Maggie Pavlou is no stranger to the University - she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreational Management Studies and Drama Film & TV at St. John’s College, York, based at Lord Mayors Walk campus (1984 -87). She subsequently served as President of the Student Union, a role which she describes as one of the best experiences of her career to date.
Maggie has spent the majority of her professional career within the leisure sector, she has worked all over the UK and has also spent time oversees working in Zimbabwe with Raleigh International and Save the Children.
She is currently HR Director of Parkdean Resorts, the largest holiday park operator in the UK, where she is responsible for their 8,000 employees.
Passionate about all aspects of people development and a huge advocate for employee and student engagement, Maggie founded and still owns, People Gauge Ltd, a business which specialises in measuring engagement levels.
Maggie has held a variety of non-executive roles across both public and private sectors including roles with The Princes Trust, ONE North East and schools. She has been involved with the North East of England Chamber of Commerce for 20 years, acting as Chair of Remuneration & Audit, Chair of their Training Company and Chair of both the Executive Board and Regional Council.
She was the first ever female President of the Chamber, during which time she led trade missions to Shanghai and worked with Government on raising aspirations for young people across the North East.
Her current non-executive portfolio includes North East based charity Changing Lives and NewcastleGateshead Initiative.
She is based in County Durham with her husband, they have 5 boys, one of whom has chosen to attend York, St. John and is currently in his second year studying Religion and Theology.