Welcome Our Two New Trustees


17 Mar, 2022

It is fantastic to welcome both Professor Nona McDuff OBE and Mike Harris as new Trustees for Southampton 2025.

Acting Chief Executive of Southampton City Council, Mike Harris, and Solent University’s Professor Nona McDuff OBE have joined Southampton 2025 Trust as the city prepares for the highly anticipated shortlist announcements.

Southampton resident Mike Harris, has spent 23 years working at Southampton City Council, where he began as a leisure officer and worked his way up to his current role.

Mike said: “I am delighted to become a Trustee of the Southampton 2025 Trust and fully support our bid to be UK City of Culture 2025. Culture is integral to what makes us the people we are or want to become.  It is also fundamental to our collective identity as a city.

“As former lead for Culture and Leisure for Southampton City Council, I have a long history working with all the amazing cultural organisations and businesses within the city and wider Solent region.  I’ve experienced first hand the passion and commitment that organisations in the city have to sharing both the joy and benefits that engaging in cultural activity brings, as a Trustee I’ll be working to ensure we capture, celebrate and grow that enthusiasm.”

Nona’s impressive CV spans more than 25 years in higher education, where she was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor Students and Teaching at Solent University in July 2019.

Prior joining Solent, Nona was the Director of Student Achievement at Kingston University, and, before that, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. In 2017 Nona became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded an OBE for her services to diversity and higher education.

Nona said: “I’m so pleased to join this fantastic Trust which is made up of people dedicated to ensuring that Southampton gains all the benefits this process has to offer.

“I moved here a couple of years ago from London and felt right at home because the city is over-flowing with culture in all its diverse forms.”