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College Council member appointed to HEFCE Board

Posted on 10/03/2017

Gurpreet Dehal appointed to HEFCE Board

Gurpreet Dehal, a member of Royal Holloway's College Council has been appointed to the Board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), recognising his expertise in financial management and dedication to the advancement of Higher Education and research.

Royal Holloway's College Council is the governing body of the College with responsibility for financial integrity and setting the overall strategic direction of Royal Holloway. Having been appointed to Council in 2010, Gurpreet bought more than 20 years' experience of financial risk management and operational experience gained across major Investment Banking firms such as Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch. His Risk and Chief Operating Officer roles included responsibility for financial planning, audit and risk management across global businesses, and liaising with regulators and trading exchanges.

Having retired from full-time Investment Banking in 2014, he is now a Board Member with the UK Ministry of Defence and a member of the Audit Committee for Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group. He is also developing his Higher Education interests by undertaking a PhD in Higher Education Research, Evaluation & Enhancement with the University of Lancaster. 

It is this breadth of experience and insight that has seen Gurpreet appointed to HEFCE's board, an organisation that aims to create and sustain the conditions for a world-leading system of higher education which transforms lives, strengthens the economy, and enriches society. 

A wealth of experience

 HEFCE’s Chair, Tim Melville-Ross, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome our new Board members. Individually and collectively, they bring a wealth and diversity of experience in higher education, finance, and business.

‘This experience will be invaluable as HEFCE continues to support the implementation of the Government’s higher education reforms, including the establishment of a new regulatory body, the Office for Students. Their advice, challenge and leadership will help to ensure a smooth transition to the new arrangements, to the benefit of students and the reputation of English higher education.’

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