OU appoints new group finance director

The OU has appointed Mel Zuydam as its Group Finance Director. He joins from CH2m, a global engineering services and programme management firm, for which he was Chief Financial Officer Europe.

Mel brings significant financial and commercial expertise combined with strong leadership, programme and project management skills to the OU at a critical and challenging time. He previously worked as CFO for construction firm Balfour Beatty and the Highways Agency. He also spent six years in the Netherlands, including a spell as CFO of an engineering services company listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Commenting on his appointment, Mel said:

"This is a tremendously exciting opportunity to help shape the future of a genuine British institution. The Open University deservedly has a special place in the nation’s affections and I look forward to playing my part in its continued success."

Mel will be a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Team, supporting the transformation programme as the OU grows nationally and internationally in addressing the employability and skills agenda. OU Vice Chancellor, Peter Horrocks, said:

"Mel brings to the OU a high level of experience in the private and public sectors at a crucial moment in our history. We are conducting a fundamental review of all our operations to identify savings and to free cash for reinvestment to help position the OU as a digital leader in the provision of quality, part-time higher education. Mel has a strong fit with the values of the University."

Mel takes up his post on July 3.