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University appoints new Pro-Chancellors

Professor Dame Carol Black receiving her Honorary degree in 2003

Professor Dame Carol Black receiving her Honorary degree in 2003

Sir James Tidmarsh at his Honorary degree ceremony in 2002

Sir James Tidmarsh at his Honorary degree ceremony in 2002

9 January 2008

The University has appointed two new Pro-Chancellors: Sir James Tidmarsh and Professor Dame Carol Black.

The Pro-Chancellors support the University Chancellor, The Right Honourable The Baroness Hale of Richmond, in her formal duties; they also play a prominent role in the governance of the University.

Sir James Tidmarsh (Hon LLD, Bristol, 2002) – who received his knighthood in the 2008 New Year’s Honours – also received an MBE in 1989 after a career in the manufacturing industry and was Lord Lieutenant of Bristol from 1996 to 2007. He previously served on the University Council and is a member of the University’s Nominations Committee of Court.

Professor Dame Carol Black, a Bristol graduate (BA 1962, MB ChB 1970, MD 1975, Hon DSc 2003) was appointed the Medical Director of the Royal Free Hospital in 2000 (where her unit has become the foremost centre for clinical research in Europe) and served as the President of the Royal College of Physicians from 2002 to 2006.

The new appointments follow the retirement of Dr Stella Clarke as Pro-Chancellor. To mark her long and distinguished service, including ten years as Chair of Council, the University is to confer an Honorary Fellowship on Dr Clarke.

The other Pro-Chancellors are Jim Foulds (also Chair of Council), Moger Woolley and Sir Derek Higgs.