Pearson Education has named Professor Sir David Melville as the new chair of its board.
A professor of physics, Sir David has been on the Pearson board since 2005. He’s had a 40 year career in education, most recently as vice chancellor of the University of Kent.
He has also been chief executive of the Further Education Funding Council, vice chancellor of Middlesex University, and has contributed to a number government reviews of further and higher education policy.
He replaces Martin Cross, who retired earlier this year.
Rod Bristow, the president of Pearson UK, said: “I am delighted that David has taken up the role of chair. He has already made a very strong contribution to the business in his role as a non-executive director and is extremely well qualified to chair the board.
“We are all very sad to say goodbye to Martin who has done a wonderful job in the role over a number of years. We wish him well in the future.”
Pearson Education includes all the education giant's UK businesses except Penguin and the Financial Times group.