Born and educated in New Zealand, Professor Sir Malcolm Grant has had a distinguished career in higher education and public service. He served for 10 years as President and Provost of UCL, from 2003, a role which he describes as quite simply the greatest job in higher education; and was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge and Professor and Head of Department of Land Economy. He is Honorary Fellow of Clare College Cambridge.
He then served for eight years as the founding Chair of NHS England, overseeing the setting up of the new commissioning structure and the investment of the NHS budget in securing high quality health care for the population of England, free at the point of clinical need.
He has been chairman of the Russell Group; chairman of the Local Government Commission for England; chairman of the UK Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission (on GM crops) and a British Business Ambassador. He has been a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Internationally, he has been a member of the respective international advisory councils for the development of higher education and research in Hong Kong, France and Russia. He is currently Chair of a global university consortium, the PLuS Alliance; and is Senior Adviser to the President of Arizona State University.
He is a barrister, and Bencher of Middle Temple; President of the Council for the Assistance of At-Risk Academics (CARA); and a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
He was appointed CBE in 2003, Officier de l’Ordre National de Mérite of France in 2004, and knighted by HM the Queen in 2013 for services to higher education.