Professor Sir Ron Cooke
Sir Ron Cooke is currently Chair of Yorkshire and the Humber committees for Heritage Lottery Fund and was Vice-Chancellor of the University of York from 1993-2002.
Before that he was Professor of Geography in the University of London, with research interests in geomorphology (the study of landforms) as it applies to deserts, building decay, environmental change and environmental management.
He has been President of the Royal Geographical Society and chair of numerous agencies, charities and two companies, including Geomorphological Services Ltd, the Joint Information Systems Committee, the Yorkshire Arboretum, York Civic Trust and the City of York's Local Strategic Partnership and its Reinvigorate York project. He has been a trustee of the National Museum of Science and Industry, Chair of the National Railway Museum Advisory Committee and member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
He is an Honorary Freeman of the City of York, a former Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. In 2002 he was knighted for his services to higher education in the Queen’s New Years’ Honours List
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