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Des is currently on the Board of Bournemouth University and Deputy Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at the University. He has participated as an ambassador for the University at Graduation ceremonies, Student welcome events and Staff Awards ceremonies and supported the Executive Team on internal hearings and trade union disputes.
Des is an experienced Pilot lighter. Pilotlight is a Charity which supports other charities by creating an advisor panel of business leaders who work with a Charity CEO and advise on matters of strategy, resourcing or governance.
Previous to his joining Bournemouth University, Des was Group HR Director of Associated Foods PLC, a founding member of the FTSE 100 with revenues in excess of £16bn and a workforce of 140,00 worldwide. He was responsible for the sourcing and development of leadership population worldwide including remuneration across 62 businesses and led on Health and Safety and Diversity and Inclusion. He continues to work with ABF in an advisor role to the CEO and the Board focussed on FRC employee voice requirements and organisation development projects.