Mrs Valerie Pitt-Rivers appointed as Pro-Chancellor at BU


Bournemouth University is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Valerie Pitt-Rivers as Pro-Chancellor for the University.

Mrs Pitt-Rivers is the former Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, a post she held from 2006 until her retirement in 2014. Prior to this she was the Vice-Chairman of the West Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust; the culmination of a long and distinguished career with Dorset NHS.

Valerie is also the founder of the Arts in Hospital project for Dorset County Hospital. She was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for her services to The Queen.

Mrs Pitt-Rivers succeeds Dame Yvonne Moores DBE, who stepped down from the role of Pro-Chancellor at the end of 2013 after eight years of service to the University.

BU Vice-Chancellor Professor John Vinney said, “I am delighted to welcome Valerie to the BU community. She has been a strong supporter and friend of the University for a number of years and I am very glad that she has agreed to join us in a more formal capacity.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Dame Yvonne for the fantastic contribution she has made to BU over the last eight years. She gave a huge amount of time and support to the University, and inspired a whole generation of students through her wisdom and guidance.”

Mrs Pitt-Rivers added, “I am very pleased to be accepting the role as BU’s Pro-Chancellor, and will enjoy continuing the excellent relationship that developed between us during my time as Lord-Lieutenant.

“The University is going from strength to strength, and I am looking forward to being part of its future”. 

BU midwife elected to Royal College of Midwives board

A midwife from Bournemouth University has been elected to a prestigious position on the board of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

Susan Way, Lead Midwife for Education at Bournemouth University, has been elected as one of the RCM’s 11 national board members.

She took up office on September 1st for four years.

Susan said: “I am extremely proud to serve as a member of the RCM Board and look forward to taking up this important role.”

The Board is the governing body for the RCM, setting the organisation’s strategic direction and ensuring it is viable, properly managed and properly governed.

It gives direction, exercises control and holds the Executive to account in its day-to-day management of the RCM. All Board members are midwife members of the RCM.

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the RCM, said: “I am delighted to welcome Susan as one of the new board members and look forward to working with her. Our board members play a vital role in providing direction, ensuring the organisation is fit for purpose and securing accountability.”

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