Alumni Board members appointed as Pro-Chancellors of the University 

The University has been ranked 97th internationally – and up three places to 15th in the UKCongratulations to alumni Alison Hope (BSc Chemistry 1978) and Richard Mayson (BA Geography 1983) who join Tony Pedder (Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor) and David Young (Treasurer) in taking a lead role on the University Council.

From August 2017, the two existing lay members of the University Council will take up roles as Pro-Chancellors, succeeding Pro-Chancellor Sarah Harkness who will retire on 31 July 2017.

Richard and Alison are currently Chair and Deputy-Chair (respectively) of the Alumni Board, the panel which represents the views of the alumni to the University.

As full members of the University Council they will now undertake additional responsibilities such as chairing committees of Council and participating in University events, as well as providing guidance and oversight on the University's activities.

Richard said:

“It is a great honour to be appointed Pro-Chancellor. As a student at the University in the early 1980s I feel that Sheffield – the place and the people – really made me.

“I was proud of the University of Sheffield then and I am proud of it today. I believe it is time for me to put something back into the institution and the city that I have such high regard for.

“The University is well led and flourishing. As Pro-Chancellor I will continue to chair the Alumni Board and work closely with alumni worldwide to promote the good name of our University. I also look forward to working with staff and students at all levels, helping to generate new ideas and approaches to the challenging world in which we live.”

Alison added:

“I, too, am enormously proud to be asked to take up the role of Pro-Chancellor and I'm looking forward to the contribution that I can make over the coming years.

“I was a student at the University in the late 1970s and I have remained living and working in the area ever since – I fell in love with the city of Sheffield then and have retained a deep affection for it ever since. The past 40 years or so have been a period of enormous change for South Yorkshire, not always in a positive sense, but the University has remained a constant force for good throughout those years and continues to be so today.

“I hope to be able to make a contribution and in doing so, feel that I have put something back into the institution that helped me to develop all those years ago.”

Become a member of the University Council

The University is continuing its search for new members of the University Council, to take over from other existing members when their term ends later in the year.

Council plays a significant role in ensuring the effective governance and success of the University. In a rapidly changing external environment and with an increasing emphasis on regulation and accountability, Council business is growing in complexity. The University is therefore looking to appoint up to three further Council Members who will make a significant contribution to the University’s future direction of travel and to the effective operation of Council.

We are seeking individuals with outstanding strategic leadership experience, gained in the public, private or voluntary sectors, who will be able to provide expertise valuable to the governing body. Expressions of interest from individuals with experience in and/or knowledge of finance, marketing/communications and the Higher Education arena are particularly welcomed. A strong personal commitment to the values, aims and objectives of the University is also essential.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please take a look at the details of the position on our external recruiter’s web page below.

Council Members at the University of Sheffield – Odgers Berndtson

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