Board of Governors

Governance of the Institute is the responsibility of the Board of Governors. Its membership is drawn from a wide range of backgrounds including representatives of the three main political parties, the civil service and business.

Lord Sainsbury of Turville

Chairman of the Board

Lord SainsburyDavid Sainsbury was Finance Director of J. Sainsbury plc from 1973-1990, Deputy Chairman from 1988-1992, and Chairman from 1992-1998.

He became Lord Sainsbury of Turville in October 1997 and was appointed Minister of Science and Innovation from July 1998 until November 2006.

He was a member of the Dockland Joint Committee from 1978-1981, a member of the Committee of Review of the Post Office (Carter Committee) from 1975-1977, a Trustee of the Social Democratic Party from 1982-1990, Chairman of the Governing Body of the London Business School from 1991-1998, and a member of the I.P.P.R. Commission on Public Policy and British Business from 1995-1997.

The Honourable Jocelyne Bourgon

The Honourable Joceylene BourgonJocelyne Bourgon is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Administration at the University of Waterloo and the Center for International Governance Innovation as well as President Emeritus of the Canadian School of Public Service and special adviser to the Privy Council Office in Canada.

From 1989 Mrs Bourgon has held a number of senior positions in the Canadian government. In 1989 she became Deputy Minister and was responsible for the constitutional negotiations which led to the Charlottetown Accord in 1992. In 1994, she was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet; she was the 17th Clerk and the first woman to hold this position. From 1994 to 1999, she led the Public Service of Canada through some of its most important reforms since the 1940s. Following this, she served as President of the Canadian Centre for Management and in 2003 became Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Sir Andrew Cahn

Sir Andrew CahnAndrew Cahn has been Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) since March 2006. Previously, he twice worked in the FCO at the UK's Permanent Representation to the European Union and was Deputy Head of the European Secretariat in the Cabinet Office in the mid-nineties.

From 1984-1988 Andrew also worked for the European Commission where he was part of the team responsible for planning and delivering the 1992 Single Market Programme in the cabinet of Lord Cockfield. He returned to the Commission in 1997 as Chef de Cabinet (Chief of Staff) for Neil Kinnock, and Vice President of the Commission and European Commissioner for Transport. He joined British Airways in 2000 as their Director of Government and Industry Affairs and is also a Trustee of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Dame Sandra Dawson

Dame Sandra DawsonKPMG Professor of Management, Fellow of Sidney Sussex College.

BA (Keele Univ.), MA (Univ. of Cambridge), FIPH, FCGI, Hon DSc (Keele Univ.), CIM, DBE "in recognition of her contribution to higher education and management research".

Professional experience

Non-Executive Director of: FSA (from 2010); Oxfam (from 2006); Barclays plc (2003-2009); Rand Europe (UK) (2002-2003); Cambridge Econometrics (1996-2007); JPMorgan Fleming Claverhouse Investment Trust (1996-2003). Chair, Executive Steering Committee, ESRC Advanced Institute of Management.

Member of: SSRC Board, USA (2010-); Ministerial Sounding Board for the Fire and Rescue Service (2003-2009); Senior Salaries Review Body (1997-2003); DTI Future Unit Advisory Group (1998-2001); Board of Advisors, School of Public Policy, University College London (1999-2001); Committee of Advisors, The Diebold Institute; Entrepreneurship and Public Policy Project (1999); ESRC Research Priorities Board (2000-2003); HEFCE RAE Panel: Business and Management Studies (1996 and 2001 Assessments); King's Fund, Policy Group on the Future, Structure and Funding of Health Services in the UK (2000-2003); Management Board of the Centre for Management and Policy Studies, Cabinet Office (2000-2002); Advisory Board of Alchemy Partners (2000-2004); Board of Trustees, EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) (from 2003); EFMD: Programmes Steering Group (2000-2003); EQUIS Steering Committee: EFMD (from 2002); DTI Task Force: Accounting for People (2003); External Advisory Group, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford; UK India Round Table (from 2006).

Member of the Editorial Board of: Quality & Safety in Health Care, Clinician in Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Public Management.

53rd person to be inducted into the International Women's Forum Global Hall of Fame, in recognition of achievements, including guiding the successful development of Cambridge Judge Business School. Awarded the Honorary title of Companion of ABS (Association of Business Schools).

Previous appointments

Professor Dawson was Director of Cambridge Judge Business School from 1995 to 2006, and prior to that was Professor of Organisational Behaviour (1990-1995) and Deputy Director of the Management School (1987-1994) at Imperial College, London University. Between 1999 and 2009 she was Master of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge.

Research interests

Organisational structure, leadership and change; technology transfer and knowledge sharing; health management and health policy.

Sandra Dawson is a member of the Organisational Behaviour subject group.

Lord Currie of Marylebone

Lord CurrieDavid Currie served as the inaugural Chairman of Ofcom from July 2002 until March 2009. A well-known figure in international economic policy, David has published extensively in the field of government regulation of industry and on macroeconomic policy. He was Dean of Cass Business School (2001-2007), and Professor of Economics (1988-2000) and Deputy Dean (1992-95, 1999-2000) at London Business School and Director of its Centre for Economic Forecasting (1988-95) and Regulation Initiative (1995-2000).

David has previously served as Chairman of Independent Audit, on the Board of Abbey National and on the Board of Ofgem, as well as on a variety of UK government advisory bodies including the Treasury's Panel of Independent Forecasters. He is Chairman of Semperian Investment Partners, and a Board member of the Dubai Financial Services Authority, the Royal Mail, BDO Stoy Hayward and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. David also chairs a major project on innovation for NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).

Miranda Curtis

Miranda Curtis

Miranda Curtis is a non-executive director of Liberty Global Inc (LGI) having retired from her executive role as President, Liberty Global Japan after leading the sale of LGI's Japanese interests in early 2010. Miranda is Chairman of Waterstones, and a non-executive director of Marks and Spencer plc.  She is Vice Chairman of Camfed, the leading African girls' education charity, Deputy Chairman of Garsington Opera and also serves on the board of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine CH

The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine CHLord Heseltine was a Cabinet minister in various departments between 1979-86 and 1990-97. He was Deputy Prime Minister from 1995-97.

He is chairman of the Haymarket Group, which he founded in 1957. He is also a Fellow of the 48 Group Club, Gold Medallist of the Institute of Sheet Metal Engineering (1999) and received the Institute of Public Relations’ Presidents Medal in 1998. In 1991 he was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Lord Heseltine has also been presented with the Publicity Club of London Cup (2005), National Business Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award (2005) and the PPA Marcus Morris Award (2003).

He has authored Where There’s a Will (1987), The Challenge of Europe: Can Britain Win? (1989) and his political autobiography, Life in the Jungle (2000).

Currently he is chairing an independent advisory panel for a £1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Susan Hitch

Susan HitchSusan Hitch is the manager of Lord Sainsbury of Turville's pro bono programme and a board member for the Centre for Cities, Policy Network and the Centre for European Reform. She is a trustee of the Sigrid Rausing Trust and a member of the advisory board of the Weidenfeld Scholarships. She is also a critic and broadcaster on arts and culture on BBC radio and television.

Sir Andrew Likierman

Andrew LikiermanAndrew Likierman is Dean of the London Business School. He is also Chairman of the National Audit Office and Director of Barclays Bank plc. Andrew's career has spanned work in both the public and private sectors.

He was a member of the Cabinet Office Central Policy Review Staff and spent ten years as one of the Managing Directors of the UK Treasury and Head of the UK Government Accountancy Service. He has also been a Non-Executive Director of the Bank of England and in the Health Service was Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. Andrew has advised a number of House of Commons Select Committees, was President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has been a member of a number of official inquiries, including the "Cadbury Committee" on corporate governance.

John Sharkey

John SharkeyJohn Sharkey has spent most of his commercial life in communications businesses. He was joint managing director of Saatchi and Saatchi UK, founded and ran his own advertising agency and was chair of various other communications and recruitment enterprises. He became strategic communications advisor to Nick Clegg in 2007 and was chair of the party’s General Election campaign in 2010. He is a member of the House of Lords.

Jonathan Stephens

Jonathan StephensJonathan Stephens became Permanent Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) at the beginning of October 2006.  As Permanent Secretary, Jonathan leads DCMS civil servants responsible for such major projects in 2012 as the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Diamond Jubilee and digital switchover, as well as key policy areas which touch on British life, including the arts, culture, sport, the creative industries, tourism, broadcasting, technology and broadband.Jonathan has said he sees DCMS as like the Tardis – deceptively small from the outside, but with a huge reach to improve the quality of life for all.

Jonathan has worked in a range of departments across Whitehall and the centre of government.  The majority of his career was in the Northern Ireland Office where he was closely involved in the peace process throughout the 1990s, before moving to the Cabinet Office and then HM Treasury in 2001. Between 2004 and September 2006, he was Managing Director, Public Services at the Treasury, and was closely engaged with the current Comprehensive Spending Review and sat on the Treasury’s Board.

Jonathan is married with two children.

Lord Simon of Highbury

Lord SimonCurrently a non-Executive Director of the GDF Suez Group.  Lord Simon is also Senior Adviser of Morgan Stanley International, a member of the International Advisory Board of Dana Gas, and is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Montrose Associates. He is Deputy Chairman of the Council of Cambridge University, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Institute for Government.. 

Former Deputy Chairman of the Unilever Group 2006 - 2009, having joined the Unilever Board in 2000. Lord Simon was also a Trustee of the Cambridge Foundation, having been the Foundation's Chairman from 2001 - 2005. Former Minister for Trade and Competitiveness for Europe at the Department of Trade and Industry and H.M. Treasury 1997 - 99. Former Chairman of British Petroleum from 1995-97, Group Chief Executive from 1992-95, having joined the Board in 1986. He was appointed CBE in 1991, knighted in 1995 and created a Life Peer in 1997.