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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 is the first female pro-chancellor of The University of Manchester. 

She started her career as a solicitor in Stockport 30 years ago and went on to become one of the first female prosecuting solicitors in the north-west of England.

Gillian is Chairman of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which provides hospital services for children and adults across Stockport and the High Peak, as well as community health services for Stockport, Tameside and Glossop.

Previously a non-executive director of the Christie Cancer Centre, she is currently a member of the University’s Global Leadership Board and Chairman of the Management Board of Manchester University Press. She regularly lectures, contributes to publications and has undertaken reviews on behalf of Monitor, the NHS foundation trust regulator.

Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 6010