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University of Bath

Tim Ford Interim Treasurer and Senior Independent Director

The Treasurer maintains an overview of the University finances. The Senior Independent Director is the first point of contact for any unresolved concerns.



Tim was appointed as Interim University Treasurer on 26 April, 2021. In that capacity he acts as Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Senior Independent Director

Tim was appointed Senior Independent Director (SID) on 25 July, 2020. He will continue in that role for the duration of his tenure as Interim University Treasurer. During this period, to help manage any conflicts of interest which may arise between the two roles, he will receive additional support from the Head of Strategic Governance.


Tim retired from Shell in 2018 after an international senior leadership career based in four continents and across all downstream oil value chains. Before retiring, he led an organisation of over 2,000 professionals spread across the globe which manages 600k customer contacts a month to deliver an excellent customer experience and drive long term customer loyalty. The business supports more than 1200 Shell distributors, 40k service stations and 900 airport operations. Tim has chaired a number of Shell’s international joint ventures and has led operations across Europe, Russia and Asia in Retail and Lubricants roles.

Tim has lived and worked in Australia, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East. He has also led Shell's embryonic retail gas and electricity businesses in 6 deregulating countries and played a pivotal role in the Shell acquisition of Pennzoil Quaker State.

Tim was born in the United Kingdom and is married with three grown up children. He enjoys cycling, sailing and swimming in his spare time.

As well as being Chair of Finance Committee and the Investment Sub-Committee, Tim is also a member of:

Register of Interests declaration

Read the 2020/21 Register of Interests for Tim Ford and other members of Council.