Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE DL, Hon DLitt (Exeter) is the University of Exeter’s Chancellor, the ceremonial head of the University.
Floella is a broadcaster, actress, writer, producer and an active worker for the welfare, care and education of children throughout the world. She is also an honorary graduate of the University of Exeter.
On her appointment to the role of Chancellor, in 2006, Floella said, “It’s a great honour to be appointed Chancellor of the University of Exeter. I have always tried throughout my career to make a difference to the lives of young people. That is my mission and passion, so the chance to become closely involved with a major university is a wonderful opportunity to continue that work.”
Floella Benjamin is only the fifth Chancellor to be appointed by the University of Exeter, since it was created in 1955. She succeeded Lord Alexander of Weedon, a leading barrister.
After ten years as Chancellor, Floella will step down from her role in June 2016, when Cornishman Lord Myners of Truro will take up the post.