Lord Bilimoria appointed as Chancellor of the University of Birmingham

Posted on Thursday 15th May 2014

Lord Bilimoria appointed as Chancellor

Birmingham Business School are delighted to announce that one of the country’s leading international entrepreneurs – and long-term member of our Advisory Board - Lord Karan Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE, has been appointed as the new Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, reflecting the University’s position as a truly global institution that attracts the brightest and best from across the world.

Lord Bilimoria has been a regular attendee at our Board meetings since 2005, is a close confidante of a number academics within Birmingham Business School (most recently advising on the formation of our Entrepreneurship and Diversity Cluster), and delivered the memorable 2009 Advisory Board Annual Guest Lecture – Adapt or Die.

We would like to congratulate Lord Bilimoria on this appointment. We are thrilled that, following in the footsteps of Sir Dominic Cadbury, Birmingham Business School will continue to have a strong connection with the Chancellor of the University.

Dean of Birmingham Business School, Professor Simon Collinson said:

This is wonderful news. Lord Bilimoria has tirelessly supported us for many years. He has long been a champion of teaching which inspires as well as educates our students and research which addresses the wider challenges of business and society. He will be a great advocate for the University of Birmingham.”

The Chancellor acts as the ceremonial figurehead of the University and has an important ambassadorial role, working with the Vice-Chancellor and the Pro-Chancellor to raise the University’s profile and advance its interests nationally and internationally.

Lord Bilimoria succeeds Sir Dominic Cadbury, who stepped down last December after 11 years in the role, and will officially take up this role in July following his Installation Ceremony 17th July.

On accepting the post, Lord Bilimoria said:

I am honoured and humbled to have been asked to be Chancellor of this internationally renowned University with its vibrant, global community. I am also delighted to have the opportunity to take on such a prominent role at the University where my mother, my uncle and my maternal grandfather studied; the University which instilled the value of higher education in them, and in turn drove my own passion for learning and discovery.”