Bolton School Former Pupils

Sir Ernest to become Oxford College Master

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The Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder (Class of 1976) has been elected as the next Master of Pembroke College, Oxford. He will take over the post from Dame Lynne Brindley, who will step down at the end of June this year.

After leaving Bolton School, Sir Ernest read Law at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and was called to the bar in 1981. A distinguished career in the judiciary led to his appointment as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2013 and Senior President of Tribunals in the UK in 2015. This role has involved leading the largest specialist part of the judicial system, with more than 5,500 judicial office holders working across the four different legal jurisdictions of the UK. He also leads a £1bn change transformation programme for the justice system which aims to modernise the courts and tribunals system.

Sir Ernest has written and lectured widely on family law, the role of a modern judiciary, the leadership and governance of justice and cultural conflicts in justice. He has research interests in a variety of socio-legal areas and is a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford, as well as sitting on the Advisory Boards of various European Institutes and Universities on research concerning access to justice. On his arrival in Oxford this summer, Sir Ernest will become a Senior Associate of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in the Department of Law. He is the Chair of the Administrative Justice Council, holds Honorary Professorships at the Universities of Lancaster and Bolton and continues his involvement in his home area as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.

Sir Ernest returned to Bolton School at the end of 2019 to give a fascinating Tillotson Lecture on the changing face of justice. He was also featured as one of the School’s 100 Inspiring Minds as part of the 100/500 Anniversary Celebrations, which took place from 2014 to 2016.

Dame Lynne Brindley, current Master of the College, says: “I am delighted at the election of Sir Ernest Ryder as my successor. He comes to Pembroke after a distinguished career and brings wide knowledge and experience to the role, as well as a deep commitment to diversity and widening participation, values that are dear to our community. He has the abilities, energy and standing to develop Pembroke in the years ahead. I hope that he will enjoy his tenure as much as I have and I wish him well.”

Sir Ernest comments: “I am delighted and honoured to have been elected to lead such a diverse, welcoming and ethically committed community of scholars at an important time in their history. I am looking forward with enthusiasm to continuing Dame Lynne’s dedicated leadership and the outstanding work of the Fellowship, students and alumni in their determination to achieve excellence and improve access to higher education. I have been very impressed with the extraordinary warmth and inclusive atmosphere of the College and the dedication of all who work within it.”

Photo Credit: Adrian Greenhalgh

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