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About us

Our Chancellor

The Chancellor is the leading ambassador and formal head of the University. The day-to-day running of the University is managed by the Vice-Chancellor and the Executive Group.

Read more about how the University is governed and run.

Chancellor: Dame Helen Alexander, DBE

Dame Helen Alexander, distinguished business woman
Our Chancellor

Dame Helen Alexander is known for her unusually wide and varied experience in international business, which has made her a very sought-after business consultant and leader.

She is currently the chairman of UBM plc, the Port of London Authority (PLA), and Incisive Media. She is also the Deputy Chairman of esure Group Holdings, a Non-Executive Director of Rolls Royce Group plc, and senior advisor to Bain Capital. She was also President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) until June 2011.

She is also currently involved with other not-for-profit organisations in the media, web science, and the arts and education. She is a trustee at Thomson-Reuters, the WorldWide Web Foundation, the Grand Palais in Paris, the Said Business School in Oxford, and St Paul’s Girls’ School.

Notable achievements:

Our vision for the future

Read more about our Vision 2020 strategy and our plans for the future

How the University is run

Find out more about how the University is run

Our connections with Business

Take a look at our business partnerships

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