Joanna Simons, the University's Chair of Governors has been awarded a CBE for her services to local government in the recent Birthday Honours List.
Joanna Simons, the University’s Chair of Governors has been awarded a CBE for her services to local government in the recent Birthday Honours List.
The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall mission and strategy of the University and Joanna has been its chair since August 2008. This is a voluntary role which she holds in addition to being Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council.
Joanna has held a number of senior roles in local government. Before moving to Oxfordshire she was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Sutton and worked in a number of councils in London and on Tyneside - often in areas of significant deprivation.
Her professional background is in housing and regeneration and she has had longstanding involvement in the voluntary sector with several environmental charities. She has been an advisor to the Local Government Association and a member of a range of government advisory groups on housing.
Commenting on the Award, Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of the University said, "After many years of public service, this award is extremely well deserved. It is a strong acknowledgement of Joanna’s leading role in local government and the steps she has taken to ensure the lives of those often living in difficult areas are improved."
"It is also an opportunity to recognise her support for the University and her guidance through what has been a period of considerable change. She can take some pride in the fact that Brookes is in such a strong position to face the future. "