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Council

Dr Kate Pretty CBE MA PhD FSA FSA Scot

Kate joined Council as a lay member on 1 August 2014. Kate is Chair of Remuneration Committee. She has long and varied experience of leading disparate communities through change. She joined Homerton College, Cambridge as Principal in 1991 and was responsible for the development of Homerton into a multi-disciplinary, fully integrated Cambridge College. During her time at Cambridge she was Chair of the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Sciences and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, prior to that Pro Vice-Chancellor for International Strategy, Chair of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Fellow, College Lecturer in Archaeology and Director of Studies, New Hall.

In her capacity as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Kate has held some demanding cross-university roles. She has chaired appointment boards and managed some sensitive international relationships. She spent six years as Chair of the University’s Joint Museums Committee overseeing the move to bring the separate institutions into shared governance arrangements. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor she carried out ceremonial duties for the Vice-Chancellor

Kate has recently stepped down from the role of President of the Council for British Archaeology and other Trusteeships. She has served on various appointment boards of the Civil Service Commission.

Her own research as an archaeologist in the field shaped her first twenty years at Cambridge and has been responsible for developing, encouraging and facilitating students and colleagues in their research careers. As the Chair of the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology she has had direct experience of academic management of staff and students and the provision of teaching and research facilities and support. She is a Senior Research Fellow of the McDonald Research Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge.

She was awarded a CBE for services to Higher Education in 2009.