Aston University has appointed highly experienced organisational leader Dame Yve Buckland DBE as its new Pro Chancellor and Chair of Council.
Dame Buckland will succeed Dr Paul Golby CBE, who is stepping down after more than eight years in the role.
The Pro Chancellor’s main function is to chair the University Council – a body of independent lay governors, staff and students which has ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the University.
A proven leader who has worked at the highest levels across government and the wider public sector, Dame Yve is currently Chairman of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which provides care in the West Midlands and North of England. She is also a panel member of the independent group of advisors working with Government on the funding of FE restructuring.
In 2003 she was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to public health. She is also a fellow of the Royal College of Public Health and the Institute of Directors.
Born in the West Midlands, her exceptional track record in delivering real and measurable improvements across a range of challenging sectors – including the NHS, local government and utilities – makes her a huge asset for the University, as it continues to forge its reputation as number one for business and the professions.
Commenting on her appointment, Dame Yve said: “I am truly delighted to have been appointed Pro Chancellor of such a great university and am particularly proud to be the first woman in this role. I look forward to playing my part in helping Aston realise its vision to be the source of the people and the ideas that shape the businesses and communities of tomorrow.”
Professor Alec Cameron, Vice Chancellor of Aston University, said: “I would like to give my sincere thanks to Paul for his eight years of dedicated service to Aston. While I have only known him for a relatively short time, it is evident that his strong leadership has played a key role in the success of this University. I’m sure all our staff and students will join me in extending their gratitude to Paul and wishing him the very best for the future.
“I am, however, delighted with the appointment of Dame Yve – a highly experienced board chairman with a history of delivering good governance for large organisations. What is clear from her record is her unshakable commitment to acting as champion for the end user – whether that’s a patient, a customer, or the taxpayer. I have complete confidence that Yve will do the same for our students, staff and stakeholders and I believe her contribution will be important in helping us achieve our ambition to be the leading university for business and the professions.”
Reflecting on his time at Aston University, outgoing Pro Chancellor Dr Paul Golby said: “In my eight years as Pro Chancellor I am very proud to have overseen many great milestones in the recent history of Aston University. Last year Aston celebrated 50 years since it was granted a Royal Charter and celebrated its progress in becoming one of the UK’s best universities for business and the professions.
“We have invested significantly, which has transformed the campus into a far more attractive and inspirational place to study and work, including the demolition and replacement of the student tower accommodation which was built while I was an undergraduate at Aston.
“We have seen the establishment of the Aston Brain Centre – a world-class institution unlike any other in the UK which has worked hard to improve health and prevent disease – as well as EBRI and the Aston University Engineering Academy which is the first new build University Technical College for 14-19 year olds. And of course next year we will be opening Aston’s Medical School.
“There is a lot to be proud of, particularly the way in which Aston transforms young people’s lives, which is why it has one of the UK’s highest levels of graduate level employment. It certainly transformed my life all those years ago.
“I have complete confidence that Aston will continue to achieve above and beyond expectations as it always has.”
Dame Yve will start the handover process from Dr Golby in June.