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Chairman of the LSE Council and Court of Governors from 2008

Peter Sutherland KCMG has been elected as a member of the LSE Court of Governors| with immediate effect. He has agreed to be Chairman of the Council and the Court from 1 January 2008.

Current Chairman Lord Grabiner QC will step down in December 2007 at which stage he will have served nine years as Chairman. The Chairman of Governors is chosen by a selection committee which includes staff, students and lay governors. It is a non-executive position, and the principal duties are to chair one meeting of the Court of Governors a term and three meetings a term of the Council.

Howard Davies, Director of LSE, said: 'My academic colleagues and I are delighted that Peter Sutherland has agreed to join us and, in time, to take on the Chairmanship of the School. His background in public policy and his business and international interests match the LSE's profile remarkably well. We look forward to the School continuing to prosper under his leadership.'

The Court of Governors approved Peter Sutherland's appointment as chair in 2008 by acclamation. There were no votes against.


Contact: Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, 020 7955 7582

Notes for Editors

Click here to download Peter Sutherland's biographical details| (PDF)

Founded in 1895, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is based in the heart of London and has a global reputation for teaching and research of the social sciences, see www.lse.ac.uk| 

The position of Chairman is held initially for three years, can be renewed on recommendation for another three years, and - exceptionally, as in Lord Grabiner's case - renewed once more.

The LSE Council is the Governing Body of the School, responsible for the overall determination of strategy. It is comprised of lay, academic and student members, elected under the Memorandum and Articles of Association. The roles of the Chairman and Vice-Chairmen of the Court of Governors are separated from the role of the School's Chief Executive, the Director.

23 March 2006