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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has become one of the first British universities to have more women than men on its governing board.

University Board of Governors welcomes three new members creating female majority

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has become one of the first British universities to have more women than men on its governing board. It follows the appointment of Dr Dawne Gurbutt from UCLan’s School of Medicine, and communications expert, Maria Darby-Walker, and marketing director, Lesley Lloyd.

The Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) recently reported a “chronic” shortage of women on university governing bodies in England. David Taylor, Chair of the UCLan board said: “Our policy is to appoint the strongest candidates available which we have done. We’re proud to be helping lead the way for equality at board level.”

 

Our policy is to appoint the strongest candidates available which we have done. We’re proud to be helping lead the way for equality at board level.

Maria Darby-Walker is an expert in corporate strategy and communications. She has worked with boards and CEOs of leading global brands, including Rolls-Royce, Barclays, Cadbury, Gulf Keystone Petroleum and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). She is currently a Senior Director at leading Financial PR firm Citigate Dewe Rogerson. Maria was born in Lancashire and has strong links to the region.

Lesley Lloyd is an experienced marketing director with a 30-year track record of working with boards to raise standards. With an international career in product development and brand management, she has worked with leading multinational organisations, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, and in various marketing management roles. She has also held roles within Lancashire, including working with Preston Vision and Visit Lancashire.

Dr. Dawne Gurbutt spent many years in nursing and midwifery before becoming a health visitor and university lecturer. A much-published academic writer she joined UCLan five years ago, and is now working in a senior role with the university’s new School of Medicine. As well as a doctorate in health matters, she has an MA in English Literature. She comes onto the board as a staff governor.

 

We’re committed to learning, and the governors play a vital role in transforming the lives of students. The expertise these new members bring will stand us in good stead to build on our successes.

UCLan’s Chair, David Taylor, added: “The University is entering a new chapter in its history and significant change is taking place. Our Campus Masterplan will see £200 million spent on new buildings and facilities in Preston, which will make the university one of the most attractive places to study and live.

“We’re committed to learning, and the governors play a vital role in transforming the lives of students. The expertise these new members bring will stand us in good stead to build on our successes, and help turn our vision for a world-leading, unified campus into reality.

The Board of Governors is the governing body of UCLan and comprises 15 members; the Vice Chancellor, 2 staff governors, 10 independent members, 1 co-opted independent member and the Students’ Union President.

 

Chris Theobald | 03 May 2016