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Richard Lister OBE

Chair of the Foundation Board

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Richard Lister OBE

Chair of the Foundation Board


Richard worked at The University since 2006 and was previously Director of Planning and Resources, Executive Director, as well as interim Chief Executive Officer.  He was appointed as Provost and Chief Executive Officer in 2013 and Vice-Chancellor on the University’s formation in 2016. He resigned as Vice Chancellor in 2018. 

Richard spent most of his career pioneering work in education liaison, widening participation and regional development of higher education.  He had previously worked at Brunel, Hull and Essex Universities. 

In 2002 he was seconded from the University of Essex to establish its Southend Campus and in 2004 moved to develop the plans for UCS, a unique venture involving two Universities and five Colleges of Further and Higher Education in the establishment of a new Higher Education Institution. The project moved rapidly from initial outline thinking in 2004 to the opening of UCS in 2007 and its subsequent rapid growth both in student numbers and its modern campus in Ipswich.

In 2014 UCS began the application process to become an independent university and in 2015 UCS was awarded the significant step of Taught Degree Awarding Powers allowing the institution to apply for full University Title. On the 1st of August 2016 The University of Suffolk was established.  

Richard is Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Wolsey Theatre. He is a member of the Ipswich Vision Group, Chair of the Greater Ipswich Partnership and a member of the New Anglia LEP Skills Board.