temp-silhoutte.pngDan is an extremely experienced leader in both the academic and industrial sectors, who has specialised in the leadership of ambitious organisations that want to develop progressive strategies operating practices. His speciality is the Creative Industries sector, and his positive approach to developing staff engagement and institutional practice has led to his leading initiatives like the establishment of Media Academies, endorsement by the Association of European Conservatoires or the establishment of a Screenwriters Festival. He is extremely effective in ensuring resources and effectively allocated, quality assurance practices are robust and listens constructively to what students tell institutions about how well their expectations are being met.


Dan studied at the London School of Economics and graduated with a UOL degree in history. His two most influential teachers were the young David Starkey and Conrad, Lord Russell. He then joined British industry for nine years working in a variety of roles including marketing, communication and corporate planning as well as a period of coal pit training.

Joining the then Plymouth Polytechnic in 1985 as a Senior Lecturer, Dan progressed to Bournemouth Polytechnic and established new undergraduate and postgraduate courses in advertising, marketing and public relations before becoming Deputy Head of the Bournemouth Media School.

Subsequently, he moved to the University of Gloucestershire as Dean of the Faculty of Media, Art and Communications, helping found the Cheltenham Screenwriters Festival and Cheltenham Illustration Prize and led our successful application to be Gloucestershire designated a Skillset Media Academy. Following this, he moved to Birmingham City University in 2008 to lead the newly founded Faculty of Performance, Media and English which included the then Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham School of Acting and the School of English.

Since retiring from full time work Dan has chaired the Board of Governors at Hereford College of Art, the Board of Directors at ICMP and undertaken senior interim management roles at St Mary’s University, the University of South Wales and Nottingham Trent University. He has additionally recently joined the Board of Elmhurst Ballet School.

Dan has a wide range of personal interests which centre on music, chess and sport. His musical journeys start somewhere in the Classical period moving to the late Romantic and to 20th Century with John Adams, Carl Nielsen, Vaughan Williams, Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Britten looming large. Cricket, rugby and football are stalwart companions. Chess is a more than a pastime but less than a hobby while he has recently spent more time than conscionable in dank North Worcestershire fields helping a junior family member muck out her equine accomplices.

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