Skip to content Exit mobile menu

About the Pro-Chancellors

Margaret Mizen MBE

Margaret Mizen MBEMargaret Mizen came to national attention in 2008 when her 16-year-old son Jimmy was murdered in south-east London. In the immediate aftermath, Margaret spoke of compassion for his killers rather than revenge and promised not to be beaten by Jimmy’s death, believing that something good would come from it.

Drawing strength from her Catholic faith, she has since worked tirelessly with young people across the country, sharing Jimmy’s story with schools, prisons, youth offending institutes and the Catholic community. 

Through the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, Margaret and her husband Barry have created a flagship school programme that aims to develop young people’s skills and capabilities, to build safer and more peaceful communities in schools across London.

In 2013, Margaret and Barry were awarded an MBE for their work in increasing young people’s awareness of the consequences of violent crime; and in 2014, Margaret was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Greenwich for her work in public service both locally and nationally. Eight years on from Jimmy’s death, Margaret continues to promote the good in young people, spreading a legacy of forgiveness, peace and hope in his memory.


What is a Pro-Chancellor?

The role of Pro-Chancellor is an honorary position within the University. It is a ceremonial ambassadorial role. His or her appointment is approved by the Chancellor and the Board of Governors.

The Pro-Chancellor’s role includes:

  • Acting as an ambassador of the University promoting its activities and ethos to the wider community.
  • Carrying out ceremonial duties that may normally be performed by the Vice-Chancellor or the Chancellor if either of them are not in attendance.

In order to perform this role the Pro-Chancellor may:

  • Attend graduation ceremonies.
  • Preside over functions, meetings, and events that are being hosted by the University.
  • Attend internal or external events on behalf of the University.

The Clerk to the Board of Governors shall be responsible for providing support where necessary to the Pro-Chancellor and shall be the main point of contact for any correspondence. To contact the Clerk to the Board of Governors please email andrew.browning@stmarys.ac.uk.