University of Bath

Professor Steve Egan CBE Vice-President (Implementation)

The Vice-President (Implementation) is responsible for institutional innovation and implementing University strategy.


As the Vice-President (Implementation) Steve’s responsibilities include strategic and corporate planning. He leads and supports strategic ventures including major capital programmes and high profile projects such as the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS). Steve is a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Group and represents the Vice-Chancellor when necessary. He has line-management responsibility for:

  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Computing Services
  • Director of Process Improvement
  • Director of Sports Development and Recreation
  • Director of the Arts

In 2017 Steve was made a Professor of Practice in Higher Education and regularly contributes the School of Management’s DBA in Higher Education Management, speaking to students who are senior managers working in higher education all over the world.


Steve began his career at British Gas, rising from graduate trainee to Chief Financial Accountant. He then joined the National Rivers Authority, leaving as Director of Finance, before joining HEFCE as Director of Finance and Corporate Resources in 1996. He was made Deputy Chief Executive in 2006. At HEFCE Steve was responsible for, amongst other things, liaising with government on strategic planning and HE Policy. Working with others, he established new systems of regulation and supported improvements in higher education leadership, management and governance capabilities. Steve had particular responsibilities for policy development in equality and diversity and sustainable development. He was Vice-Chair of the OECD higher education programme (IMHE).

He was also a director of the National Centre for Social Research for 9 years.

Steve was awarded the CBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to higher education.

Steve is a Director of the British Universities & Colleges Sport Association (BUCS). He is a keen American football fan and referees matches as a member of the British American Football Referees Association.


Steve graduated from Loughborough University with a first in banking and finance. He holds an MBA from the University of Bath and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and multiple prize-winner, including first-place in his final year exams.