Cranfield's Senior team includes Officers of the University and a Senior Management team. The Officers of Cranfield are responsible for the governance of the University through Council and Senate. They work alongside the University Executive and Senior Management team who deal with the day-to-day running of the University.

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Chancellor - Dame Deirdre Hutton DBE 
The Chancellor presides over graduation ceremonies and is
empowered to confer the University's degrees and other
distinctions, both on successful students and on people
nominated for honorary degrees.

Pro-Chancellor - Iain Ferguson CBE
The Pro-Chancellor is chair of the University's Council, which is
the executive governing body of the University. As such, the
Pro-Chancellor plays a leading role in the governance of the

Karen Holford

Vice-Chancellor - Professor Karen Holford CBE FREng
The Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor is responsible to 
Council for all the University's activities.


Senior Management team (SMT)

The Senior Management team contributes to the strategic development of Cranfield. It is made up of the Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor as chair, and the University and professional services executive teams.