Board member biographies

David is Chairman of the Preston-based company David Taylor Partnerships (DTP) Limited, one of the leading exponents of urban regeneration, with extensive experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors. His companies have developed numerous major residential and mixed-use schemes throughout the UK, including joint ventures with companies like The British Land Company plc and Kajima International.

David was the founding Chief Executive of English Partnerships and Amec Developments. He has been involved in the development of a wide variety of projects and strategies, including as a director of the Olympic Development Authority, which organised the London 2012 Games. Over the last 25 years he has also been Deputy Chairman of Preston North End Football Club.

Throughout his career David has built a portfolio of companies focused on projects in the built environment and green technologies. He was the Chairman of Hull Citybuild, which has overseen the regeneration of Hull city centre, and Elevate East Lancashire, one of the nine pathfinders charged with revitalising the region’s housing market. He was also involved at the outset of the Thames Gateway concept, created to strengthen the economy of the Thames estuary region.

David Taylor

In 2007 David was awarded a CBE for services to the community of Lancashire. He has been Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the University Board since 2014.

Jim is an alumnus of the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.  He has extensive experience in public finance and strategic management for local government, having served as Chief Financial Officer of Essex, and Deputy Chief Executive and Director of resources at Lancashire County Council.

He was involved in the early stages of establishing the University of Lincoln, and also took responsibility for the financial aspects of the first scheme of management delegation to schools and colleges at Cambridgeshire.

More recently, Jim has worked in public finance consultancy and recruitment; as an independent adviser to local government pension funds; and as Treasurer of Lancashire Police Authority. He has been a non-executive director of Blackpool NHS Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, chair of the Trust’s Audit Committee, and the treasurer of a local charity.

Jim Edney

Andrea is the founder and Managing Director of Triumpha, a company which helps leaders, teams and their organisations to transform and change for the better. Through Triumpha she has worked alongside privately-owned organisations as well as FTSE 250 and Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to this, Andrea worked in leadership roles for over 20 years, driving organisational change within blue chip companies including BAE Systems, Ford and Unilever. Her last corporate role was Chief HR Officer.

Andrea has worked at board level to deliver institutional transformation, implementing award-winning programmes and processes that have equipped organisations for success in the 21st century.

Andrea Adams

Fiona is an award-winning television journalist with 40 years’ experience in news presenting and reporting. She has worked for ITN and BBC News and made fishing programmes for ITV and Sky. She currently presents a current affairs show for ITV Border.

Fiona is a newspaper and magazine columnist, and has produced two books on cooking and two books on fishing. She is a patron of the Bookmark Book Festival in Blairgowrie and a judge on the Lakeland Book of the Year. She has a PhD in History.

Fiona is Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries, and is married to a Scottish clan chief; her official title being Lady MacGregor of MacGregor.

Dr Fiona Armstrong

Maria is an experienced non-executive director (NED) and board adviser who specialises in marketing, brand and reputation management. She has a strong understanding of corporate governance, risk and the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda. Maria combines commercial and strategic experience across several sectors, having previously advised the Boards of Barclays, Cadbury, Rio Tinto, the Financial Conduct Authority and Rolls-Royce amongst others. As a qualified leadership coach, she also has a passion for mentoring and nurturing young talent. Maria is a member of UCLan’s Audit and Risk Committee and Nominations Committee.

She is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Personal Group plc, an insurance and employee benefits business where she chairs the Remuneration Committee.

Born and raised in the North West, Maria has a passion for Lancashire, its great food and social life and for its amazing countryside. She is delighted to support young people in their aim to achieve a great education and great careers via UCLan.

Maria Darby-Walker

Richard was Group CEO at the University during 2014-15, focussing on our international agenda. He brings a wealth of senior experience in global businesses, having spent most of his 40-year career in shipping. He began as a labourer in a Scottish shipyard before rising to board level positions in several major companies.

Richard was a director of John Swire (Hong Kong) Limited from 1999-2000, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Pacific Basin Shipping Limited (2005-2009), and Chairman of Univan Ship Management Limited (2010-2015).

In addition to his University role, Richard currently holds non-executive director roles at Swire’s China Navigation Company and Anglo Eastern Univan. He is also Executive Chairman of Vanmar Shipping and a member of the Stanford University GSB Advisory Board in Hong Kong.

Richard Hext

Dame Sue has enjoyed a distinguished career in the energy sector. She worked for British Nuclear Fuels from 1979 - 2006, rising to the roles of Technology and Operations Director and Chief Technology Officer. Between 2002 to 2008 she was Vice-President and Member of Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering, chairing several key standing committees.

Between 2000 – 2007, Dame Sue was the UK’s representative on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy and chaired the EU Euratom Science and Technology Committee from 2012 until March 2019.
From 2006, she took on several roles as a consultant and adviser to the Government on energy matters, with a focus on nuclear energy. She served on the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and two of the UK’s Research Councils as well as chairing the Government’s Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board from 2014 – 2016.

Dame Sue Ion

Since the beginning of 2016, Dame Sue has been Chairman of the Canadian National Nuclear Laboratory Scientific Advisory Board. She is also Honorary President of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear, a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, a Foreign Fellow of the US National Academy of Engineering, and a member of the UK Office of Nuclear Regulation Independent Advisory Panel.

Lesley is an experienced Chair, NED and Portfolio CMO with more than three decades of expertise in driving strategic business growth and performance for listed and private enterprises across industries, including significant international experience.

Her formative career was spent with global FMCG and Pharmaceutical organisations, including RHM Foods, Bristol Myers and Roche, managing a total of 20 brands over this period, including the launch of six new brands that each became number one in their sector. Then as a strategy consultant with PwC, Lesley delivered Board-level corporate strategy and marketing engagements for leading telecommunications, technology, media, financial services, oil and gas clients working across the globe.

More recently as an interim CMO, she is working with B2B/B2C industry leaders and niche brands across a wide range of sectors/geographies, to improve standards of professionalism and productivity. 

Lesley Lloyd

Lesley is also an experienced Chair/NED. She provides rigorous oversight and advice on corporate strategy, ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance), risk management and marketing. She is also a mentor to CEO’s, CMO’s, students, graduates and senior executives with board aspirations.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and a Freeman – Honourable Company of Marketors, City of London Livery Company.

Ruth has a deep understanding of good governance, risk management and internal control. She is a chartered accountant and since 2004 has been head of internal audit at Lancashire County Council.

Her previous work for PricewaterhouseCoopers saw her provide audit services and strategic advice to senior managers and the boards of a range of organisations in the public service and not-for-profit sectors, including a number of higher education institutions.

In addition to being a Board member, Ruth also chairs the University’s Audit and Risk Committee. She was also recently appointed Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee at Active Lancashire, one of the Active Partnerships led by Sport England, which promotes active and healthy lifestyles across the region.

Ruth is professionally active and has been invited by both The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and the Institute of Internal Auditors to share her experience and expertise to help them shape their responses to challenges in their professions.

Ruth Lowry

Anne is an experienced leader in transformational change and a passionate believer in setting people up to succeed. In her current roles as a non-executive director, HR Consultant and Prince’s Trust mentor she has been able to share her expertise across a range of businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

In recent years Anne has led transformation programmes at the Royal Mail in several roles which have included Programme Director, HR Director and Group Learning and Development Director. Working alongside the CEO and their team, she was charged with designing and leading the company’s people strategy, changing the way learning and development was practiced in the organisation, implementing a talent review for the top 200 operations leaders, and leading a £360m negotiation to reform operations in London.

As the owner of Anne McCarthy Associated, Anne works with public and private sector clients to implement change, transformation and leadership development. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).

Anne McCarthy

Following an early career in sales, marketing and business re-engineering, Bill moved into senior HR roles in 1996, focusing on organisational design and development, change and performance management.

After holding senior positions in some of Europe’s biggest companies, Bill made a lifestyle change in 2012 and now works part-time as a consultant specialising in strategic management and transformational change through the progressive management of human resources.

Bill is a supporter of Centrepoint, the charity supporting young homeless people, and is also a volunteer mentor within a couple of charities based in Manchester which help potentially vulnerable adults within the community.

Bill McQueen

Lorraine has extensive experience working in both the public and private sector. She was a senior manager in local government for over 20 years and most recently was the Chief Executive of Preston City Council for nine years. During her time at Preston City Council she worked with elected members to develop their approach to social value and fairness, often referred to as the Preston Model.

As Director of Corporate Services at Preston City Council, Lorraine was the Monitoring Officer – a statutory role within a local authority, with responsibility for all aspects of governance.

Lorraine is experienced in forming relationships and building partnerships with people from a wide range of organisations and has good working knowledge of the public sector, including local government, the health service and other community-based services. During her career she has worked co-operatively with other Local Authorities, the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Royal Preston Hospital and the Greater Preston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). She has a strong track record of delivering projects with the private sector.

Lorraine Norris

In her early career Lorraine worked as a social worker for Bolton Metropolitan Council and taught for a short period at Runshaw College. She later qualified as a solicitor in private practice before returning to the public sector in Salford, specialising in public child care law.

Lorraine retired from her role as Chief Executive in 2018 and has since worked as a consultant. She is a Trustee at St Catherine’s Hospice and a member of The Friends of Worden park Leyland. In her free time she enjoys walking, reading and the theatre.

Nicky has over 18 years of experience in the Higher Education sector and is a member of the Higher Education Academy and the British Computer Society. Following a career as a Computer Science university lecturer, she now provides leadership for business development, marketing, admissions, partnerships and international activity within Physical Sciences and Computing at the University.

Her research interests include digital pedagogy, social media data mining, application of artificial intelligence for student retention and engagement, computer gaming and perceptions of gaming in society.

Nicky is a proud STEM Ambassador and strives to engage more young people, particularly girls, in Computer Science. Her work also seeks to address gender stereotypes around professions in the discipline and she is the proud co-author of ‘Unmasked: the Science of Superheroes’ an illustrated book that takes a look at the secret science behind superheroes and the incredible real world breakthroughs that could bring them closer to reality than ever before.

Nicky Danino

Ridwanah is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Social Work, Care and Community. Ridwanah is Academic Lead for subjects in Community Leadership and Children, Schools and Families. She also leads the International activities within the school and has developed her specialism of peer mentoring, globally, with UCLan Students and young people from the Agadir Orphanage Centre in Morocco.

In recognition of the contribution to teaching, Ridwanah is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She also supervises postgraduate research and supports students in leading their own independent community research projects.

More recently, Ridwanah has been instrumental in the school for setting up systems and procedures for workload and performance management, staff development opportunities, international travel and widening participation activities to enhance student experience as well as research funding support. 

Dr Ridwanah Gurjee

In the past, Ridwanah has supported the development and delivery of a substantial portfolio of community projects which has grown to become the largest university volunteering programme in the UK. She has been instrumental in the supervised support of over 18,000 students and young people through volunteering and community action as well as taking a core role in developing the University’s innovative Community Leadership degree programmes at Foundation, BA and MA level.

Ridwanah is a Module Leader and Course Leader for a series of part-time, full-time and blended learning teaching programmes from level 5-7, providing people in the community and students with specialist experience and training in mentorship, leadership and management, the Social Return On Investment (SROI) Framework tool, and community and practice-based research. She also leads the University’s quality assurance processes and procedures for all Community Leadership programmes and CPD qualifications with the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Zuleikha is the current President of the University’s Students’ Union and the Chair of its Trustee Board. She is responsible for the Union’s leadership team of Elected Officers, whose role involves representing the views of students at the University and ensuring they get the best possible academic and student experience during their time here.

She was elected as Students’ Union President in 2020 after gaining extensive experience as a Student Ambassador, Course Rep, School President and Sports Activator. Her interests include sport and physical activity, leadership, volunteering and empowerment.

In 2019 Zuleikha received recognition for her contribution to sport which saw her feature on the Muslim Women in Sport Power List and the recipient of UCLan Students’ Union Sports Personality of the Year and the Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence in Volunteering.

Zuleikha Chikh

Zuleikha oversees the delivery of the Students’ Union’s services, including the Students’ Council (made up of voluntary elected student representatives), Course Reps and School Presidents (who help to create positive change at course, school and university level). Other key services include its independent advice and support service, activities and sporting opportunities, and commercial operations including shops and restaurants on campus.

In her spare time Zuleikha supports The Football Association Asian Women in Football Steering Group and Lancashire Football Association Inclusion Advisory Group to ensure football is an inclusive space for all. She is currently undertaking a master’s degree in Sports Business Management with a research paper focused on the underrepresentation of minority women in leadership in football – a call for change.

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.

Graham returned to UCLan after spending five years as the Vice-Chancellor of Solent University in Southampton.  During that time, the University opened an iconic learning and teaching building, a new indoor sports complex and industry-ready nursing and maritime simulation centres. The University also rose significantly in all major league tables, recorded its highest ever results for student satisfaction, employability and progression and was awarded TEF Silver.  This culminated in being shortlisted for the University of the Year 2019 in the Times Higher Education Awards.

Professor Graham Baldwin