Joy Manners

Former Governor, Birkbeck

(Elected 2015)

Joy Manners was appointed an independent Governor of Birkbeck in 2005 and has made a significant contribution to the College in that time, serving on the Audit Committee since 2008 and becoming Chair of that committee in 2012. She has also served on the Nominations Committee and on a grievance procedure panel. Her role as a Governor came to an end in September 2015, and Birkbeck is delighted she will be continuing her involvement with the College as a Fellow.

A geography graduate of University College London, Joy had a 30-year career in Shell International Petroleum Company, initially in Group planning and later as a public affairs executive. She represented The Royal Dutch Shell Group on industry groups responding to intergovernmental bodies such as the UN and OECD and had dealings with governments, other multinational companies and pressure groups on a variety of issues. On retiring she was a consultant for projects at St Paul’s Cathedral School and City University.

Joy became active in the national arts charity NADFAS, becoming Chairman of the Westminster Society from 2000-2004, and NADFAS London Area Chairman from 2007-10. She was an independent member of the Council of the University of London between 1999 and 2008 and was a member of its Audit Committee and External Degrees Committee. In 2008 she served on the appointing panel which selected new independent governors to the revamped University of London Council.

She said: 'Since I became a Governor at Birkbeck I have been so impressed by the vision and dedication of the Master and all the staff to ensuring Birkbeck is a leading research institution providing top-class education for all its students, whatever their circumstances. For their part, the focus and commitment of Birkbeck students is truly inspirational. I feel privileged to have been involved with such a special place.'