Sir Nicholas Scheele (born 1944 Essex) is a former Chancellor of the University of Warwick (he announced his decision to step down from this post in July 2008) and formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of Ford Motor Company. Prior to being Chief Operating Officer for Ford, Scheele was responsible for European Operations and has also been Chief Executive of Jaguar, then a Ford subsidiary.
He is an advocate of private funding for universities and strong links to business. In an interview for the BBC he said: "I think in the future, education and industry need to become even more closely linked than they have been historically. As government funding changes, the replacement could well come through private funding from companies, individuals and grant-giving agencies."
Sir Nicholas is also chairman of the Prince of Wales Business and Environment Committee, and chairs the manufacturing group of Foresight 2020. Foresight is a UK government programme which aims to identify the UK's future needs and to build bridges between industry, science and government.
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