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Paul Drechsler CBE

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

Paul Drechsler CBE

Former President of Confederation of British Industry, Chairman Bibby Line Group and Teach First (Education Charity), Chancellor Teesside University. Board Member: CBI, ICC(UK), Step up to Serve, Trinity College Dublin Provost's Council.

He has previously held senior appointments including, Chairman & Chief Executive of Wates Group, Executive Director of ICI Plc, Non-executive Director of Essentra Plc, Chairman CBI energy Policy Committee.

Prior to joining Wates, Paul spent 24 years with ICI PLC, holding senior positions and living in the UK, Brazil, the USA and the Netherlands, which culminated with five years as Chief Executive of one of ICI's principal international businesses and as a Main Board Director. He was also Chairman of the ICI Group Pension fund and a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

He was also Chairman of UK Skills Funding Agency Advisory Board, Director of Business in the Community, The Princes Trust (Construction Council), and TCD Business School Advisory Board.

Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1956 and a graduate from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Engineering Science.

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