At its meeting on 10 April 2013 the Council of Brunel University appointed Sir Richard Sykes to be its next Chancellor.
Sir Richard succeeds Lord Wakeham, who was recently appointed Chancellor Emeritus of the University.
Sir Richard has combined an eminent career in business with major posts in science and education. He is currently Chairman of The Royal Institution of Great Britain and Chairman of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Prior to this he was Rector of Imperial College London from 2000 - 2008, Chief Executive and Chairman of GlaxoWellcome from 1995 to 2000 and Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline until 2002.
Sir Richard is an Honorary Graduate of Brunel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He holds Honorary Fellowships with the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Physicians.
The Chair of Council, Ms Jane Kelly, commented: "I am delighted that the University has been able to attract someone of Sir Richard's calibre to be its next Chancellor. He has shown a keen interest in the work of the University and is a fine example of someone who has used his own experience of higher education to promote scientific advancement, economic growth and public service."
The Deputy Chair of Council, Mr David Finlayson, added: "Sir Richard's appointment is great news for Brunel. His background, both as a distinguished leader of an academic institution and as a captain of industry with a global view, brings us the opportunity to share a unique perspective on the changing world our students will eventually lead."
Sir Richard said of his appointment: " I am very honoured to have been appointed Chancellor of Brunel, a University with a great brand and enormous potential."
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Julia Buckingham, said: "I am delighted that Sir Richard has agreed to fulfil this important role for the University. We believe that Sir Richard's distinguished career as a global leader of business and higher education, a scientist and a passionate advocate of education will be an inspiration to our students and staff. We look forward to welcoming him to Brunel."
Sir Richard is the University's third Chancellor and will take up his appointment on 1 May 2013.