Sir Geoffrey Holland KCB

We are sad to pass on the news that Sir Geoffrey Holland KCB, President of the MBA from 2009 – 2014, died peacefully on 20th April 2017, following a short illness. Sir Geoffrey was always passionate in his role in promoting the Association and we are grateful for his oversight of the MBA at such a significant time (he was President at the time the MBA became incorporated by Royal Charter).


Sir Geoffrey Holland was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1994 to 2002. His major achievements while at the University include overseeing the establishment of the School of Business and Economics and the Peninsula Medical School (the first new medical school in the country for 30 years) and playing a leading part in establishment the Combined Universities in Cornwall. Sir Geoffrey has had a distinguished career at the highest level in the civil service. Between 1982 and 1994, he held the posts of Director, Manpower Services Commission; Permanent Secretary at the Department of Employment and Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education.

Some of his achievements during this period include the Youth Training Scheme, the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative, Enterprise in Higher Education, Training and Enterprise Councils, the Restart Programme, the National Curriculum and leading on the initiative that saw polytechnics become independent new universities.

Sir Geoffrey was a member of the Government’s Committee on the Future of Higher Education  (the “Dearing” Committee) from 1996 to 1997. From 1998 to 2002 he was President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and was Chair of the Government’s Sustainable Development Education Panel from 1998 to 2003. In August 2003, he was appointed Chair of the Learning and Skills Development Agency. In 2006, he was appointed Chair of the Quality Improvement Agency. Sir Geoffrey received a knighthood in 1989 and held a first class honours degree in Modern Languages from St John’s College, Oxford.

May 9, 2017 By guba