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Dr Ian Tunbridge OBE, Chair

Chair, Principal Consultant at the HE-FE Partnership Brokerage, Teaching Associate at the University of Exeter

Ian Tunbridge has extensive experience of Higher and Further Education, and particularly of HE in FE; Marketing; Enterprise and Widening Participation. He is Principal Consultant at the HE-FE Partnership Brokerage and a Teaching Associate at the University of Exeter.

Until recently he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External) at the University of West London and was Acting Principal for Reading College in its transition from the University to free-standing College status.

Before this he was Executive Director of the Combined Universities in Cornwall, where he led the latest expansion of HE in Cornwall through a collaborative venture between the University of Exeter, University of Plymouth, University College Falmouth, Cornwall College and Truro College.

Following the completion of a PhD at the University of Reading he followed an early career as an Exploration Geologist for Shell UK. He then worked for many years at the University of Plymouth, initially as a lecturer and researcher in Geology, and then as Access Co-ordinator, Director of Academic Partnerships and finally as Dean of University of Plymouth Colleges, for which work he gained a Queens Anniversary Prize for the University in 1994, and was made OBE in the 2007 New Year’s Honours. He was a founder member of the Association for Collaborative Provision, and is well known nationally as a leading senior manager of HE-FE partnership working. He led the development of Aim Higher in the South West of England and was recently the Chair of West, Central and North London Aim Higher Partnership.

He was appointed as a governor in December 2014 Chair of the Board in August 2016.  Ian also chairs the Remuneration Committee and the Science and Natural Environment Cluster Advisory Board.  He is a member of the Excellence and Experience Committee, Finance and Resources Committee, Delivery and Development Committee and Search and Governance Committee.