Cross bench peers have no party political affiliation and speak and vote as individuals. There are currently 175 cross benchers. The other new peers announced today are social entrepreneur John Bird, civil engineer Robert Mair and Emeritus Professor Mary Jane Watkins.
Professor Dame Julia King has spent her working life in industry and academia, in a range of highly influential roles. After 16 years as a researcher and lecturer at Cambridge and Nottingham universities she joined Rolls-Royce, becoming Managing Director of the Fan Systems Business and Engineering Director for the Marine Business.
Julia has been Vice-Chancellor of Aston University since 2006, and has been involved in the Committee on Climate Change, the Cabinet Office National Security Forum, the Board of Universities UK, and the Airports Commission amongst other high profile advisory groups, boards and committees in the fields of engineering, energy, education and technology.
Julia King stated:
“It is a huge honour to be appointed to the House of Lords. I am looking forward to being able to contribute to debate, and the honing of UK legislation on important areas from my personal experience, including the UK’s role as a leader in climate change mitigation, the health of our research base and our higher education sector, as well as engineering skills, our capacity in high value manufacturing, and education and social mobility more widely.”
The appointment will not have any impact on Professor Dame Julia King’s role as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University, and she will continue to serve her term of office until this expires in November 2016.
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