Oxford Brookes confirms new Chair of Governors

Friday, 29 November 2019

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Oxford Brookes University has confirmed the appointment of Peter Vicary-Smith as the next Chair of the University’s Board of Governors.

Peter will succeed the current Chair, Leslie Morphy OBE, when she steps down on 1 August 2020.

Peter Vicary-Smith is a highly experienced Chief Executive Officer and Non-Executive Director. He spent 14 years as Chief Executive of the consumer organisation Which?, and previously led fundraising activity for Cancer Research UK. He has also held a number of non-executive roles, including as a trustee at Marie Curie and MHA.

Ensuring students are satisfied with their courses and choice of university and can secure the employment they choose is vital, and Oxford Brookes has a strong track record of delivery in this regard.

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Announcing the appointment, Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University said: “Leslie has been an outstanding Chair - her wisdom and experience have been crucial in helping Oxford Brookes to navigate its way through challenging but ultimately successful times. I’m sure that Peter will similarly be an important part of our continuing prosperity and I am greatly looking forward to working with him."

As Chair, Peter will be responsible for the leadership of the University’s Board of Governors in shaping the character and strategy of Oxford Brookes, ensuring that it gives clear, effective strategic direction to the University.

Speaking of his appointment Peter said: “I am honoured to be joining such a highly performing university as Oxford Brookes at such an important time for the university and for higher education in general. Ensuring students are satisfied with their courses and choice of university and can secure the employment they choose is vital, and Oxford Brookes has a strong track record of delivery in this regard. I look forward to working with the Governors, staff and students to make Oxford Brookes an even more successful university."

Peter will serve on the Board as Chair designate from today (29 November) before taking over from Leslie Morphy OBE on 1 August 2020.

The current Chair of the Board of Governors, Leslie Morphy OBE, commented: “Chairing Oxford Brookes University’s Board of Governors is a privilege and a great pleasure. I am sure that Peter will find it rewarding and that he will be able to bring his skills and experience to the Board and to the university overall into the future.”