1st August 2001

 

FORMER ALSTOM MD TO BE CHAIR OF VARSITY BOARD

 

The former managing director of Alstom Power has been appointed chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

Kelvin Bray CBE is to step up from his role as deputy chairman to succeed the outgoing chairman, Christopher Oughtred, who is due to retire in October 2001 after 12 years on the board.

 

“It is a great privilege to be the first chairman of the Board of Governors at the University of Lincoln as we strive to set up an institution of quality and distinction to which more and more students will wish to come as their first choice,” said Mr Bray.

 

“Alstom Power has a strong track record of co-operation with the university and its students and I hope to bring some of that positive experience to my new role as chairman of the governors.”

 

Kelvin Bray was responsible for setting up Ruston Gas Turbines in Lincoln and as its first managing director took sales from £500,000 to £150 million and then to £1,000 million as European Gas Turbines.

 

After a long career in engineering he became managing director of Alstom Power Engineering in Paris, a firm which achieved sales of £3,500 million with 21,000 employees, before he retired in 1998.

 

He was awarded the OBE in 1982 and the CBE in 1990 for services to exports and won the Lincoln Civic Award in 1995 for his work in and for the city. He was a director of the project company set up to create the Lincoln campus of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and became a governor in 1996. He has been deputy chairman since 1999.

 

“We are fortunate to have appointed someone with a strong attachment to Lincoln who has experience of running a major organisation in the city,” commented Prof David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor at the university. “I am sure he will play a crucial role in the successful development of the new University of Lincoln.”

 

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