Writtle University College Founding Chancellor
Baroness Jenkin of Kennington
Writtle University College proudly announced the appointment of Anne Jenkin The Baroness of Kennington as founding Chancellor, from 1st September 2016. This appointment was made at a historic time for the institution, as it changed its name and updated its corporate branding to Writtle University College, having been granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers and University College status.
Commenting on the appointment, Julia Smith, former Chair of the Board of Governors at Writtle University College, said “We are delighted that Baroness Jenkin is joining us at this momentous time for our much respected institution. Her knowledge, experience and passion for sustainability and education not only make her the right match for Writtle, but these will be great assets in helping us achieve our ambitious purpose of transforming lives and the environment through inspiring education.”
Anne Jenkin The Baroness of Kennington said: "My roots lie deep down in the Essex soil and Writtle's excellent reputation is something I was brought up with. It is an immense honour to have been invited to be the University College founding Chancellor and I am looking forward to supporting Writtle's aspirations, to make the most of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in this new chapter as a leading specialist University College."
Anne Caroline Jenkin (nee Strutt) was born and raised in the Essex village of Hatfield Peverel. She is married to Bernard Jenkin, Member of Parliament for the constituency of Harwich and North Essex. They have two adult sons.
She was elevated to the Peerage as Baroness Jenkin of Kennington in 2011 for her charity work. She has actively campaigned to increase the number of women in Parliament and together with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May co-founded Women2Win and the Conservative Friends of International Development. Baroness Jenkin is a Trustee of international agency UNICEF UK, The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Cool Earth and Feeding Britain and an officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Agroecology Group, the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group, the All-Party Population, Development and Reproductive Health Group amongst many others.
Baroness Jenkin’s appointment began as Writtle University College’s Patron, Alan Titchmarsh, retired after supporting Writtle for over 15 years. Former Vice-Chancellor, Dr Stephen Waite, thanked Alan Titchmarsh for the great work he had done as an ambassador for Writtle.