Ravensbourne Announces New Director Professor Linda Drew appointed as new Director


Professor Linda Drew

Ravensbourne prides itself on being a world-class university sector institution specialising in digital media and design. Professor Linda Drew (pictured) has taken up the challenge of leading this unique institution, as the new Director and CEO of Ravensbourne.

Jonathan Drori CBE, Chair of Ravensbourne’s Board of Governors, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Professor Linda Drew to lead Ravensbourne. Our challenge is to maintain our distinctive approach to creativity and technology, our relationships with industry and the fantastic employability of our students while at the same time developing research and driving the quality of the student experience. The Board is confident that Linda will prove a distinguished Director and a worthy successor to Professor Robin Baker.’

Professor Linda Drew said: ‘I’m relishing the prospect of leading Ravensbourne in the next phase of its development in London. This is a truly unique university sector college for design and digital media, which has successfully relocated to Greenwich under the impressive leadership of Professor Robin Baker. I know this next phase will be both challenging and immensely rewarding.’

Professor Drew, currently the Deputy Director and Director of Academic Development at the Glasgow School of Art, takes up her new position as Director of Ravensbourne from January 2015.

Ravensbourne’s current Director, Professor Robin Baker commented ‘I think this an excellent appointment as Linda is uniquely qualified to become the next Director of Ravensbourne, with her extensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing small specialist institutions.’

Ravensbourne’s SU President, Kyron Goode agreed ‘I’m looking forward to working closely with Linda and all of the management team, and to building on the opportunities we have already identified to create a strong student voice at Ravensbourne.’

Professor Drew will succeed Professor Baker, who leaves Ravensbourne following 20 years as Director. Professor Baker’s many achievements include the move to an iconic, purpose-built building next to the O2, creating an institution that inspires innovation at every turn.

About Professor Linda Drew BA (Hons) MA PhD FRSA FDRS

Prior to her appointment as Director and CEO of Ravensbourne, Linda was Deputy Director and Director of Academic Development at the Glasgow School of Art where she led the development of the academic infrastructure and portfolio in design, architecture, fine art and digital design.

Linda joined the GSA in 2011 from the University of the Arts London (UAL) where she was Dean of the Graduate School for Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon. She is currently the Chair of CHEAD (Council for Higher Education in Art and Design) and an active collaborator with the Associate Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group. She is also a former member of the Singapore British Business Council and an External Quality Reviewer for arts higher education at the Singapore Ministry of Education. Linda was Head of College at Chelsea College of Art and Design (UAL 2006-7).

Before joining the University of the Arts as Dean at Chelsea in 2003, Linda was Co-Director of the Art, Design and Communication subject centre based at the University of Brighton. She is founding editor of the highly regarded peer-reviewed research journal Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education published by Intellect books for over 10 years. Linda is an alumna of Saint Martins School of Art, a Fellow of the Design Research Society (FDRS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA).

For more information about this appointment, please contact: Jennie Stewart at marcomm@rave.ac.uk