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Peter Rowley


Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Peter Rowley spent over 30 years in senior roles in banks and building societies before retiring as chief executive of Darlington Building Society in 2009 after 17 years in post. Since then, he has enjoyed a second career providing advice and guidance to a diverse range of private, public and not for profit clients.

He is Vice Chairman of StreetGames UK, a trustee of Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation and the Mountain Training Trust and company secretary of Tees Valley Community Foundation. Previous posts in sport include roles as Chairman of Sport England North East, Chairman of the North East London 2012 Committee, North East Regional Champion for Community Sport, Chairman of The Sports Council Trust Company, Chairman of British Weightlifting, Chairman of SkillsActive UK and  board member of Sport England and  the Sports Grounds Safety Authority,.

A Fellow of the Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility at Leeds Beckett University undertaking Doctoral research into the board effectiveness of National Governing Bodies of Sport, he lectures in economics, finance and strategic management in sport and is a consultant on governance and assurance for 2 grant making trusts.

Peter believes passionately in the power of sport to change lives and communities for the better. He received the OBE for services to sport administration in the New Year Honours List 2017.


Peter Rowley

Campus Address

Northumberland Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • MSc
  • BSc (Hons)
  • PGCert
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy FHEA 2029


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