The University Council is the principal decision-making body in the University. The composition of the University Council is as follows:
Professor Bob Cryan took up the post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield on the 1st January 2007, a University that now has over 22,000 students from over 120 countries. Bob holds two first class honours degrees (Engineering, Mathematics), an MBA and two doctorates (PhD, DSc) and he is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Bob is a Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire and in 2013 he was awarded The Guardian Inspiring Leader Award. In 2014 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours and made a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. In 2015 he received The Daily Telegraph Educate North Inspiring Leader Award and was included in the group of 50 World leading Engineers appointed as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Mr Brown is Chair of Thermal Energy Ventures Ltd (Brighouse) and Wakefield Acoustics Ltd as well as a Director of Bluestone Films Ltd and Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club Ltd. He is an active competitive swimmer with the City of Bradford Swimming Club. Mr Brown was appointed a member of the University Council in 1996 and elected Chair of Council in September 2004. In 2019, he was awarded an OBE for services to higher education.
Mr Cox is a retired Chartered Accountant and former Finance Director of AQA Education. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has held a number of Finance Director roles across a range of industries and is currently Treasurer/Trustee of Girlguiding. He was appointed to University Council with effect from August 2018 and has been a member of the Audit Committee since March 2013.
Mr Fisher is a Director General in the Cabinet Office and Secretary to the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. He was previously the Director of the Office for Civil Society and Innovation at the Cabinet Office and before that the Social Justice Director at the Department for Work and Pensions. In January 2010 Mr Fisher received a CBE. He was appointed to the University Council in March 2006 and became Chair of the Estates Development Committee in August 2018.
Mrs Harris is a celebrated local author whose novels include ‘Chocolat’ which became an international best seller and was subsequently made into an Oscar-nominated film. Her books are now published in over 40 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. Mrs Harris was the recipient of an Honorary Award (Hon DLitt) from the University in 2003 and has recently become a patron of The Kirkwood Hospice in Huddersfield. In June 2013 Joanne Harris was awarded an MBE. She was appointed to the University Council in November 2010.
Baroness Pinnock was elected as a Councillor for the Cleckheaton ward in 1987 and has served the Cleckheaton community as its Councillor ever since. She served as Leader of Kirklees Council from 2000 to 2006 and was also the leader of the Kirklees Liberal Democrat Councillors from 1991 to 2014. Baroness Pinnock was appointed to the University Council with effect from August 2016.
Professor Pollock-Hulf is currently working with WISE (Women into Science and Engineering) and the Bloodhound Project to promote STEM to the next generation of engineers. She has been an active volunteer member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers for over 30 years and was the 127th President of the Institute in 2012. In June 2014, Professor Pollock-Hulf was awarded an OBE for services to mechanical engineering. She was appointed to the University Council in March 2015.
Mrs Thomson, who is a registered nurse and midwife, began her nursing career at Leeds General Infirmary and moved to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1989 . She became the Executive Director of Nursing for the newly-formed Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust in April 2001 and has also held the post of Deputy Chief Executive since January 2006 until her retirement in March 2014. She is now an independent Healthcare Consultant. Mrs Thomson was appointed to the University Council in November 2010.
Mr Thornton has retired from his position as Chairman of Thornton & Ross Ltd, a Healthcare Manufacturing Group based in Linthwaite. He has served as Vice-President of Euralliance Farma and as a Member of the Executive Committee of Proprietary Association of Great Britain. He was appointed to the University Council in July 2006 and elected Chair of the Audit Committee in August 2012.
Mr Davies is a non-executive director of Sovereign Health Care Limited; a governor of Bradford Grammar School; and serves on the Members’ Committee of the Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club. He is also a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). Mr Davies has extensive experience of leading IT functions and change programmes having held the roles of Chief Information Officer, IT Director, and Chairman across a range of business sectors including higher education and research, retail, technology, leisure and health data. He is known for creating innovative and transformative business solutions, some of which have been world firsts. He was appointed to University Council with effect from 14 February 2019 and is also a member of the Audit Committee.
Professor Thornton is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield and is responsible for planning, resources and marketing across the University. Professor Thornton studied at New College, Oxford and specialises in the late medieval and early modern political and social history of the British Isles. He was appointed to the University Council in September 2015.
Professor Jill Johnes is Dean of the Huddersfield Business School and was appointed to the University Council with effect from August 2018.
Dr Lane is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Huddersfield Business School and Branch Secretary of the University and College Union. She was elected to the University Council in July 2015.
Mr Quayle has worked at the University of Huddersfield since May 2015, initially in Registry as an Executive Officer managing various Quality Assurance and Student Regulations processes. He is now the Business Support Manager for Student Services. Prior to coming to Huddersfield, Mr Quayle gained a LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Leeds, before working for two Students’ Unions. He sits as a Justice of the Peace in Leeds, in both Adult and Youth jurisdictions, and is Deputy Chair of the Trustee Board at York St John Students’ Union. Mr Quayle was elected to University Council in September 2017.
Mr Stephen is the current President of the University of Huddersfield Students’ Union and was appointed to University Council in July 2018. Prior to his appointment as Students’ Union President, he served a year as Education Officer. Mr Stephen is a University of Huddersfield Psychology graduate and is currently undertaking a PhD in Psychology. He has contributed to research with academics in the School of Human and Health Sciences, as well as presenting at the United Nations on gender equality matters.
Mr Kelly is a Partner at Schofield Sweeny Solicitors in Huddersfield, having formerly worked for Armitage Sykes Solicitors and Eversheds LLP. He is also a qualified chartered accountant and previous roles include Finance Director and Deputy Group Managing Director for Kunick Leisure and European Finance Director for Caudwell Communications, based in Dusseldorf. Mr Kelly was appointed to the Audit Committee with effect from August 2016.
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Michaela Boryslawskyj was appointed University Secretary in August 2014. She joined the University in 2009 as Legal Officer and became University Solicitor in 2012.
The role of University Secretary is very varied; but includes being responsible for ensuring that the University operates within its prescribed constitution and legal framework and to support the governance of the University through its University Council and Senior Management Team.
Other key roles and responsibilities of the University Secretary are to:
Michaela qualified as a solicitor in 2005, having studied at the University and the College of Law in York. Prior to joining the University, Michaela practised as a corporate/commercial solicitor in both regional and international firms in Leeds. Michaela holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University and is a student member of the Institute of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Mrs Lloyd is a business woman and has a manufacturing and property business based in Elland. She stepped down as High Sheriff of West Yorkshire in April 2014 and was appointed President of the RNLI Leeds Business Branch in May 2014. Mrs Lloyd was appointed to the University Council in July 2014.
A leading figure in the construction industry, Bernard Ainsworth is regarded as the 'ultimate' project manager and has been responsible for leading teams in the construction of many famous buildings, including the iconic London Shard and the Millennium Dome, and it was for this latter project that he was awarded his OBE. Mr Ainsworth now carries a number of Non-Executive Director roles on major construction projects and was appointed to the University’s Estates Development Committee with effect from 1 August 2017.