I joined Pegasus in September 2017 as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Pegasus is a charity and the role of the board of trustees is to ensure Pegasus lives up to its objectives as a theatre and that it operates effectively and efficiently. My job is to make sure the Board does it job and to work with the Executive team to support them in all they do to make Pegasus such a special place for young people.
I was educated and began my working life as a school teacher in Australia but moved to the UK in 1972 where I have worked in a number of Universities first as an academic and then as a University Manager. As an academic I worked in the fields of Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs but early in my career became involved in university management culminating in me moving from the University of Birmingham to become Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University in 1997. I spent ten years at Brookes but have since worked as an Interim Vice Chancellor at the University of Cumbria from 2010-11, Glyndŵr University in North Wales from 2015-16 and more recently Birmingham City University in 2017/18.
I have held appointments at Board level in both the private and not for profit sectors. These have included being Chair of the Board and President of the Oxford Playhouse, Chair of the Board of Experience Oxfordshire and Chair of the Oxfordshire Community Partnership. I was formerly a member of the Board of the University of the West of England and am currently a member of the Council of Bangor University. I was also High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 2013-14 and am now a Deputy Lieutenant of the County. I am a keen bike rider and have cycled from Lands’ End to John of Groats and a couple of years back did what is called the Vatternrundan 300 in Sweden – 300 kilometres in one day which isn’t bad for a 70 year old.