Aston University Vice Chancellor joins the GBSLEP Board

Posted by lepadmin - April 16, 2013 - Board appointments, Newsroom - No Comments

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has appointed Professor Dame Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, as a Director.

Julia replaces Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, who completes his two-year tenure as Director on May 1 2013.

Julia brings a breadth of experience in both academia and business to the Board, where she will be the representative of the whole of the Higher Education Sector, acting as a conduit between them and the Board.

GBSLEP Board Director Julia King.

GBSLEP Board Director Julia King.

She became Vice-Chancellor at Aston University in December 2006 having previously been Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College, London.

Prior to that, Julia spent eight years in a variety of senior positions at Rolls-Royce plc having spent the previous 16 years as an academic researcher and university lecturer at Cambridge and Nottingham universities.

Julia is also a non-executive member of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and a member of the Committee on Climate Change as well as a member of the World Economic Forum Automotive Council.

In addition, the GBSLEP Board has agreed for Steve Hollis – former Midlands Chairman of KPMG – to continue as Deputy Chair for a further 12 months.

GBSLEP Chair Andy Street, said: “We are very fortunate to have somebody of Julia’s experience, vision and expertise in Higher Education to replace Professor Eastwood and continue the excellent work he started.

Steve Hollis, Deputy Chair of the GBSLEP.

Steve Hollis, Deputy Chair of the GBSLEP.

“Julia’s achievements in business and academia and her experience in working with different levels of government are almost too extensive to list.

“Her vision and understanding of the Higher Education Sector will, I am sure, prove hugely valuable as we continue the delivery of the Strategy for Growth.

“Furthermore, Steve continuing as Deputy Chair provides us with further continuity which will be vital given that he has been responsible for leading on our work to produce both the Strategy for Growth and the Greater Birmingham Project.”

Julia King said: “The Local Enterprise Partnership is a great opportunity to provide a positive impact on the lives and futures of the people, institutions and businesses in the region.

“We will be developing education opportunities, promoting business growth and creating a truly competitive knowledge economy.

“I am delighted to be joining the Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.”