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Chair - Chris Sayers

caption:Chris Sayers

  • Board of Governors – Chair  
  • Employment and Finance Committee - Member   
  • Nominations Committee - Chair  
  • Strategic Performance Committee - Member  
  • Remunerations Committee - Member  
  • Senior Posts Appointment Committee - Member


Chris Sayers joined the University’s Board of Governors as an external member in November 2010, became Chair of the Board in July 2012 and was reappointed for a second three-year term as Chair from November 2013.Until 2012, Chris was the BT Group Regional Director for the North East, building on a successful leadership career with BT for twenty-six years, including managing the Local Government sector across the UK for BT Global Services.

He has served as a Non-Executive Director of the Government Office for the North East, and is currently a Non-Executive Director of ARCH which is the Northumberland Development Company which has a county-wide remit to attract investment and deliver development and regeneration.

He holds an honours degree from York (Mathematics) and, with his wife Tessa, is joint chair of a board of trustees for a charity running two orphanages in Tamil Nadu, India.

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