Photograph of Malcom Press

Jonathan Oakes

Professor Malcolm Press CBE was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015, having previously held positions at the Universities of Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester and UCL.

Malcolm is an ecologist with over 200 publications covering the impacts of climate and environmental change, tropical rain forest ecology, and subsistence farming in sub-Saharan Africa.  He has studied plants and environments in a diverse range of ecosystems from the tropics to the high Arctic.

Malcolm is a trustee of the British Council and the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), and sits on the Boards of Universities UK and the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education. Previously, he has served as president of the British Ecological Society, a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, a council member of the National Trust, a council member of the Society of Biology, a trustee of WWF-UK, and as a deputy chair for a Research Excellence Framework panel. 

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2022.

Malcolm Press trustee term dates

Second Term: 16 September 2023 - 15 September 2026

First term: 16 September 2020 - 15 September 2023