Sir David Bell
Sir David Bell became the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Sunderland on 24 September 2018.
In a career spanning over 40 years, Sir David has held a number of major posts across the education system. Between 2012 and 2018, he was Vice-Chancellor at the University of Reading. Previously, he was Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education for six years, serving four Secretaries of State and three Prime Ministers. He also served as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools for nearly four years.
Sir David began his career as a primary school teacher and later became a head teacher. He was Director of Education and Libraries with Newcastle City Council and Chief Executive of Bedfordshire County Council. He was a Harkness Fellow based in Atlanta, Georgia for a year.
Sir David is a trustee and advisory board member of the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), a board member of the North East North Cumbria Academic Health Sciences Network (AHSN), a ‘Member’ – one of the people who sits at the top of the governance structure – of the Aldridge Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) and a governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). He also sits on the Sunderland City Board, the Skills Advisory Panel of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP), and the Remuneration Committee of Universities (UUK).