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John Barfoot

BSc, PGCLT (HE), FHEA, Staff Governor

Board of Governors

Role at Solent

John joined the Board of Governors in August 2015, and is currently chair of the student experience and liaison committee, and a member of the governance committee.


John is programme head of design and build environment at Solent University. He has worked as a senior lecturer at Solent since 2007. Prior to this, he was the coordinator for the built environment department at Highbury College in Portsmouth. Before moving into education, John worked in the construction industry, holding a number of senior roles with various construction companies, developers, and in private practice.

John is also the course leader for the built environment HNC programme, and link tutor for the University’s HNC collaboration with Bournemouth and Poole College. He is also responsible for the development of built environment higher and degree apprenticeships, and the built environment’s programme link with China. 


  • BSc Quantity Surveying, Portsmouth Polytechnic.
  • Chartered Surveyor.
  • PGCELT (HE), Southampton Solent University.
  • FHEA.

Committee membership

  • Chair: Student Experience and Liaison Committee.
  • Governance Committee.

External bodies

  • External examiner: Greenwich University.
  • External examiner: University College of Estate Management.
  • Independent governor: Upper Shirley High School, Southampton (responsible for facilities and health and safety).