Chris Nicholls steps up as new Deputy Chairman

Published: 14 January 2008 at 10:27

Anglia Ruskin University has appointed Dr Chris Nicholls as the new Deputy Chairman of its Board of Governors. In his new role, he will support Kate Barker, a notable economic expert, who took over as Chair of the Board earlier this year.

Dr Nicholls joined the Board of Governors in April 2002 and currently chairs the Capital Projects Steering Group. He has served on several sub-committees of the Board dealing in wide ranging matters including remunerations, nominations and academic performance.

The new Deputy Chairman attended London University where he achieved his first degree in 1971 and a PhD in 1974. Apart from a brief spell as a civil servant, he has been a career teacher both in the London boroughs and in Essex. 

He has been Headteacher at Moulsham High School and Humanities College since January 1991 and is currently a member of National Council for the Association of School and College Leaders and was formally its elected Pay and Conditions Officer. As such, he represented the Association for all pay related matters, including the development of performance management systems and workforce remodelling.

In April 2003 he was appointed Chair of the newly formed IRU, a national body of practitioners created to monitor the implementation of Government policy in schools.  The IRU engages with all external bodies that impact on schools, with a particular emphasis upon the reduction of bureaucracy and workload.  Chris was awarded a CBE for services to education in June 2001.

Speaking about his new appointment, Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne commented:

“Chris is a much valued member of the   Board who has shown great drive and determination in helping to lead   the strategic development of Anglia Ruskin University. We know that he will step up to this new role with great enthusiasm, further shaping Anglia Ruskin University for the benefit of its students and the people of the East of England.”

Dr Nicholls added:

“It has always been a great privilege to serve as a governor at Anglia Ruskin and it is a particular honour to be asked to serve as Deputy Chairman.  We are at a very exciting stage in our development as a university and I look forward to further progress over the coming years.”