The London Mathematical Society is a registered charity governed by a Council of Trustees - eight Officers and twelve Members-at-Large, who provide strategic direction and ensure that the Society complies with the provisions of its Royal Charter, Statutes and By-Laws - known collectively as the Standing Orders. Council meetings are chaired by the President and take place five times every year - in January/February, April, June/July, October and November.
From the 2022 Annual General Meeting, all newly elected Council members will be required to sign up to a Trustee Code of Conduct for their term of office.
The current members of Council are:
Professor Ulrike Tillmann
Director of the Isaac Newton Institute and N M Rothschild & Sons Professor, University of Cambridge
PhD: University of Stanford, 1990
Previous appointments: SERC Research Assistant, University of Cambridge 1990-1992; Tutor and Lecturer, Merton College and University of Oxford 1992-2010; EPSRC Advanced Fellow 1997-2003; Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford 2010-2021
Research interests: Topology and its applications
LMS service: LMS Prizes Committee, 2007-2009, 2015-2018; LMS Publications Committee, 2007-2012; LMS Council, 2008-2014; LMS Research Meetings Committee (Chair), 2011-2014; Editor, LMS Proceedings/Journal/Bulletin, 2004-2007; LMS Student Texts, 2007-2017, LMS Lectures Notes, since 2018; Founding and Managing Editor of Journal of Topology, 2007-2017
Additional information: LMS Whitehead Prize recipient 2004; LMS Mary Cartwright Lecturer 2006
Professor Iain Gordon
Professor of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh
PhD: University of Glasgow, 1998
Previous appointments: Seggie Brown Fellow, University of Edinburgh 1998-1999; EU Research Fellow, University of Bielefeld and University of Antwerp 1999-2000; Lecturer then Reader, University of Glasgow 2000-2006; Professor of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh 2006-present; EPSRC Leadership Fellow 2008-2013; Head of School of Mathematics, University of Edinburgh 2014-2022; Vice-Principal and Head of College of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh 2022-present.
Research interests: Representation theory and noncommutative algebra, and their connections with combinatorics and algebraic geometry
LMS service: Member of Council (and in this respect member of Programme Committee and Publications Committee) 2005-2009; Member of Research Meetings Committee 2010-2012; Editor, Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society 2012-2015; Member of Prizes Committee 2017-2020; Vice-President 2019-; Member of Committee for Women and Diversity in Mathematics 2019-
Additional information: Member of ICMS Management Committee and Board 2006-present; Member of EPSRC Mathematics Programme SAT 2011-2014; Member of REF2014 Mathematical Sciences subpanel; Member of INI Steering Committee 2016-2019
Personal statement: I previously wrote "I think it is critical for the long-term health of the mathematical sciences community to advocate effectively for itself, both in its own terms and in terms of its place in culture and its utility in the modern economy. Given the increasing role the mathematical sciences play in a more quantitative society and some of the large investments that are being made in STEM research in the UK, there are opportunities and there are threats. It is always crucial that the theoretical parts of the discipline remain strong and vibrant, taking advantage of opportunities whenever possible, working broadly and openly so that the whole of the discipline flourishes. In the current environment, it is important to continue to support intellectual and geographic diversity, but also benefit from the large-scale funding." I always try to act on this: helping coordinate the LMS response to Covid-19 and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, supporting Early Career Researchers and those who faced increased pressures during the pandemic; participating in discussions around major issues including Additional Funding for Mathematical Sciences; and starting discussions within LMS on environmental sustainability. I do this as an advocate for the community coming together, in its diversity.
Professor Cathy Hobbs
Academic Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing, Coventry University
PhD: University of Liverpool, 1993
Previous appointments: 1992–94 Teaching Fellow, University of Nottingham; 1994–2010 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Head of Department/Associate Dean, Oxford Brookes University. 2010-2018 Head of Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics, University of the West of England, Bristol, 2018-2022 Associate Dean Research and Enterprise, Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of the West of England, Bristol. 2001 Visiting Research Fellow University of Auckland; 2005–06 Visiting Fellow, Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, University of Bristol
Research interests: Singularity Theory and its applications, particularly to physical sciences
LMS service: 1997-2000 and 2013-2017 Member at Large, LMS Council; 1998-2001 Chair LMS Women in Mathematics Committee; 2003-2007 and 2013-2018, member LMS Women in Mathematics Committee; 2003-2005, 2008-2010, 2013-14 Member of LMS Nominating Committee; 2008-2013 LMS representative on BMC Scientific Committee; 2015-present Member of LMS Publications Committee; 2017-present LMS Vice President; 2017-present Member of LMS Education Committee; 2017-present Chair of LMS Personnel Committee; 2019-present Member of the LMS Newsletter Editorial Board
Additional information: Chair of Heads of Departments of Mathematical Sciences Committee 2014–2017; Member of EMS Women in Mathematics Committee 2004–2010; Member of Standing Committee of European Women in Mathematics, 2001–2007; Fellow of the IMA; Member of IMA Council 2016-2022. Principal fellow of the HEA. National Teaching Fellow 2019.
Personal statement: I have had a long association with the LMS and a firm belief in the importance of the Society to UK mathematics, as a representative organisation as well as a publisher and supporter of research mathematics across the broad range of mathematical activity in the UK. I have been involved in a number of aspects of LMS business over the last 24 years, including women in maths, publications and education committees. During my tenure as Vice-President thus far I have taken on chairing Personnel Committee and become a member of the LMS Newsletter Editorial Board alongside my continuing membership of various other LMS Committees. I have the role of overseeing LMS Communications as part of my portfolio. I have represented the LMS nationally and internationally. I would be honoured to be able to continue to work for the Society as Vice- President.
Professor Simon Salamon
Professor of Geometry, King's College London
DPhil: University of Oxford, 1980
Previous appointments: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, 1979-81; Postdoctoral fellow, SNS Pisa, 1981-83; Member, IAS Princeton, 1983-84; Lecturer and Reader, University of Oxford, 1984-2001; Reader, Imperial College London, 2003-04; Professore ordinario, Politecnico di Torino, 2000-11.
Research interests: Differential geometry, complex and quaternionic structures, twistor theory, Einstein metrics, special holonomy, Lie groups and topology.
LMS service: Editorial Board of the LMS, 1995-98; Co-Managing Editor, Proceedings of the LMS, 1998-2000; Treasurer 2020-22
Additional information: Head of Department of Mathematics, King’s College London, 2013-17. Co-Editor-in-Chief, EMS Surveys in Mathematical Sciences, 2014-17
Personal statement: There will be a lot of pressure on the Society's budgets in the current economic climate, with increasing costs on top of falling publications income and market volatility. On the positive side, there is likely to be a surge in demand for LMS support, following a protracted period of lower activity, and I would be keen to exploit opportunities to use funds responsibly.
Professor Robb McDonald
Professor of Mathematics, University College London
PhD: 1991 University of Western Australia
Previous appointments: 1991-93 Royal Society Endeavour Fellow, University of Oxford; 1993-94 Australian Research Council Research Fellow, Monash University; 1994--present Lecturer, Reader and Professor, UCL.
Research interests: fluid mechanics, vortex dynamics and applied complex analysis. Application of mathematics to geoscience.
LMS service: General Secretary from November 2020
Additional information: 2011-18 Head of Department of Mathematics UCL; Fellow of the IMA
Personal statement: Having benefited personally from LMS support through its research funding schemes and Good Practice workshops, and witnessed the positive impact of the society’s activities (e.g. the undergraduate research bursary scheme), I am keen to help the Society realise its ambitions. While HoD at UCL I enjoyed working with departmental and university colleagues, as well as those from other London and UK universities, in supporting mathematical science, and addressing the challenges of equality and diversity of our discipline. I hope these experiences will be useful in the LMS General Secretary role. This is an exciting time to be mathematician with the proposed new Academy of Mathematical Science, increased funding opportunities and the public and policy makers increasingly aware of the important role science and mathematics does and can play in society. If elected General Secretary, I look forward to working with LMS colleagues and the mathematical community in ensuring LMS is well-placed to create and take advantage of opportunities, and that it has a strong voice in education, research and promotion of all areas of mathematical science. Finally, partly owing to my UCL association, I am aware of the remarkable history of the LMS—a history deserving of recognition and celebration.
Professor Chris Parker
Professor of Pure Mathematics, University of Birmingham
PhD: University of Manchester, 1988.
Research interests: Group theory, representation theory and related areas.
LMS service: Regional organizer Midlands Region (2006-2019), chair Early Career Research Committee 2017-, chair Research Meetings Committee 2016, Programme Secretary 2018-, Member Publications Committee, Member of the LMS Covid Response working party, and Ukraine working party.
Additional information: Editor in chief of Journal of Group Theory. Organizer of Groups St Andrews in Birmingham 2017, organized numerous other workshops and conferences.
Personal statement: The breadth, health and vibrancy of the mathematical community in the UK is in no small part due to the backing and support added by the LMS. Through my leadership of the Early Career Research Committee, I have witnessed the impact of the support offered to our undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and new lecturers. The activities of the Early Career Committee encourage the development of mathematicians nationwide. If re-elected as Programme Secretary, I will continue to be a strong advocate in support of these activities and will seek to advertise the support available as widely as possible. I will also emphasise the importance of continued support for Early Career Researchers in the difficult post-Covid environment. Feedback from our new Early Career Researcher Professional Development series demonstrates that PhD students and postdoctoral researchers are eager to take advantage of advice and networking opportunities. Providing support for this kind of career development will be one of my priorities this coming year and is something that the LMS is well placed to provide. I will also continue to speak in support of mathematics as a research activity that can be practised at a world class level in institutions across the country.
Professor Niall MacKay
Professor of Mathematics, University of York
PhD: University of Durham, 1992
Previous appointments: 1992-93: JSPS Fellow, RIMS, Kyoto University; 1993-95: PPARC Research Fellow and fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge; 1995-98: Stokes Fellow, Pembroke College, Cambridge; 1998-99: Lecturer, University of Sheffield; 2000-date: University of York: Lecturer (2000), Senior Lecturer (2005) Reader (2009), Professor (2014); Head of Department 2015-2021.
Research interests: Integrable systems and quantum groups; operations research and history.
LMS service: LMS Education Committee 2004-09 and 2011-14; Editorial Adviser 2005-14; Council Member-at-Large from November 2020; Publications Committee and Personnel Committee from February 2021; LMS Newsletter Editorial Board from April 2021
Additional Information: Member of QAA MSOR benchmark statement review group 2005-08, Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) 2011-14, MEI "Critical Mathematics" advisory group 2013-15, IoP Curriculum Committee 2013-15, and various other committees and working groups for the ILTHE, HEA, QCDA etc. Member of EPSRC Peer Review College 2003-10. External examiner, Mathematical Tripos, University of Cambridge 2014-17. Editorial Board member, Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, 2014-2021
Currently Chair of Correspondents for the INI and ICMS (2019-date).
Personal Statement: I stepped down as Head of Department at York in 2021, and am now enjoying renewing my involvement with the LMS. Publications Secretary is a difficult job, both strategically an operationally, during an era of great change in academic publishing. As we navigate the transition to Open Access, I hope to preserve our income as far as possible, so that it can continue to be used to support the mathematics community, and to preserve and enhance the quality and standing of the LMS journals within world mathematics and thereby their value to UK mathematicians, both as authors and as readers. These two goals are in an ever-shifting state of tension.
Dr Kevin Houston
Senior Lecturer, University of Leeds
PhD: University of Warwick, 1995.
Previous appointments: 1994–1996 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Liverpool; 1996–2000 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Middlesex University; 2000–2006 Lecturer University of Leeds; 2006–present Senior Lecturer University of Leeds.
Research interests: Singularity Theory, Discrete Differential Geometry and the applications of geometry.
LMS service: Education Secretary, involves chairing Education Committee, membership of LMS Council, Finance and General Purposes Committee, and the Joint Mathematical Council; Member of Education Committee 2012–present; Chair of Education subcommittee on Public Engagement 2012–2018 which involved being LMS representative on the Joint Promotion of Mathematics committee; LMS representative on British Science Festival Mathematics Section Committee.
Additional information: My Education Committee work has involved organising the LMS Popular Lectures, the LMS and Gresham Lecture and working with other bodies such as IMA, Gresham College, RSS, JMC (of which I am a trustee), and the British Science Association.
I have been heavily involved in outreach activities for many years. I have visited many schools talking to many teachers and thousands of students. Also, I have presented at high profile events such as the British Science Festival. I am an organiser of conferences for maths communicators: MATRIX2016 and Talking Maths in Public.
My best-selling textbook for undergraduates How to Think Like a Mathematician has been translated into four other languages and I have published a second book Complex Analysis: An Introduction. I am a regular presenter at the Induction Course for New Lecturers in the Mathematical Sciences.
From 2014–2018 I was on the Steering Committee and Management Committee of MAGIC, one of the Taught Course Centres for postgraduate teaching via video conferencing. This project, initially funded by EPSRC, broadens the education of PhD students in the UK.
I have been Education Secretary for five years and in the last three years, amongst other activities, have participated in ACME Contact Group for A Levels, have been involved in extending the LMS CPD grant scheme to HE institutions, introduced a training scheme for mathematics outreach, and created an LMS website for helping mathematicians with recent accessibility legislation.
Personal statement: I have a strong interest in teaching with over 30 years' experience of teaching in HE institutions and an institutional award for teaching excellence. My education interests are broad, from face-to-face teaching, publications, digital and innovative exhibitions.
The Covid-19 crisis has affected mathematics and mathematicians at all levels. My experience of deepening links with other learned societies has helped in our response. For example, with others I produced a survey and helped disseminate good practice in take-away open-book assessment in mathematics. More significantly, I founded, along with representatives of the IMA and RSS, a highly successful project on Teaching and Learning Mathematics Online (TALMO) with more than 1200 participants.
We face a diverse set of problems resulting from the pandemic, for example, national examinations and in particular the lack, over the last decade, of an increase in student recruitment in HE. Furthermore, others problems have not gone away. e.g. the consequences of Brexit and mathematics teacher recruitment and retention. The LMS is vital in addressing these and I believe I have a good track record in responding to them in a robust and practical manner.
I am keen to continue serving the LMS and its members as the Education Secretary.
Professor Sara Lombardo
Executive Dean of the School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University
PhD: University of Leeds, 2004
Previous appointments: I have held various post-doctoral positions in Leeds, Manchester, Rome and Amsterdam, before returning to the UK in 2010, accepting a Senior Lectureship at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne. I was promoted to Reader in 2014 and served as Head of Mathematics between 2014 and 2017. I obtained a personal chair in 2017 and I am currently an Associate Dean at Loughborough University.
Research interests: Integrable systems, a lively area of mathematics which brings together algebra, analysis and geometry to tackle fundamental problems often motivated by mathematical physics
LMS service: since 2017 member of the Women in Mathematics Committee, now Women and Diversity in Mathematics Committee, and of the Good Practice Scheme steering group.
Additional information: I am a member of the IMA Council and IMA Research Committee. I am a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Team for Mathematical Sciences and will chair the team from January 2022. I have organised several research workshops and conferences, in the UK and abroad, often as chair of the organising committees. I have been guest editor of volumes and collections and I am currently on the editorial boards of two journals. Since 2021, I serve on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute. I have led Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, both nationally and internationally. I have led Northumbria University towards its first institutional Athena SWAN award.
Personal statement: I am a keen advocate of the role of mathematics in the society, and of the unique contribution that mathematical sciences bring to other STEM disciplines and to the economy. I believe that it is important to promote interdisciplinary research as well as to emphasise the importance of fundamental research, especially in this moment of changes and uncertainty. I also believe that embracing diversity - in all its aspects - is key to successfully tackle research challenges and to create a welcoming and truly inclusive environment for the UK mathematics community. The LMS clearly has one of the key roles to play with the Women and Diversity in Mathematics Committee and I am keen to contribute with my experience, ideally influencing also the EPSRC and UKRI.
Professor Peter Ashwin
Professor of Mathematics, University of Exeter
PhD: University of Warwick 1991.
Previous appointments: 1991-92 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Marburg (Germany); 1992-95 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Warwick; 1995-96 Postdoctoral Researcher, INLN Nice (France); 1996-2000 Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Surrey
Research interests: My research interests are in dynamical systems theory and applications, including low dimensional systems, theory of attractors, bifurcation theory, coupled and nonautonomous systems, computational modelling and applications, mostly in life and environmental sciences.
LMS service: Member of London Mathematical Society since 1991, member of LMS Council 2020-2022.
Additional information: I have been active in the UK mathematical community as part of the MAGIC Taught Course Centre, and have been serving as Director since 2016. I was co-founder of the UK Mathematics for Climate research network “CliMathNet”, which has been promoting scientific interchange between climate science, mathematics and statistics since 2013. My research has been supported by a range of sources including EPSRC, BBSRC, Leverhulme and EU Horizon 2020. At the University of Exeter I have served in various academic management roles, including, at various times, Head of Department and Director of Education. I am currently the Director of Research and Impact.
Personal statement: I believe a lot of the strength of mathematics comes from the interaction of pure and applied branches. Although interactions may occur quite slowly with some areas, for others (such as dynamical systems) rapid communication between theory, experiment and simulation has been possible and this has resulted in some remarkable new mathematics. Through my experience at the Department of Mathematics at Exeter and through mentoring many PhDs and early career researchers, I have gained a good understanding of many of the challenges, opportunities and trade-offs that are facing departments and individual members of the LMS. Throughout its existence, the LMS has helped ensure that the mathematical community of the UK benefits from intellectual exchange at the highest international level (via exchange of people, ideas and funding). I am keen for the LMS to work to ensure that these benefits remain with us in the longer term. On the one hand, we need to benefit from traditional modes for sharing mathematics. On the other hand, we can benefit from many recent developments in the technology of how sharing mathematics can take place.
Professor Anne Taormina
Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Durham University
PhD: University of Mons-Hainaut, Belgium, 1984
Previous appointments: 1984–86: Chargé de Recherches, Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), University of Mons-Hainaut, Belgium; 1986–87: Chercheur Associé, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France; 1987–89: CERN Fellow, Theory Division, Geneva, Switzerland;
Research interests: Conformal Field Theory and String Theory. I use group theory, algebraic geometry and number theory in my research, which is mainly at the interface with theoretical particle physics. My most recent research interest is to understand the implications of newly observed Moonshine phenomena in the context of string theory and conformal field theory.
LMS service: member since 1999; Member of the LMS Women in Mathematics committee and of the LMS Good Practice Scheme committee (2014-2020); Member-at-Large of Council since 2019; Member of Personnel Committee since 2021.
Personal statement: As a member of Council seeking reappointment, I will use my experience as Head of the Mathematical Sciences Department at Durham for five years and as a member of the LMS Women in Mathematics committee since 2014 to continue to tackle the factors influencing the course of a career in Mathematics, especially for young women nowadays. For example, I will continue to explore possibilities for the LMS to be involved in initiatives targeting youngsters preparing for their GCSE exams, especially those from more challenging backgrounds and minorities. In particular, I will continue to promote the fun aspects of mathematics and help design activities to boost girls' confidence in their mathematical abilities. Although I believe that profound changes must happen already at primary school stage, a targeted effort at GCSE level to interest a higher proportion of talented girls in mathematics and its applications will help achieve a healthy gender balance and genuine diversity in mathematical studies at A-level and higher/further education. I am particularly keen that excellence in mathematics be recognised, whatever the gender of the researcher. Generally, I am interested in furthering the cause of any mathematician who has an innovative idea in mathematical education and needs support.
Professor Jason D Lotay
Professor of Pure Mathematics and Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford
Home page: https://people.maths.ox.ac.uk/lotay/
PhD: University of Oxford, 2006
Previous appointments: 2005-07/08-09 Junior Research Fellow in Science, University College, Oxford; 2007-08 NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow (held at MSRI, Berkeley, USA); 2009-14 EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow (2009-11 held at Imperial College, London; 2011-14 held at UCL); 2011-18 Reader/Professor, UCL.
Research Interests: Special geometries, particularly related to special holonomy, minimal submanifolds, gauge theory, geometric flows and theoretical physics, mainly via differential geometry and geometric analysis techniques.
LMS service: I was the LMS Representative for UCL from 2012 to 2018. I was a speaker at the LMS Popular Lectures in 2017. I co-organized an LMS-CMI Research School in 2014.
Additional information: Member of EPSRC Mathematical Sciences Strategic Advisory Team since 2021. Member of EPSRC Peer Review College since 2009 and twice received thanks for significant contribution (2020 & 2021). Awarded 6 LMS Scheme 1 and 3 grants as PI to co-organize workshops and research groups, including Brussels-London Geometry seminar. Devised policy briefing "Maths Matters" with Head of Public Policy at UCL and presented briefing to Head of Research Funding at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills an their team at a meeting which I co-organized in2014. Took part in the Royal Society Pairing Scheme 2015: a very selective scheme providing an opportunity for researchers to spend a week in Westminster paired with an MP or civil servant, allowing insight into the workings of parliament. Written feature article on research for Physics World (2017), article on research for El Pais (2018), and contributed to Daily Mail and Telegraph articles on social distancing (2020). Twice interviewed on radio about research and public engagement: BBC Science Café and BBC Radio 4 Word of Mouth. Co-organized and delivered Art and Maths workshops for general public and teachers (2013-2017) with artist Lilah Fowler. Supervised several undergraduate summer research project students funded by LMS and EPSRC.
Personal statement: I am passionate about public engagement and outreach, as well as engaging with research funders and policy makers. My aim is always to truly communicate the excitement and importance of mathematics at all levels from elementary school mathematics to current research. I am dedicated to promoting all areas of mathematics, with a particular emphasis on pure mathematics, which I feel requires additional support given the current focus on practical applications and economic impact. I therefore believe that, with these qualities and my experience in communication and engagement, I can make an important contribution to the valuable work the LMS does for mathematics in the UK.
Professor Elaine Crooks
Professor, Department of Mathematics, Swansea University
PhD: University of Bath, 1996
Previous appointments: Lecturer/Associate Professor Swansea, 2007-2019; Darby Fellow, Lincoln College, Oxford, 2002-2007; Junior Research Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford, 1999-2002; EPSRC postdoc 1996-1999; short term postdoc positions in Lausanne, Paris, Rome.
Research interests: Nonlinear partial differential equations; singular limits of elliptic and parabolic systems; reaction-diffusion-convection systems and travelling waves; applications of PDE to biology; geometric methods for image processing.
LMS service: Editorial Advisory Board 2009-2018; Member-at-Large of Council, from 2019; Publications Committee, from 2020; Council Diarist, from 2020; LMS Representative to ICIAM, since 2021.
Additional information: EPSRC Peer Review College, from 2018; Participation in various panels for EPSRC, including as chair, and for UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships; Deputy Head of Department for Research and Engagement/Acting Head of Mathematics, Swansea University, 2019-2021; Head of the School of Mathematics and Computer Science, Swansea University, from 2021; Co-director of Swansea Centre for Biomathematics, from 2016.
Personal statement: Having benefited from the LMS in many ways since my time as a PhD student, I would like to continue to contribute to the ongoing success of the LMS through being a Member-at-Large of Council. I bring a perspective of someone who does research with the flavour of both pure and applied mathematics, and think that much less distinction should be made between the two. I believe that research of the highest quality is, and should be, undertaken at institutions all over the UK, and LMS grants and research schools should continue to enable as many mathematicians as possible, including early career researchers, to grow and fulfil their potential as researchers and academics. I also feel that a crucial role needs to be played by learned societies such as the LMS in advocating the nature and needs of their discipline to funders and government.
Dr Frank Neumann
Associate Professor, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Leicester
PhD: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany (1996)
Previous appointments: 1996-2000 Research Assistant (C1), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen; 2000-2002 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, (Marie Curie Programme), CRM Barcelona; 2002- Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, University of Leicester
Research interests: Algebraic Topology, Algebraic Geometry and its interactions. Recently, especially homotopy theory and cohomology of algebraic and differentiable stacks.
LMS service: Member-at-Large LMS Council, Member LMS Research Grants Committee; Chair, board member and mentor LMS MARM (Mentoring African Research in Mathematics) initiative, LMS representative for the University of Leicester, Local organiser for the LMS funded joint research groups TTT (Transpennine Topology Triangle) and EMSG (East Midlands Seminar on Geometry), Co-Organiser of LMS Midlands Regional Meeting 2006 & 2018, Co-organiser of LMS-CMI Research School on Homotopy Theory and Arithmetic Geometry 2018; Member IMA-LMS-BSHM Organising Committee for the virtual 'Black Heroes in Mathematics' conferences (2020 & 2021)
Additional information: Member of the EMS Committee for European Solidarity (2013-2018); Correspondent for the Isaac Newton Institute Cambridge and International Centre for Mathematical Sciences Edinburgh; Co-organiser of British Topology Meeting BTM 2002 & 2009 & 2017; Co-organiser BIRS Workshop on 'Moduli, Motives and Bundles - New Trends in Algebraic Geometry', Casa Matematica, Oaxaca, Mexico 2022; Co-organiser ICMS LAGOON online research seminar on Algebra and Geometry (since 2020); Co-organiser HIMR Workshop on Topological Methods in Group Representation Theory 2019, Co-organiser 'Workshop on Number Theory and Algebraic Geometry’ at British Mathematics Colloquium BMC 2011; Scientific Organiser of CRM research programme ‘Homotopy Theory and Higher Categories’, CRM, Barcelona 2009, Co-organiser of XVI Spanish Topology Meeting Almeria 2009, Member of the scientific organisation committee for the 'International Mediterranean Congress of Mathematics' (CIMMA 2005), Almeria, 2005
Peronal statement: I am currently a Member-at-Large of the LMS Council and a member of the LMS Research Grants Committee. I strongly support the LMS in its aims to promote and protect mathematics in the UK and elsewhere. I am the chair of the LMS-IMU-AMMSI MARM board and since several years engaged with supporting and mentoring research activities in the developing world and in particular Sub-Saharan Africa. I do believe these initiatives are extremely important for the global involvement of the LMS and I like to continue to bring into Council my ideas and experiences. In these uncertain times, I think it is crucial that the LMS strengthens and expands its international engagement. As a member of the EMS Committee for European Solidarity which supports mathematicians from less developed regions in Europe, I experienced how important and valuable international solidarity is. I also strongly believe that the UK regional engagement of the LMS is very important and I see a crucial part of my role in Council also in supporting and strengthening this local engagement. Finally, having a long experience in outreach with schools and the general public I like to assist Council with strategies and programmes on outreach and public engagement.
Professor Andrew Dancer
Professor of Mathematics, Jesus College Oxford
PhD: Oxford University 1992
Research interests: Differential and symplectic geometry and related areas of mathematical physics
Additional information: Director of the Bath-Bristol-Imperial-Oxford-Warwick Taught Course Centre 2007-2013; Director of Graduate Studies at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford 2014-2017; Managing Editor (with R. Heath-Brown) of Quarterly Journal of Mathematics 2007-2017.
Personal statement: I have a strong interest in graduate education and have served as graduate studies director in my department and also as director of a taught course network. A top priority for the UK must be to attract the best doctoral students from around the world and to give them a training that will enable them to compete with the graduates of other leading doctoral programmes worldwide.
At a time when the political environment poses unprecedented challenges for UK science, it is more vital than ever that the UK maintain its links with European institutions and funding networks. The LMS has a vital role to play here in representing the interests of the mathematical community to government.
Professor Sarah Whitehouse
Professor of Pure Mathematics, University of Sheffield
PhD: University of Warwick, 1994
Previous appointments: 1994-1996 Lecturer (fixed term), University of Warwick; 1996-1998 Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher, Université Paris 13; 1998-2002 Maître de Conférences (Lecturer), Université d'Artois; 2002-2014 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader, University of Sheffield
Research interests: Algebraic Topology, Homotopical Algebra
LMS service: Research Meetings Committee 2015-2017, Early Career Research Committee 2017-2021
Additional information: Co-organiser since 2010 of the Transpennine Topology Triangle, one of the longest-running LMS scheme 3 networks; longstanding commitment to Women in Topology, as a team leader, co-organiser and member of the steering group; commitment to supporting early career stages, including involvement in LMS Prospects in Mathematics, Young Researchers in Mathematics and LMS Undergraduate Summer Schools.
Personal statement: Over the last few exceptionally challenging years, it has been heartening to see the excellent work of the LMS in many areas, including its pandemic response, its support for early career stages and for under-represented groups and its work in supporting mathematicians seeking refuge in the UK. I view service work for the LMS as a key way in which I can make an effective and positive contribution to the mathematical community.
The LMS has a crucial role in representing mathematics, explaining its importance in addressing huge challenges such as climate change, and making the case for a broad base of mathematical research, including foundational aspects whose potential applications may not emerge for decades.
I would bring experience of research coordination, commitment to supporting early career stages and women in mathematics, as well as a willingness to engage with the problems facing the mathematical community and the HE sector in the UK. Experience as deputy head of my department over the last four years had led to insight into some of the challenges faced by colleagues at all career stages and with a wide variety of personal circumstances.
Dr Jessica Enright
Senior Lecturer, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
PhD: University of Alberta, 2011
Previous appointments: 2018-2019 Lecturer in Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, University of Edinburgh. 2015-2018 Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, University of Stirling. 2012-2015 postdoctoral research associate modelling animal disease outbreaks, University of Glasgow
Research interests: Graph theory and complex networks, particularly graphs and networks with temporal, spatial, or geometric structure. Combinatorial games on graphs. Applications and modelling involving infectious disease.
LMS service: LMS Newsletter Editorial Board Member since 2020.
Additional information: From 2016 to 2018 I was a member of the EPSRC early-career forum for mathematics. I have been the General Secretary of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society since 2017, and a member of the Young Academy of Scotland since 2018. I have regularly contributed to industrial study groups, and have been active in events run by the Virtual Knowledge Exchange in Mathematics during the pandemic.
Personal statement: Through the last decade working in the UK, I have been privileged to take on roles allowing me to serve the mathematics community and advocate for the mathematical sciences. I am keen to take these activities forward as part of LMS Council. I work at the intersection of mathematics and theoretical computing science, and so believe I could particularly well represent society members who work across disciplines.
The LMS and the maths community more broadly face challenges (e.g. related to changing funding and publication models and the marketisation of higher education), but I believe that a renewed appreciation of the importance of mathematics to our wider society by policy-makers will lead to opportunities. I strongly believe that these can best be captured by advocating for and supporting the whole mathematics community with a coordinated approach, and this would inform my approach to Council service. Supporting diversity within mathematics is important, including across mathematicians' backgrounds and identities, career stages, research interests, and geographical locations.
Professor Minhyong Kim
Director of the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences; Whittaker Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Maxwell Institute; Christopher Zeeman Professor of Algebra, Geometry, and Public Understanding of Mathematics, University of Warwick; Distinguished Professor, Korea Institute for Advanced Study
Ph.D.: Yale University (1990)
Previous Appointments: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, University of Arizona, Purdue University, University College London, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Ewha Womans University, University of Oxford
Research Interests: Arithmetic Geometry, Topology, Mathematical Physics
LMS Service: Member-at-Large of Council (2020-22), Michael Atiyah Fellowship Panel (2021-), Editorial Board of LMS publications (2013-14), Editorial Board of Mathematika (2008-17), LMS representative on ICMS Board (2014-19)
Additional Information: As general service to the profession, I have been an organiser for numerous workshops and conferences, including a 5 month programme at the Newton Institute (2009), a Durham Symposium (2011), an AMS Summer Institute (2015), the Asian-French Summer School on Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory (2006), and several years of the Arizona Winter School on Arithmetic Geometry. I have also been on the organising committee for the ICM 2014. I have been on the scientific committee of the Korean Mathematical Society (2011-2016) and the prize committee of the American Mathematical Society (2019-2021). I am a co-editor-in-chief (with Katrin Wendland) for the Springer Monographs in Mathematics. I am on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute and a member of the External Advisory Board of the Bath Institute for Mathematical Innovation.
Personal Statement: I have substantial experience working in the mathematical communities of three continents, Asia, North America, and Europe. I am also on the editorial board of the Tunisian Journal of Mathematics, which is perhaps one of the premier scholarly outlets available in Africa. Mathematics among the other academic disciplines has always greatly benefitted from the coherence and openness of the global community, in which the UK plays a prominent role. I hope to bring to the Council an international perspective and the ability to communicate easily with people from different regions of the world. I have substantial experience with mathematical outreach. In addition to quite a bit of direct engagement, I have written six books for the general public. `The Moment You Need Mathematics' (2018) was on the list of top 20 bestsellers in Korea for eight weeks. My experience with public communication is something I hope might benefit the LMS. Finally, I have held professorships at 9 different universities, leading to a broad perspective of the strengths and weaknesses of different environments for research and teaching. I hope this kind of knowledge is useful to the diverse constituency that the LMS is expected to serve.
Dr Rachel Newton
Reader in Number Theory, King's College London
PhD: University of Cambridge, 2012
Previous appointments: 2012 - 2013 postdoc, Leiden University; 2013 - 2014 postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics (MPIM); 2014 postdoc, Leiden University; 2014 - 2015 European Post-Doctoral Institute Fellow, MPIM and IHES; 2016 - 2021 Lecturer/Associate Professor, University of Reading; 2020 - present UKRI Future Leaders Fellow
Research interests: Number theory, especially rational points on algebraic varieties, local-global principles and Braeur-Manin obstructions
LMS service: Member of the Early Career Research Committee since 2017; LMS representative and chair of the 2021 Cecil King Travel Scholarship assessment panel; LMS Departmental Representative for the University of Reading 2016 - 2017
Additional information: Co-organiser of the Egham - Reading - London Arithmetic Statistics Seminar, an LMS Scheme 3 research network running since 2019; member of the EPSRC Mathematical Sciences Early Career Forum since 2018; member of the Women in Numbers Steering Committee since 2016; regular participation in panels for EPSRC and NSF; UCU departmental representative for Mathematics and Statistics at Reading 2020 - 2021; co-organiser of several conferences in number theory as well as broader interest events such as the LMS Women in Mathematics Day (Reading 2022), LMS Prospects in Mathematics Meeting (Reading 2017) and Young Researchers in Mathematics (Cambridge 2010)
Personal statement: The LMS Prospects in Mathematics Meeting in 2006 was my first glimpse of contemporary mathematical research, and a chance to meet other undergraduate mathematicians who went on to become my friends and collaborators. Since then, I have spoken at or co-organised many of the LMS-sponsored events I attended as a young researcher. I see Council membership as another way of giving back.
The community-building activities of the LMS are especially important during the pandemic. I am particularly concerned about the difficulties facing early career mathematicians without strong professional networks or job security, and the danger of hybrid meetings inadvertently creating second-class citizens.
If elected, I will seek to make our community more open and inclusive. The LMS has a key role to play at an early stage in providing guidance to pupils and their teachers. In my experience as a student at a state school with no further maths provision, the biggest barrier to success was poor advice. My PhD students have made me keenly aware of the visa-related and cash-flow issues that face international researchers on low pay and I think there is an opportunity for the LMS to help remove some of these barriers to participation.
Dr Amanda Turner
Professor, University of Leeds
Home page: https://www.maths.lancs.ac.uk/~turnera/
PhD: University of Cambridge, 2007
Previous appointments: Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University (2007-2022); Visiting Professor, University of Geneva (2018-2020), College Teaching Fellow, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge (2006-2007);
Research interests: Probability, complex analysis and mathematical physics, with a specific interest in random growth models.
LMS service: Member of Council since 2020, Research Grants Committee since 2017 and Publications Committee since 2018; Editorial Advisor for the LMS journals since 2016.
Additional information: Founding member of the Applied Probability Section of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), Vice Chair (2012-2014) and Chair (2014-2016). Member of Nominations Committee of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) (2018-2022).
Personal statement: My first term as a Council member coincided with the Covid crisis, which imposed profound changes on the mathematical community. I see the LMS as a centre of the mathematical community within the UK, and as a natural body within which to share good practice and resources, and to address the challenges faced by PhD students, early career researchers and minority groups. I therefore use my position over the last two years to push for changes which support the community in becoming more diverse and sustainable. As a member of Council, the LMS Covid Working Group, the Research Grants Committee and the Publications Committee, I have worked hard to ensure that the LMS resources are deployed in a way which benefits all members of the community. However, I believe that still more can be done to engage directly with minority groups and early-career mathematicians to find out their opinions and how they can be best served by the LMS. As a member of Council, I will continue to ensure that groups across all career stages and all branches of mathematics are consulted and listened to as we face new challenges and opportunities.
The Council Diary which has an overview of each Council meeting can be found via the on-line version of the Society’s Newsletter