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Paul Drechsler CBE

Paul Drechsler CBE becomes the University's third Chancellor, succeeding Lord Sawyer of Darlington, who has served in the post since 2005.

Paul Drechsler CBE

Mr Drechsler, who is President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), began his career on Teesside, working for ICI for 10 years. He then held various senior positions, living in Brazil, the USA and the Netherlands, which concluded with five years as Chief Executive of one of ICI's principal international businesses and as a Main Board Director.

Mr Drechsler is currently Chairman of Bibby Line Group and previously Chairman & Chief Executive of the privately-owned construction firm Wates Group.

He will take up his position as Chancellor of Teesside University in the autumn. The Chancellor is the ceremonial figurehead of the institution and acts as an ambassador promoting the University on a regional, national and international level.


The University has ambitious plans and I look forward to working with Professor Paul Croney and his team in helping to build Teesside into one of the most successful universities in the UK, through being brilliantly connected with what industry wants for the future.

Paul Drechsler CBE