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22nd May 2018, 18:54

Daniella Tilbury leaves University Vice-Chancellor & CEO post, becomes first Commissioner for Sustainable Development

Professor Daniella Tilbury has left her post as the University’s Vice Chancellor & CEO, and has been appointed by the Government to a new role, Commissioner for Sustainable Development. Her responsibilities will include overseeing a new sustainable development framework, which the Government says is currently being finalised.

Professor Tilbury was appointed Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University ahead of its opening in 2015, and was involved in its establishment from as early as 2013. Tuesday saw the surprise announcement that she’ll be leaving the University for a newly created post focusing on sustainable development. The Minister for Heritage, the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, John Cortes, said it was vital that she take up her new appointment as soon as possible, given the urgency of some of the “major initiatives” planned in this field.

The Government and University both issued statements praising Professor Tilbury’s work, with the University saying her experienced academic leadership had transformed the education landscape in Gibraltar. For the Government’s part, Dr Cortes said she was well placed to take up her new role, given her qualifications and expertise in sustainable development.

In a message to stakeholders, Professor Tilbury says she’s proud of what’s been achieved by the University. She says it‘s been creative and collaborative with many outcomes to celebrate. She adds she’s excited by the new role and the opportunities that will arise from it.

For his part, the Chief Minister says Daniella Tilbury has been instrumental in the construction of the University’s offering, the development of its first strategic plan and the establishment of financial viable pathways for the institution. Fabian Picardo says he looks forward to Professor Tillbury “using her extensive contacts throughout the Commonwealth to assist in the promotion of Gibraltar as we leave the European Union and expand into those markets”.