Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London Professor Julia Buckingham CBE will take on the influential role of Chair of the Institute of Cancer Research, London (ICR) from 1 August.
As a leading figure in UK higher education, Prof Buckingham will help the institute strengthen its position within the sector and build on its profile as one of the top four centres for cancer research and treatment in the world.
Prof Buckingham will succeed current chair Luke Johnson who is stepping down after two four-year terms in the role.
Charlie Geffen, Deputy Chair of The ICR, who led the recruitment of the new Chair, said: “We are all delighted that Julia will be joining the team at the ICR. Not only is she a highly effective senior academic leader, but she is also a passionate advocate for research and everyone working within the sector.”
Prof Buckingham has recently held positions as Chair of the Concordat Strategy Group, which aims to enhance the research environment and open up opportunities for professional development, and Chair of the Athena SWAN Review Steering Group, which oversees moves towards greater gender equality in research.
She completes her two-year term as President of Universities UK on 31 July and is currently in the process of handing over the leadership of Brunel, with her departure date to be confirmed once her successor is found.
“It’s an honour to take on this important role at such a distinguished scientific institution, which has contributed so much to driving forward cancer research and benefiting patients in the UK and around the world,” said Prof Buckingham.
“I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to the ICR’s mission to make the discoveries that defeat cancer. I hope I can help the ICR navigate the wider academic landscape, and also intend to bring my passions to bear in ensuring the workplace culture does everything it can to support staff and students to thrive in their roles.”
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