Professor Sir Martin Harris CBE DL MA (Cantab) PhD (London)

Martin HarrisSir Martin is Deputy Chairman of the North West Development Agency and Director of the Office for Fair Access. He is also Chairman of Manchester: Knowledge Capital and became Chancellor of Salford University in April 2005. He has been a Director of Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) since April 1991 and Chairman since April 2006.

By background, Martin is a graduate of Cambridge and London in linguistics and philology. He was Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester from 1992 to 2004 and Vice Chancellor of the University of Essex from 1987 to 1992. He served as Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals (now UUK) from 1997 to 1999 and he has chaired a number of national reviews, in particular in the fields of modern languages, careers services and postgraduate education.

Martin chaired the Clinical Standards Advisory Group from 1996 to 1999 and was a commissioner for Health Improvement from 1999 to 2002. He is an Honorary Fellow of Queens' College Cambridge and was made Hon FRCP and Hon FRSEd in 2006 and was knighted in the Millennial Honours List.

Martin was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 1998.