After studying at St Anne's College, University of Oxford, she trained as a clinical psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, and completed a PhD in Psychology at the University of London. She joined the NHS as a clinical psychologist at St Mary's Hospital, London. Her academic career started at University College London, moving to the University of East Anglia where she led the development of health professional teaching and research programmes. She became Director of the Institute of Health at UEA and led the successful bid and subsequent implementation of a new medical school in Norwich. She served as a non-executive director of the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority and as an inaugural Commissioner of the Healthcare Commission.
Professor Pearce was awarded the CBE for services to education in the NHS in 2005. From 2006 to 2012 she was Vice-Chancellor at Loughborough University and held a number of non-executive posts in the higher education sector, including membership of the Board of UCEA and CIHE and a trustee of CASE Europe.
Date appointed to the Board: 1 December 2009
|Organisation in which interest exists||Nature of interest (directorship, shareholding, membership, etc.)|
|HEFCE||Non-executive board member, Chair of Research and Innovation Strategic Advisory Committee|
|HEFCE Review Panel: Philanthropy in UK Higher Education||Chair|
|Health Education England||Non-executive board member|
|Queen's Anniversary Trust||Member judging panel HE and FE prizes|
|College of Policing||Chair|
|University of Cambridge||Council member|
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