Mr Steve Egan CBE
Vice-President (Implementation), University of Bath, United Kingdom

Steve Egan is Vice-President (Implementation) at the University of Bath. In this role he helps to create university strategy and to develop the culture, systems and people to align capability with ambition. The university has been top in the UK for the last two years for student satisfaction and is recognised as one of the highest performing research institutions in the UK (being 12th in the national assessment). Prior to working at Bath, Steve was Deputy CEO at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, a government body that funds and regulates teaching and research.

Steve led the council’s work in a number of important areas. He was responsible for the rewarding and developing staff initiative designed to improve the sector’s approach to HR management. He established the Leadership Foundation (providing targeted leadership training and development to the higher education sector) and the Equality Challenge Unit. He introduced a system wide activity based costing system (called TRAC) and was responsible for a 40% reduction in bureaucratic burden. He developed new systems of capital funding and led on new approaches to sustainable development that were recently commended by the United Nations. Before taking up his appointment at Bath, Steve led a project reviewing the approach to the quality assurance of teaching.

Steve is the Vice Chair of the IMHE and has been a governing board member for over a decade. He is a trustee of the National Centre for Social Research and a Director for BUCS’s (the UK higher education body that organises university sport). In the 2014 Queen’s birthday honours list Steve was awarded the CBE for services to higher education. Steve is a qualified accountant and has a first class honours degree in banking and finance from Loughborough University and an MBA from the University of Bath.