A message from the VC: Appointment of Chair of Council
Jan 09, 2018
I am delighted to be able to introduce Lord Keith Bradley who has been appointed as our new Chair of Council. Our Council plays a key role in the governance of our University and is responsible for our overall strategy. Keith has a wide range of experience and a strong commitment to social impact and higher education, which equips him perfectly to lead us forward as we embark on the next chapter at Salford.
The Right Honourable Lord Keith Bradley of Withington was awarded a life peerage in 2006, having served as MP for Manchester Withington from 1987 until 2005. His political career encompasses a raft of senior ministerial positions including that of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Social Security from 1997-1998, Deputy Chief Whip (Treasurer of the Queen’s Household) from 1998 – 2001, Minister of State in the Home Office from 2001-2002 and as a member of the Health Select Committee from 2003 – 2005. In 2009, he also carried out an independent review for the Department of Health known as “The Bradley Report” - a key reference document looking at mental health, learning difficulties and the criminal justice system.
In addition, Keith is a strong believer in giving something back and has held several voluntary roles both regionally and nationally where his leadership and expertise have been much in demand. He has held many Chairmanships and non-executive directorships (NEDs) across a number of statutory and voluntary sector organisations over many years, having a particular interest in mental health and the criminal justice system.
Locally, he is a non-executive director of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, having formally been Chair of the Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Until last year he was also a Council Member of the Medical Protection Society and is a Trustee of the Prison Reform Trust and the Centre for Mental Health. He is a Member of the National Advisory Group for Female Offenders.
I know that you will join me in welcoming Keith to the University and I know that under his leadership, we can continue to achieve and raise the profile of Salford as a force to be reckoned with in the higher education sector.
I’d like to also take this opportunity to express my gratitude to interim chair Dr Mike Burrows who has carried out the role with wisdom and diligence.
Professor Helen Marshall