Supporting Higher Education in London

London Higher announces Professor Amanda Broderick as Chair-Elect


Professor Amanda Broderick, Vice-Chancellor & President of University of East London, has today (8th March) been elected Chair-Elect of London Higher.

Professor Broderick was elected by London Highers’ members, representing over 40 higher education institutions across the capital. She will take up the role –  which is unremunerated – in July, succeeding Professor Paul Layzell, Vice-Chancellor of Royal Holloway, University of London, who has chaired the organisation for the past four years.

As Chair, Professor Broderick will work alongside London Higher CEO Dr Diana Beech and the London Higher board – and will represent the interests of London’s higher education sector at this critical point for the UK.

She has previously led in and held professorships at the Universities of Newcastle, Salford, Durham, Coventry and Aston. Her research lies in the fields of international business, marketing psychology and strategic communications. Professor Broderick will take up the role as Chair following the London Higher AGM in July.

London Higher CEO, Dr Diana Beech said;

“I am delighted that through an open, fair and competitive election process, we have been able to appoint Professor Amanda Broderick to succeed Professor Paul Layzell as Chair of London Higher. Her entrepreneurial spirit, strong background in higher education, and leadership experience means that she has the insight and expertise to lead London Higher in demonstrating the benefits of Higher Education in London as we begin to rebuild and recover.

“I know that under her leadership, and with a strong team around her, London Higher will continue to play a pivotal role in these critical times for our members across the capital.

Incoming London Higher Chair, Professor Amanda Broderick, said:

“I am honoured to be taking on this vitally important role at this time of immense challenge for the higher education sector. London Higher, through its networks and campaigns has been at the forefront of helping HEIs across London navigate the pandemic and build new relationships across the sector and beyond as we look towards a green and thriving recovery.

Thank you to every one of our HEIs who contribute to the unique, vibrant, diverse, transformational educational eco-system of London. Together, we will be central to driving recovery and renewal in communities across London and throughout the UK. I look forward to championing the needs of our members, driving change and seizing the opportunities to thrive and grow. It will be a privilege to represent our membership and to lead London Higher in the next phase of its development.”

Outgoing London Higher Chair, Professor Paul Layzell said

“It has been an absolute privilege to lead London Higher for the past four years. I look forward to handing over to Amanda over the coming weeks, and know that she will lead the organisation from strength to strength. At this time of challenge and change, the vital work of London Higher has never been more important. I know that our members will work closely with Amanda and the London Higher team to showcase the opportunities that a higher education in London can provide.