Sally Bowie

Former High Sheriff of Leicestershire

Sally Bowie joined the Board of Governors in January 2015. She is a member of the Audit Committee and a Pro Chancellor of the university.

Sally was born in Leicestershire and has spent most of her life here. After leaving school, she went to art school in Loughborough for one year and then on to Wimbledon School of Art, where she studied Theatre Costume. She then worked in a royal household, before setting up her own couture dressmaking business.

Sally was appointed to the role of High Sheriff of Leicestershire – an independent, non-political office – between April 2013 and March 2014. During this time, she undertook a range of formal and ceremonial duties, including at DMU, and attended a number of business and charity events. She is a member of the High Sheriffs’ Association Council.

In March 2014, as High Sheriff, Sally launched ‘Women in Philanthropy’, a network of prominent women in the area, and now sits on its steering committee.  

Sally is closely connected to Leicester Cathedral and is a lay canon, and was committed to raising funds for the King Richard III Appeal.

Sally was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire in 2015 and sits on the panel of the Lord Lieutenant’s Awards for Young People. She is also a member of the court of University of Leicester.

In her spare time, Sally enjoys gardening, opera, ballet, travelling and entertaining.

Sally is married to Robin and has three children – Georgina, Isabella and Johnny.

Sally says:

“I became involved with DMU during my time as High Sheriff and was truly impressed by the incredibly high standard of the education and facilities available, but more so by the vision they have for the university going forward. I am honoured to have been asked to join the board and look forward to being part of the university’s future.”

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