Catherine Thristan appointed as Director of External Engagement

The Business School is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Thristan as Director of External Engagement.

Ms Thristan joins us from King’s College London where she was the Director of Operations and Strategy for the School of Professional and Continuing Education. Prior to this, Ms Thristan was the Director of Professional Education at King’s where she grew the team and its client base, working with companies and organisations globally to design, develop and deliver professional and Executive Education programmes.

Prior to joining King's, Ms Thristan held a range of positions at Imperial College London and London Business School all involving engagement activity across education or research. Ms. Thristan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from UK and international institutions. She will lead the Business School’s External Engagement Team (LEET) and be responsible for pushing forward our strategic projects around external engagement.

Ms Thristan commented:

I'm honoured to take up the role of Director of External Engagement at Leeds University Business School and to have the chance to work with the School teams, the wider institution and our partners.  I 'm excited to have the opportunity to build on the firm foundations already established, working together to expand our portfolio of activity and create even more impact with businesses and partners in the city and beyond.

Executive Dean Professor Julia Bennell commented:

“We are thrilled to welcome Catherine Thristan as the new External Engagement Director for Leeds University Business School. Catherine's wealth of experience within the Higher Education sector will undoubtedly enrich our institution. Her appointment marks an important moment in the implementation of our new Business School strategy, as we endeavour to strengthen our ties with industry partners and stakeholders.

We firmly believe that Catherine's leadership will not only elevate our School's engagement efforts but will also help us to make a positive impact on our local community. By increasing our industry engagement, we are taking a significant stride towards ensuring that our research and teaching truly resonate with the dynamic needs of today's world.”

The Business School is excited to formally welcome Ms Thristan at the end of August.