London Met appoints new Vice Chancellor

Professor John Raftery to join London Metropolitan University later this year

Date: 20 March 2014

London Metropolitan University has announced the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor elect.

Professor John Raftery will join London Met later this year to succeed Professor Malcolm Gillies who announced his retirement from one of London’s largest modern Universities last November.

“John Raftery joins us after a very successful spell at Oxford Brookes where he has served as Pro Vice-Chancellor for the past nine years,” said Clive Jones, London Metropolitan’s Chair of Governors. “We are delighted to secure such an outstanding academic and university administrator to succeed Professor Malcolm Gillies, who will leave with our very best wishes for a well-deserved retirement later this year.

“John’s academic leadership along with his experience leading a well-regarded university’s development of Student Experience, a modernised portfolio, and his combination of commercial and humanitarian experience stood out to the appointment panel as a good fit to our own priorities and development plans.”

Professor Raftery, VC elect, said: “Joining London Metropolitan and taking forward the University’s strong mission in an increasingly marketised environment is an appealing challenge and I look forward to serving London Metropolitan University.

“In the next couple of years we will need to deliver a significant programme of renewal, academic development, and performance improvement to strengthen our competitive appeal to communities in and beyond the capital city.”

Professor Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes, said: “John has led the continued improvement of the quality of the student experience at Oxford Brookes University. His work has produced real results for our students and the organisation as a whole. I wish him every success for the future.”