Date of release: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Stephen HowlettStephen Howlett, the University of Greenwich's first Honorary Pro Chancellor, has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London.

In this prestigious role Stephen will support Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Mr Kenneth Olisa OBE, in a range duties, including the implementation of his strategy of 'Building Bridges for a Fairer London'.

A University of Greenwich graduate, Stephen was selected for the appointment following many years of dedicated service to his local community within the housing and education sectors. As well as serving as Chief Executive of Peabody, he has also been Chair of Court at Greenwich, and was made a 2017 Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

In August this year, Stephen became Chair of London South East Colleges.

As Honorary Pro Chancellor at Greenwich, Stephen's duties include presiding over the university's graduation ceremonies. Inn his former role as Chair of Court, he led the main governing and decision-making body of the university.

There are 101 Deputy Lieutenants in the Greater London Lieutenancy, representing all parts of the community. They support the Lord-Lieutenant with activities including royal visits and awards. Deputy Lieutenants also work to establish supportive links with local government, charities, the military and youth organisations.

Speaking about his appointment, Stephen says: "I am both honoured and delighted to be given this role. My career in housing and education has provided me with many years' experience and understanding of the local area, and I feel I can offer valuable support to the Lord-Lieutenant.

"I look forward to serving the local and wider community in both roles by drawing on my experience and helping to make a positive difference." 

A local resident, Stephen has lived in the Royal Borough of Greenwich area since the 1970s. On completing his studies, he joined the housing sector on the advice of the university careers service and went on to achieve rapid success, culminating in his appointment in 2004 as Chief Executive of Peabody, one of London's oldest and largest charitable housing associations.

Stephen's achievements saw him feature in the university's first Greenwich Portraits exhibition in 2016, a collection of striking images celebrating some of its most influential and inspiring alumni.

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Picture: Stephen Howlett.