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.
Originally from Plymouth, Jim moved to Manchester in 1967 to study at the University and graduated in 1970. During his time as a student, he spent a year as President of the Students' Union.
Jim’s career was in journalism and broadcasting. He was a Westminster Lobby Correspondent for the BBC and Independent Radio News, but most of his career was spent in the north-west. He was Granada TV’s Political Correspondent from 1987 to 1994 and Political Editor of BBC North West from 1998 to 2006. He is now a conference host and media trainer.
Jim has been a long-standing supporter and friend of the University and has served on both the Board of Governors and General Assembly (stepping down in 2020 after 15 years as a member) and is an active member of the Alumni Association.
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