Lord Tomlinson takes the reins as Chair of the Board of Governors

Published: 14 February 2011 at 13:50

Kate Barker stands down after 12 years on Anglia Ruskin University’s Board

Lord Tomlinson has been named as the new Chair of the Board of Governors at Anglia Ruskin University. John Tomlinson, who was made a life peer as Baron Tomlinson of Walsall in 1998, succeeds Kate Barker, who has stood down after being a member of the Board for the past 12 years.

The Labour peer was the MP for Meriden (1974-79), during which time he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister Harold Wilson, before becoming the MEP for Birmingham West (1984-99). Lord Tomlinson has been the Chair of the Advisory Committee of London School of Commerce since 2003 and the Chair of the Association of Independent Higher Education Providers since 2004.

Speaking of his appointment, Lord Tomlinson said:

“Taking over as a Chair of Board of Governors from Kate Barker was always going to be a challenge. To do so in the present climate in the higher education sector is even more so.

“I know that the Board feels it could rely on full support from our students and from all the staff, both academic and administrative, in these difficult times.”

Kate Barker, the former Chair of the Board of Governors, said:

“I was honoured to be asked to chair the Governors in 2007, and it has been an exciting time since then, working with Professor Michael Thorne, the Vice Chancellor, and the rest of the senior team as a clear and ambitious corporate plan was developed and implemented successfully.

“This has left Anglia Ruskin in a strong financial position from which to tackle the impending major changes to fees and funding. I will miss the involvement with Anglia Ruskin greatly. But it’s very good to know that the management team and the Board of Governors are all so able and so highly committed.”