University of Roehampton appoints Phil Walker as new chair of council

The leading businessman is also a mentor to several students

Phil Walker has been appointed chair of council at the the University of Roehampton.

He succeeds Sir David Bell in heading up the university’s board of governors, and will take up his position on 1 August.

Mr Walker is an existing member of the university council, serving on its finance and estates committee.

Having started his career as a maths teacher, Walker has worked with excluded children in Wandsworth, and enjoyed a successful career in business, holding senior roles at Xerox, Dell, IBM, and later as chief operating officer at French multinational Capgemini.

He is also a mentor to several students as part of the student-led BAME mentoring programme.

“I have been impressed with the breadth of experience of the board, the agility of the executive team and the constructive engagement from students, particularly at this seminal time in our history,” Mr Walker said.

“There are many opportunities ahead, and I am confident that Roehampton will respond to the current challenges innovatively whilst maintaining the values that have sustained it for over 175 years.

“Rapid increases in the use of digital technology have brought many benefits to the world at large, and education in particular, but it’s important that throughout periods of significant change, universities stay committed to the universal truths that they cherish. I am sure that Roehampton, with its strong community of students, staff and rich heritage through its Colleges, will be very well-placed to meet that challenge”.

Vice-chancellor of Roehampton, Professor Jean-Noël Ezingeard said: “His appointment comes at a time of great challenge for the higher education sector, and his experience will help our community navigate the challenges ahead. One of our great strengths is the commitment of our staff to supporting and widening opportunities for students from all backgrounds, and I know that Phil Walker shares these values strongly.”

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