Geoffrey Copland, a physicist, was the Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of Westminster from January 1996 until July 2007, following a series of university posts engaged in post doctoral research in physics, lecturing and senior management.
He has held several positions in higher education organisations, including Vice-President of UniversitiesUK and Chair of its England and Northern Ireland Council, Chair of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, Trustee of Council for Industry and Higher Education, and Vice-Chairman of London Higher. He has served on many national committees related to higher education and sustainable development.
He is chairman of Thomas Wall Trust, president of ASET, vice-chair and governor of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and of Trinity College London and a trustee of the Quintin Hogg Trust and Quintin Hogg Memorial Fund.
He has a strong interest in helping young people to achieve to their full potential, by overcoming barriers to progression wherever possible.
Since retirement he has undertaken a number of consultancy projects for higher education including some on university governance.
He was awarded a CBE in the 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to higher education.