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New Chair of Board of Governors

01 Jun 2009

Anil Ruia will take up post on 1 September 2010

Businessman Anil Ruia will become Chair of the Board of Governors at The University of Manchester next year.

Born in Bombay, Anil is a director at Wrengate Limited, a company involved in the importation, distribution and converting of textiles. In addition, the company has a controlling stake in Warren Tea Limited India, which is engaged in the business of growing, manufacture and sale of black tea. He has a law degree from King’s College, London and is a chartered accountant.

He takes up his new post from 1 September 2010, and will take over from Norman Askew, who has been Chair of the Board since the merger between UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester in 2004.

Anil is currently a Governor of Manchester Grammar School, a Trustee of National Museums Liverpool and a Board Member of Arts Council England. In the past Anil has been a Board Member of the North West Development Agency, The North West Cultural Consortium, The Manchester Asian Business Forum, M2002 Limited and The Commonwealth Film Festival together with a non-executive directorship at Granada Television Limited.

In October 2002, Anil was elected President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was awarded an OBE in January 2001 for services to business.

The Board of Governors is the body to which the executive management of the University, through the President and Vice-Chancellor as chief executive officer and the principal academic and administrative officer of the University, is held accountable. The Chair is appointed from among the lay membership and is responsible for the leadership of the University’s Board of Governors.