The Chancellor & Pro-Chancellors

The Chancellor

The Chancellor is an ambassador for the university. She presides over major university events like our Degree Ceremonies, and visits us regularly to provide encouragement and support to staff and students. 

Read more about Margaret Casely-Hayford. She was appointed on 1 June 2017 for three years.

The office of Chancellor of the University was created by the Board of Governors in 1994. The Chancellor is appointed by the Board of Governors for a period of five years, and this appointment may be renewed by the Board of Governors. There is no maximum period of office. 

Former Chancellors

  • The Lord Plumb of Coleshill DL, 1995 to 31 August 2007
  • Sir John Egan, 1 September 2007 to 2012, and 1 September 2012 to 2017

Pro-Chancellors

Pro-Chancellors of the university act in the absence of the Chancellor to undertake tasks in her name. The Pro-Chancellors include the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors.

Current Pro-Chancellors

  • Michael Judge 2006-2011, 2011 - 2016, 2016-2021
  • Tim Matthews, 2018-2023
  • Jim Norton, 2018-2023
  • Stephen Parker 2014-2018, 2018-2023
  • Andy Meehan 2021-2026
  • Keith Bissett (Chair of the Board of Governors)
  • Nick Sale (Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors)

Former Pro-Chancellors

  • Terence Libby 1995-1999, 1999-2002
  • Patrick Lister 1988-1996, 1996-2001, 2001-2006
  • George Marsh 1996-2002, 2002-2007, 2007-2012
  • Richard Parham 2001-2006, 2006-2011
  • Ian Caulfield 2006-2009, 2009-2011, 2011-2016
  • Celia Fitzhugh 1998-2003, 2003-2008, 2008-2013
  • Ernest Petrie 2002-2006, 2006-2011, 2011-2016
  • David Burton 2006-2009, 2009-2014, 2014-2019
  • Alan Richardson 2008-2010, 2010-2014, 2015-2020
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