Dr Ed Smith CBE, BA, FCA, CPFA,Hon DUniv, Hon LLD,FRSA

Dr Ed Smith

Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council

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Ed has been a member of Council since 2009 and Pro-Chancellor since 2010. He is Chair of the Membership Committee and currently serves on the Strategy, Planning and Resources Committee and Remuneration Committee. The University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in 2015.

Ed Smith is the Chairman of Assura Group plc, Chairman of the Advisory Boards of HCA Healthcare UK, the Institute of Healthcare Management, and Push Doctor and a Non-Executive Director for HS2 Ltd. He is also Senior Advisor to Saxton Bampfylde.

From January 2015 to October 2017 Ed was the lead non-executive director for the Department for Transport. He was a non-executive director at the Department since 2009. He is the former Chairman of NHS Improvement and Deputy Chairman of NHS England, as well as being a past Chairman of The Student Loans Company, WWF (UK), and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).

Ed was the former Global Assurance Chief Operating Officer and Strategy Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Before retiring he had a successful 30-year career with PwC, holding many leading board and top client roles in the UK and globally as a Senior Partner.