The Open University has appointed Malcolm Sweeting as its new Pro-Chancellor, replacing Richard Gillingwater, who completed his term of office at the end of 2018 after 4 years in the role.
A wealth of experience
Malcolm Sweeting is a leading international corporate finance lawyer, a partner of Clifford Chance since 1990 and was global senior partner of Clifford Chance between 2010 and 2018. Malcolm is a European Advisory Board Member of The Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, an Advisory Board Member of the Government’s Belt & Road Expert Panel and the China-Britain Business Council. He is also a Trustee of Hope & Homes for Children an organisation driving a global movement to eliminate the institutional care of children.
The role of the Pro-Chancellor
As Pro-Chancellor of The Open University, he will be responsible for chairing the OU’s governing body, the Council, and will sit on the University’s Finance, Membership, Remuneration, Strategic Planning and Resources, and Development Committees. He will also play a key role in promoting the University’s external reputation and in influencing major external stakeholders both nationally and internationally and occasionally officiate as Chief Presiding Officer at degree ceremonies. The role also provides strategic direction, support, guidance and constructive challenge to the University’s Executive. Mr Sweeting’s first task in his new role will be to chair the OU Council on Tuesday 5 March.
A shared social vision
Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, Mary Kellett, said:
“The role of Pro-Chancellor at the OU is very important, leading the University’s Council, ensuring the highest standards of governance and promoting a collegiate approach to strategic debate and decision making. His commitment to our social mission and real enthusiasm for the role made him a standout candidate. I look forward to working with Malcom and drawing on his extensive knowledge and experience.”
Speaking about his appointment Mr. Sweeting said, “Built on the founding principles of its social mission, The Open University has done fantastic work over the last 50 years. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, it is with great pride that I take this wonderful opportunity to assist the OU to continue to change the lives of so many, and to make such a profound and deep impact on society.”
Adding, “I see my role at Pro-Chancellor as telling the unique story of the OU, strengthening its relationships with business and enhancing its reputation internationally.”