Eric Dancer

Honorary graduates 2010-11

Eric Dancer (LLD)

Tuesday 13 July 2010, 2:30pm

Eric Dancer was born in Sheffield in 1940. He won a scholarship to King Edward VII School and went on to study at Sheffield Polytechnic where he became a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Management and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. After moving to Devon in 1980 he attained the Diploma in Company Direction at the University of Exeter.

His career has been in industry with over 30 years at board level, of which the last 20 were as Managing Director of Dartington Crystal, prior to his retirement in 2000.

He was the founding Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Training and Enterprise Council, the TEC National Council, the West Country Development Corporation and served as a National TEC Assessor. He has advised the Secretary of State for Employment and been a Member of the National Training Task Force, the Councils of the CBI and Royal Society of Arts and a Governor of the University of Plymouth.

He was awarded a CBE in 1991 for outstanding services to business and training.

In 1998 he was appointed Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, a Knight of Grace of the Order of St John and Justice of the Peace.

Eric lives in South Devon with his wife Carole and enjoys music, reading, current affairs and world travel.