The new Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, Baroness Rennie Fritchie DBE, will be formally installed in her new role at an official ceremony at the University Chapel on 1 October.
Staff, students, alumni and invited guests will attend the ceremony at the Francis Close Hall campus, at which Sir Henry Elwes will also be formally installed as Pro-Chancellor.
Michael Perham, Bishop of Gloucester, Council member and existing Pro-Chancellor of the University, will lead the ceremony which will include a reading by the Chair of the University’s governing Council, Sir Peter Scott.
The Chancellor is the honorary Head of the University, presiding over key events such as the annual graduation ceremonies. The Chancellor also acts as an ambassador to represent and promote the University locally, nationally and internationally. The Pro-Chancellor is also an honorary role, supporting the Chancellor in carrying out her responsibilities.
On accepting the role as Chancellor earlier this year, Baroness Fritchie said: “It is both a privilege and a pleasure to join the University of Gloucestershire as Chancellor. I have been involved with the University and its predecessor organisations for some years and have seen it grow into the excellent University it has become. I am proud to have been invited to take on this role and will serve with dedication, integrity and loving interest.”
The role of Chancellor is approved by the University Council for a term of up to five years. Baroness Fritchie succeeds Lord Carey of Clifton, who served as the University’s first Chancellor.
Chancellor – Baroness Rennie Fritchie
Educated at Ribston Hall Grammar School for Girls in Gloucester, Baroness Fritchie has had a long career specialising in training and development. Now described as a ‘portfolio’ worker, Baroness Fritchie has held a wide variety of public and private appointments.
In the 1970s, she was one of the first full-time women’s training advisers and pioneered the training of staff in the then new Equal Opportunities Commission. Using a German Marshall Fellowship awarded in 1985, she drew lessons from the United States of America for the United Kingdom for programmes to improve the status of women. She has published extensively on these topics and has contributed on them to programmes on television and radio.
She became Commissioner for Public Appointments in 1999. This appointment was renewed in 2002 and 2005. She became Chair of Nominet in 2010 (an IT company offering internet registry for .uk domain names).
Baroness Fritchie has held various roles in the health service, including chair of Gloucester Health Authority, chair of the South Western Regional Health Authority, and is currently Chair of 2gether NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust.
She has held a number of positions outside Government. She has held an honorary Professorship in Creative Leadership at York University and was Pro-Chancellor at Southampton University as well as a former Vice-Chair of the Stroud and Swindon Building Society. In 2008, Baroness Fritchie chaired a year-long working group undertaking a Review of Higher Education Finance and Pay Data for the Joint Negotiation Committee for Higher Education Staff.
Her charity work includes being President of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition, Patron of Pied Piper Appeal, and Ambassador for Winston’s Wish a grief support charity for children. She has also supported the British Lung Foundation, and served as President of Women in Banking and Finance.
Baroness Fritchie has been awarded honorary degrees from the Universities of Southampton, York, Oxford Brookes, St Andrews, The Open University, Hull University and Queen’s University, Belfast. Baroness Fritchie is also a Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire, City & Guilds, London and the Chartered Institute for Public Finance.
She has served as Chair of the Independent Appointment Board for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a member of the British & Irish Ombudsman Association.
Baroness Fritchie became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996. In 2005 she was made a life peer as Baroness Fritchie. She sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords and serves on several committees in the House.
Pro-Chancellor – Sir Henry Elwes
Sir Henry Elwes served as Lord Lieutenant for the County of Gloucestershire from 1992 – 2010.
In his earlier career, he served for three years as a Lieutenant in the Scots Guards, before enrolling at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. Since 1956, when he inherited his family’s estate of Colesbourne Park, he has dedicated his time to managing all aspects of the estate and is a Director of Colesbourne Estate Company and associated companies.
Interested in farming and forestry, Henry Elwes has worked to preserve and develop the Arboretum at Colesbourne Park. The Arboretum, which was planted by his great-grandfather, is known for the extensive snowdrop collection (totalling some 250 varieties and cultivars of snowdrop) and was opened to the public for the first time in 1997.
In 1959 Henry Elwes was elected to the former Cirencester Rural District Council, and in 1970 to Gloucestershire County Council, of which he was elected first Vice-Chairman, then Chairman. He has chaired many council committees and working parties, serving as a county councillor for thirty-two years. In 1979 and 1980 Henry Elwes served as High Sheriff of Gloucestershire and in 1992, he was elected an Honorary Alderman of Gloucestershire.
Henry Elwes has served on the National Joint Council for Fire Brigades and the Association of County Councils. He has served as a Regional Director of Lloyds Bank plc; a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Judicial Appointments Board; and, as Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Gloucestershire.
He has a long association with many Gloucestershire bodies as a Patron, Trustee, Governor, Friend, or Member, including Gloucestershire Community Foundation; Western Woodland Owners Ltd; Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust; Crickley Hill Archaeological Trust; Barnwood House Trust; Prince’s Trust (Gloucestershire); Gloucestershire Rural Community Council; Kingshill Comprehensive School; Cirencester College; Royal British Legion Branch; University of Gloucestershire; Country Landowners Association; Royal Forestry Society, (Gloucestershire Branch); Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust; Cheltenham & North Cotswold Eye Therapy Trust; Prince’s Youth Business Trust (Gloucestershire); Outward Bound Association; Gloucestershire Association for the Blind; and The Scout Association. He has served as President of the Three Counties Agricultural Society and is currently President of the Royal Bath and West Agricultural Society. He has been a churchwarden since 1967 and, since 2001, an Honorary Lay Canon of Gloucester Cathedral.
Sir Henry received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Gloucestershire in 2002, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of the West of England in 2006 and a Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural College.
Pro-Chancellor – The Right Reverend Michael Perham, Bishop of Gloucester
Michael Perham is the Bishop of Gloucester, a post to which he was appointed in 2004. His diocese covers all of Gloucestershire and a number of parishes beyond. Ordained in the Church of England in 1976, he has served a variety of posts, latterly as Dean of Derby. Nationally he has served until recently as Chairman of SPCK (The Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge) and is one of the Panel of Chairs of the General Synod and is former Chairman of its Business Committee. He is Chair of the Governors of Ripon College Cuddesdon. He is a liturgical scholar and has written a number of books on worship, liturgy and spirituality. He is a member of the House of Lords. He also serves as a member of the University Council.
He is married to Alison, a palliative care specialist, and they have four daughters.
Source: University of Gloucestershire