John Leighfield becomes chair of new WMG academy  

Chair of Board of Governors announced for new WMG academy

Prominent businessman and former University of Warwick Pro-Chancellor John Leighfield CBE has been named as the first Chair of Governors at WMG Academy for Young Engineers.

Mr Leighfield worked in the IT industry for many years, serving in high-level positions with Ford Motor Company, British Leyland, AT&T and RM Education. For the University of Warwick he has served as a lay member of the University Council, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council.

He will lead the Board of Governors at the WMG Academy, which is due to open in September 2014. The academy was given the green light last year as a UTC (University Technical College) under the government’s academies programme. The school, which will be built on land adjacent to the Westwood Academy, will cater for 14-19-year-olds who have an interest in engineering.