Staff profile

Sarah Setchell

Director of Human Resources


Office of the Vice-Chancellor


I joined the University of Derby in June 2019 as Director of Human Resources. I am a practitioner in MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) and Change Management, and also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

In Human Resources, we focus on people. Our functions impact on both staff and students: These include:

Prior to joining the University, I was Executive Director of People and Organisational Development at De Montfort University, having previously had the role of Deputy and HR Business Partner.

Before moving into higher education, I worked as an Organisational Development Adviser at Gateshead Council. I also spent five years working at Sainsbury's in a variety of leadership and management roles, having completed its Graduate Management Training scheme. I ended my time with the company as a Business Performance Manager. I also worked for the Civil Service as a leader of assessment and appeals teams.