Professor Chris Day, Newcastle University’s new Vice-Chancellor and President, has agreed to join the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

A liver disease expert, Professor Day brings with him a vast wealth of experience and knowledge and is a strong addition to Sir Bobby’s team.

Professor Day was brought up in North Tyneside and studied medicine at the University of Cambridge before returning to the North East to practise at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

He was formerly Head of the School of Clinical Medical Sciences at Newcastle University and, since April 2008, had been Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Professor Day’s research interests are focused largely on fatty liver disease related both to obesity and to alcohol with additional interests in drug-induced liver injury and liver fibrosis.

Lady Elsie is extremely pleased to welcome him on board and, when the two met recently, Professor Day shared his memories of his first encounter with Sir Bobby, which took place when Sir Bobby was manager of Ipswich Town FC.

Ipswich Town were playing a friendly against Cambridge University in 1980 and Professor Day was playing for Cambridge. On hearing his accent from the sideline, Sir Bobby shouted “By, you’re a long way from home bonny lad!”

Lady Elsie says: “We’re extremely pleased to welcome Professor Day as a Trustee. As Bob would say, he’s a great signing for us.

“It’s very important that we have the best people in place to make sure we keep making the right decisions with the money raised for us.”

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation will also welcome another experienced Trustee in the coming weeks to further strengthen their Board.