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John Jeans succeeds Sir Keith Peters as Chair of Cardiff University Council

11 January 2012

Former chairman of GE Healthcare Limited and senior operational leader of the largest medical research funder in the UK, Mr John Jeans has been appointed as Chair of Cardiff University’s Council.

Mr Jeans joins the University from the role of first Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer of the Medical Research Council (MRC), having forged a highly successful career in the medical device, pharmaceutical and diagnostic industries.

He will succeed eminent immunologist Sir Keith Peters in the post at Cardiff with effect from 16 January 2012. His term of office will run until 2015.

Mr Jeans has held senior roles at Nycomed Amersham International PLC (which later became GE Healthcare) and subsequently at GE Healthcare Limited where he became the company’s Chairman and President, Life Sciences Commercial Operations. During his time at the company he was responsible for driving significant cross-business growth initiatives in the UK. He also launched several new business enterprises, including providing a clinical imaging service for the pharmaceutical industry.

As the most senior operational leader in the MRC, Mr Jeans was directly accountable for all corporate functions, regional management, major projects and certain intramural programmes. He helped restructure the Council’s interactions with industry and led the MRC’s involvement in creating the Francis Crick Institute, including the securing of Government funding.

Speaking about the appointment, Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant said: "The Chair of Council is an important role for the University. John’s vast experience and outstanding leadership skills will be an asset for Cardiff, particularly in what are challenging times in the development of higher education. I would like to thank Sir Keith Peters for the outstanding contribution he has made to Cardiff University and his role in many of our key achievements."

Mr Jeans is already familiar with the University having chaired one of Cardiff’s multi-disciplinary advisory committees. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Wales and Chair of Imanova, a joint venture between the MRC, Imperial, Kings and University Colleges.

Notes to editors

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Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.

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