Chair of the Board of Governors

The Chair of the Board of Governors plays an important role in the governance of the University while working independently of its regular executive management.

Appointed by the Board of Governors from within its lay membership, the Chair is responsible for its leadership and is accountable to all stakeholders for the Board’s effectiveness.

The post of chair can be held for a maximum of six years, apart from in exceptional circumstances, when the Board may appoint the same person for a further three years.

Edward M Astle, MA, MBA

Chair of the Board of Governors

Edward Astle

Edward joined the Board of Governors in 2014 and was appointed Chair in 2016.

Edward has spent most of his career in the telecoms and utilities sectors. He ran substantial divisions and served on the boards of Cable and Wireless (1989–97), BICC (1997–99) and National Grid (2001–08). Between 1999 and 2001 he chaired two telecoms start-ups and one plc that had recently floated on the London Stock Exchange.

From 2008 to 2013, Edward was Pro Rector (Enterprise) at Imperial College London, leading a team that supported the university’s links with business, with a focus on corporate research funding and international ventures. He also oversaw the university’s relationship with Imperial Innovations.

In recent years, Edward has served as a non-executive director of Intertek Plc, an independent member of BT’s Equality of Access Board, Deputy Chair of the ENGIE UK Advisory Board and Vice-Chair of Shannon Trust. He is currently a non-executive director of Openreach and chair of the social mobility charity UpReach.

Edward was educated at Manchester Grammar School, Queens College, Oxford and has an MBA from INSEAD.

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