Changes at the Press

Stephen Bourne has taken over as Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press. Stephen, who joined the organisation five years ago as Development Director and Chairman of the printing division, has already been instrumental in modernising its printing business. As Chief Executive, he plans to continue developing the business, particularly in areas such as digital publishing.

"My vision is not one of radical change, but to continue to do well what we already do - producing quality scholarly books," he said. "It's really important that the Press is fully involved in the University and does not appear to operate as a separate entity. The Syndics of Cambridge University Press referee everything we produce to ensure publications are always of a high standard. They are a very important part of the company and will continue to be so."

Stephen Bourne has just taken over as Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press.

New Masters

The Fellows of Emmanuel College, Cambridge have elected Sir Richard Wilson, currently Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service, to succeed the present Master, Professor Shôn Ffowcs-Williams, when he retires. Sir Richard has accepted the appointment and will take it up on 1 October 2002. Sir Richard was an undergraduate at Clare College, Cambridge, where he read Law. He was called to the Bar soon afterwards, but did not practise as a barrister, and after a period as an academic research assistant he joined the Civil Service, where he has had a distinguished career. The Vice-Master, Dr Anthony Stone, said of the appointment:

"We are delighted that Sir Richard has accepted election as Master, and we look forward to building on the recent strength and success of Emmanuel College under his leadership." The Fellows of Peterhouse have elected Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, KT, GCMG, FRSE as Master of Peterhouse. He will succeed Sir John Meurig Thomas, who will retire on 25 June 2002. David Wilson is an Oxford graduate. Much of his career has been in the Foreign Service. After early embassy postings, he left the Foreign Service for six years to edit the China Quarterly at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and to obtain a Ph.D.

After rejoining the Foreign Service and serving in the Cabinet Office and as Assistant Under Secretary for Asia and the Pacific, he was appointed as Governor of Hong Kong from 1987-92. More recently, he was Chairman of Scottish and Southern Energy (formerly Scottish Hydro-Electric) for eight years. He is Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen; a Council Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; and a Trustee of the National Museums of Scotland.

UCLES appoints new head

Simon Lebus has been appointed as new Group Chief Executive of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) with effect from 1 July 2002, following the retirement of Dr Michael Halstead.

Simon comes to UCLES from Kitchen Range Foods, which he joined in 1989 and where he was Chairman and Chief Executive from 1996-2001.

Honorary doctorate

Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas, Master of Peterhouse, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the American University in Cairo. Sir John, who was visiting Professor at the American University 30 years ago, was awarded the degree in recognition of his work in solid-state chemistry and catalysis.