Chair of Judges
Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton

Sir Christopher Snowden has been President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Southampton since October 2015. He is a distinguished engineer, academic and businessman with wide experience of the microwave and semiconductor industry. He was knighted in the 2012 Queen’s New Year’s Honours for services to engineering and higher education.

Prior to his appointment at Southampton, Snowden was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey. His earlier roles embraced industry and academia in the UK and USA. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow and former Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and was President 2009–10.

In addition to his role as a Vice Chancellor, Snowden was President of Universities UK (UUK) (2013–15), a member of the Prime Minister’s advisory Council for Science and Technology, sits on the Board the ERA Foundation, sat on the governing board of InnovationUK until 2015, and is a member of the National Centre for Universities and Business.