It is with great sadness that LSE learnt of the passing of Lady Elizabeth Vallance, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Elizabeth started her LSE career as a student (MSc Government, 1968). She contributed so much to the School as a longstanding member of Court, also serving on the Chair and Vice Chair Selection Committee, Health and Safety Assurance Committee and, most recently, the Governance Committee. Elizabeth was an admired and trusted advisor to many around the School.
She was also a highly respected leader throughout her career, including as a successful academic and subsequently head of the politics department at Queen Mary, University of London. This is in addition to chairing many non-profit health and educational organisation boards including the Institute of Education, St George’s NHS Trust, the Centre for Mental Health and the National Autism project. Since 2017, Elizabeth was Chair of Trustees for YoungMinds, which campaigns for mental health support for children and young people
We will miss her dearly and extend our deepest condolences as a community to her family at this very difficult time.
LSE Chair of Council
My condolence goes to the Lady Elizabeth’s family for her generous contribution to the academia, the public and non-governmental sector. We will surely miss her for her strategic vision on public challegges.
My deep condolences to the family and friends of Elizabeth. She was a charming, candid and lovely person to work with at LSE. It as a privilege to have known her .
Elizabeth was a wonderful combination of wisdom, humanity and elegance. She always knew what to say at just the right time, There were so many moments when I learned something useful from her or she made me smile. A valued member of the LSE community who we lost far too soon. Many condolences to her family.