Chairman of Loughborough University Council and Senior Pro Chancellor named as one of the Financial Times 2019 Outstanding Directors

Sir Peter Bonfield, CBE FREng – Senior Pro Chancellor and Chair of Loughborough University Council, the institution’s governing body – has been named as one of the Financial Times’ 2019 Outstanding Directors.

Outstanding Directors are nominated by their peers from a cross-section of industries. The prestigious awards programme aims to show corporate governance at its best, by highlighting exemplary board leadership.

Sir Peter and the other two recipients of the 2019 award were recognised for the key role they have played in the boardroom, going above and beyond the call of duty and demonstrating judgement and integrity while acting in the interests of their shareholders.

The award citation says: “Sir Peter is the very definition of a global director, whose many achievements include helping create tremendous value in the growth and sale of Mentor Graphics and safeguarding tremendous value at NXP Semiconductor since its spin-out from Philips in 2006.”

Sir Peter was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ICL plc and subsequently Chief Executive Officer of BT Group plc and has served on the Boards of 12 quoted technology companies around the world. 

Sir Peter is a Fellow of several professional bodies, including the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Royal Society of Arts, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the British Computer Society. He has honorary doctorates from 11 universities. He is a proud graduate of Loughborough University with a degree in engineering and also holds an honorary doctorate of technology from the institution.

Sir Peter was appointed as Chair of Loughborough University Council and Senior Pro Chancellor in 2012 and since then has overseen some of the University’s most significant achievements. Loughborough has risen in all the national university league tables to sit comfortably within the top ten of UK institutions, and was ranked within the top ten for research intensity in the latest Research Excellence Framework. It was also named University of the Year in the 2019 Times and Sunday Times University Guide and ranked top in the 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

View the press release on the Loughborough University website for further information and resources.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport.

The University has been awarded five stars in all areas according to the independent QS Stars university rating scheme. It has also been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2017.

Loughborough has risen to 5th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2019 and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.