Professor Colin Bailey began his career as an apprentice draughtsman after leaving school at 16. He worked for construction and consultant companies Lovell Construction, Cameron Taylor Partners and Clarke Nicholls and Marcel. As an apprentice he gained, through day release and night school, an Ordinary National Certificate (ONC) and Higher National Certificate (HNC-BTec) from Slough and Richmond College respectively.He was then accepted, through their widening participation programme, to study for a degree in Civil and Structural Engineering at Sheffield University, where he finished first in his year and offered a scholarship to study for a PhD. Following his PhD he returned to industry to work for the Steel Construction Institute (SCI) and the Building Research Establishment (BRE), where his practical and research experience resulted in the publication of a number of design guides, which are used widely by industry.He joined the University of Manchester in 2002 as Professor of Structural Engineering, and became Head of the School in 2007. He was then appointed Vice-President of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, before becoming Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2014. Over his career he has gained significant non-executive experience, including as a non-executive chair, sitting on the Board of a number charities and organisations. He is currently a member of the Independent Expert Advisory Panel advising government on building safety following the Grenfell fire.Colin is author of more than 130 research papers and practical design guides, and has been awarded nine prizes for his research work. This has included the publication of the ‘Bailey’ fire design method, which has been used in design software and distributed to 2,500 companies in 20 countries.He has also been involved in the structural fire design of number of iconic buildings in London including the Shard, Heron Tower and the Leadenhall Building. He has also been an expert witness on a number of projects, including explaining the collapse of the World Trade Centre 7 Building in 2001, following the terrorist attack. He is a Chartered Structural, Civil and Fire Engineer and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He joined Queen Mary as President and Principal in September 2017.
Colin was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Engineering in the 2020 New Year Honours.
Professor Marshall studied History at the University of York and has postgraduate qualifications in Education Studies from York and Harvard. She is an author of a number publications and articles on academic leadership, teaching excellence, and global challenges in higher education, including four editions as co-editor of A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She is also a regular speaker at international conferences on teaching excellence and leadership in higher education, teaching and learning.
Stephanie's international reputation has led to her being recruited to serve on the German Excellenz Initiative judging panel, and most recently, to Chair the Norwegian Centres for Excellence Initiative (SFU) judging panel. This includes having an ongoing relationship with NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) in terms of providing support for the SFU academic leaders. She introduced the Global Teaching Excellence Award in 2016 and continues to have academic oversight of this initiative. Read Professor Stephanie Marshall's profile in full.
Professor Sir Mark Caulfield is a Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Queen Mary University of London and Vice Principal for Health for Queen Mary’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.
Professor Caulfield graduated in Medicine in 1984 from the London Hospital Medical College and trained in Clinical Pharmacology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital where he developed a research programme in molecular genetics of hypertension and translational clinical research.
At Queen Mary University of London Professor Caulfield has made substantial contributions to the discovery of genes related to blood pressure, cardiovascular health, cancer and rare diseases. His research has changed national and international guidance for high blood pressure. He was Director of Queen Mary’s William Harvey Research Institute between 2002-2020 and was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008.
Professor Caulfield was appointed Chief Scientist for Genomics England in 2013, charged with delivery of the 100,000 Genomes Project on whole genome sequencing in rare disease, cancer and infection. At Genomics England, he was instrumental in delivering the 100,000 Genomes Project which has delivered life-changing results for many patients. He has also worked with NHS England to co-create the National Genomic Test Directory, which offers equitable access for 56 million people to appropriate genomic tests. Professor Caulfield was awarded a knighthood in 2019 for his leadership of the 100,000 Genomes Project.
In July 2021, Professor Caulfield stepped down from his role as Chief Scientist for Genomics England to take major leadership in Barts Life Sciences, a partnership between Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust. This is driving the development of a world-leading life sciences campus at Whitechapel focusing on digital precision healthcare. He is a member of the Barts Health NHS trust Board and is the President Elect of the British Pharmacological Society. He became Vice Principal for Health for Queen Mary’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in January 2022.
Professor Frances Bowen joined Queen Mary as the Vice-Principal for Humanities and Social Sciences in September 2022.
She was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Social Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA), having been in post since 2018.
Before joining UEA, Professor Bowen held several key leadership positions at Queen Mary. Initially recruited as Professor of Innovation in 2011, she also worked as Deputy Head and Director of Research in the School of Business and Management, before progressing to Head of School and eventually becoming its Dean.
Professor Bowen is a distinguished researcher in corporate environmental strategy. She has secured numerous research grants and frequently provides evidence and counsel to private and public sector organisations on sustainable business strategies.
Professor Bowen also holds degrees from the University of Oxford, Northeastern University, and the University of Bath. In addition, she has held visiting fellowships at the University of Oxford and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Professor Wen Wang obtained his PhD in Bioengineering at Imperial College London in 1993. Following his postdoctoral research at University of Manchester and his Wellcome Trust Fellowship in the Medical School of Imperial College London, he joined Queen Mary University of London as one of the founding members of the Queen Mary Biomedical Engineering programme and subsequently had his Professorship in Biomedical Engineering in 2003. Supported by a Royal Academy of Engineering Global Research Award, he joined the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard in 2007 and then worked at MIT on a NIH international project. After his return from the US in 2009, he took on a number of leadership roles at Queen Mary, including Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Science; Dean for Research of the Faculty of Science and Engineering; Head of School of Engineering and Materials Science. He was elected to the Council in 2017 and was appointed the Deputy VP for Science and Engineering in January 2018.
Wen is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. His work on vascular bioengineering and biomaterials is supported by the Wellcome Trust, the British Heart Foundation, EPSRC and industry. He has more than 120 publications in leading journals, including PNAS, JFM and Circulation.
Dr Philippa Lloyd began as Vice-Principal for Policy and Strategic Partnerships in January 2019. She is also the sustainability lead for the University. Previously she was Director General of Higher and Further Education at the Department for Education.
Philippa is a physicist by background with a PhD in atmospheric physics. She began her career as an editor on the science journal, Nature and first joined the Civil Service in the former Office of Science and Technology. While in Government, she held a variety of policy and corporate roles and acted as Principal Private Secretary to three Secretaries of State.
Philippa took up the post of Director General, People and Strategy in September 2012 in what was then the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. In July 2016, responsibility for higher and adult further education was moved to the Department for Education, where she became the Director General responsible for higher and further education post-16.
Jonathan joined Queen Mary from the University of Roehampton, where he had held the position of Academic Registrar since 2009.
He holds responsibilities for matters relating to corporate and academic governance, including the management of academic quality and standards, academic regulation, registry services, admissions, the Student Information System (SIS) and information compliance.
Jonathan led the strategic direction of the University of Roehampton's Academic Registry, heading a staff of almost 100 working in the university's central administration and across academic schools and departments. His key achievements included the implementation of a new administrative structure for the university, leading to significant economic savings and a more consistent and professional approach to academic administration across Roehampton. Under Jonathan's leadership, the department introduced a paperless admissions system, overhauled the university's student records and supported a successful QAA Institutional Review.
He was previously employed as Head of Academic Development at Royal Holloway, University of London (2007-8), and as Deputy Registrar (2000-2007) and Head of Examinations and Timetabling, also at Royal Holloway (1998-2000). Jonathan is a Member of the Academic Registrars Council and a Member of the Association of University Administrators. He holds a MMus in Historical Musicology from Royal Holloway (1994) and a BA in Music from Brasenose College, University of Oxford (1993).
Andrew Livingston (AGL) is from Taranaki NZ, and studied Chemical Engineering at University of Canterbury. He then worked at an NZ food processing company followed by a PhD at Cambridge UK, and in 1990 joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, serving as HoD 2008-2016. He leads a research group of 20 PhD students and Post-Docs, with interests in membranes for molecular separations in liquids and the development of chemical processes using these membranes. Awards include the Junior Moulton Medal, Cremer and Warner Medal, and Underwood Medal of IChemE, and Silver Medal of Royal Academy of Engineering. AGL was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2006 and was elected FRS in 2022.
From October 2016 he was the inaugural Director of the Barrer Centre at Imperial College, and from 1 July 2017 was the interim academic lead, from 1 Jan 2019- May 2019 the interim director, of the new Rosalind Franklin Institute, set up with a £100M investment from the UK Government to carry out ground-breaking research at the interface of engineering, physical sciences and life sciences. In 1 November 2019 he joined Queen Mary University of London as the Vice Principal, Research and Innovation.
In 1996, AGL founded Membrane Extraction Technology, a spin-out company which evolved to manufacture solvent stable Organic Solvent Nanofiltration (OSN) membranes for molecular separations in organic liquids. On 1 March 2010 MET was acquired by Evonik Industries of Essen, Germany, and continues in business as Evonik MET Ltd., a part of the Evonik Fibres and Membranes Business. In 2018 with colleague Dr Piers Gaffney AGL founded Exactmer Limited, based in Dagenham East, London and dedicated to the production of exact polymer molecules including oligonucleotides, peptides and synthetic polymers such as PEG, using Nanostar Sieving technology.
Karen joined Queen Mary as Chief Financial Officer in December 2020, with responsibility for finance, strategic planning and the strategy delivery office. Previously she was Finance Director at the University of London. Karen is a chartered accountant and has held strategic finance roles across higher education and with a number of global third sector organisations, both in London and overseas. At the University of London she developed a new finance strategy to underpin the 2020-2025 strategy, and recently raised new financing. At Save the Children International Karen led the financial integration of the international operations of 17 global Save the Children member organisations.Karen is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and has a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Warwick.
Dr Sharon Ellis first joined Queen Mary University of London in November 2018 and was the Director of Research & Innovation prior to her current role. In her time at Queen Mary she has played a key role in delivering the University’s strategic research and innovation ambitions. She supported high quality, impactful research and innovation, and helped ensure Queen Mary maintains and grows from its position as one of the leading research-intensive universities.
Before entering higher education, Sharon built a wealth of previous senior leadership experience from her roles in several central Civil Service Departments (Environment, Transport, and Business). As a Director, she led a wide range of policy agendas both domestic and international, several public body reforms and a range of short-term postings in response to national emergencies, to lead in preparations for issues such as nationwide flood recovery.
Sharon holds a PhD in Climate Change from the University of Birmingham. She is a graduate of the UK Civil Service’s Senior Leaders Scheme, an accelerated development programme for leaders, and a current University of Cambridge policy fellow. She is a Governor at Homerton University NHS Trust. She is also a lead Reviewer for Public Body Reviews for the Cabinet Office and External Review for the Cabinet Office Infrastructure projects Authority.
Read memories of and tributes to Professor Peter McOwan, including the eulogy delivered by President and Principal Professor Colin Bailey at his funeral.