Vijay Sharma has lived in Leicester since 1976, when she started freelance work with BBC Radio Leicester. After inheriting just a few hours of weekly Asian programming, she was promoted to Senior Producer and over the next few years developed the service into a substantial weekly output of 80 hours of Asian programming. After a period as Senior Broadcast Journalist she was appointed Managing Editor of the Midlands Regional Asian Network in 1996, launching and rolling out this new service across large parts of northern and central England. From 2005 to 2012 she was Head of the multi award-winning National Asian Network.
Vijay has extensive governance experience in the cultural, poverty reduction and health sectors, an MA in Social Work from Warwick University, and she holds a number of current trustee positions. She has been a member of the University Court since 2006, joined Council in 2013, and currently serves as a member of the University's Audit Committee and Nominations Committee.