A University of Hull graduate with more than 25 years’ experience at the head of public sector organisations is to return to the city to lead the University into a prosperous future as the new Chair of the Council.
As the Chair of the University of Hull Council, George Garlick OBE will help shape future strategy for the institution and joins at a time when it is undergoing a period of substantial transformation.
George has worked as a teacher and a solicitor but has been at the forefront of public sector organisations since the early 1980s, even spending time as a senior officer with the former Humberside County Council.
More recently he has spent the past 24 years in the North East as Chief Executive of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and then Durham County Council, where he led the integration of eight local authorities into a single organisation with 20,000 employees and a £1bn annual spend.
He will take up his position on 1 September this year and says: “It’s a great honour to be joining the University of Hull at a time when it has big ambitions to transform and reinforce its position as one of the country’s leading institutions.
“The higher education sector faces significant challenges, but the University is well placed to seize on opportunities for the benefit of students, at the same time as attracting and developing skills that are vital for the economic growth and prosperity of our region and beyond.