Ian Blachford

Chief Operating Officer

Executive Office

Ian is the Chief Operating Officer at Staffordshire University and a member of the University’s Executive Team.

Ian’s areas of responsibility are leading the following functions across the University: Human Resources and Organisational Development, Corporate Information, Legal Services, Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Business Risk, Strategic Project Management, and Equality & Diversity. In addition, he is also the Clerk to the Board of Governors and Executive Lead for Union relations.

Ian went to the University of Hull to study a BA(Hons) Business Studies in 1990. After graduating in 1993 he continued his studies and gained an MA in Human Resource Management.

He went on to work in a number of areas of the public sector including district, county and unitary councils, all within the field of personnel/human resources. In 1997 Ian became the Head of Human Resources for a college of Further Education, before leaving and joining the University as Personnel Manager in 2001. Since then he has been Head of Personnel (2003), Director of Human Resources (2004), Chief Operating Officer and a member of Executive since 2007.

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020