University Gazette, 22 June 2007: University
CONGREGATION 26 June
The Registrar has received notice from thirty-nine members of Congregation to oppose the proposal to reappoint Sir Victor Blank as a member of Council until MT 2011. The proposal in the Gazette of 7 June 2007 (p. 1255) includes the names of both Sir Victor Blank and Mr Bernard Taylor. Under the University's legislation it is not possible to oppose the proposal and not reject both nominations. Accordingly Council will put separate resolutions to Congregation at a special meeting on 27 September (see below) and the existing resolution is therefore withdrawn.
The meeting of Congregation is therefore cancelled under the provisions of Regulation 1.3 of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (made by Congregation on 5 March 2002 and amended on 12 October 2004 and 7 March 2006).
CONGREGATION 27 September 2 p.m.
¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against the resolutions below, signed in each case by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Wednesday, 19 September.
1 Approval of nomination of Sir Victor Blank as an 'external' member of the Council of the University
The nomination by Council, under the provisions of section 4 (7)–(10) of Statute VI (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, as amended by the statute approved by Congregation on 15 October 2002 and subsequently by Her Majesty in Council, Gazette, pp. 183, 250, 1335 and by the statute approved by Congregation on 13 June 2006 and subsequently by Her Majesty in Council, Gazette, p. 788), of SIR VICTOR BLANK, MA Oxf, Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, as a member of Council for a further period of four years from Michaelmas Term 2007, will be submitted for approval.
2 Approval of nomination of Mr Bernard Taylor as an 'external' member of the Council of the University
The nomination by Council, under the provisions of section 4 (7)–(10) of Statute VI (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, as amended by the statute approved by Congregation on 15 October 2002 and subsequently by Her Majesty in Council, Gazette, pp. 183, 250, 1335 and by the statute approved by Congregation on 13 June 2006 and subsequently by Her Majesty in Council, Gazette, p. 788), of MR BERNARD TAYLOR, MA Oxf, St John's College, as a member of Council for a further period of four years from Michaelmas Term 2007, will be submitted for approval.
Notes on the renominated 'external' members of Council
Sir Victor Blank, who read modern history at St Catherine's College, has been chairman of Lloyds TSB since May 2006. He was a partner in Clifford–Turner (now Clifford Chance) from 1969 until 1981 and chairman and chief executive of Charterhouse until 1997. He was chairman of GUS from 2000 to 2006 and of Trinity Mirror from 1999 to 2006. He is a member of the Financial Reporting Council.
As well as being a member of Council since the introduction of the 2000 governance structures, Sir Victor has for many years played a leading role in the University's development activity. He is a member of the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors; he was a member of the Executive Committee for the University's Campaign for Oxford and has continued to be an active volunteer in support of fundraising for a number of major initiatives including the Saïd Business School (and is a member of both the Saïd Business Foundation School and of its Advisory Forum) and the Environmental Change Institute (and has served on its Advisory Board). He is currently a member of the Development Council for Libraries and the Donations Acceptance Review Committee. He has served on a number of other University bodies including the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee.
Bernard J. Taylor read chemistry at St John's (1975). He began his career at Smiths Industries, before moving to banking at Baring Brothers and Co Ltd and then at Robert Fleming and Co Ltd, where he was Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive. He was Vice-Chairman (Investment Banking) at J.P. Morgan plc until March 2006. He then became Chief Executive of Braveheart which was acquired in December 2006 by Evercore Partners, of which he is Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive of its European business. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a non-executive director of Oxford Instruments and of TI Automotive Ltd. He is also a member of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.
Mr Taylor has been a member of Council since MT 2003 and since his appointment by Council as chairman of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee in January 2006 has played a significant role in making it possible to submit substantially more positive reports to Council and to HEFCE on matters relating to internal control and risk management within the University. He also serves on a number of other University bodies including the Task Force on Academic Employment and the Salaries of Senior Officers Review Committee. He is Chairman of Isis Innovation. He chaired the review of Begbroke Science Park.