Dr Peter Bonfield



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My role

As Vice Chancellor, I have responsibility for directing all university activities and developments. I also have statutory reporting duties on behalf of the University to the Office for Students.

My work provides me with the opportunity to stimulate and facilitate widespread engagement in teaching, research, enterprise, business support and knowledge exchange activities as well as seeking out and developing innovative ideas, superior quality and progressive practice to enhance the University’s capability.

I work closely with the University Executive Board, to ensure we are providing a first-class education for our students, and that we continue to build strong relationships with industry through our enterprise and research, making a difference to many professions in the UK and globally.


My previous role was as Chief Executive Officer at BRE Group, where I positioned the company as an international leader in building research, including forging a number of high profile research and teaching partnerships with global universities, and ensuring that the organisation operates on a sustainable business model independent of government funding.

I have long been passionate about higher education sector and during my career I have forged many partnerships between BRE Group and a number of universities across the world, developing important research programmes, and online delivery of education and training.

External roles

I have worked across many government departments as a non-executive and expert on a wide range of briefs, including chairing four independent reviews for the Government, on Forests and Woodlands, Public Sector Food Procurement, Property Flood Resilience, and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies. I was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of UK Government in 2015 assigned to the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, and to the Talent Advisory Group which looks at development, recruitment and retention of Civil Servants across England.

Between 2006 and 2012, I was part-time seconded into the Olympic Delivery Authority where I co-created and delivered the Sustainability Strategy and lead on the procurement of construction products. I am a former National Cycling Champion and coach. I wrote for sports magazines on cycling and triathlon.

I am currently Deputy President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and hold a number of Board positions including the Board of UK Active and the Board of the AIRTO, the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations.