Leadership and governance

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Learn more about our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Marshall, and the teams that lead and govern the University of Salford.


Professor Helen Marshall is our Vice-Chancellor. She leads the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Team (VCET), who oversee the running of the University of Salford. VCET is made up of senior academic and professional service leaders, with the Deans of our Schools and other Directors attending to support the Vice-Chancellor in the effective delivery of our strategic objectives.


Vice-Chancellor's Executive Team

Vice-Chancellor's Executive Team Members (VCET)

Professor Helen Marshall

Chief Operating Officer
Huw Williams

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience
Dr Sam Grogan

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Academic Development
Jo Purves

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation
Professor Karl Dayson

Director of HR and Organisational Development
Peter Gregory

Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance
Julie Charge

Dean of the School of Arts and Media
Professor Alan Walker

Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Environment
Dr Hazel Willis

Dean of the School of Health and Society
Professor Margaret Rowe

Dean of the Salford Business School
Doctor Janice Allen

Director of Strategy
Jackie Njoroge

Executive Director, Marketing, Recruitment and External Relations; 
Interim Director Student Success, Administration & Support Services

John McCarthy


We are governed by a Council and Senate. The Council is responsible for the strategic oversight of our activities. It determines our future direction and ensures we comply within its framework of governance. The Senate is our supreme academic body. Its primary duty is to oversee academic quality and standards, and ensure that academic activities, including mutually beneficial collaborations, flourish, develop and are enterprising in all aspects.

The Council and Senate

Council Members

Chair of Council
Lord Keith Bradley

Deputy Chair of Council
Sean O’Hara

Independent Members
Prof Dame Sue Bailey
Dr Tony Coombs
Phil Cusack
Garry Dowdle
Ben Gallop
Merlyn Lowther
Cllr John Merry
Ian Moston
Sam Plant
Prof Susan Price CBE
Alan Roff
Helen Taylor

Nominated Academic Staff Member
Dr Karen Stansfield

Appointed Academic Senate Member
Professor Mike Wood

Nominated Non-Academic Staff Member
Rik Sterken

Appointed Student Members
Adedapo Oni
Temi Adebayo

Vice-Chancellor and Ex-Offio Member
Prof Helen Marshall


Senate Members

Dr Nathalie Ferry
Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology

Prof Neil Fowler
Dean of Students

Tim France
Director of Music and Drama, School of Arts and Media

Dr Sam Grogan
Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience

Dr Simon Hutchinson
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science

Alison Jones
Deputy Head of Quality and Enhancement

Charles Knight
Associate Dean Academic Student Experience

Dr Eleftheria Kosmidou
Lecturer in Film Studies

Dr Tom Laws
Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Prof Nigel Linge
Professor, School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Janet  Lloyd
Head of Quality and Enhancement

Dr Sheila McCormick
Lecturer in Performance

Prof Peter McDermott
Professor, School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Dr Debapriya Mondal
Reader in Safety, Health & Environment

Clare Neylon
Programme Leader in BA Media & Performance

Prof Niroshini Nirmalan
Chair in Biomedicine

Jackie Njoroge
Director of Strategy

Akeem Ojetola
USSU Sabbatical Officer

Adedapo Oni Oluwalogbon
USSU Sabbatical Officer

Jo Purves
Pro Vice-Chancellor  International & Regional Partnerships

Prof Margaret Rowe
Dean, School of Health and Society

Dr Mo Saraee
Senior Lecturer, School of Science, Engineering, and Environment

Dr Maggie Scott
Senior Lecturer in English Literature & Language

Faisal Sheikh
Lecturer in Accounting

Dr Richard  Talbot
Programme Leader for Comedy Writing & Performance

Philip Tipton
Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language

Prof Allan Walker
Dean for the School of Arts and Media

Anita Watson
Lecturer in Physiotherapy

Dr Hazel Willis
Dean, School of Science, Engineering, and Environment

Dr Mike Wood
Chair in Applied Ecology