The Pro-Chancellor plays a major role in the oversight of University business and deputises in many duties in the absence of the Chancellor.

Heading up the Board of Governors’ Nominations Committee is another duty of the Pro-Chancellor. This committee is responsible to the Board of Governors to recommend appointments of lay members to the Board and to the General Assembly.

Appointed by the General Assembly, the Pro-Chancellor must not be a paid member of University staff. Term of office is four years, with a maximum of one term of reappointment.


Gillian Easson

Gillian Easson

Gillian Easson has wide board-level experience. Educated at Girton College, Cambridge, and a qualified solicitor, Gillian has concurrently undertaken board roles in the health and higher education sectors for almost 20 years.

Gillian was previously a non-executive director of The Christie cancer centre and Chair of the Christie Finance Committee and Charitable Fund. She has also held the roles of Chair of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, board member for The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation and head of high-level inquiries at the examination regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

She became the first female pro-chancellor of The University of Manchester in 2012 and is a member of the University’s Global Leadership Board, the Law Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Gillian has many charitable interests, particularly involving the creation of opportunity for young people.

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