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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 2013-14 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 President and Provost of UCL.  He was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds and prior to that, 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 until recently a member of the Council of the Medical Research Council.  He is also a former US/UK Fulbright Commissioner, and 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 Lukmaan Kolia

Ex officio student sabbatical member of Council – since 2014

Lukmaan Kolia

Lukmaan graduated this year with an MEng in Biochemical Engineering and is currently the Education and Campaigns Officer for UCL Union.

It is the Education & Campaigns Officer’s responsibility to represent the academic needs of all students to UCL. This involves ensuring student representation is present and effective at all levels and campaigning for changes which carry the best interests of students.

Ethics, Environment and Operations Officer, UCL Union

Mr Omar Khan

Ex officio student sabbatical member of Council – since 2014

Omar Khan

Omar graduated in the summer of 2014 with an MEng in Mechanical Engineering. He is the Ethics, Environment and Operations Officer at UCLU for 2014/15.

It is the responsibility of the Ethics, Environment and Operations Officer to ensure that the Union remains and enhances its sustainability whilst pressing the same agenda to UCL. The portfolio also includes responsibility for finance and service, and matters of space and human resources management.  


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

Mr Ven Balakrishnan (2)

Lay member of Council – since 2012

Ven Balakrishnan

Ven Balakrishnan was educated at UCL. He is Lead Partner, Strategy Group, Grant Thornton UK LLP, 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 also a member of UCL’s Finance Committee.  He is a chartered accountant and member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Lord (Tim) Clement-Jones (2)

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 is a member of the House of Lords Select Communications Committee. 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.

Dame DeAnne Julius (Chair) (-)

Lay member of Council - since 2014

Dame DeAnne Julius

Dame DeAnne is the newly appointed chair of the UCL Council as of October 1, 2014. She is the former chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and was a founder member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England. Her international experience was gained as Economic Advisor at the World Bank where she worked on East African and Asian countries. She has also been chief economist at Shell and at British Airways. In her non-executive career she has served on the boards of global companies including BP, Roche, Lloyds Bank, Deloitte and Jones Lang LaSalle. In addition to her corporate experience, Dame DeAnne has led independent reviews for the UK government on banking consumer codes and public sector outsourcing.

She earned a Ph.D in economics from the University of California and has honorary doctorates from four British universities. In 2001 she was awarded the CBE for services to Monetary Policy and in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List she was made a Dame for services to International Relations.

Ms Nahid Majid (-)

Lay member of Council - since 2014

Nahid Majid

Nahid Majid is a Town Planner/Urban Designer who has led on the development and delivery of major capital and economic projects within the UK and internationally. She has worked across the public and private sectors, leading on large scale infrastructure projects including City Challenge programmes (Spitalfields) and The Prince of Wales Foundation for Built Environment on Urban Renaissance, before joining the private sector as Associate Director of Regeneration at Turner and Townsend Construction Management leading on sustainable place making. She was a member of the Legacy Working Group for the winning London Olympic 2012 bid, and was identified as one of the top 20 UK Planners in 2012 Planning Magazine.

Nahid went from the construction industry into Government as Director of Area Initiatives, leading on the £70 million UK City Strategy Pathfinders. She represented London in the allocation of £60 million European Structural Funds with the Government Office for London and the European Commission in Brussels, and was Director of Programmes for The Mayor’s Fund for London.

Prior to joining UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), Nahid was Director of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). She joined UKTI in April 2013 as Chief Operating Officer and set up a new Regeneration Investment Organisation, announced by the Prime Minister, which aims to provide a credible pipeline of UK regeneration opportunities to market to sovereign wealth funds and overseas investors.

Nahid has chaired a number of Government Working Groups and is an active volunteer and mentor.

Mr Simon Melliss (3)

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 Lindsay Nicholson (-)

Lay member of Council - since 2014

Lindsay Nicholson

Lindsay Nicholson studied Astronomy & Physics at UCL but it was her work on the student newspaper Pi that landed her a place on the Mirror Group Newspaper Training Scheme. She moved to magazines working on Woman, Woman’s Own and Honey and was part of the original launch team of Best and became editor of Prima in 1995, going on to launch Prima Baby and Your Home.

In 1999 she was head-hunted to become Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping and in 2006 became the National Magazine Company's first-ever Editorial Director.

In this newly created role she worked across the entire portfolio on titles as diverse as Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Reveal.

At the end of 2008, Lindsay returned to Good Housekeeping as Editorial Director, where she has overseen the expansion of the GHI and the launch of www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk.

During her career Lindsay has won almost every major industry Award including PPA Editor of the Year and the BSME Mark Boxer Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms Vivienne Parry, OBE (Vice Chair) (9)

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 Head of Engagement at Genomics England (since 2013). She was elected Vice-Chair of UCL Council in 2008.

Dr Gill Samuels, CBE (5)

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.

Mr Philip Sturrock MBE (-)

Lay member of Council – since 2015

Philip Sturrock

Philip Sturrock joined UCL Council following the merger of with the Institute of Education in December 2014. He was formerly a member of IoE Council and Chair of its Finance and General Purposes Committee.  Philip read Modern History at Oxford and has an MBA from the Manchester Business School.

Mr Sturrock’s professional career has been in book publishing. He has been CEO of IBIS information Services, Pitman Books, Routledge, Cassell and Continuum. In 1994 he led the IPO of Cassell on the London Stock Exchange before selling it to Hachette in 1998.

Following his publishing career he has been Chair of the United St Saviour’s Charity in Southwark, Chair of the Wandle Housing Association and Chair of Governors at Queen Mary’s Grammar School in Walsall. In addition he has been a member of the Industrial Development Advisory Board at the Department of Business and the Investment Panel of the British Business Bank.  He lives in Southwark and is a Trustee of the Southwark Cathedral Development Fund.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2014 he was appointed MBE for “services to business, charity and community in SE London.”

Baroness Jo Valentine (-)

Lay member of Council - since 2014

Jo Valentine

Baroness Valentine joined London First in 1997 as Managing Director, becoming Chief Executive in 2003. Her role centres on representing to national and local government the most pressing issues affecting London’s leading businesses.

Prior to London First, Jo Valentine worked in corporate finance and planning at Barings and BOC Group. She established and ran ‘The Blackburn Partnership’ a public-private regeneration partnership in 1988 and the Central London Partnership (CLP) in 1995. She was a National Lottery Commissioner from 2000 to 2005.

She became a Crossbench Peer in October 2005 and contributes frequently to debates, mainly on economic and competitiveness issues. She sits on the House of Lords Committee which provides prelegislative scrutiny of European infrastructure proposals. Baroness Valentine is a Non-Executive Director of Peabody, an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh’s College Oxford and Birkbeck College, and a member of the Council of University College London.

Baroness (Diana) Warwick (4)

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 and was the Chair of the Human Tissue Authority from 2010-2014. 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.


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

Professor David Attwell (4)

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. He is currently a member of the Research Advisory Committee for a charity called Action for A-T (Ataxia-Telangiectasia).

Professor David Coen (-)

Elected professorial member of Council – since 2014

David Coen

David Coen is Professor of Public Policy, Head of the Department of Political Science, Director of the School of Public Policy and founding Director of the Institute of Global Governance at University College London. Prior to joining UCL he held appointments at the London Business School and Max Planck Institute in Cologne. His PhD on business lobbying in the EU was awarded a distinction at the European University Institute in Florence. In 2008/09 he held the Fulbright Distinguished Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and in the past he has held visiting fellowships at the Centre for European Studies Harvard, Nuffield College Oxford University. His research seeks to understand EU Public Policy and Comparative Political Economy. More specifically the research maps EU business lobbying strategies, EU regulatory networks and multilevel venue shopping. In 2014/2015 he is conducting a European Parliament Commissioned survey of Lobbying of MEPs.  Recent books include: Handbook on Business and Government. (2010), Oxford University Press; Lobbying the European Union: Institutions, Actors and Policy, (2009), Oxford University Press; EU Lobbying: Theoretical and Empirical Developments, (2008) Routledge, London.

Professor Nick Tyler, CBE (4)

Elected professorial member of Council – since 2010

Professor 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. From 2003 to 2013 Professor Tyler was 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 and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.

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

Dr Martin Fry (1)

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 John Hurst (-)

Elected non-professorial member of Council – since 2014

John Hurst

John Hurst graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1997 and was appointed Senior Lecturer, then Reader in Respiratory Medicine at UCL, and Honorary Consultant at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in October 2007. He leads a research group and clinical services relating to Bronchiectasis and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), extending to the adult consequences of premature birth, and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. 

Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia (1)

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.

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