New Chair of LUPC

Jun 17, 2014

LUPC’s Board has elected Dr Andrew Young (left), Chief Operating Officer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as Chair of LUPC.

Andrew, who will take up the role from 1 August 2014, has a strong background in science and higher education management, including finance and procurement.   The appointment follows the departure of outgoing Chair Marcus McDonald, Director of Finance & Estates at the Royal College of Music, who steps down this summer after nine years on the Board. Azim Sachedina, Head of Financial Operations & Systems at Kingston University, was elected Vice-Chair. 

Andrew gained his PhD at Newcastle University before working in research for 8 years and then moving into administration.  He managed procurement and finance in a large department, representing the University in the North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium.  By the time he left Newcastle he was leading administration for the Science and Engineering Faculty, but in his final months at Newcastle he was seconded as Director of Newcastle Science Company Ltd, a joint venture between the University and the City Council supporting business growth and generating inward investment.

Now Chief Operating Officer for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Andrew is responsible for the strategic leadership, management and development of the Estates, Health and Safety, Human Resources, IT, Library and Archives, Procurement and Registry services.  He ensures high quality modern support services that are delivered to underpin the School's growth and mission - improving health worldwide.   Andrew was elected to the LUPC Board last December.

Following his election, Andrew said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been selected as the next Chair of the LUPC Board.  I am committed to working with the Board to ensure that the LUPC delivers sound procurement advice for its Members and helps to work with them to promote good purchasing practice across all of our activity.  The challenges set out by the Diamond review are robust targets for us and we must demonstrate that we can achieve them.  The outgoing Chair, Marcus MacDonald was a great advocate for the LUPC Members, and I wish continue to deliver on the great work he has done.”

LUPC's Board and staff would like to extend their sincere thanks to Marcus for his hard work and dedication to the role, and look forward to working with Andrew in the future.