Bournemouth University

About the University

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Pro Chancellors


Peter Harvey LLB, DL

Peter Harvey was the Chairman of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from November 2000 to November 2010. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of Dorset County Council from 1991 to 1999 and he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Dorset in 1999. He is a Director of Caxton Trustee Limited and has been appointed as a Panel Chair of the Conduct and Competence Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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Mrs Valerie Pitt-Rivers CVO

Valerie Pitt-Rivers is the former Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset, a post she held from 2006 until her retirement in 2014. Prior to this she was the Vice-Chairman of the West Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust; the culmination of a long and distinguished career with Dorset NHS. Valerie is also the founder of the Arts in Hospital project for Dorset County Hospital. She was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2014 New Year's Honours List for her services to The Queen.



Giles Sturdy DL, MBE

Giles Sturdy joined the University Board in 2004 and was subsequently appointed Deputy Chair until 2011 when he was appointed Pro Chancellor. After a varied career in Agricultural and Environmental Politics he became Chairman of Poole Harbour Commissioners until 2004 and was a director of the Poole Harbour Heritage Project. Giles is a Trustee of the Bournemouth University Foundation. He is the owner of the Trigon Estate with agricultural, forestry, property, aggregates and landfill interests.

Giles Sturdy