tyler, Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at UCL, was educated at the Royal College of Music, the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster) and UCL. He worked as Operations Manager at Unichem Ltd (1984-85) before joining UCL in 1987, holding appointments as Research Assistant, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader at UCL in the period 1987 to 2002, when he was appointed to a professorship. Since 2003 Professor Tyler has been the Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (renamed Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering in 2007). He has been Pro Provost for East and South Asia since 2011. He is also Director of UCL CRUCIBLE Centre and UCL Accessibility Research Group. A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Professor Tyler’s notable appointments outside UCL include: Member of EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Programme Strategic Advisory Team 2011; Member of the Chief Scientific Adviser’s review team for the Department for Transport 2009; Member of the Advisory Panel for Infrastructure UK 2010; Adviser to Chinese Government Ministry of Science and Technology on Low carbon transport (2010). He was appointed CBE for Services to Technology in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list.

Professor Maria Wyke (5)

Elected professorial member of Council – since 2008

Maria Wyke

Professor Wyke was educated at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. She was a Junior Research Fellow at Queen’s College, Oxford (1985-87); Joint College Lecturer in Classics at Newnham and Corpus Christi colleges, Cambridge (1987-1992); Honorary Research Fellow at UCL (1992-93); and Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor at the University of Reading (1993-2005).  Other notable appointments held by Professor Wyke include: member of editorial board of journal Gender & History (1989-1996); member of Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters of the British School at Rome (1997-2001); Member of Academic Board of The Courtauld Institute (2002-06); Member of the British School at Rome Publications Advisory Committee (2003-07); Sub-Panel Member for RAE 2008; panel expert for Research Evaluation of University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2010); Sub-Panel Member for REF2014. The author of books on Roman literature and the reception of ancient Rome, Professor Wyke is a founding member of the Classical Reception Studies Network and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (since 2008).  She joined UCL as Chair of Latin in 2005, and was Head of the Department of Greek and Latin from 2009 to 2012. She is currently a member of the AHRC peer review college (since 2004), the Warburg Institute Higher Degrees Sub-committee (since 2009), the advisory council for the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London (since 2010), and the Council of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies (2012-15). From 2013, she will be Co-Director of the new UCL Centre for Research into the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC) and Deputy Director of the Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Programmes (CHIRP).

Three non-professorial academic staff elected by and from among the elected non-professorial academic staff members of Academic Board:

Dr Martin Fry (-)

Elected non-professorial member of Council – since 2013

Martin Fry

Dr Fry, Lecturer in Medical Electronics in the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at UCL, was educated at: UCL (BSc(Eng) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering 1985); the Medical College of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, University of London (MSc in Medical Electronics and Physics 1986) and the University of Exeter (PhD in Physics 1990). His interest in health-related applications of science and engineering was formed through a childhood spent tinkering with electronics and growing up with an elder brother who has cerebral palsy. This interest was further focused as an undergraduate when he became critically ill with meningococcal septicaemia and associated complications. He has held the following appointments: NHS Medical Physicist, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital (1986-1987); Energy Scientist, Centre for Energy and the Environment, University of Exeter (1990-1992); Arthritis and Rheumatism Council funded Research Fellow, MRI Group, Department of Physics, University of Exeter (1992-1995); Research Associate, Medical Electronics Group, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Bristol (1995-1997); Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Biophysics, Bristol Royal Infirmary (1995-1997); Wellcome Trust funded Senior Research Fellow, Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at UCL (1997-2000). He was the first recipient of the J A Lodge Award for Engineering in Medicine, awarded by the IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers) which in 2006 became the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology).

Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia (-)

Elected non-professorial member of Council – since 2013

Saladin Meckled-Garcia

Dr. Saladin Meckled-Garcia lectures in human rights and political theory in the department of Political Science at UCL. In 2003 he founded the Human Rights Masters programme in the department and in 2009 he co-founded the UCL Institute for Human Rights, of which he is a director. He has in the past served on research ethics committees and is currently on the governing Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. His work focuses on ethics and human rights standards, and the responsibilities that accompany them.

Dr Stephanie Schorge (3)

Elected non-professorial member of Council – since 2010

Stephanie Schorge

Dr Schorge was educated at Yale University and Brown University. She has held the following appointments at UCL: post-doctoral researcher, Department of Pharmacology (1999-2004); senior post-doctoral researcher, Institute of Neurology (2004-2005); Pewterers Research Fellow, Institute of Neurology (2005-2010). She is now a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Institute of Neurology. She has also served as a member of the Academic Staff Appointments and Promotions Committee (2005-10) and as a member of the Academic Promotions Committee (2007-08). She is a member of the Science Advisory Committee for Epilepsy Research UK.

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