Eduserv appoints new Trustees 5 Feb 2008

Eduserv, the not-for-profit IT services group, today announced that it has elected Paul Layzell, Tim Simpson and Graham Head to join four existing Trustees on the company’s Board. Each will serve for up to three years, with immediate effect.

The new Trustees will help Eduserv to formulate strategy and policy that will support its charitable objective to realise the benefits of ICT for learners, researchers and the institutions that serve them. Each Trustee brings a broad range of expertise from the education and commercial IT sectors and will play a part in driving value for the communities in which each one is already active.

Professor Paul Layzell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex, comments: “Eduserv’s services are designed to meet the unique needs of FE and HE institutions, addressing funding challenges through IT cost management and helping to improve the student experience. Through my position at University of Sussex and at Manchester University prior to that, I’ve been a beneficiary of Eduserv’s work, including the Chest software licence and negotiation service and the Athens access management service, for quite some time. As a member of Eduserv’s Board of Trustees I now have the opportunity to give something back.”

Tim Simpson, independent governor at Brighton University, adds: “Eduserv has a wide range of expertise that can be applied to benefit learning and research. Eduserv’s business model, which sees surpluses made from commercial activity ploughed back into service development and research projects for the benefit of learning and research, is an appealing one and I feel there is scope to do much more. I look forward to playing a part in helping Eduserv achieve its mission while overcoming the challenges of operating a not-for-profit organisation in a commercial world.”

Graham Head, Director of ICT at West Middlesex University Hospital, concludes: “Eduserv actively supports the use of information technology for education and offers unique services to the community through its not-for-profit activities. I am delighted to offer my expertise within the museums and galleries and healthcare sectors.”

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