Thorne retired as Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University in March 2016 and founded its Postgraduate Medical Institute which is behind Anglia Ruskin's rating in the Times QS rankings as 38th in the UK and which has also led to the establishment of Anglia Ruskin University's Medical School which opens its doors to students in 2018. He began his university lecturing career at UCL followed by a decade at Cardiff University and thereafter became a Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland, Vice Principal (Deputy Vice Chancellor) at Napier University and then Vice Chancellor at the University of East London

Campbell is Director of Higher Education for UKCBC. He also chairs the college’s Advisory Board. He retired as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bolton in March 2015 but remains an emeritus professor of Philosophy of the University. He is Director of Quality Assurance for Finito Employability and Chair of the Board of Futureworks, a private HE provider in Manchester. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and the Royal Society of Medicine, and is a trustee of the National Forum of Health and Wellbeing. He chairs the NHS North West Advisory Committee for Clinical Excellence Awards.