"Professor West has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England, Bristol since 2008.
"Professor West trained as a Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeon in London, working in the NHS and private/commercial sector from 1982. He entered academia in 1984 as a lecturer, then senior lecturer, at The Chelsea School of Chiropody and Podiatric Medicine, The London Foot Hospital and Westminster University. He developed his research interests at King’s College London in the Department of Bioengineering and at Roehampton Limb Fitting Centre. In 1990 he took up a post as Associate Dean and Head of the Department of Podiatry at Huddersfield University and later became Dean of the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences in 1992... In August 2012, Professor West became Chair of University Alliance... In 2013, Professor West became President of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the West of England Initiative, forging the link between a business-facing university and the business leadership organisation Business West." 
- Non-Executive Director of The Leadership Foundation
- Regional Member of the Prince’s Trust 2008 - to date
- President of the City Academy Bristol 2008 - to date
- Former Non-Executive Director and Trustee of the Brandon Trust 2005 - 2008
- Director, Bristol 2015