Council Biographies


Baroness Beverley Hughes (Chair of Council and Chair of Student Experience Committee) 

Brought up in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, Beverley studied for a BSc in Liberal Studies in Science at the University of Manchester, graduating in 1971 and carried out postgraduate research into the care of people with schizophrenia, gaining an MSc in 1978. She also gained a Diploma in Applied Social Studies in 1974 from the University of Liverpool. She has published numerous research reports, papers and academic articles on child abuse, child and family policy, social gerontology, social policy and criminology. She worked as a probation officer in Merseyside from 1971 to 1976, returning to the University of Manchester as a research associate, lecturer and then senior lecturer in the Department of Social Policy - a department she became head of in 1995.

Elected MP for Stretford and Urmston in 1997, Baroness Hughes served as a government minister for nine years with responsibilities in local government, home affairs and education. In 2002, she was promoted to Minister of State and her posts included Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families (2005-09) and Minister of State for the North West (2007-09). She was appointed to the Privy Council in 2004 and became a Life Peer in 2010. She is a trustee to the Lowry Theatre Company, a Commissioner for the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission, Strategic Advisor to the Board of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and patron of a number of charities including the YMCA. Previous Non- Executive positions include Non-Executive Director for Trafford Park Development Corporation and Manchester Airport Company.

Member of: Governance & Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee, Finance & Resources Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee.

Geoff Bean (Chair of Audit and Risk Committee)

Geoff is a Salford Alumnus both as an undergraduate and postgraduate. A Chartered Management Accountant by profession, in the private sector up to 2009 he held several senior level financial and commercial positions in international manufacturing companies in sectors including automotive, paper making equipment and for healthcare, defence, environmental and Sky Sports products. A key role was at Voith and Scapa where Geoff oversaw all financial aspects of divisions covering 24 manufacturing sites across North America, Europe and Asia, managing a large global team.

Until 2015 in the public sector, he was a Non-Executive Director at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust for eight years where he was also Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, and was a Non-Executive Director at Harvest subsequently Your Housing Group for five years.

He has recently become Chair of Darwen Vale Aldridge Academy, a co-opted member of One Manchester Housing’s Audit & Risk Committee, a Non-Executive Director of Contour Housing and a Board Member of Lancashire Mind, a mental health and wellbeing charity.

Member of Audit & Risk Committee.

Dr Mike Burrows (Deputy Chair of Council, Lead Member Finance and Chair of Finance and Resources Committee ) 

Mike Burrows is the Managing Director of the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) Previously he was the Director of the NHS England (Greater Manchester) Area Team, a role that followed on from that of Chief Executive of NHS Greater Manchester. From May 2004 until May 2011 he was Chief Executive of Salford Teaching Primary Care Trust. Originally a Doctor of Biochemistry, Mike has worked both in the finance discipline and general management within the NHS. He has an active interest in the use of evidence based medicine and a passionate believer of the benefits of strong ties between the NHS and academia. In this respect he was one of the founding Board members of the Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre (MAHSC) and under his leadership developed Salford PCT to be one of the leading research active PCTs in the country. 

In his current role Mike has the responsibility for engaging the NHS, academia & industry to generate health & wealth in Greater Manchester particularly through the adoption and diffusion of innovation and research output.  

In his previous role as the Chief Executive of NHS Greater Manchester Mike shaped the concept of a major programme of service transformation in Greater Manchester entitled ‘Healthier Together’ which is now being led and delivered by the 12 CCGs.

Deputy Chair of Council, member of Finance & Resources Committee, Remuneration Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee.

Jonathan Carson

Jonathan Carson is Associate Dean Academic (Enhancement) for the University of Salford’s School of Arts & Media. He is strongly connected to the North West; born in Wigan to Liverpudlian parents, Jonathan was raised in Manchester where he has lived and worked since returning to the area following undergraduate studies in London at Chelsea College of Art and then at Winchester School of Art, from where he graduated with a first class degree in BA (Hons) Textile Art in 1998. In 2000, Jonathan was awarded a masters in Textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University, where his studies were funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

Joining University of Salford in 2004 as an hourly-paid lecturer, Jonathan was subsequently appointed as a Lecturer in Critical & Contextual Studies in Art & Design, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2011. Jonathan was Associate Head (Academic) in the former School of Art & Design before being appointed to his current role in 2013 in the then newly formed School of Arts & Media. Alongside the work he has undertaken in teaching and learning, Jonathan has maintained his practice as a fine artist. This work represents Jonathan’s research interests and profoundly informs his practice as  an educator. He collaborates with fellow artist and University of Salford academic Rosie Miller. As Carson & Miller, they have created a substantial body of work; their work has featured in exhibitions and events in the UK, Finland, Argentina, Germany and Cyprus. In 2015, their exhibition Archive Games was at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. Carson & Miller have spoken and written about their work in a number of contexts, including presentations in Belgium, Canada, the US and the UK and texts for publications including the edited book Not A Day Without A Line: Understanding Artists' Writings (Academia Press, 2013) and the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice (2015).

Jonathan has recently been appointed as Interim Dean of Students.

Member of Governance and Nominations Committee and Student Experience Committee 

Phil Cusack


Phil was brought up in Eccles and went to school at De La Salle College in Salford.  He went on to receive his BA (Hons) in Urban and Regional Planning from Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) in 1977 and became a Chartered Town Planner, working in local government in Greater Manchester. He then moved into the private sector in senior business development roles at regional board level for major construction companies  in the North West including Amec, Wimpey Construction and Kier. 

He obtained post-graduate diplomas in Marketing and Management Studies and a Masters in Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Phil is Chairman of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, was President of the Chamber from 2012-2014 and has chaired its Property and Construction Group.  He developed the Greater Manchester Building of the Year award (now an annual event) and was a founder of the annual North West Construction Summit.  He is a non-executive Director of the Manchester Growth Company and a member of the Strategic Enterprise Zone Board of Manchester Airport City.  He has also been a board member of the Atlantic Gateway and the North Liverpool Urban Regeneration Partnership where he chaired the development group.

He lives in Boothstown in Salford and is keenly interested in Salford local government, local history, architecture, the built environment and music. He is a Trustee of the Manchester Jazz Festival despite being (in his own words), “a worse than useless guitarist.”

Until March 2016, Phil was Director at Capita Property and Infrastructure after ten years as a Regional Director at built environment consultants Aecom.

Member of Remuneration Committee 

Garry Dowdle (Lead Member Information Technology)

Garry Dowdle is currently the Chief Information Officer for Manchester Airports Group.As a senior IT executive working for global organisations he has wide ranging leadership, commercial and technology experience. His skills and expertise include strategy development, large scale organisational change, mergers & acquisitions, leading geographically dispersed teams and outsourcing. He has worked in the petroleum, food, logistics and aviation sectors and has lived and worked in the United States and Europe.

Member of Finance & Resources Committee.


Jill Evans (Lead Member Human Resources and Chair of Remuneration Committee)

Jill Evans is the Coaching and HR Services Director at RMG. Her previous role was as an HR and Board Director for an International Healthcare company.

Jill is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, is a qualified coach and has an MSc in Management Studies which she obtained as a previous student of Salford University. Jill has held numerous roles in both the public and private sectors covering Health, FMCG, Housing, Energy, Nuclear and Chemicals she has also worked in Consulting. Her areas of expertise are in Organisational Effectiveness Change and Project Management, Talent Management, Training and Development and Resourcing.

Jill is the 'Steps Ahead' Mentoring Ambassador and a Mentor in Cheshire on behalf of her Professional Institute CIPD; this involves mentoring young people who are seeking employment and working with the Work Coaches in Job Centres. 

Member of Finance & Resources Committee, Remuneration Committee.


Julia Fawcett OBE

Julia Fawcett joined The Lowry in June 2002 as Chief Executive and has responsibility for ensuring the operation of one of the largest Millennium funded projects in the UK. Set in the heart of Manchester's waterways, the centre continues to be a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Salford Quays. The Lowry’s galleries display the works of L S Lowry and other contemporary exhibitions. The Lowry has three theatres – the Lyric Theatre which is believed to be the largest stage outside London, the more intimate Quays Theatre and the Studio, a new 150 seat space built to present the very best in small-scale, high-quality drama, comedy, music and dance. The Studio is also home to The Lowry’s community & education activities. There is also a shop, a restaurant, bars and event / meeting spaces. Previously, Julia was Chief Executive of Dynamic Earth Enterprises Ltd - having joined the company in December 1997 as Chief Executive. Here, she had responsibility for the successful delivery and operation of Scotland's largest and most exciting new visitor attraction, Our Dynamic Earth, in Edinburgh's Old Town. This is one of the Landmark Millennium funded projects.  It was the first to fully open to the public on 3 July 1999 and quickly established itself as one of Edinburgh's 'must see' attractions.  Prior to this, Julia had rapidly risen through the ranks of Granada Leisure running a number of their commercial attractions.

Member of Remuneration Committee, Student Experience Committee.

Ben Gallop

Ben Gallop leads the radio and digital departments within BBC Sport.  He has responsibility for - which is the largest sports website in the UK, with an average weekly audience of around 20m unique users across mobile, desktop and connected TV.

He heads up radio sport, overseeing the teams who deliver sports output for 5 Live, which is the UK’s most popular sports radio station, reaching more than 3.5m listeners every week.

Ben was previously head of the BBC’s Formula 1 operation across all platforms.  F1 returned to BBC screens in 2009 after an absence of 12 years and established itself as one of the most popular sports on TV and online, winning a BAFTA in 2011.

He led the BBC's Digital Olympics project, which scoped the broadcaster's editorial and technological strategy for London 2012 and resulted in record audiences for BBC Online and helped set a new benchmark for digital sports coverage.

Ben joined the BBC in 1998, first working for BBC News before being appointed sports editor on the launch team for the BBC Sport website.  Before that Ben worked for a number of years as a journalist for BSkyB and the Press Association, having started his career in local newspapers.

Member of Student Experience Committee.

Amina Helal


Amina Helal is an Academic Developer and Learning Technologist within the Quality and Enhancement Office. She is also a Senior Fellow of the HEA and manager of the Digital Skills Team. Amina has worked at the University since 2005 as part of teams in Library and IT Services and HR delivering training and support to students and staff and is a tutor on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. Amina gained the PGCert HE at Salford in 2009 and has led on several University wide projects including the rollouts of Blackboard and eAssessment (Project Elevate).

Amina’s background is in languages, graduating with honours from Trinity College, USA in German Studies and French with time spent abroad at Tubingen University in southern Germany and at the International Language Institute studying Egyptian Arabic in Cairo. Amina worked in Alumni Development at Trinity College, then event organisation in Philadelphia before returning to the UK and joining the University of Salford. Amina is also a well known squash player and coach, both nationally and internationally.

Member of Student Experience Committee


Mustapha Jelili (Student member)

Mustapha Jelili is the Science and Technology Officer of the University of Salford Students’ Union. He is a Biomedical Scientist by profession and also graduated with a Master of Science degree with distinction in Environmental and Public Health in summer 2016.


He was a student rep whilst studying for his Masters degree and also an executive member with the Nigeria Student Society.

Member of Student Experience Committee

Professor Helen Marshall

Helen Marshall is the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Salford, previously holding the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor since July 2013.

Helen studied Law before continuing to postgraduate research in Corporate Merger Law at the University of Birmingham. She became Glamorgan's Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2010 and, in her time there, led on academic and business development initiatives. She has been responsible for the development of a new curriculum in creative industries, the establishment of a Centre for Financial and Professional Services and the review and renewal of the law curriculum.

Born in Cardiff, Helen has lived in the North West for a significant period of her career. Before moving to South Wales, Helen held positions at the University of Central Lancashire and at the University of Cumbria, as well as gaining extensive experience in quality assurance through a secondment to the QAA.

She has also led on widening participation and, before starting at Salford, was Director for the University of South Wales’ Universities Heads of the Valleys Institute (UHOVI) - a ground breaking initiative backed by the Welsh Government to provide opportunities for local people and businesses to improve skills and qualifications by making learning accessible across the Valleys region. In three years, UHOVI enrolment grew from less than 100 to more than 2200.

Member of Finance and Resources Committee, Remuneration Committee, Governance and Nominations Committee 

Ian Moston

Ian is the Executive Director of Finance and Information at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. He joined the Board of Directors in May 2014 from the NHS Trust Development Authority where he was the Business Finance Director for London.

He started his NHS career in 1991 as a Regional Financial Management Trainee and has held Finance Director positions in Primary Care, Acute and Intermediate Tier Organisations since 2005.  During this time he has worked on a number of large scale transactions including the development of a new national service for cancer treatment, organisational merger and acquisition and the development of a joint venture company to deliver commercial benefits to the NHS.

Alongside his NHS roles Ian has significant experience from working with a number of other public, private and charitable sectors and he is currently Vice Chair of Weaver Vale Housing Trust.

Ian has had a career long interest in Staff Development and until recently was Chair of the NW Towards Excellence Accreditation Programme and is National Chair of the HealthCare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Policy and Research Committee.  

Member of Audit and Risk Committee

Ceewhy Ochoga (Student Member)

Ceewhy is the President and the elected leader of the Students’ Union and Chair of the Trustee Board.

She is an international student from Nigeria. She studied BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling at Middlesex University from 2010-2013. She then moved to Oxford Brookes University for a Post Graduate Diploma in Law (Conversion to Law) from 2014-2015. And in September 2015 joined University of Salford to study MSc Media Psychology.

She joined the Students’ Union as a student Trustee in November 2015 and then went on to be elected as President in March 2016.

Member of Student Experience Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee 



Sean O'Hara (Lead Member International)

Sean O’Hara is Director and founder of the International Market & Business Development Group; an international strategy consultancy providing expert advice and support to companies looking to grow internationally through new market entry, joint ventures or acquisition.

Sean has over 25 years' experience of strategic marketing and commercial leadership. He initially started his career as a graduate management trainee for the, Manchester based, Tootal Group plc. Going on to work for several multinational companies in senior sales and marketing roles, covering over 100 markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Until recently Sean was a Director on the Group Management Board of PZ Cussons plc, the FTSE 250 listed consumer products group, based in the North West, with operations in Africa, Asia and Europe. As the International Market & Business Development Director he was responsible for identifying and developing growth opportunities in new and existing categories and market geographies, as well as shared board responsibility for; five-year strategic planning, annual budgets, and the commercial day-management of the overall business.

In his spare time Sean enjoys; scuba diving, skiing and – now only watching – rugby and football. 

Member of Finance & Resources Committee.

Sam Plant (Chair of Governance and Nominations Committee)

Sam Plant is Company Secretary and Director of Corporate Services of PZ Cussons Plc, the FTSE 250 listed consumer products group. PZ Cussons has operations in Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and Europe and a long-standing connection with Manchester. Its head office is in the City and its liquid soap factory and innovation centre are in Salford, a short distance from the University.

Sam is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience and is responsible for providing legal advice across all of the Company’s global operations. A founding member of the Company’s Executive Company, he is also jointly responsible for strategic planning, the delivery of change initiatives, budgeting, talent management and the day to day financial performance of the business. He plays a leading role in the Group's corporate social responsibility programme and drives its global risk management activities.

Outside work, Sam spends his time painting, playing tennis, providing (unpaid) taxi services to his two daughters and supporting Crystal Palace FC.

Member of Governance & Nominations Committee, Honorary Degrees Committee.

Professor Susan Price CBE

Susan Price retired as Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University in August 2015. She holds a First Class degree in Modern Languages from the University of Salford, as well as a PhD in Linguistics and an MBA.  Her research interests have included Linguistics, Comparative Management and International Business Strategy. Prior to joining Leeds Beckett University in 2010, she was Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of East London and also held academic posts at the Universities of Manchester, Bradford and the West of England. She has a broad range of board experience at national and regional levels having been a member of Boards including Yorkshire Universities, the UK National Centre for Languages, Canterbury Christ Church University, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, the Royal Docks Partnership, Marketing Leeds, and Leeds and Partners, the inward investment agency for Leeds and the Leeds City Region.

Susan has also been a member of a number of policy groups on behalf of Universities UK and the Higher Education  Funding Council for England, including the Leadership Foundation's diversity advisory group, the access and widening participation strategy group, the higher education public information strategy group, the Higher Education International and Europe strategic advisory board and the national steering committee for the NSS, and worked extensively with the QAA as an auditor and degree awarding powers assessor.  She speaks six European languages.

In 2016 Susan was awarded a CBE for Services to Higher Education.

Member Student Experince Committee


Joyce Redfearn

Joyce is currently working as a consultant in leadership development / coaching across health, local government and education. She worked for the Department of Health and the   Local Government Association on the national framework for Health and Wellbeing improvement. She is a leadership facilitator working with Chief Executives and Leaders across systems.  She has chaired two Improvement Boards

She retired in March 2012 after 17 years as a Local Authority Chief Executive.  Her last 7 years were in Wigan  where in her final 15 months she was in a shared CE post with the Ashton Leigh and Wigan PCT.  Prior to that she helped to reintroduce the CE role to Gloucestershire County Council and to take it from a poor to a good Authority.  She started her CE career by setting up the small unitary authority of Monmouthshire.  Joyce has a varied public sector background including being one of the first group of Industrial Relations Officers employed by the BMA.

She is married with 2 adult daughters.

Member of Student Experience Committee.


Tom Russell (Lead Member Estates)

Tom has worked in urban regeneration in Manchester, London and Oldham for most of his career. As Deputy Chief Executive of Manchester City Council he was involved in Hulme City Challenge, the redevelopment of the city centre following the 1996 bomb, and in European Structural Fund programmes across the region. He was Chief Executive of New East Manchester urban regeneration company from 2000 to 2008, building on the successful staging of the Commonwealth Games in the area in 2002 to lead its comprehensive renaissance.

As a result of this, he then spent 18 months in London, managing the master planning process for the regeneration of East London following the 2012 Olympics, and establishing the regeneration company – the Olympic Park Legacy Company - which will lead the delivery of the plan. Since completing this assignment in July 2009, Tom has been involved in a range of consultancy projects across the North West.

Member of Finance & Resources Committee.


Professor Tony Warne

Tony is a Professor in Mental Health Care. His current role at the University of Salford is Industry Collaboration Zone (ICZ) Programme Director and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor. ICZ’s are the University’s single strategic priority.  Formerly he was Dean of School, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences. It is a School that holds one of the largest commissions of NHS programmes in the North West and has a range of programmes in nursing, social work, social policy, midwifery, psychotherapy, sociology, and criminology. Tony worked in NHS mental health care services from 1975, both as a practitioner, and service manager. After leaving the NHS in 1995, he joined Manchester Metropolitan University, gaining his PhD in 2000. In 2006, Tony was appointed Professor at the University of Salford.

The focus of Tony's research interest is on inter-personal, intra-personal and extra-personal relationships, using a psychodynamic and managerialist analytical discourse. He has published extensively in these areas and is the co-editor and author of the books Using Patient Experience in Nurse Education and Creative Approaches to Health and Social Care Education. Tony was formerly the Nurse Representative on the Council of Deans (Health) Executive Committee, and organisation that represents the 85 UK universities providing health care education in the UK. He is also a Non-Executive Director for the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust, with a special interest in improving the quality and safety of patient care.

Member of Audit and Risk Committee