Lady Sorrell, Chancellor of the University of Westminster

Lady Sorrell, Chancellor

Lady Sorrell is co-founder and co-chair of the Sorrell Foundation, which was established in 1999, to foster confidence and creativity in young people. In her celebrated career, Frances has worked with thousands of school pupils through the foundation’s initiatives, such as the National Art & Design Saturday Club, which provide new pathways into the creative industries.

Prior to establishing the Sorrell Foundation with her husband, Sir John Sorrell, Frances (neé Newell) made her name in business as co-founder of Newell and Sorrell, one of Europe’s biggest and most successful design businesses. As creative director at the organisation Frances won over 100 awards for creativity and effectiveness.

The position of Chancellor is a titular role with day-to-day operations handled by the Vice-Chancellor.

The Chancellor is called upon for ceremonial duties and acts as ambassador for the University whenever possible.