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Pro Vice-Chancellor (Employability and Partnerships)

Image of Lucy Winskell Lucy Winskell OBE, DL, MBA, LLB, FRSA

Lucy Winskell is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Employability & Partnerships) at Northumbria University. During her time at Northumbria Lucy has played a key role in the development of the University’s relationships with local government, the cultural sector and business, helping shape Northumbria’s contribution to regional economic, cultural and social development and graduate employment and particularly championing student and graduate start-ups.

She oversees the strategic direction of both the London campus and the more recently opened Amsterdam Campus, as part of Northumbria’s Internationalisation Strategy. She chairs the Athena SWAN U- SAT.

Prior to joining Northumbria University in 2010, Lucy was a litigation lawyer for 28 years. She has extensive non-executive director experience. Appointments have included Government Office North East, the British Chambers of Commerce, Heritage Lottery Fund, the North East Industrial Development Board, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the last two being Ministerial appointments.

Lucy is a former member of the UK Law Society council, a former UK President of the Union Internationale des Avocats, and has served as UK chair of the British-American Project, the think-tank and international network for Anglo-US business and cultural relations.

Currently she is Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, and is Chair of Live Theatre, and Trustee of International Centre for Life, both in Newcastle upon Tyne and a Trustee of The Community Foundation, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. She stood down as Chair of the Board of the North East Chamber of Commerce in autumn 2020, after six years.

Lucy was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday 2014 Honours List in recognition for her services to Higher Education and the regional economy in the North East. She was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear in 2014 and was High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear 2015/16.

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