Sara Prowse joins UA92 as new CEO.
University Academy 92 (UA92) has appointed Sara Prowse as the new CEO. Sara recently joined UA92 following a 30-year career in consumer retail where she specialised in building brands that put the consumer at the heart of the business.
Sara’s career has seen her lead and build iconic names such as Hotter Shoes, Lands End, and ISME at Shop Direct, which has now rebranded to The Very Group.
When asked about her appointment, Sara said: “I am delighted to be taking on the position of CEO at such an innovative, distinctive and inclusive organisation. I believe there is a big role for UA92 to play, now more than ever, in supporting Greater Manchester to build back better and stronger as we recover from the pandemic. UA92 is uniquely positioned to provide industry with an integrated pipeline of diverse talent. I’m looking forward to working with our students, colleagues and partners as we continue to unlock greatness and transform lives.”
Dr Marnie Millard, Chair of UA92 said: “Sara’s appointment as CEO affirms UA92’s commitment to putting student experience, outcomes, and development at the core of everything we do. We are already seeing the impact the UA92 experience can have on learners, the entrepreneurial flame it ignites and the incredible achievements our students are making. I am confident Sara’s leadership will amplify and increase opportunity for everyone that chooses to come to UA92. I look forward to working with Sara and the team as we navigate beyond the grips of the pandemic and play our part in helping build back greater than before.”
Gary Neville, Founder of UA92 said: “The appointment of Sara as CEO comes at the perfect time in our journey. As we start to come out the other side of the tunnel that was covid, the impact is clear to see. So many people and businesses across Manchester will be at a crossroads, unemployment will be a challenge and younger people will be most affected. UA92 is perfectly positioned to provide opportunities and reach out to those hard-hit communities. Sara’s deep understanding of developing inclusive brands, promoting a consumer-led proposition and amplifying the integration of our industry partners will help ensure UA92 becomes a pivotal part of Greater Manchester’s post-pandemic success story.”
Professor Andy Schofield, Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University said: “I am delighted to welcome Sara as CEO of UA92. Lancaster University continues to invest and play a critical role in working with Sara and colleagues at UA92 in the delivery of a high-quality and enriching academic offer for all students. In Sara’s appointment, I am confident that every student’s academic journey at UA92 will continue to be of the highest standard, and her impressive track record of success will only enhance the student journey, experience, and outcomes”
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