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UEA COO Announcement

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has appointed former BBC divisional chief operating officer and major programme director, Jenny Baxter, to a new senior leadership role.

Jenny Baxter has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) and will help lead professional services in support of the University’s teaching and research and delivering the UEA 2030 Plan. The COO is a member of the University’s Executive Team. 

Jenny is currently working at the Open University but began her career at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as a graduate trainee.

During a thirty-year career, she held a number of senior positions at the BBC including Live News Editor, Head of Foreign News, Controller of Production and Head of Change Delivery for the News Division.  After overseeing two major projects for the BBC, she was promoted to COO BBC England, managing the BBC’s biggest base outside London – BBC North.

Jenny left the BBC to join The Factory Project in Manchester as Project Director, before moving to her current role at the Open University.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Modern Languages and International Relations from the University of Surrey and was a postgraduate Knight Wallace Fellow in Digital Transformation (Media) at the University of Michigan, USA.

UEA Vice-Chancellor Prof David Richardson said: “We are delighted to have appointed Jenny as our Chief Operating Officer. Her impressive track record of managing major change programmes and experience of digital transformation is a real strength as we look to build on UEA’s recent successes and to deliver our ambitious UEA2030 plan as a top 15 UK university. Jenny is an excellent addition to the team and I look forward to working with her.”

Jenny said: “UEA is a university with a proud history of real innovation in fields as diverse as creative writing and climate change science and also excels with its strong focus on student experience and research intensity. There is no doubt that the university sector has many challenges ahead and I’m delighted to be joining the team in Norwich and focusing on delivery of the UEA 2030 plan.”