The Open University was established by Royal Charter in 1969 and is governed by two statutory bodies: the Council and the Senate. For detailed information about The Open University’s formal governance structure please visit the OU website.
In addition, OUBS has appointed an International Advisory Board (IAB) who work closely with the Executive Dean and management team, in an advisory role, to provide international business and management expertise to support the delivery of our research and teaching.
Chair of the International Advisory Board
Maggie is a global business technology leader and CIO with over 30 years of experience, she has a long and distinguished career in the technology sector in the UK and overseas.
Independent Management Consultant
Janice is a passionate business leader with an MBA from the OU. An expert in business management and transformational change, she has strong links with a variety of major UK and international organisations.
Independent Director and Audit Committee member, Aditya Birla Group
Sanjeeb's current portfolio includes Retail, FinTech and Marketing Tech businesses. As well as Independent Director and Audit Committee member at Aditya Birla Group, he is a founder Director of Stab, a UK registered FinTech platform for real estate brokers.
Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Peter joined the CIPD as Chief Executive in July 2012. He spent 30 years working at Accenture, culminating in a 7 year spell as Global Managing Director leading the firm’s Talent and Organisation Performance Consulting Practice.
Investor & Adviser
Andrew is a highly experienced investor and adviser. He operates across Europe and North America and with heavy experience of Asian markets.
Independent Non-Executive Director and Adviser
Following a career of almost 25 years with American Express James has recently taken on a number of board and advisory roles for a range of institutions in the financial services sector.
Group Human Resources Director, WS Atkins plc
Prior to his appointment as Group Human Resources Director of WS Atkins plc, one of the world's leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, James was Group Human Resources Director of Hays Plc, a global specialist recruitment business.
Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute
As Chief Executive Officer of the CMI, Ann brings her extensive global general management experience to the IAB. She has a track record of developing people and delivering innovative strategies that result in sustainable growth.
Executive Chairman of Tinopolis
Ron is the founder and Executive Chairman of Tinopolis, one of the largest independent television producers in Europe producing over 2000 hours of television annually.
Professor at Columbia University
Dr. Arthur M. Langer is the Associate Chair of Faculty Affairs, Support, and Development and Academic Director of the Executive Masters of Science in Technology Management at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Fannie Mae
Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Head of Operations and Technology (O&T), Bruce is responsible for providing the technology vision and leadership to reduce the company’s complex technology infrastructure, build new capabilities, and improve safety and soundness.
Partner, Euler Partners
Jay is a Partner at Euler Partners and works with organisations on how they listen, connect and engage with stakeholders. She has advised global companies, start-ups, non-profit organisations and higher education institutions across a range of sectors.
Executive Vice President, Global Network and International Card Services, American Express
Peter Wright leads three divisions within American Express’ Global Network and International Card Services division. He is the Head of Card Services for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and oversees the company’s consumer card-issuing businesses and merchant acquiring partnerships within this region.