Chair of University Court Appointed

26 September 2014

Mrs Hazel Brooke MBE

Mrs Hazel Brooke MBE

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Hazel Brooke MBE as Chair of Court with effect from February 6, 2015 for a three-year term. 

Mrs Brooke, of Glasgow, brings to the role her experience in senior appointments in public life nationally and internationally as well as a thorough knowledge and understanding of the University and its mission.

Mrs Brooke, who is currently Vice-Chair of Court, will succeed Mr Tony Brian, whose term of office and final term as a lay member of the Court will conclude on February 5, 2015.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE said: “Hazel has already given immense support to the University through her roles as a Court governor and as Vice-Chair of Court.

“With her background and her passion for the University’s social mission to work for the common good, Hazel is immensely well placed to take on the role of Chair. We are delighted that the Court has chosen to make this appointment and I look forward to working with Hazel in her new role to realise our ambitions for the University’s future.”

Mr Tony Brian said: “I wish Hazel every success as Chair of Court.  I know she will be an excellent leader of the Court in its important contribution to the continued success of GCU as a dynamic 21st century university.”

The appointment of Mrs Brooke was approved at a meeting of Court last night, Thursday, September 25, on the recommendation of the Chair Appointing Panel. It follows an extensive public recruitment exercise in line with the expectations of the Scottish Code of Good HE Governance.

Mrs Brooke has served on the University Court for six years. A former Chair of the Staff Policy Committee, she is currently a member of the Court’s Remuneration, Court Membership and Staff Policy Committees as well as a lay Court member on the Equality and Diversity Committee.

The University Court is GCU’s governing body. It is responsible for approving the University’s overall strategic direction and exercising general oversight of its performance, development and engagement with its stakeholders.

As Chair, Mrs Brooke will lead the Court in maintaining high standards of corporate governance and supporting the Principal and Vice-Chancellor in pursuing the University’s strategy for 2020.

Mrs Brooke said: “The Commonwealth Games and the Independence debate have ensured that Scotland is well and truly on the international map during a time when GCU is significantly increasing its global footprint. I look forward to leading the University Court as it builds on the impressive achievements of the past few years and provides opportunities for its talented students and staff to make a major contribution both in Scotland and around the world.” 

Mrs Brooke’s roles have included: Chief Executive of The Scottish Cot Death Trust, Chair of SIDS International (the worldwide federation of lay organisations involved in all aspects of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and Non-Executive Director of Yorkhill NHS Trust, in which last capacity she was one of the Trust’s Complaints Convenors and Chair of its Clinical Governance Committee.  Mrs Brooke, whose particular interest is epidemiology, is also a published researcher.