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The University of London appoints Rita Akushie as Chief Financial Officer


Rita Akushie, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director, Corporate Resources at Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer at the University of London with effect from 28 October.

Rita Akushie

The University of London is one of the largest and most diverse universities in the UK. It is recognised globally as a world leader in higher education. At a time of opportunity and change under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Thomson, the University is shaping a strategy that will redefine the modern university. 

“I’m delighted to join the University of London at a time of change”, said Mrs Akushie. “I was motivated to join the University because I believe in the life changing impact of a university education. I am looking forward to implementing the new vision and to be part of an organisation that is a world-leading brand with great ambition for the future.”

Mrs Akushie is a qualified accountant and also a qualified corporate treasurer. While her most recent experience is at CRUK, she has extensive experience in a variety of sectors and has previously led multi-functional teams through major financial and organisational change.  She has held several non-executive positions, including Chair of the Audit Committee of The Beatson Institute and is currently a non-executive director of HICL Infrastructure PLC, a UK-listed infrastructure investment company.

Commenting on the appointment, Professor Thomson said, “I am delighted to appoint Rita to this role. She was selected after an extensive national search and from a highly competitive pool of applicants. She will be a brilliant addition to the University’s leadership team which will deliver the new strategy and our COVID-19 recovery programme.”