Falmouth University has appointed a new chair of governors.
Helen Owers will assume the role in April, taking over from Chris Pomfret who is stepping down after nine years.
Owers lives in Cornwall and has served on Falmouth University’s board since 2019 as an independent member. She has extensive senior executive experience in the media and creative industries and was president of global businesses and chief development officer at Thomson Reuters.
Commenting on her appointment, she said: “It is a privilege to be taking up this position at an institution I greatly admire. Falmouth University is pushing the boundaries of creativity and expanding its application in exciting ways, fusing creativity with the potential of new technology. It’s delivering research excellence and a great student experience, and it has an important role to play in Cornwall as an anchor institution that is driving regional growth.
“I am greatly looking forward to leading the board through its next chapter as we work together to ensure the University continues to thrive.”
Professor Emma Hunt, vice-chancellor and chief executive of Falmouth University, added: “Helen’s experience, expertise and skills have made her an enormous asset to the board as an independent member and will make her an outstanding chair. I look forward to working with her in this new capacity as we work to deliver our institutional strategy.
“Helen will step into the role of chair as Christopher Pomfret OBE steps down in his ninth year in the role. We are enormously grateful for his contribution to the university over this time, which included a period of significant growth, successful ventures including our Launchpad programme, the creation of new partnerships and of course, the challenges of navigating the pandemic.”