A career academic and researcher, Dave is keen to build on the progress already made at the University of Hull in strengthening research capability and outputs.
He said: “Our research is excellent, we now need to do more to strengthen its capacity. This will involve working closely with the institution’s fantastic researchers to understand where impact is being achieved and how this can be further developed.
“I’m also keen to strengthen and grow partnerships. Partnerships we make can help to deliver real impact in local communities and effect change in the region and beyond.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to contribute to the economic growth and prosperity of the region and in helping to drive the University forward.”
Professor Petley succeeds Professor Susan Lea who stepped down at the end of her five-year term in August.