Kate Swann is the Chancellor of the University of Bradford.
She was officially installed in February 2016, in the University's 50th anniversary year.
As one of the UK’s leading business women, she becomes the formal head of the University in succession to sportsman and politician Imran Khan, who stepped down from the post in November 2014.
The Chancellor is the formal Head of the University, whose official duties are to confer degrees on graduating students, and to chair the University’s Court. The Chancellor also plays a key role in the University’s life as an ambassador for the institution in the UK and internationally.
Kate took up the role of CEO of the SSP group in September 2013, following 10 years as CEO of WHSmith. Prior to this she was Managing Director of Argos, the UK’s leading general merchandise retailer, a subsidiary of GUS plc. Kate joined Argos in December 2000 from Homebase, where she was promoted to Managing Director from Marketing Director after three years with the company.
She began her career at Tesco in 1989 as a graduate trainee and later held a number of senior marketing roles within retail at Homepride Foods, Coca Cola and Dixons Group. She graduated from the University of Bradford with a degree in Business Management in 1986 and was awarded an honorary degree from Bradford in 2007.
In 2006 she was named one of the 50 most powerful women in business by Fortune magazine.