Cranfield is delighted to announce that Professor David Oglethorpe will be joining the University as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Cranfield School of Management.

Professor Oglethorpe will join Cranfield in September 2019 from the University of Sheffield where he is currently Dean of the University’s Management School and Professor of Environmental Sustainability.

Announcing the news, Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Cranfield’s Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor, said: “David will be an excellent addition to the University’s Executive Team. With his strong track record in building multi-disciplinary collaborations with industry, we are excited about the role David will play at Cranfield.

“Under David’s leadership of the School of Management, we look forward to continuing to develop innovative research and educational programmes that create the next generation of leaders in technology and management.”

Commenting on his appointment, Professor David Oglethorpe, said: “I am delighted and honoured to be taking on this role and helping to shape the future of such a great School and University. Cranfield’s reputation for excellence in research and advanced education is recognised globally and I am looking forward very much to working alongside such world-renowned academic staff, at the most professional of academic institutions, to ensure an innovative and successful future.”

Simon Rowlands, Chair of the Cranfield School of Management Advisory Board, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming David to Cranfield School of Management. Over the last few years, the School has been at the cutting-edge of developing new education models, with the delivery of our Masterships (masters-level apprenticeships) programmes and our continued recognised excellence in Executive Education. This is an exciting time for David to be joining us, as we look to develop our strategic vision for the School.”

The University is grateful for the leadership of the School of Management provided by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Lynette Ryals OBE, who will now concentrate on the development of MK:U in her role as Chief Executive of MK:U - the proposed new university in Milton Keynes being developed by Cranfield.