Colin Bailey

Colin Bailey

Professor Colin Bailey began his career as an apprentice draughtsperson after leaving school at 16. He worked for a number of construction and consultant companies before being accepted, through their widening participation programme, to study for a degree in Civil and Structural Engineering at Sheffield University. Following his PhD studies, he returned to industry where he published a number of design guides, which are used widely by industry. He joined the University of Manchester in 2002 as Professor of Structural Engineering, and became Head of the School in 2007. He was then appointed Vice-President of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, before becoming Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 2014. In 2017 he became President and Principal of Queen Mary University of London, a UK leading global University, highly rated for its research and innovation, teaching and learning, and wide-ranging public engagement, with a history dating back to 1785. The University has 28,000 students, over 4,600 staff, and a current turnover of c£500m. Over his career he has gained significant non-executive experience, including as a non-executive chair, sitting on the Board of a number charities and organisations. He is currently a member of the Independent Expert Advisory Panel advising government on building safety following the Grenfell