Ian Dunn

Chief Operating Officer, University of Southampton


Ian Dunn is the Chief Operating Officer at the University of Southampton (UoS), one of the UK’s and World’s leading research-intensive universities and a founding member of the Russell Group. UoS has an annual turnover of £550 mln, over 23,000 students, 6,000 staff and operates on six campuses in the UK and one in Malaysia.

Previously, Ian was the Chief Executive of the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT), the only UK charity uniquely focused on undertaking projects, raising awareness and funds to support the long-term conservation and sustainable development of the Galápagos Islands. Before GCT, Ian was responsible for corporate services at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Prior to joining BAS, Ian spent nearly 25 years in the petro-chemical industry, 20 of those years with Shell. With wide-ranging international executive experience, Ian was head of a $3 billion annual turnover International business division (Asia, Africa/ME and South America). Ian was President and CEO of an industrial company in Japan, and he oversaw a portfolio of activities as a Managing Director and Executive Officer with the world’s third largest chemical company ($50 bln pa turnover and a global workforce of 18,000 operating in 140 countries). Ian has worked on all continents and was a board member of companies in Argentina, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Korea, India, Thailand, Japan, and Australia; fulfilling these roles living in Japan, Brazil and continental Europe as well as the UK.

Ian holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences, a MBA and in 2014 was awarded a distinction for a Masters in Studies of Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University. He is an active beekeeper, is slowly re-engaging with the arts through oil painting and was recently appointed a trustee of the Scottish Association of Marine Science in Oban.