15 February 2011
Canterbury Christ Church University is delighted to announce three new appointments, including a new Pro Vice-Chancellor External Relations.
David Smith, currently Senior Account Director responsible for the Skills Funding Agency operation across the South East, is to become the University’s new strategic lead for external relations, further strengthening the University’s focus on partnerships.
David is one of three new appointments, including Director Partnerships and Head of International Office, starting in May 2011.
The appointments follow a senior management restructure, including the recent retirement of Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor Emeritus Professor Jan Druker.
Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Robin Baker CMG, said: “All three colleagues bring a great breadth of experience and knowledge to posts which are critical in meeting current, and future, demands in higher education - in particular the growth of our international and partnership activities.
“With an even greater focus on developing partnerships in the future and extending our international reach, we will be far better placed to respond to an ever-changing landscape of funding opportunities and collaboration during these challenging times.”
Sue Kendall-Seatter, currently Head of our Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ Department of Primary Education and with a wealth of experience in regional and international relations, will become Director Partnerships.
Mark Wilson will also join us as Head of International Office, coming from Birkbeck, University of London, where he is currently the Head of International Recruitment and Retention. Mark will lead on the planning and delivery of international business and recruitment, including the EU.
David currently has oversight of four sub-regional teams at the Skills Funding Agency South East, managing the adult skills and apprenticeship funding and performance of Further Education Colleges and training providers in the South East.
His new role at Christ Church will see him lead the University’s external facing activities, with strategic responsibility for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, marketing initiatives, including a growing portfolio of international activities, management of partnership arrangements and the University’s five campus network.
Commenting on his appointment, David said: “This is a University that is proud of its connections; connections to local communities, to professions key to this country's well-being, to church and state and to international governments and places of learning. I hope to maintain, enhance and increase those connections to the mutual benefit of the University and its students, its partners and the communities we all serve."
Notes to Editor
Previous to his current role at the Skills Funding Agency, David Smith was the Area Director in the Learning and Skills Council for Surrey, Sussex and, for a period, Kent. Earlier in his career he held Vice Principal posts at colleges in West Sussex, and Brighton and Hove. He is a graduate of Keble College Oxford and has an MA in English Literature from the University of Sussex.
In addition to his impressive career path, David is also a member of the South East Partnership for 2012 London Olympic Games legacy planning, chair of the South East “New Aspirations” Olympic cultural and educational legacy planning board, and is a member of the West Sussex Economic, Skills and Enterprise Board.
Sue joined Canterbury Christ Church University’s Primary Education Department in 2001 and has, in more recent years, led the Department of Primary Education through three highly successful OFSTED inspections.
Whilst head of department, she has worked with colleagues to oversee partnerships with 500 regional schools and at a national level, amongst other roles, is Director of the South East Dissemination Centre for the Cambridge Primary Review (CPR).
In the last six years, Sue has also been instrumental in exploring new international opportunities, including Project Director for the highly successful capacity building and quality assurance project (£2.5m) with the Ministry of Education in Malaysia.
During his time at Birkbeck, University of London, Mark has devised and implemented a new international marketing and recruitment strategy, significantly increasing applications and year-on-year enrolments.
Prior to his current role at Birkbeck, Mark also had oversight for International Recruitment and Admissions at London South Bank University, where he also demonstrated a real strength in forging new international partnerships and programmes.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
- Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment in the first six months after graduating.
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.