S J T Pollard Cranfield University
Professor Simon Pollard
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, School of Water, Energy and Environment
A member of the University’s Executive, Simon leads the School of Water, Energy and Environment. He is also a Director of Cranfield Innovative Manufacturing Ltd, executive lead for Cranfield’s international academic partnerships and for our Athena SWAN initiative, and he chairs the Board for Energy and the Environment, working towards a sustainable university estate.
An authority on risk governance, Simon’s career includes senior appointments in academia, consulting and government. Trained at Imperial with a PhD in environmental engineering, Simon is a Fellow of the professional institutions and edits the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ series on sustainable engineering and the international journal Science of the Total Environment. His research has been funded by the US Water Research Foundation, EPSRC, BBSRC, NERC and Defra and he is a regular consultant for the international water sector on risk management.
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Simon holds executive responsibility for hosting pan-University expertise in water, energy, design, environmental technology and agrifood. Responsibilities include strategic planning, oversight of postgraduate teaching and research and the development of thought leadership across the themes. As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, he coordinates Cranfield’s international academic partnerships for the University Executive; chairs the Board for Energy and the Environment, working towards a sustainable university estate; and manages Cranfield’s key accounts with Unilever plc and Defra.
Originally trained at Imperial College (Chemistry, 1987; Environmental Engineering, 1990), Professor Pollard has held appointments in academe (Alberta, Edinburgh and Cranfield Universities), consultancy (Aspinwall & Company) and in government agencies (Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Environment Agency).
At Cranfield since 2002, Simon has been instrumental in growing Cranfield’s sustainability capability into a prestigious force, consolidating activities at the Cranfield campus and funding new research centres in resource management, risk (with EPSRC, ESRC and NERC and Defra) and environmental futures (with Defra). Cranfield’s take on the low carbon, resource efficiency agenda, “Science for the Green Economy”, brings together our technology and management expertise into a single authoritative narrative, supported by a seminar series in the City.