University appoints new board members

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PRESTON-born national news reader Fiona Armstrong is among the new board members at leading Lancashire university.

Businessman David Taylor CBE has been named chairman designate of the University of Central Lancashire Board while ITN newscaster Fiona and financial services expert Jon Hogan will become Board members.

David, who received an Honorary Fellowship from UCLan in 1996, will take over as chairman in August. Currently executive chairman of Preston-based DTP Ltd, he will replace Brian Harris who has been on the UCLan Board since 2001 and has been chairman for over six years.

David has been deputy chairman of Preston North End since 1997 and was awarded a CBE in 2007 for his services to the red rose county.

He said: “UCLan is at the very heart of everything great about the city. It’s renowned for being a top University which offers a fantastic teaching and learning experience in world-class facilities while the relationship it has with local, regional, national and international businesses is excellent. I’m looking forward to bringing my experience to the Boardroom and helping the University and the wider UCLan Group in the next stage of its exciting adventure.”

Malcolm McVicar, UCLan Group chief executive officer, said: “David was the outstanding candidate for the job. His breadth of experience, his drive and his vision made him the real stand out choice. Following in Brian’s footsteps will be hard as he has been a fantastic supporter of UCLan but I know David will embrace all that this role entails.”

Prestonian Fiona is UCLan Honorary Fellow, born and educated in the city, she was the first female presenter of ITV’s GMTV and is now been on the BBC News Channel as a newsreader and works a reporter with Tyne Tees/Border TV.

on has spent 20 years working in senior management positions, specialising in financial services.