Broadcaster Loyd Grossman has been appointed chairman of the University College for the Creative Arts, the second largest specialist college of its kind in Europe.
Best known for Through The Key Hole and his range of Italian pasta sauces, Grossman has also forged a career as a custodian of arts and heritage and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
UCCA rector Professor Elaine Thomas says, ‘Loyd Grossman has a lifelong commitment to the arts, heritage and media industries and is also an extremely successful businessman. He will bring a wealth of experience to our board as we work towards gaining full university title in 2008 and securing further growth and development in the years ahead.’
Grossman’s commitments include his roles as chairman of the Campaign for Museums, patron of the Association for Heritage Interpretation and chairman of Culture Northwest, the cultural consortium for the North West of England.
In the past he has been a commissioner of the Museums and Galleries Commission, English Heritage and the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. He is also a founding member of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and created the 24 Hour Museum, a comprehensive website of the world’s museums and art galleries.
The college has campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester.