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Birkbeck launches search for new chair of governors

Sir Harvey McGrath is stepping down as he nears the end of his third term of service.

Birkbeck, University of London is beginning a search for a new chair of governors.

Sir Harvey McGrath, who has chaired the governing body for nine years, will leave in the summer after reaching the maximum length of service allowed for a College governor.

The College has now started the process of finding a replacement with specialist recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson leading the search.

It is a crucial role as the College builds towards the 200th anniversary in 2023 with a major expansion in student numbers to underpin long-term financial sustainability. Birkbeck is committed to building stronger links with businesses and the economy in London, as well as broadening public engagement and improving buildings and facilities.

In addition to quality face-to-face teaching, Birkbeck will continue to complement this with significant investment in digital education. The College is also focusing on the expansion of its international recruitment and partnerships, reflecting its international standing and position as one of the UK’s major providers of postgraduate education.

Thanking Sir Harvey for his service to the College, the Master of Birkbeck, Professor David Latchman, said: “Sir Harvey has been at the helm during a period of major transformation when the College has significantly refocused its offering, driving the move towards attracting a bigger and more diverse body of students.  He makes an invaluable contribution as Chair of Governors.  We will be sad to see him step down and are focusing our efforts on finding a worthy successor”.

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