The Asthma and Allergy Foundation Chief Executive has been elected Rector of the University of Aberdeen.
Martina Chukwuma-Ezike, a former University of Aberdeen student, has been elected as the institution’s new rector.
Martina will take over from Green politician Maggie Chapman, who has been in post since 2014. She follows in the footsteps of other notable University of Aberdeen rectors including Winston Churchill, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and television presenter Clarissa Dickson Wright.
Speaking after her landslide win, Martina said “I am delighted to have been elected as rector of the University of Aberdeen. I would like to say a massive thank you to my campaign team who have worked tirelessly, and to all those who voted for me. Students have put their trust in me to deliver my manifesto, I look forward to working with them in the next three years to provide mental health support, student safety and welfare, employability skills, and to deliver all the other key issues raised in my manifesto”.
Mrs Chukwuma-Ezike is the Chief Executive of Asthma and Allergy Foundation, Scotland’s only dedicated asthma charity which specialises in providing evidence-based health information, confidential advice, and practical support to people with asthma, their families, and carers. The organisation set up the UK’s first Asthma Support Centre in the north-east of Scotland, with offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh and supports 13,826 people with asthma every year.
Trustees, staff and volunteers at Asthma and Allergy Foundation are delighted with this news. Dami Jaiyesimi, the organisation’s Health Promotion Manager said “We are very proud of Martina on her election as Rector, University of Aberdeen. Martina is an exemplary and inspiring leader; I trust that she will serve the purpose of her new role with the highest dedication and commitment to the students she represents.”
Prof Steve Turner, the organisations independent clinical adviser said “I have been delighted to support Martina and her team at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation for the last five years. Martina is clearly passionate about helping people with asthma, has plenty of energy and has been a pleasure to work with”