Professor Daniel Howard succeeds John de la Cour, who held the Chair role for seven years.
Dan Howard studied at the London School of Economics and graduated with a degree in history, citing his two most influential teachers as the young David Starkey and Conrad Lord Russell. He then worked in the embattled British coal industry for nine years covering roles in marketing, communication, corporate plus a period of pit training.
Joining the then Plymouth Polytechnic in 1985 as a Senior Lecturer in the business School, he progressed to the then Bournemouth Polytechnic and established new undergraduate and postgraduate courses in advertising, marketing and public relations before becoming Deputy Head of the Bournemouth Media School. He established Red Balloon Productions as their in-house production company and significantly expanded Bournemouth’s work in computer animation.
Dan then moved on to the University of Gloucestershire as Dean of the Faculty of Media, Art and Communications and Associate Pro Vice Chancellor, helping found the Cheltenham Screenwriters Festival and Cheltenham Illustration Prize. Under his leadership, Gloucestershire and its partners were designated a Skillset Media Academy.
He moved to Birmingham City University in 2008 to lead the newly founded Faculty of Performance, Media and English with the intention of strengthening its core academic provision while building links between its constituent parts to create new opportunities for research, courses and commercial development. His responsibilities included supervision of Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham School of Acting and the School of English. He was also responsible for leading the University’s cultural development policy.
He retired from the BCU in December 2012 and currently works for a schools consortium in Wiltshire, shaping their business planning. He has also worked on academic quality and validation issues for the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London and Chairs its Advisory Board. He recently joined the Friends of the CBSO.
“Dan’s vast experience in education and the arts makes him the perfect successor to John, and we’re delighted to welcome him to the College,” said Richard Heatly, Principal at HCA. “With the acquisition of the new campus on College Road to deliver all of our University-Level courses and the introduction of arts-based A-Levels to our College-Level courses, we are demonstrating our ambitions in constantly improving what we can offer to students, and Dan will be instrumental in helping us to achieve those ambitions. Dan’s background in business will also be of huge benefit to our Business Development.”
“I’m delighted to have been appointed Chair of Governors at HCA,” said Dan. “The creative industries are one of the UK’s major success stories, employing nearly two million people and accounting for £1 in every 10 in the nation’s exports. It’s a vibrant and forward-thinking area, and offers a huge variety of specialisms for the future, current and previous students of institutions like Hereford College of Arts. HCA is one of the only specialist arts colleges in the country, attracting students locally, nationally and internationally, so to be involved as Chair of Governors promises to offer a lot of satisfaction and challenges.”