Who would Chair a University like this...?
Loyd Grossman takes up new post at UCA
The University for the Creative Arts has appointed broadcaster, entrepreneur and arts and heritage campaigner Loyd Grossman as Chair of its Board of Governors.
The Board of Governors is responsible for approving the strategic direction of the University and planning for its future development. Loyd's new role will see him helping to shape the institution following the award of full university title.
Loyd said: "The University for the Creative Arts is already playing an important role in making the UK one of the world's leading creative nations. Nurturing creativity brings huge benefits to every part of our society and I believe the University has a great deal to contribute to the economic success of the UK.
"I am thrilled to be offered the chance to help steer UCA forward at such an exciting time."
Throughout his television career Loyd has been involved with a wide variety of television programmes including, Through the Keyhole, MasterChef, Behind the Headlines and the History of British Sculpture.
His knowledge of and fascination with food led him to create his own brand in 1995 which became Britain's most successful new premium food brand and now has annual sales of £65 million.
A graduate of the London School of Economics, he has been a member of the LSE Court of Governors since 1996 and was a member of the LSE Council from 2003-2008.
His lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage has led to a number of appointments including as a Commissioner of English Heritage, a member of the board of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, Chairman of National Museums Liverpool, Chairman of Culture Northwest and Chairman of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. He is currently chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust.
"I believe strongly in the University's mission to ensure that as many people as possible enjoy the excitement and inspiration of the creative arts," Loyd said.
"Gaining university title builds on an already impressive artistic and academic reputation spread across our five campuses. Britain is very much a world leader in the arts and design and we intend to further enhance our great international reputation in those fields."
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