Tony Pedder to take on the role of Chair of the University of Sheffield Council
The University of Sheffield is pleased to announce that Tony Pedder will be taking on the role of the Chair of the University Council – the University’s governing body.
The University Council develops and approves the mission and strategic vision of the University and works with the University’s executive to ensure the continuing effectiveness of this world-leading University.
Tony Pedder has served as a Member of the University Council since 2005. The role of Chair is currently held by Mrs Kathryn Riddle who was appointed the Chair of the University Council in 2005 and will complete a second term of office in July 2013.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Keith Burnett said: "We are extremely fortunate to be able to draw on the skills and support of such outstanding individuals who share our commitment to the values of the University, and our ambitions for its future.
"We are delighted that Tony Pedder has agreed to take on the vital role of Chair of the University’s Council. Tony has already shown himself to be a dedicated supporter of the University, and his in-depth understanding of our work matched by his broad experience in both industry and public service will equip him well to carry out this vital role at a time of significant challenge and opportunity in higher education."
"Tony will take on this role in August 2013 from Kathryn Riddle, who has served on the University Council since 1986, and been an exemplary Chair for the last seven years."
Tony Pedder is a senior figure in the international steel industry, having worked since 1972 with Corus and British Steel, becoming Chief Executive of Corus in 2001. He has also served as a Director for a number of companies including Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd. He is Chair of the Board of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), and a supporter of the University’s work in partnership with local and international business.
Tony Pedder has also played a crucial role in the wider life of the city of Sheffield including in relation to culture, philanthropy and health. He is currently Chair of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and serves in a voluntary capacity as Deputy Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and as a member of the Board of Sheffield Theatres Trust, which is responsible for the Crucible, Studio and Lyceum theatres. He is also the Chair of Sheffield’s Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, a charity which gives children the educational experience of a 130-acre working farm.
In addition to his role as a Member of the University Council, Tony Pedder currently serves on a number of other University committees and as Chair of the Human Resources Committee.
The University of Sheffield
With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.
The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, 2007). These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world.
The University’s research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.
The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.
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