By John Smith • 27 February 2020 • 10:53
Keri Scott, Senior Education Advisor, Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Gilbert Licudi
Credit: Gibraltar Government
THE Gibraltar Minister for Education, Gilbert Licudi QC, has appointed Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP (Speaker of the UK House of Commons) as the new Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar succeeding Lord Luce who held the position since 2015.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle said he is “honoured beyond belief” at being appointed Chancellor (an unpaid position) as the small, narrow peninsula in the southern tip of Europe had “always held a special place in my heart”.
“To become Chancellor of this magnificent university in a place I have an acute interest in is a privilege I will treasure for many years to come,” he said.
“Not only have I, and my father Doug, had a long association with Gibraltar, but it is one of the UK’s overseas territories to which we owe a great duty of care.
“I want to reinvigorate our relationships with the overseas territories and some of Britain’s most remote outposts – to show them how important they are to us in Westminster.
“I can’t wait to visit Gibraltar again – and to accept this huge honour of becoming its next University Chancellor.”
Sir Lindsay is a well-recognised figure in Gibraltar since the mid-1990s when he first stopped at the Rock on honeymoon and, at his father Lord Hoyle’s request, met with local political figures.
He has a history of defending the interests of Gibraltarians and will continue to do so where possible now he is Speaker working with the CPA and UK Overseas Territories Group.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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