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Chair of the Commission for Tertiary Education and Research.

Professor Dame Julie Lydon was Vice-Chancellor of one of Wales’s largest universities, the University of South Wales (USW), from 2013 until 2021. She oversaw the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport to create USW and its wider group, which included The College, Merthyr Tydfil and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She brings governance and leadership experience through her current non-executive roles and from her previous experience as Chair of Universities Wales, Deputy Chair of University Alliance and Deputy Chair of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association.