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University Council is responsible for managing the business and affairs of the University. This includes determining our mission and policies as well as ensuring the financial solvency of the institution. All plans for academic work, the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor and the Rectorate team, as well as the level of tuition fees, must be agreed by the Council. 

Revd Canon Peter Winn - Chair of University Council

Peter Winn

I’m a Parish Priest of the Church of England Diocese of Liverpool. My church is St Margaret’s in Anfield - I’ve been there for twelve years. I am the Chair and Pro Chancellor of University Council. I was nominated by the Trustees of Warrington Training College.

Mr Tim Alderman

Tim Alderman

It is a great honour to serve on Hope Council but dare I say an even greater honour to represent the order of the Sisters of Notre Dame, upon which the University built it’s foundation, as Headteacher of one of two great Notre Dame schools in Liverpool, St Julie’s Catholic High School.

Born in Newton-Le-Willows, I was educated first by the Loreto Sisters in Altrincham and then by the Christian Brothers at St Edward’s College, Liverpool. I attended Liverpool John Moores University where I gained BSc(Hons) 2:1 in Microbiology and then pursued a career in the retail sector with Tandy Corporation which prepared me well for teaching. At St John Bosco I was appointed Gifted & Talented Network Co-ordinator for 6 schools in North Liverpool. As I moved to Childwall Sports College to be Head of Science I fulfilled a similar role with 8 schools in South Liverpool. After 5 years as Deputy Headteacher there I was delighted to be appointed Headteacher at St Julie’s in 2010. Since then I have chaired the Liverpool Association of Secondary Headteacher’s (LASH), the Liverpool Learning Partnership (LLP), I sat on Liverpool Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) and Critical Incident Group for 4 years.
My proudest moment was achieving an ‘outstanding’ judgement for Leadership & Management in an OFSTED report whose opening line stated ‘Social justice is the principle that has guided this school’s rapid improvement over the past two years.’ 

The Right Revd Paul Bayes

Paul Bayes Aug19

I am the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool. Originally from Bradford, I gained my first degree in Drama from Birmingham University and then stayed in Birmingham to engage in postgraduate theological study and to train for ministry at the ecumenical Queen’s College.

I was ordained in 1979, serving as a curate in Whitley Bay, Tyneside, before moving to London as a University chaplain. While in London I served as national co-chair of Christian CND and, together with my wife Kate, was heavily involved in what was then called the Ecology Party, now the Greens.

After five years in London I moved to High Wycombe, where I ministered as Team Vicar and then Team Rector. In 1995 I went to Totton, on the edge of Southampton, where I served as Team Rector. After almost ten years in Totton, and twenty-five years in pastoral ministry, I moved to work for the Archbishop’s Council in London as the Church of England’s National Mission and Evangelism advisor.

In 2010 I was invited to move to the Diocese of St Albans as Bishop of Hertford. I became Bishop of Liverpool in 2014. As a Co-President of the University, I have an automatic place on University Council.

Mrs Jane Beever

Jane Beever

I started my career in education as a modern foreign languages teacher (Italian and French), teaching in a variety of state and church schools throughout England. I have been Head Teacher at Loreto Grammar School since 2006; Loreto is a National Teaching School and works in partnership with, and provides support and training for, a variety of schools. In 2012, I was appointed a National Leader in Education and in May 2017, I became a member of the inaugural cohort of the National School of Formation, a network of leaders in Catholic Education. I am a Eucharist Minister at St Oswald’s Church in Warrington and I was appointed via the Nominations Committee.

Cllr Jane Corbett

Jane Corbett

I am the Assistant Mayor of Liverpool, and the Mayoral Lead on Fairness & Tackling Poverty. I am a member of the Labour Party and cover the Everton Ward of Liverpool Working with and on behalf of the Everton Community, ensuring people’s voices are heard and their issues raised. I have been a Councillor since 2002 and was nominated by Liverpool City Council.

Ms Ann Marie Costello

Ann-Marie Costello

After completing a degree at the University of York and a PGCE at LIHE I started my career in education as a teacher of history and religious education in 1990 at Notre Dame Catholic College and I have had the honour of serving this school and the Sisters of Notre Dame for the last 31 years. I was appointed as Deputy Headteacher in September 2020 after undertaking a number of leadership roles predominantly leading on personal development, pastoral care, student well-being, careers education and safeguarding.

I was nominated by the Sisters of Notre Dame

Dr Edwin Djabatey

I am a Consultant Anaesthetic Doctor (anaesthetist) and have been a clinician for the last 36 years. As an anaesthetic doctor, I have provided clinical services and leadership support in Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Critical Care services, anaesthesia for short. These services underpin all of secondary care. During this period I have held various leadership roles including Clinical Director of Anaesthesia and Theatres.  I am the immediate Past President of the Liverpool Society of Anaesthetists. The Liverpool Society of Anaesthetists is the society for all anaesthetists in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales region. I have useful experience in working with clinical networks both internally and externally. I am committed to life-long learning as such I have an ongoing role in medical education as an educational and clinical supervisor of anaesthetic trainees (doctors)

I was appointed via the Nominations Committee.

Ms Jean Ellis

Jean Ellis

After graduating from Liverpool University with a degree in pure maths, I joined Liverpool-based firm DSG Chartered Accountants to train. Whilst working as an Audit Manager with the firm, I went on to study to become a chartered Tax Advisor. After spending time as a Finance Director at a UK listed company with substantial investments in sub Saharan Africa, I returned to DSG as a Partner. Whilst back at DSG, I studied to become a licenced insolvency practitioner.  

As a Corporate Partner at the firm I head up a substantial portfolio of clients including large corporate groups, as well as the firm’s not for profit and regulated audit department. I am also responsible for the firm’s finance and administration functions. I am a non-executive director of MediCash and a trustee of two local charities, The Big Trust and Safe Regeneration Limited. I am also a member of the finance committee for the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.? 

I live in North Wales and enjoy running, walking and cycling. 

Revd Canon Christopher Fallon

Chris Fallon

A priest of the Archdiocese of Liverpool since 1978, I have served in parishes in Netherton, the City Centre (where I was a member of the City Centre Ecumenical Team), Gateacre, Toxteth and Aigburth. I have been parish priest of St Teresa’s, Norris Green, since 2010 and became Director of the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese in 2016. Alongside and in between appointments in parish ministry, I led the Archdiocesan Department for Pastoral Formation for about fifteen years and worked for ten years at Ushaw College, Durham, where, in partnership with Anglican and Methodist institutions and Durham University, I was involved in designing and delivering programmes for the formation of ordinands and lay ministers. My first degree was in Theology at Durham University, I studied in Denver for a Masters in Community Development and in 2012 I completed a PhD research project through Durham University, which was published under the title ‘Who Do We Think We Are? How Priests Understand Themselves Today.’ I was nominated by the Trustees of Christ's & Notre Dame and am currently a member of the University's Staffing Committee.

I was nominated by the Trustees of Christ's & Notre Dame.

Dr Penny Haughan

I am the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Life and Learning at Liverpool Hope University. My portfolio covers the whole Student Experience from Recruitment and Enrolment to Graduation and beyond. This includes management of Student Administration, the Library and External Relations functions of the University alongside the more traditional aspects of Student Pastoral Care, including Residential Life and International Unit. I am also the University Lead on Learning and Teaching and have championed the widely recognised Liverpool Hope Network of Communities of Practice.  I led Hope’s TEF entry and am inordinately proud of Hope’s gold outcome.

Penny’s academic background is in Biochemistry. She was previously the Dean of Students and before that the Dean of Sciences and Social Sciences at Hope.

Very Revd Dr Sue Jones

Sue Jones

I was appointed Dean of Liverpool in 2018. My first degree, a Bachelor of Education was from a Church College Foundation, Trinity College, Carmarthen. I have spent most of my ministry in ministerial (clergy) education having served in a theological college in Cardiff and as Director of Mission and Ministry in the Diocese of Derby. I have served as a priest in Swansea, Llandaff, North Wales, Derby and now Liverpool.

Ms Lesley Martin-Wright

Born in the North East of England, following her studies Lesley went to work in Singapore before moving to London to work for blue chip companies. In 1989, the family moved to Merseyside, and Lesley worked for several local businesses before starting her own consultancy company. Headhunted by a Liverpool law firm, Lesley then spent 10 years as Head of Marketing & Business Development, before joining Knowsley Chamber of Commerce as the CEO in 2011. 

Lesley is an advocate for Chambers of Commerce – they are the glue that help to forge strong and important business support networks, and are able to conduct advocacy on behalf of the business community so that the private sector voice is heard. In 2015, Lesley was appointed Head of Business Growth & Inward Investment at Knowsley Council; this unique role within the Liverpool City Region brings together a public and private sector partnership and a single front door for all types of business support in Knowsley. 

Lesley has been a Magistrate since 1993, has served as a school governor for Merchant Taylors’ Schools, and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside in April 2014.  In 2017 Lesley was commissioned as Honorary Colonel of 156 Royal Logistic Corps, she is also a Trustee of the PH Holt Foundation.

Fr Chris McCoy

Chris McCoy

I am a priest of the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Since ordination in 1977 I have worked in a variety of different ministries: parish work, 6 years in Peru, Chaplain to the Deaf, University Chaplain and then National Co-ordinator of University Chaplains. I returned to parish work in 2001 after having completed four years in Paris as International Chaplain to the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS) which operates in 80 countries around the world.

I was nominated by the Archbishop of Liverpool to be his representative on University Council. I am currently a member of the University's Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Dr Arthur Naylor

Arthur Naylor

Since September 2014 I have been working as the Higher Education Adviser at the Catholic Education Service of England and Wales. Between January 2013 and August 2014 I was Interim Principal and then first Vice-Chancellor of St Mary's University, Twickenham having been asked by the Board of Governors to return to St Mary's where I had served as Principal until October 2010. My final act in 2010 together with the Chair of Governors was to welcome Pope Benedict to St Mary's.

I am a graduate of Glasgow University in Mediaeval and Modern History followed by postgraduate degrees in Education. My doctoral research was on pastoral care structures in Secondary Schools in Scotland. After teaching History in secondary schools in the West of Scotland I lectured in Education and was a departmental head and Assistant Principal of Colleges which became the Faculty of Education at the University of Glasgow. I am also a graduate of Henley Management College where I completed a Masters degree in Business Administration.

In my time as Principal of St Mary's I served on a range of national bodies including the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, the Training and Development Agency for Schools, and the Joint Advisory Committee on Church Universities established by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

I am particularly interested in theatre in education having served for some years as Chair of the Richmond Theatre Trust and currently as a trustee of the Ambassador Theatre Group West End Trust. I am also currently a governor/Vice Chair of the Quest Academy, Croydon.

I was nominated by the Trustees of Christ's & Notre Dame. I am currently a member of the University's Staffing Committee. 

Revd Canon Professor Kenneth Newport

Kenneth Newport

I have been at the University for over twenty years and during that time have seen it develop beyond recognition. Before coming to Hope I taught at the Universities of Manchester and St Andrews and also in Hong Kong. In addition to my role at Hope I am a priest in the Church of England and have some parish responsibilities in the Diocese of Manchester. I am a Canon of Manchester Cathedral. It was my privilege to be educated to doctoral level (DPhil) at the University of Oxford and relatively recently I was awarded a 'higher doctorate' (DD) by examination of published works, also by Oxford. Coming from a less privileged social background than many of my fellow students, very early in my academic career I developed a passion for widening participation and am a firm believer in the power of education to enhance individual life experience and impact positively on society as a whole. I have undertaken work for the Quality Assurance Agency and have more recently worked with others to establish accredited teacher training provision in the United Arab Emirates. As Dean of Education at Hope, as well as PVC (Academic), it is my role to ensure that the University continues to meet the exacting standards to which it is committed and, in particular, to play a part in the development of an academic community founded upon the twin principles of respect and trust.   

Mr John Norbury

John Norbury

I graduated in Law from Hull University in 1978. In 1979 I joined the Liverpool based stockbroking firm of Tilney and Co and have worked there ever since. During my time at Tilney I have held various senior positions including Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. The company is now known as the wealth management business Tilney Bestinvest. I am the Deputy Chairman of the Group. I am also a trustee of the company pension scheme.

My extra curricular interests have primarily been in education and golf. I have served as a governor of two schools; one state one private. I am now serving my second term as a Council member at Liverpool Hope.

I have served on committees of the R & A in St Andrews which is the governing body for world golf.

I was appointed via the Nominations Committee. I am currently Chair of the University's Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Fr Michael O'Dowd

Michael ODowd

I am a priest of the archdiocese of Liverpool and parish priest of St Agnes Church, Eccleston. Until this summer I was Episcopal Vicar for Education for 22 years and prior to that l lectured in Christian Ethics st Ushaw College for 18 years.  I have previously served on the University Council for ten years.

Professor Gerald Pillay

I was born in the former British colony of Natal in South Africa and hold a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Rhodes University and a Doctor of Theology degree from the University of Durban. After lecturing at the University of Durban-Westville, I became Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of South Africa in 1988.

In 1997 I became Foundation Professor and Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Otago University, New Zealand’s oldest University, based in Dunedin. In 1998, I was asked to serve as the first Head of Liberal Arts within that University. I have served in senior leadership roles at The University of South Africa and the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria and has lectured in several institutions abroad.

I joined Liverpool Hope University College as Rector in 2003 and become Liverpool Hope University’s first Vice-Chancellor in 2005 when the institution was given full university status.

In 2009, I was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside, assisting the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside in carrying out her role as the Queen’s representative on Merseyside.

As Vice Chancellor, I am an Ex Officio member of University Council.

Ms Clara Priestley

Clare Priestly

My name is Clara Priestley, and I am the President of Liverpool Hope Students’ Union. This position places me as the Chair of the Students’ Union Trustee Board. My role encompasses all the aspects of the Union, and it is my job to contribute to the best possible experience for our students, in all aspects. I have the privilege of working both directly with the students and on their behalf during official university engagements.

Academically, my passions lie in Politics. I have always had a strong drive to learn more about the world we live in and the mechanisms which govern each of our lives. I am humbled to study at Hope with highly esteemed leaders, and I feel a personal responsibility to not only contribute to the student experience, but to deliver upon the direct needs of each member of the Hope community.

As President of Liverpool Hope Students’ Union, I am also a Governor of the University

Ms Paula Raper

Paula Raper

I have been with Liverpool Hope University since 2014 as a Senior Professional Tutor in the School of Business.  I teach HRM (Human Resource Management) and Organisational Behaviour on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes. As a firm advocate of widening participation, I am pleased to have responsibility for the Foundation programme in the Business School.  I previously taught an MSc in Training & HRM at Leicester University and I hold Master’s degrees in both Occupational Psychology and Human Resource Development.

Prior to joining Hope University, I worked with local stakeholders to design and deliver the skills and employment strategy across the Liverpool City Region.  I hold memberships of the CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel Development) and the BPS: DOP (British Psychological Society, Division of Occupational Psychology).

Mr Ultan Russell

Ultan Russell

I was, for over eighteen years, the Director of Church and Society in the Liverpool Church of England Diocese and the Assistant Synod Secretary. I am a Roman Catholic and one of the first (if not the first!) to be married to a woman Anglican priest (Revd Canon Cynthia Dowdle OBE). My previous jobs included working for the British Council of Churches and Birmingham Churches Together where my focus was inter church relations, church-civic links and equality/diversity.

I served for six years as President of the National Council of Lay (RC) Associations and was awarded the Papal Medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Currently Ecumenical Officer for Liverpool Archdiocese and Chair the Commission for Dialogue and Unity. I am a Trustee of Churches Together in the Merseyside Region (chairing the Liverpool-Koln Partnership Group). For 10 years I chaired the VS6 Consortium grouping Liverpool City Region’s key third sector agencies. I am on the Readers’ rota at the Metropolitan Cathedral. I was nominated by the Trustees of Christ's & Notre Dame.


Mrs Maggie Swinson

Maggie Swinson

I was appointed a Warrington trustee in the early 1990s. I did my MA in Ecclesiastical Theology at Liverpool Hope – my first degree, in Music, is from Liverpool University.

I’m a chartered accountant and I’m self-employed on a part time basis. I’ve been on the General Synod since 1985 and I’m Moderator of Churches Together in Great Britain and Ireland.

I was nominated by the Trustees of Warrington Training College. I am currently Chair of the University's Staffing Committee.

Dr Caroline Wakefield

Caroline Wakefield

I graduated in 2003 with an honours degree is English Literature and Sport Science, before completing a PGCE in 2004. I have a PhD entitled 'The effect of PETTLEP-based imagery interventions on motor performance' from the University of Liverpool. Following teaching positions at the University of Chester and University of Lincoln, I joined Liverpool Hope University in 2009, attaining an Associate Professorship in 2014. I was nominated by Senate.

Judge Graham Wood

Graham Wood

I was a barrister for 31 years and I’ve been a judge for nearly three years. I’m a Circuit Judge and Head of Civil Justice on Merseyside, responsible for St Helens, Wigan, Liverpool and Birkenhead.

I’ve been involved in secondary education governorship for nearly 15 years and I’m fairly new to tertiary governorship. I’m Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Liverpool.

I’m also a reader at All Saints Church, Childwall and former Chair of Governors at Liverpool College.

I was nominated by the Trustees of Warrington Training College. I am currently a member of the University's Audit Committee.