Ian Palmer - Audience Council England member, Yorkshire

Dr Ian Palmer is the Dean of Computing, Informatics and Media at the University of Bradford.

He oversees undergraduate and postgraduate studies in subjects ranging from mathematics to media production with a diverse community of 1,000 students.

His career has been based in digital technology, starting as an electronic engineer.

He then moved through software development to researching computer graphics, animation and games before starting his academic career.

He is the university's ambassador to the Middle East, deputy chair of the university's equality and diversity committee and chair of governors at a local school.

He has lived in Yorkshire for 15 years and has a keen interest in regional and national media developments, keeping up with these via podcasts, Twitter and RSS feeds as well as more traditional methods.

His leisure interests include reading, music, classic cars and sport, and he lives in Ilkley with his wife Nicki and three cats.