Professor Sir Peter Gregson FREng, MRIA, FIAE, FIMMM, CEng, CCMI, DSc

Sir Peter Gregson
Sir Peter Gregson

Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor

Sir Peter Gregson was appointed Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University in August 2013. 

Prior to this he was President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast (2004-13) where he led the University into the Russell Group of research intensive UK universities (2006) and to two Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher Education (2006, 2012). During this period Queen’s received five consecutive Times Higher Education Awards for Innovation in Culture and the Arts (2008), Entrepreneurial University of the Year (2009), Outstanding Research Team (2010), Most Innovative Teacher (2011) and Outstanding University Fundraising Team (2012). recognition within the Times top 50 employers for women (2011), an institutional Silver Athena SWAN award (2012) and a departmental Gold award reflected Queen’s leadership in  enhancing the career development of women.

Educated at Imperial College London, he was formerly Professor of Aerospace Materials (1995) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton (2000). He has received the Donald Julius Groen Prize of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (1994) and the Rosenhain Medal and Prize of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (1996) for his research on the development of advanced aerospace aluminium alloys.

He has been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2001), Irish Academy of Engineering (2007) and Royal Irish Academy (2007). He has been Non-Executive Director of Rolls-Royce Group plc (2007-12) and served on the Councils of CBI Northern Ireland (2006-12), the Royal Academy of Engineering (2005-08) and the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (2004-06). He served as Deputy Lieutenant of Belfast (2007-13) and was awarded a Knighthood for Services to Higher Education in 2011.