Carl Lygo

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Carl Lygo
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Vice-Chancellor of BPP University
In office
August 2013 – March 2017
Succeeded by Tim Stewart[1]
Personal details
Born October 1967 (age 50)
Alma mater University of Central Lancashire
University of East Anglia
University of MichiganHenley Management CollegeInns of Court School of LawLondon Guildhall University

Carl Raymond Lygo (born October 1967) is a British barrister and academic who was the founding Vice-Chancellor of BPP University, a division of the Apollo Group.[2] He is the founding Chairman of the Association of Cost Lawyers Training ACLT, the founding Chairman of Turner Schools Turner Schools UK a multi academy trust charity set up to help disadvantaged children in Folkestone, Kent, a Non-Executive Director of UCFB UCFB (an innovative Football Higher Education Institution), an advisory board member of WONKHE policy wonks for Higher Education.

He was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and educated at Richmond Hill School, Doncaster, Hungerhill School and Doncaster College.[3] His University education was at the University of Central Lancashire (LLB, First Class Hons), the University of East Anglia (LLM) and Henley Business School (PgDip). He was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1991[4] and practised on the North-Eastern and South-Eastern circuits. He is a Diplock Scholar and a Queen Mother's Scholar of Middle Temple.

He lectured in Criminal Law at the University of East Anglia, Banking Law at the City University London, Tort Law at the University of Leeds & Leeds Metropolitan University and became a Senior Lecturer at London Guildhall University before joining BPP Law School in 1996. He helped to establish the first Bar Vocational Course at BPP Law School, becoming the leader of the Legal Practice Course leading the team that created the innovative "City LPC[5]" for "magic circle" law firms in 2000, which propelled BPP Law School from an intake of less than 100 students to over 3,000 opening new centres in Leeds,[6] Manchester.[7] He became Director of the publicly listed company, BPP Holdings Limited and Chairman of BPP Law School. In 2005 he was included in The Lawyer list of Hot 100 Lawyers in the UK.[8] In 2005 he launched BPP College, creating BPP Business School and becoming the founding Principal. In 2006 he was granted a Professorship in English Common Law. In 2007 BPP College was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the UK Privy Council, a move which was estimated to add between £50-100 million to the stock value of BPP Holdings Limited lifting BPP into the FTSE 250 list of Companies. In 2009 BPP College was acquired by the Apollo Education Group.[9] In 2010 BPP College was granted the title of BPP University College[10] and later launched a School of Health Studies[11] and a School of Foundation & English Language Studies.[12] In 2013 BPP was granted full University title following a successful review by the QAA and HEFCE.[13] In December 2013 BPP University was voted best Higher Education Provider in the UK.[14] BPP University now has campuses in London, Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol, Abingdon (Oxfordshire), Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester. BPP Holdings comprises multi-national subsidiaries in Central & Eastern Europe offering professional education mainly for accountants, a publishing division that sells Learning Media materials in 186 countries, a professional apprenticeship service and professional development division.

He was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as a member of the General Chiropractic Council, the statutory regulatory body for Chiropractors in the UK, appointed by the Lord Chief Justice as a member of the Judicial Studies Board advisory group, and by the Minister for Universities as a member of the International Education Council of the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills.[15] He became a Director of the women's football team, Doncaster Belles.[16] In 2015 Carl Lygo was included in the Top 50 Power List wonkhe of people in Higher Education compiled by the Higher Education panel of Independent experts at Wonkhe.[17] In 2015 he was made a Gold Award by the Association of Colleges.

He has served as CEO of BPP Holdings from 2009-2017 having worked his way up from the "shop floor" joining BPP in 1996,[18] and was installed as Vice-Chancellor of BPP University in 2013 serving until his departure in March 2017 following the acquisition of BPP by a US Private Equity Group.