Profile of Professor Steve West CBE, Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer
The Vice-Chancellor is the academic leader and chief executive, responsible for the strategic oversight, financial sustainability and academic direction of the University.
Professor West has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England, Bristol since 2008.
Professor West trained as a Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeon in London, working in the NHS and private/commercial sector from 1982. He entered academia in 1984 as a lecturer, then senior lecturer, at The Chelsea School of Chiropody and Podiatric Medicine, The London Foot Hospital and Westminster University. He developed his research interests at King’s College London in the Department of Bioengineering and at Roehampton Limb Fitting Centre. In 1990 he took up a post as Associate Dean and Head of the Department of Podiatry at Huddersfield University, and later became Dean of the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences in 1992.
In 1995 he joined UWE Bristol as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care and Professor of Health and Social Care. In this post he merged three Colleges of Health into a new faculty, establishing one of the largest Faculties of Health and Social Care in the UK. In this time he also consolidated the delivery of nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, radiography and occupational therapy, onto three regional campuses.
In 2005 he became Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University, with the planning and resources portfolio. Then in 2006 he became Deputy Vice-Chancellor and was later appointed Acting Vice-Chancellor in August 2007.
In May 2008 Professor West took up post as Vice-Chancellor, at the age of 46. Professor West is a Fellow of the Society of Chiropodists, Fellow of the College of Podiatric Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He continues to develop his research interest in lower limb biomechanics and the diabetic foot, and holds a number of honorary and advisory appointments in his discipline, and healthcare policy and practice, both nationally and internationally.
From August 2012 to August 2016, Professor West was Chair of University Alliance. University Alliance brings together 20 of the most innovative and enterprising universities in the UK – major institutions combining science and technology with a focus on delivering for the professions, business and the community.
From 2013 to 2017 Professor West became President of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the West of England Initiative, forging the link between a business-facing university and the business leadership organisation Business West.
In June 2013, Professor West was appointed as the first Chair of the new West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN). The network is one of 15 across the country that aim to transform health and healthcare by putting innovation at the heart of the NHS. In this role, Professor West will bring together a wide range of partners including health commissioners and providers, universities, industry and other stakeholders to improve some of the big and difficult health issues.
In 2017, Professor West was made a Non-Executive Director for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). HEFCE funds and regulates universities and colleges in England. They invest on behalf of students and the public to promote excellence and innovation in research, teaching and knowledge exchange.
From March 2017 to April 2018 he will also sit on the Office for Students (OfS) Shadow Board and Board. When HEFCE is replaced by the OfS in April 2018, he will continue to serve as a Non-Executive Director for the OfS.
Professor West is Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of the Learning for and in Work Challenge Group and a Board Member of the Learning City Partnership Board. He is also a Non-Executive Designate on United Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust Board.
Professor West was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year's Honours list 2017, for services to Higher Education.
Civic and professional engagement
Professor West's non-executive directorships, national and regional positions
|Chair of UUK Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group||2016–to date|
|Non-Executive Director for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)||2017–to date|
|Non-Executive Director for the Shadow Board, Office for Students||2017-to date|
|Non-Executive Director for United Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust||2017-to date|
|Chair of West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN)||2013–to date|
|Board Member of Leadership Foundation for Higher Education||2016–to date|
|Vice-Chair of South West Region CBI (Confederation of British Industry)||2016–2018|
|President of the Anchor Society||2017-2018|
|Chair – West of England Local Enterprise Partnership||2017–to date|
|Sponsoring Chair - Learning City Board Bristol||2015–to date|
|Board Member of the University Alliance Mission Group||2008-to date|
|Member - NIHR CLAHRC West Board||2014–to date|
|Member of the Education Honours Committee||2017–to date|
|Member of the Education Honours and Diversity and Inclusion Honours Committee||2017-to date|
|Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine||2006–to date|
|Fellow of the College of Podiatric Medicine||2009–to date|
|Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts||2012–to date|
|Member of Dr William M Scholl Research and Development Fund Scientific Committee||2014–to date|
|Honorary Vice President of the Bristol Record Society||2017–to date|
|Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Gloucestershire||2012–to date|
|Member of Bristol Health Partners||2012–to date|
|Patron of Avon Air Ambulance Charity||2012–to date|
|Patron of Royal West of England Academy||2006–to date|
|Member of The Society of Merchant Venturers||2014–to date|
|Director of the Wallscourt Foundation||2008–to date|
|Bristol Polytechnic Enterprises Limited||2009–to date|
|President of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the West of England Initiative||2013–2017|
|Board Member Business West||2012-2017|
|Board Member of Universities UK||2011-2017|
|Chair of UUK Health Education and Research Policy Network||2011-2017|
|Member UUK International and European Policy Committee||2006-2017|
|Member of UUK Funding Policy Network||2012-2017|
|Member of Health and Education National Strategic Exchange (HENSE)||2007-2017|
|HE Director – West of England Local Enterprise Partnership||2014-2017|
|Member of Bristol and Bath Science Park Steering Committee||2014-2017|
|Member of the Panel on Technical and Professional Education||2015-2017|
|Director of Currency Supply Chain Services Limited||2014-2017|
|Director of Bristol 2015 (European Green Capital)||2014-2016|
|Chair of South West Region CBI (Confederation of British Industry)||2014–2016|
|Chair of University Alliance||2012–2016|
|Non-Executive Director of the NHS South of England and Chair of the Patient Safety and Care Standards Committee||2011–2013|
|Non-Executive Director of The Leadership Foundation||2010–2013|
|Chair of Leadership Foundation and HEFCE Innovation and Transformation Leadership Fund||2011–2013|
|Member of HEFCE Healthcare Education Advisory Committee||2007–2013|
|Chair of Universities South West||2010–2013|
|Chair of Universities South West Health Planning Group||2007–2013|
|Regional Member of the Prince’s Trust||2008–2013|
|President of the City Academy Bristol||2008–2013|
|Treasurer of University Alliance||2009–2012|
|Vice-Chair and Non Executive Director of SWSHA and Chair of Clinical Governance Committee||2006–2011|
|Member of UCEA Clinical Staff Advisory Group||2006–2011|
|Trustee of Bristol Urological Institute||2007–2011|
|Chair of the NHS Regional Leadership Development Training Board||2006–2009|
|Chair of the Council of Deans of Health (UK)||2007–2008|
|Non-Executive Director and Trustee of the Brandon Trust||2005–2008|
|Non Executive Director of the AGW Strategic Health Authority||2003–2006|
|Interim Chair of Avon and then the Great Western Ambulance Trust||2005–2006|
|Executive Board Member of Council of Deans of Health (UK)||2001–2006|
|Trustee of MusicSpace (Registered Charity)||1997–2006|
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