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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 University Executive.

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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.

Chairman of UBM plc, non-executive director of Huawei UK, senior adviser to Bain Capital and a member of PwC’s Public Interest Body. She is also Deputy Chair of the Hampton-Alexander Review, and Chancellor of the University of Southampton. Helen is involved with other not-for-profit organisations as a director of the Thomson-Reuters Founder’s Share Company, the Grand Palais (Paris) and the Said Business School (Oxford) and an honorary fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.

Helen was president of the CBI 2009-2011 and was chief executive of the Economist Group until 2008, having joined the company in 1985 and being managing director of the Economist Intelligence Unit from 1993 to 1997. She has also served on the boards of Rolls-Royce plc, Northern Foods plc, BT plc, Centrica plc, as deputy chairman of esure Group Holdings plc and chairman of the Port of London Authority. Dame Helen has an MA from Oxford, an MBA from INSEAD and in 2015 was awarded the Legion d'Honneur.

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