An introduction to our Chancellor YolanDa Brown
Chancellor, Gavin Esler


YolanDa Brown OBE DL was appointed Chancellor in April 2024.

YolanDa graduated with a first-class undergraduate masters degree in European Management Science with Spanish from Kent Business School, before going on to achieve her second masters degree and undertake a PhD.

YolanDa’s commitment to music and education has been synonymous throughout her career. As well as releasing critically acclaimed albums and touring with the likes of The Temptations, Jools Holland, Billy Ocean, Dave Stewart and more, YolanDa was Chair of Youth Music for six years and is currently a sitting member of the Arts Council, Chair of the BPI - the representative voice for record labels in the UK – and an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, among other positions. She was also appointed a member of the Arts and Media Honours committee. 

As Chancellor, YolanDa’s duties include conferring degrees, chairing the University’s Court and representing the University on special occasions.

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