John Charmley is an historian and author of eight books, including the best-selling and controversial "Churchill: the end of glory" (1992). After thirty-seven years at the University of East Anglia where he served in a variety of senior roles, he joined St Mary's in 2016 as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic Strategy. His role as Provost incorporates Research and Employability. John was responsible for initiating and developing our successful Foundation Year programme, which reflects his own commitment to one of the key themes of St Mary's mission, widening access to higher education. He has led on academic reorganisation with a view to making St Mary's the leading Catholic University in the UK.