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Mr Ian Squires BA (Hons)

Ian Squires joined DMU as Chair of the Board of Governors in January 2020. He Chairs the Nominations Committee and is a member of the Finance and Performance Committee, the People and Culture Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Ian is a highly experienced trustee and board member having chaired the board of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre for eight years, helping to oversee the theatre’s redevelopment and reopening in 2013.

In 2014, Ian joined the board of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the following year became a trustee of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. He has also served on the boards of Birmingham Hippodrome, the Belarus Free Theatre and chairs the board at Curve Theatre in Leicester.

Ian brings a wealth of experience as a television broadcaster and executive. He began his career as a journalist and producer at the BBC and was later Managing Director of ITV’s Midlands production base and of ITV Central.  In 2009, he joined the ITV Network in London and was latterly Controller of Current Affairs & News Operations, successfully leading a period of significant change.

On joining the university, Ian said: “I have always seen De Montfort University as a creative, energetic university with a distinctive mission and outlook, so I’m really excited to be joining as Chair of the Board of Governors.

“The university’s focus on inclusion and achievement, on leading the way in teaching, research and practising sustainability – along with its strong community links - are areas of significant strength and I’m looking forward to helping the university continue to progress in these and other areas of its work.”