Professor Cheryl de la Rey has served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury since February 2019. In total Cheryl has about twenty years experience as an executive in higher education in South Africa having served in many positions such as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town, Executive Director of the National Research Foundation (NRF) and most recently the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria for nine years. She has a PhD in Psychology and she has published many chapters, edited books and journal articles in Social Psychology. She serves on many committees including the Association of Commonwealth Universities Council (ACU), the ACU’s Regional Pacific Committee, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Academic Quality for Universities New Zealand. Cheryl served as an Executive Board member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) from 2014 to 2018 and before that she served two terms as a member of ICSU’s Committee on Scientific Planning and Review.