Spence and Seymour join Board of Governors

Published: 6 December 2011 at 13:29

Anglia Ruskin to benefit from experience of Judge and former Chief Constable

Julie Spence OBE, the former Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, and Judge Richard Seymour QC have joined Anglia Ruskin University’s Board of Governors.

Having begun her career with Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Julie quickly rose through the ranks during her 32-year career in the police force. She became Assistant Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police in 1999 before moving to Cambridgeshire, where she was Chief Constable from 2005 until her retirement from the force in September 2010.

After receiving her OBE in 2006, Julie was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Anglia Ruskin in 2008 and the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in the 2010 New Year honours list. Her responsibilities now include Chairmanship of the Police Mutual Assurance Society and membership of the Press Complaints Commission.

Julie, who is also the Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, said:

“I am excited at the prospect of being part of the future development of Anglia Ruskin University – a university that continues to grow in stature.
“I have always been an advocate of lifelong learning and importantly Anglia Ruskin gives people of all ages career and life-enhancing opportunities to push their own academic boundaries.”

Richard is a Senior Circuit Judge permanently assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court. He obtained a First Class honours degree at Cambridge University, and practised as a barrister based in London until appointed a judge in 2000.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991 and at the Bar he specialised in professional negligence claims and international arbitrations. As a judge Richard tries civil cases, primarily involving contractual disputes. He and his wife, Clare, who until 2009 was a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Anglia Ruskin, have jointly written Courtroom Skills for Social Workers (2nd edition 2011). 

Richard said:

“I am delighted to have been invited to join the Board of Governors and I very much look forward to contributing to the continuing development and success of Anglia Ruskin.”

The Board of Governors determines the educational character of Anglia Ruskin as well as setting the university’s strategic direction. Other responsibilities include financial, property and staffing issues.