Maureen Boylan MBE

A senior-level expert in institutional leadership and governance, with a proven record of leading major change programmes.

  • Former University Secretary, University of London.
  • Experienced at leading mergers, transitions and major change programmes.
  • A governance expert with senior-level experience across a number of institutions.
  • A member of HEFCW’s Quality Assurance Committee until 2017, and in 2015 was awarded an MBE for services to Higher Education.

As University Secretary in the University of London, a role which has governance expertise and institutional relationships at its heart, Maureen successfully led major change programmes. She managed the high-profile and controversial closure of ULU, and oversaw the smooth transfer of the University’s Marine Biology research station to a new owner (safeguarding local jobs and economic impact as a result). She managed the admission of a new institution into the federal University, and supported the transition to closure of one of its smaller members.

Previously Maureen was COO/Head of Professional Services in two institutions and Secretary to the Board in three. She co-directed the School of Pharmacy’s highly successful merger into UCL. Earlier in her career, she held roles at the federal University of London ranging from student administration and welfare, to whole organisation change, including merger, institutional leadership and governance.

She “retired” from her substantive post in 2017 but continues to manage a number of major governance initiatives including the development of an act of parliament which will facilitate the grant of university title to a number of institutions.