Dr. Peter O’Brien

Executive Director

Peter was appointed Executive Director of Yorkshire Universities in April 2018. Previously, he was Deputy Local Growth Consultant at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). He is also a senior research fellow at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University, where he specialises in, and has published widely on, issues relating to urban and regional development and governance, and infrastructure funding and financing. Peter has worked at a senior level in local and regional government in the north of England during the past decade.

Monika Antal

Executive Manager

Monika first joined YU in February 2014, as Project Coordinator of the ERDF funded Technical Assistance (YUTA). After YUTA finished she worked for the EU Policy Lab at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Brussels for three years before making her way back to Yorkshire. She returned to YU as Executive Manager in January 2018.

Emma Dick

Executive Assistant

Emma joined YU in March 2017, as Executive Assistant and Office Manager. Emma supports YU as an Associate of Virtual Hand, a virtual assistant services and business support organisation. Prior to working at YU, Emma worked on an ERDF Business Growth Programme at the University of Bradford.

Professor Roger Lewis


Roger has worked for Yorkshire Universities since 2010 in various capacities, including Chief Executive (2010-2013) and Interim Executive Director (2017-2018). Before that he was HEFCE Regional Consultant for Yorkshire (and other northern regions) 1998-2009. His main academic interests are in student learning and how this can best be fostered by both individual academics and by the institutional environment. Within this his specialism (as both researcher and practitioner) has been open, distance and e-learning; this is his main area of publication. He was BP Professor of Learning Development at what is now the University of Lincoln (1992-1998). He is on the editorial boards of ‘Open Learning’ and ‘Active Learning’.

James Ransom


James joined Yorkshire Universities in March 2019 as an Associate. He is a higher education researcher with a focus on the local and regional role of universities, and has recently led projects for the British Council, the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE), and KPMG. He is a PhD candidate at UCL Institute of Education, and previously worked for Universities UK, UNESCO and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Mark Hill


Mark is YU’s long-standing in-house accountant. He provides financial administration and advice to YU management and committees. He runs an accounting practice with mainly commercial clients. He is a former City of York Councillor.