The Installation Ceremony in the University’s Chapel brought together family, friends, staff and students, along with representatives from the region and the University, who joined in the celebrations.
As she made her entrance into the University Chapel, Gabby proudly wore a bespoke gown designed by Leeds-based graduate designer, Kate Duckworth, which was specially commissioned to celebrate Leeds’ long-standing textile and manufacturing heritage, as well as the University’s commitment to employability and nurturing emerging talent.
The gown was produced at the landmark site of Leeds manufacturing, Armley Mills, and was made from fine 100 per cent wool worsted Barathea fabric from from Hainsworth Mill, a specialist textile company that has manufactured fine textiles in Leeds since 1783.
The gown was lined with imperial silk provided by James Hare, a Leeds silk specialist established in 1865. Heritage fabric has been embedded into the design to symbolise key dates from the University’s history, donated from the Sunnybank Textiles Archive at Farsley run by internationally-renowned textiles designer Susan Gaunt.
The final cut and finish of the gown took place at Samuel Brothers, a bespoke military tailors in Leeds that was established in 1830 with a long history of supplying garments made from Yorkshire’s finest textiles.
Commenting on her appointment, Gabby said:
“It’s a great privilege to become Leeds Trinity University’s first Chancellor and this was a very proud and momentous day for me and my family.
“I still think of Leeds as my home city, so to be involved in the higher education of thousands of students here is a real excitement. I know first-hand the benefits and importance of higher education and I hope that I do my part to inspire the next generation.
“The University has given me this unique honour and I’m delighted to accept the role of Chancellor.”
Ed Anderson, Chair of the Board of Governors, said:
“A Chancellor should have three essential characteristics. They should have a reputation for excellence in their field, they should reflect the mission and values special to the University and they should be well known in order to help the University achieve its broader ambitions.
“Gabby Logan fulfils these criteria admirably and I am thrilled that she accepted our invitation to become the University’s first Chancellor.
“Gabby is the perfect advocate for Leeds Trinity University, and I look forward to the awareness she will raise of the ethos and fantastic provision that the University is already renowned for.”