The University of London is one of the largest and most diverse universities in the UK. It is recognised globally as a world leader in higher education. At a time of opportunity and change under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Thomson, the University is shaping a strategy that will redefine the modern university.
“I’m delighted to join the University of London at a time of change”, said Mrs Akushie. “I was motivated to join the University because I believe in the life changing impact of a university education. I am looking forward to implementing the new vision and to be part of an organisation that is a world-leading brand with great ambition for the future.”
Mrs Akushie is a qualified accountant and also a qualified corporate treasurer. While her most recent experience is at CRUK, she has extensive experience in a variety of sectors and has previously led multi-functional teams through major financial and organisational change. She has held several non-executive positions, including Chair of the Audit Committee of The Beatson Institute and is currently a non-executive director of HICL Infrastructure PLC, a UK-listed infrastructure investment company.
Commenting on the appointment, Professor Thomson said, “I am delighted to appoint Rita to this role. She was selected after an extensive national search and from a highly competitive pool of applicants. She will be a brilliant addition to the University’s leadership team which will deliver the new strategy and our COVID-19 recovery programme.”