Shipping exec taking the helm at UCLan

Richard Hext
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A NEW chief executive is set to take over the reins of the University of Central Lancashire’s group operations.

Richard Hext will take up his post on September 1 following the retirement of Malcolm McVicar who has been the interim boss since retiring as vice-chancellor last year.

He will assume overall accountability for group performance and strategic development and will also have a specific focus on the development and growth of international business and overseas campus plans.

Currently living in Hong Kong, Richard, 56, joins the UCLan Group having built a career within the international shipping industry where he has held a variety of senior executive positions.

Born in Brazil, he previously lived and worked overseas including the Middle East, Australia and Papua New Guinea as well as in the UK.

The father-of-three started his career as a labourer in a Clydeside shipyard.

He later attended Oxford University, graduating with a degree in modern history and economics.

Richard said: “I am delighted to be joining such a forward thinking university group whose board is committed to making further investments at home while seizing opportunities in the large and growing international higher education market.

“ Providing a world-class educational experience for all our students, both at home and abroad, is our shared vision and core priority.”

David Taylor, chairman of the UCLan Group and University Board said: “A key factor in our selection decision was Richard’s considerable experience of working in a commercial, international environment on a variety of complex projects.

Outgoing chairman o Brian Harris, added: “Richard is hugely committed and enthusiastic about taking on this new role and he has already shown this through his intention to relocate from Hong Kong.

“I firmly believe that his appointment will be a major factor in strengthening the benefits that the University Group can bring to students, both at home and abroad.”

Richard is currently non-executive chairman of Univan Ship Management Limited, a company which manages a wide range of ships for owners from all over the world.

He is a member of the Hong Kong Advisory Board of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.