Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent from 2007 to 2017 and president of Universities UK from 2015 to 2017. She is currently President of the Royal Society of Biology and HE adviser to the Board of the University of Hertfordshire. She has been a member of the Council for Science and Technology since 2011 and is a Trustee of the Institute for Research in Schools.
Before joining Kent, Julia was Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) which she joined from Birkbeck College where she had been Professor of Biomolecular Science, and Vice-Master. She was the first woman to become Chief Executive of any of the UK Research Councils.