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Steve joined HEFCE in 1996. He is Director of Finance and Corporate Resources and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2006. For two periods he has acted as interim Chief Executive.

Steve has also been responsible for the Council's work in leadership, governance and management. This has included the Rewarding and Developing Staff initiative, designed to improve the sector's approach to human resources management; the establishment of  the Equality Challenge Unit and Leadership Foundation; supporting the Committee of University Chairs in developing and implementing a code of governance; the development of the transparency activity-based costing system (TRAC); and improving the condition and use of the sector's physical estate and sustainable development (including carbon reduction and corporate social responsibility).  

Steve was awarded a CBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to higher education.

Steve Egan said of his appointment:

'As an alumnus of the University of Bath, I’m delighted to return to the University in this new and exciting post with responsibility for implementing university strategy and particularly for important professional services including computing, sports development and the arts.

It has been a privilege to work at HEFCE, and to work with the sector through a period of significant change.

I thank the staff at HEFCE for their support and their exceptional commitment to excellence in higher education.'

Professor Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of HEFCE, said:

'Steve has been a tremendous asset to HEFCE, a highly effective champion of the sector, and a passionate advocate of the student interest. We will miss him greatly, and we wish him well in his new post at the University of Bath.'