Falmouth University appoints Chris Pomfret as Chair of the Board of Governors

Following formal approval by the Board of Governors, Falmouth University is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Pomfret as its new Chair of the Board.

Chris has been Chair of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership since its inception in 2011. In this role, he has secured substantial public funds to drive economic growth in the County, and has overseen strategy development for UK and EU economic development funds for 2015-2020.

Following an illustrious career in global and regional roles at Unilever, specialising in marketing, brand strategy and innovation, Chris has held numerous non-executive positions, and also operates an independent consultancy focused on marketing, brands and consumer understanding.

Commenting on his appointment, Chris Pomfret said: ‘It’s an exciting moment to take over, with Falmouth enjoying considerable success following the achievement of University Title, and at a time when the specialisms of Falmouth – creativity and innovation -  have never been more relevant to the needs of the economy here in the UK, and internationally.’

Chris is a member of the Advisory Board for the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, and is a Trustee of the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust. From 2005-2012, he served as a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University.

Responding to the appointment, James Williams, the current Chair of the Board, said: “I am very pleased that Falmouth has secured the services of Chris Pomfret as incoming Chair of the Board. He brings qualities and experience that will be of great value to the University in the years ahead.”

Chris Pomfret was appointed following a highly competitive recruitment process, which was overseen by a sub-committee of the Board of Governors, and assisted by recruitment consultants Perrett Laver. He will take up the post in Autumn 2015, when James Williams completes his eight year term of office. Chris will continue to chair the LEP.


For more information contact Kerri Popperwell, Falmouth University, on [email protected] or 01326 259198

About Falmouth University

Falmouth University is a leading multi-arts establishment with campuses in Falmouth and Penryn, Cornwall, England. As a creative innovation hub, Falmouth offers courses in specialisms such as arts, journalism, music, theatre, fashion, textiles, photography and gaming. Through being creative, courageous and connected in everything they do, Falmouth has been ranked by the Sunday Times as the number one arts university in the UK.

Industry led courses and quality work placements help to ensure that students are equipped with employable skills upon graduation, by working with both local Cornish and global businesses and quality lecturers. Falmouth has recently appointed world renowned performer and writer Dawn French as Chancellor too, further highlighting the impressive connections and high calibre of talent at the university. 

Monday 12 January 2015