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The death of Dame Helen Alexander was announced on 7 August, 2017.

The Chancellor was 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

Chairman of UBM plc, a member of PwC’s Public Interest Body, non-executive director of Huawei UK, and senior adviser to Bain Capital, she was also Deputy Chair of the Hampton-Alexander Review into the representation of women in senior levels of business, and Chancellor of the University of Southampton.

Helen was chairman of the trustees of Thomson-Reuters and was involved with other not-for-profit organisations as a director of 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 was managing director of the Economist Intelligence Unit from 1993 to 1997. She also served on the boards of Northern Foods plc, BT plc, Centrica plc, Rolls Royce 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 French Legion d'honneur.

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