IOD Director of the Year Awards

A celebration of leadership talent, success and achievement

Donna Whitehead profile


UWe, Bristol
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law

Donna leads a team of nearly 300 staff and over 6000 students and manages a budget of £55 million. Her background is in legal and financial services and she has significant experience of securing funding to enable business and university collaborations. Donna also leads the work on Enterprise across the University.

Donna is an elected member of the Council of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, a trustee for the Watershed Board and leads the Women in Business task force for Bristol Women’s Commission.


UWE Bristol is a University Alliance university with a common mission to make the difference to its cities and regions. They use our experience of providing high quality teaching and research with real world impact to shape higher education and research policy for the benefit of our students and business and civic partners. UWE Bristol innovate together, learn from each other and support every member to transform lives and deliver growth.


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