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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

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.

Revd Dr Sheryl Anderson

I am the Chair of the Liverpool Methodist District, an appointment that I took up in September 2014. I have a background in teaching and social work, specialising in work with young offenders. Immediately prior to entering the Methodist ministry I was responsible for young offender services for South East Kent. I have been a Methodist presbyter for nearly twenty years, serving as a circuit minister in appointments on the South Coast of England and in London.

For nine years I was Director of the South London Mission - a long established Methodist social outreach agency - and ministered to a largely West African congregation at Bermondsey Central Hall Methodist Church. Before moving to Liverpool I served in the Methodist Connexional Team, where I was responsible for administering the church's processes in relation to training for ordained ministry in the British Methodist Church.

I am committed to life-long learning, and have an MA in the Philosophy of Religion and a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry, both from King's College London.

I was nominated by Churches Together in the Merseyside Region. I am currently a member of the University's Audit Committee.

The Right Revd Paul Bayes

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

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.

Dr John Bennett

I graduated from Bretton Hall, University of Leeds in 1979 with an honours degree in Drama. I returned to Bretton to complete a PGCE in Drama and English (with distinction) in 1981-82. Appointed to Liverpool Hope in 1990, I embarked on an MA and graduated in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster in 1993. I have a PhD from the University of Reading; my thesis was entitled,' A Good Night Out?: The Popular Theatre of John Godber'. I specialise in contemporary popular theatre and am Course Leader for Level H Contemporary Popular Theatre; I have taught Playwriting and Devising and teach Research Methods to Level I Drama students.

My expertise in the renowned playwright,John Godber, was a factor in his appointment as visiting professor of Contemporary Theatre at the university. I have lectured on various aspects of John Godber’s work in London, Krakow, New York and Angers and published articles and book chapters on the work of Godber, the Hull Truck Theatre, Jim Cartwright, Willy Russell, the Royal Court Liverpool and Alan Ayckbourn.

I am currently Director of Learning and Teaching Development for the University. I was nominated by Senate.

Sr Mary Charles-Murray

I am a Sister of Notre Dame and have worked in two universities. I was the Reader in Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham and then a member of the Theology Faculty of the University of Oxford. My subject is ecclesiastical history, particularly that of the early Church. In my capacity as a patristic theologian I served on the Catholic/ Methodist International Ecumenical Dialogue as part of the Vatican representation. As a member of the Order, which is one of its founding institutions, I have a particular interest in the development of Liverpool Hope University.

I was nominated by the Trustees of Christ's & Notre Dame. I am currently Chair of the University Council Standing Committee on Health and Safety.

Cllr 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.

Mr Feidhelm Doolin

As President of Liverpool Hope Students’ Union, my aim is to ensure that students are effectively well represented at a senior University level and that they have all the help and support they need to be able to have the best student experience possible.

Whether this is through ensuring Clubs and Societies have all the help they need to be able to achieve the best from their student group or whether it is through supporting the work of elected officers in the Union and overseeing the democratic processes of the Union, my role is to be that strong, passionate voice for students; one that is not afraid to represent their views and work for positive change across all campuses.

As well as this, I am the lead political voice for students, meaning that I represent your views at a national level, making sure that Liverpool Hope Students’ Union is leading the way on issues such as free education.

By being President of Liverpool Hope Students’ Union, I am also a Governor of Liverpool Hope University. 

Revd Canon Christopher 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.

Mr Mike Gilbertson

I am is a Senior Manager at Grant Thornton LLP and a qualified Chartered Accountant. I sit on the University's Audit Committee and was appointed via the Nominations Committee.

Dr Simon Hulme

I was educated at Marling Grammar school in Gloucestershire, followed by undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in music at the University of Liverpool. I have a teaching qualification from Trinity College, London and a PhD in Schenkerian musical analysis from Bangor University.

I have taught in both private and state sectors, gaining leadership experience in a comprehensive school in North Wales before taking up the Headship at St Michael’s Church of England High School in Crosby.

I am the trustee of the ‘Dreams for Children ‘charity, the Governor of Sefton Virtual School (LAC) and the North-West representative on ASCL’s National Council. I am also a church organist.

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

Dr Joan McClelland

I am a retired paediatric consultant with a wealth of experience gained mainly in Liverpool, though with significant time spent as an Honorary Consultant in Royal College of Medicine in Malawi. I'm a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Childcare.

I'm also a licensed reader of the Church of England. I was a founder member of the Family Link Line and was also the Anglican Chaplain at the Marie Curie Hospice. My research interests included self-harm in children and adolescents, trauma in children below the age of two, road traffic accident linkage and alcohol abuse in childhood and adolescence.

I was appointed via the Nominations Committee.

Fr 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.

Sr Maureen McKnight

Nominated by the Trustees of Christ's & Notre Dame.

Mr Charles Mills

I was educated at St. Mary’s College, Liverpool and the Universities of Keele, London and Manchester reading Economics, Education, Psychology and Philosophy.

I have spent the vast majority of his professional life in Special Education in the voluntary, state and private sectors notably at Stamford House Regional Remand and Assessment Centre, as the Principal of Nugent House School and the Chief Executive of ‘The Witherslack Group of Schools’.

Alongside this, I have worked as an OfSTED Inspector, been part of the NPQH programme at the University of Manchester and was a Visiting Professor at the Josef Barczi Institute, University of Budapest.

In January 2010 I opened a day school, Olsen House, in Crosby for young people with social, emotional and behavioural disorders.

I was appointed via the Nominations Committee. I am currently Chair of the University's Audit Committee.

Dr 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

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

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.

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.

Mr 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 two terms on the Executive of the European Forum of (RC) Laity and was awarded the Papal Medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for this involvement. Currently I am the Ecumenical Officer for Liverpool Archdiocese, the Hon Secretary for Merseyside Council of Faiths and a Trustee of Churches Together in the Merseyside Region (including chairing its Liverpool-Koln Partnership Group).

I worship at the Metropolitan Cathedral where I am on the Readers’ rota.

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

Mrs Diane Shaw

I recently retired as the Head teacher of Childwall C.E. Primary school in Liverpool.

Before being appointed head I was a deputy in a school on the Wirral but prior to that I had worked in other schools in Liverpool. In total I have worked in five primary schools, three of which were Church schools.

I am married to another Head Teacher of a church school and have two children both of whom are now teaching here in Liverpool primary schools.

I worship at Christ Church Higher Bebington and up until three years ago I was one of the Church Wardens, a position I held for six years.

I was nominated by the Trustees of Warrington Training College. I am currently a member of the University's Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mrs 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.

Associate Professor Sonja Tiernan

I am from Ireland and received a PhD from University College Dublin in 2007. Before moving to Liverpool Hope University in 2011, I held fellowships at the National Library of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Notre Dame USA. More recently, I was invited to act as the Peter O'Brien Visiting Scholar at the School of Irish Studies, Concordia University, Canada (2015-16.)

I enjoy the opportunity of engaging with colleagues internationally and in this pursuit I have been awarded funding from major bodies including, the Irish Research Council, the National Endowment of the Humanities USA, the Royal Irish Academy, Trinity College Hub and the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation. My research area is modern Irish and British social history and my work appears in journals, monograph form and in peer reviewed edited volumes. My most notable publications focus on recovering the work of the Irish author and trade union activist Eva Gore-Booth.

I began my career at Liverpool Hope University as a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow and progressed through to my current position as Associate Professor of Modern History. I am Head of the Department of History and Politics and teach across undergraduate and postgraduate levels in my research area.

I was nominated by Senate.

Dr Ian Vandewalle

I joined Liverpool Hope University in 1989 as a Senior Lecturer in Sciences before moving to the post of MD Liverpool Hope Enterprises. In 2000, I was appointed Head of the Business School and then spent a further 6 years as Dean of Business and Computer Sciences before taking up the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Operations), with oversight of strategic management of resources and operational activities. In addition, I have acted as Head of Health Sciences since 2011, Chair of Academic Committee, and continue as Director of Studies for research students within the Liverpool Hope Business School.

I was nominated by the Rectorate Team.

Judge 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.