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Lord Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE

Chancellor, Regents University London

Currently Chancellor of Regents University, Former Head of Citizenship at KPMG International. Previous to this he was the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs and then its first Head of Corporate Social Responsibility.

He is also a trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and previously served for 9 years on the Board for Responsible Business at British Telecom. He has also represented KPMG on the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Forum (2008-2010).


In 2009 he became a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Diversity and Talent; in 2010 he served on the 'Global Agenda Council on the Next Generation'; and in 2011 he became a member of the 'Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business'. In 2012 I led the WEF Agenda Council - The Future of Civil Society, as Vice Chairman.

Given the impact the group had over the year that led to the launch of the WEF report (The Future of Civil Society) in January 2013, he was invited to lead the Council for the second consecutive year until July 2014.

In 2005, he was awarded the honour of an independent peerage to the House of Lords by Her Majesty The Queen. In the same year, he also received the UNICEF award for his ‘outstanding contribution to understanding and effecting solutions for Africa’s children’.

In 2014, Lord Hastings was conferred with an honorary doctorate in civil law from the University of Kent, Canterbury for his leadership at KPMG and the BBC on International Development and Corporate Responsibility.

He was chairman of Millennium Promise UK and a member of the global Millennium Promise Board and in 2011 he became a vice president of UNICEF.

He began my career as a teacher and then moved into Government service in 1986 supporting policy initiatives to bring employment and development to Britain’s inner cities. In 1990 he moved to work at TVAM on education programming and then GMTV as Chief Political Correspondent.

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