Regent's announces next Chancellor

The Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship at KPMG, has been announced as the next Chancellor of Regent’s University London. He will take on his official duties at the University following a special installation ceremony in February 2017.

Lord Hastings
Lord Hastings

Lord (Michael) Hastings brings to the University a wealth of experience. He is KPMG's Global Head of Citizenship and was previously the BBC's first Head of Corporate Responsibility 2003-2006 having been the BBC's Head of Political and Public Affairs from 1996 to 2003. He is an independent Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation since 2005 and served at British Telecom as a non-executive on the Board for Responsible and Sustainable Business until 2013.

He has represented KPMG International on the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Forum and was also a Board Director of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). In 2009 he became a Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Council on Diversity and Talent and subsequently in 2011 he became vice Chair of the WEF Agenda Council on the Future of Civil Society. He now sits on the WEF Global Future Council on Migration from 2016 to 2018.

Lord Hastings is also currently Vice President of UNICEF UK since 2011 and is also VP of TEAR FUND. His other roles did include being Chairman of Millennium Promise UK and a member of the global Millennium Promise Board. He also represented KPMG on Business in the Community's International Leadership Board.

In 2010 he was a leading advisor to the Chatham House enquiry into the Future Role of the UK in Foreign Affairs. Michael sat on the Council of the Overseas Development Institute in the UK and the Centre for Global Development in the USA. He is Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Trade out of Poverty All Party Group with the Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP and Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP as a Crossbencher in the House of Lords.

In January 2003, Michael was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to crime reduction, including 15 years as Chairman of Crime Concern and 21 as a Trustee. He served on the Commission for Racial Equality for nine years as a Commissioner. He is listed as one of the 100 most influential black people in Britain and served on the Metropolitan Police Committee from its founding and subsequently the Commissioners private policy group under Lord John Stevens.

In 2005, Michael 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 from Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, then UK Chancellor for his 'outstanding contribution to understanding and effecting solutions for Africa's children,' and remains President of ZANE - a development aid agency focussed on Zimbabwe.

In 2014 Michael was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent.

He will be Regent’s second Chancellor and takes over the position from Professor John Drew, who has held the post from July 2013 to the present day.

Lord Hastings comments:

“I am delighted to have been appointed Regent University London’s next Chancellor.

“Universities have a key role to play in discussing the critical issues facing the world and sharing knowledge, and Regent’s has a proud heritage of achievement in both of these areas.

“I look forward to meeting with students and staff at this exciting time in the University’s history.”

Regent’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Aldwyn Cooper, adds:

“To have Michael as our next Chancellor is a huge honour. He has an unrivalled standing in the business and political arenas and will act as a great inspiration to us all. His commitment to outreach and corporate social responsibility are key elements to education at Regent’s and we look forward to working with Michael in these areas.”

“I would also like to pay tribute to John, who has supported Regent's since it was established 28 years ago. His diplomatic, commercial and academic expertise epitomise the values we seek to inspire in our own graduates.”