Dame Helen Alexander DBE

Dame Helen Alexander is Chancellor of the University, and is known for her wide and varied experience in international business.

Dame Helen Alexander is chairman of UBM plc, the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Incisive Media. She is also deputy chairman of esure Group Holdings, a non-executive director of Rolls-Royce Group plc, and senior adviser to Bain Capital. Dame Helen was president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) until June 2011.

Helen is Chancellor of the University of Southampton and is currently involved with other not-for-profit organisations in media, the internet, the arts and education, through the trustees at Thomson-Reuters, the WorldWide Web Foundation, the Grand Palais in Paris, the Said Business School in Oxford and St Paul’s Girls’ School.

Dame Helen was Chief Executive of the Economist Group till 2008, having joined the company in 1985 and been managing director of the Economist Intelligence Unit from 1993 to 1997.

"Helen Alexander brings the University a great wealth of experience across a range of business sectors that match the institutional strengths here at Southampton."

Professor Don Nutbeam, Vice-Chancellor
Dame Helen Alexander DBE

Dame Helen Alexander DBE

Chancellor of the University