New Chair of Council for University

Bondholder the University of Derby has appointed Stephen Smith as the new Chair of the University's Governing Council.

Stephen will take up the role from August 2018 following the end of the tenure of the current Chair, Chris Hughes, who has been part of Governing Council since 2001 and in the role of Chair since 2011.

Stephen was approved as the new Chair of Governing Council at its meeting in April 2017. He joined the University’s Council three years ago and brings a wealth of experience to the role.

He is Group Chief Executive and founder of  EMB Group, a leading economic development business services and accreditation company, which was established in 2006.  Since then EMB have delivered programmes, projects and services worth over £200m to the private and public sectors.

Speaking about his appointment, Stephen said: “I am very pleased to have been offered the role of Chair of Governing Council.  The University of Derby has performed exceptionally well over the past few years, driven by my predecessor Chris Hughes, the Governing Council and a highly talented management team.  

"I feel privileged to be able to continue that excellent work as the new Chair, ensuring academic excellence, a great student experience with first class employment prospects, and further strengthening partnerships with employers and key stakeholders.”

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor, said: "We are extremely pleased to have secured Stephen as the next Chair of Governing Council, to continue the outstanding work and legacy of the current Chair, Chris Hughes, and to steer us through the next phase of our development and continued success.”