Vice Chancellor joins the GBSLEP Board

Professor Julia King
Professor Julia King

17 April 2013

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has appointed Professor Dame Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, as a Director.

Julia replaces Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, who completed his two-year tenure as Director on May 1 2013.

Julia brings a breadth of experience in both academia and business to the Board, where she will be the representative of the Higher Education Sector.

She became Vice Chancellor at Aston University in December 2006 having previously been Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College, London.

Prior to that, Julia spent eight years in a variety of senior positions at Rolls Royce plc having spent the previous 16 years as an academic researcher and university lecturer at Cambridge and Nottingham universities.

Julia is also a non-executive member of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and a member of the Committee on Climate Change as well as a member of the World Economic Forum Automotive Council.

Welcoming Julia King to the Board, GBSLEP Chair Andy Street, said: “We are very fortunate to have somebody of Julia’s experience, vision and expertise in Higher Education to replace Professor Eastwood and continue the excellent work he started.

“Julia’s achievements in business and academia and her experience in working with different levels of government are almost too extensive to list.

“Her vision and understanding of the Higher Education Sector will, I am sure, prove hugely valuable as we continue the delivery of the Strategy for Growth.”

Julia King said; “The Local Enterprise Partnership is a great opportunity to provide a positive impact on the lives and futures of the people, institutions and businesses in the region. We will be developing education opportunities, promoting business growth and creating a truly competitive knowledge economy. I’m delighted to be joining the Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.”

In addition, the Board of the GBSLEP has agreed for Steve Hollis to continue as Deputy Chair for a further 12 months and for Paul Heaven to continue as Board Director with responsibility for access to finance for another two years.


For further media information please contact Alex Earnshaw, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4549