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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 2014-15 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

Ms Halima Begum

Ex officio student sabbatical member of Council – since 2016

Halima Begum

Halima Begum is a UCL graduate with a BSc in Biotechnology. She is currently the Education and Campaigns Officer and a member of the Board of Trustees of UCL

Union. It is the responsibility of the Education & Campaigns Officer to represent the academic needs of all UCL students. This involves ensuring student representation is present and effective at all levels and campaigning for changes which reflect the best interests of students. During her time at UCL, she has been an active student and was elected as an NUS Conference Delegate and received a Societies Commendation award.

Sustainability, Engagement and Operations Officer, UCL Union

Mr Zakariya Mohran

Ex officio student sabbatical member of Council – since 2016

Zak Mohran

Zakariya Mohran is a UCL student studying for an MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently the Sustainability, Engagement and Operations Officer

and a member of the Board of Trustees of UCL Union. He is responsible for upholding the Union’s democratic structure and to encourage student engagement in democratic processes. He is also responsible for overseeing HR, finances and estates at UCLU and to ensure that it is run in a sustainable and ethical manner. Throughout his degree, Zakariya has been engaged in student activism at UCL, campaigning for the UCL Fossil Free Divestment campaign, for accessibility to clean and free drinking water on UCL campus via increased water fountains and for the improvement and prioritisation of Psychological and Mental Health Services at UCL. Most importantly, Zakariya seeks to utilise his current position to actively campaign and negotiate with UCL management on the diverse range of issues which are important to UCL students.


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

Mr Ven Balakrishnan (4)

External 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 has also been a member of UCL’s Finance Committee. He is a chartered accountant and member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Mr Dominic Blakemore (1)

External member of Council since 2015

Dominic Blakemore

Dominic Blakemore was appointed Group Finance Director for Compass Group PLC in April 2012. Mr Blakemore was previously Chief Financial Officer of Igloo Foods Group Limited, which he joined in October 2010 from Cadbury Plc, where he was Europe Finance and Strategy Director. He had previously held senior finance roles as Corporate Finance Director and Group Financial Controller at Cadbury, and was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr Blakemore’s current external appointments include Non-executive Director of Shire Plc and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Lord (Tim) Clement-Jones (4)

External 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, Chair of Ombudsman Services (since 2016), 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.

Dr Andrew Gould (1)

External member of Council since 2015

Andrew Gould

Andrew Gould is a leading figure in the real estate and built environment sector. He was awarded his PhD in economic geography at St John’s College Cambridge and afterwards helped launch Segal Quince & Partners, the Cambridge-based economic and management consultancy. He has a Corporate Finance Diploma from London Business School. His career has blended client advice and strategy in real estate and urban development with executive business leadership at a high level. He advised on many of the major development and regeneration projects in London and other European cities. He is now a principal in Genr8 Developments, a leading urban regeneration investment and development company, delivering sustainable urban renewal projects in UK cities. He was formerly UK Chief Executive of Jones Lang LaSalle, where he led the successful merger with King Sturge, one of the largest ever mergers in the sector.

He is Chairman of the UK Green Building Council, a membership-based charity with 400+ members drawn from the full spectrum of the built environment sector. Its mission is to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment by transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated.

He is a Fellow of Hughes Hall, Cambridge; and a member of the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board. He Chairs the Investor & Developer Group of the London-Cambridge-Stansted Corridor initiative – a Government-backed partnership to accelerate economic growth in the region.

Dame DeAnne Julius (Chair) (2)

External member of Council - since 2014

Dame DeAnne Julius

Dame DeAnne has been chair of UCL Council since 1st October 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 (2)

External 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. She is now Strategic Investment Advisor for Trust Estates, Cadogan Estates.

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

Mr Simon Melliss (4)

External 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 (2)

External 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 the BSME Mark Boxer Llifetime Achievement Award and has twice been named PPA Editor of the Year.

Mr Philip Sturrock MBE (2)

External 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. He 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 is a Trustee of the Southwark Cathedral Development Fund, having lived in Southwark before moving to Dorset.

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 (2)

External 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. 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. Baroness Valentine is a Non-Executive Director of Peabody, a member of the HS2 Board, and an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh’s College Oxford and of Birkbeck College. She holds honorary degrees from the University of London and Roehampton.

Baroness (Diana) Warwick (Vice-Chair) (6)

External 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 Lucie Clapp (1)

Elected professorial member of Council since 2015

Lucie Clapp

Lucie Clapp is Professor of Vascular Physiology at the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science. She received her degree in Pharmacology from Bristol University and her PhD from St Georges' Hospital Medical School, London. She was a postdoctoral fellow and Instructor in Physiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (1985-1988) before returning and working in the Pharmacology Department at St Thomas' Hospital, London. She joined the UCL Division of Medicine in 1996, was appointed Reader in 2002 and Professor in 2006.

She has served as a postgraduate tutor for several years at UCL and has shown leadership in teaching by creating and directing undergraduate courses and co-organising PhD programmes.

Professor Clapp has won numerous awards and accolades for her research on the biophysical and functional properties of ion channels, including the Howard Sprague Fellowship from the American Heart Association (AHA), Welcome Trust Career Development Award and two Senior Fellowships from the Medical Research Council. She was elected Fellow of the AHA in 2001, Fellow of the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute in 2010, Fellow of the Society of Biology in 2011 and served as editor for British Journal of Pharmacology (2009-2015).

A central theme of more recent research has been the development of novel treatments and biomarkers for pulmonary arterial hypertension. For two decades, Professor Clapp has collaborated with several Pharma and USA Biotech companies in this field and been invited to speak around the world in advisory, scientific and medical educational roles.

Professor David Coen (2)

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 2014/15 he held the Fernand Braudel Visiting Fellowship at the European University Institute and 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 2015 he conducted a major European Parliament Commissioned survey of Lobbying of EP and 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 Annette Dolphin (1)

Elected professorial member of Council since 2016

Professor Annette Dolphin

Annette Dolphin received her BA in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) from the University of Oxford and her PhD from University of London, Institute of Psychiatry. She then held postdoctoral fellowships at the College de France in Paris, and at

Yale University, before returning to UK to the National Institute for Medical Research, London; followed by a lectureship in the Pharmacology Department of St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London University. She was appointed Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London University in 1990, and moved to University College London in 1997. She is Professor of Pharmacology in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at UCL. She was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1999, and the Royal Society in 2015. She is currently a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator, and leads a research group working in the field of neuronal voltage-gated calcium channels, and their involvement in a number of diseases.

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

Dr Martin Fry (3)

Elected non-professorial member of Council – since 2013

Martin Fry

Dr Fry, Lecturer in Medical Electronics in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 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).

In 2014 Dr Fry was one of the 20 founding members of the UCL Staff Disability Forum launching the enable@ucl network in 2015 to exchange ideas and raise awareness of disability equality.

Dr John Hurst (2)

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 Andrew Wills (-)

Elected non-professorial member of Council – since 2016


Andrew Wills is Reader at the Department of Chemistry. He joined UCL as a Royal Society Senior Research Fellow in 2002, following undergraduate studies at Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Edinburgh University and positions at McMaster University, the Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Grenoble - Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (CENG-CEA), the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and the Institut Max von Laue-Paul Langevin (ILL). His research interests are focussed on discovering new magnetic properties and new states of matter. This field crosses the traditional disciplines of chemistry and physics and brings together symmetry theory, materials synthesis, physical property measurement, and research software engineering. Within UCL Dr Wills has worked on several of UCL’s standing committees and helped UCL realise its programmes for research-based learning and staff development, the Connected Curriculum and ARENA. His commitment to education has been recognised by a Senior Fellowship from the HEA and 2 Provost’s Teaching Awards, and his research has won several national awards, including the Times Higher Education Research Project of the Year. (2010). 

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