Professor Nick Petford DSc was previously Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at Bournemouth University and before that Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Kingston University, Nick has worked in industry (BP) and on academic and commercial research projects throughout the world, most recently as a consultant to DFID (UK) and CONICYT, the National Research Council for Chile. Nick is a former Royal Society University Research Fellow and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.
Nick is known internationally as a volcanologist. He has also contributed to the debate on energy usage and climate change and is currently working on a British Council-funded social enterprise project in the Niger Delta on malaria reduction and on social innovation projects in the UK.
Nick is currently a member of the Universities UK Board, Universities and Colleges Employers Association Board, the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership Board, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership Board and the Northamptonshire Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board. He is a Director of Floodstop, a company that manufactures and sells flood defence barriers.