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) which works 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.
Managing Director for Media, Entertainment, Culture & Fashion Industries at NEOM
Spearheading the development of a vibrant and sustainable creative industries economic sector for NEOM. He was previously President & General Manager for Fox Studios US based in Los Angeles, having been promoted from his role as CEO & Managing Director for Fox Studios Australia.
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.
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.
Executive Vice President, Human Resources, SNC-Lavalin
SNC-Lavalin of Canada is now one of the world’s largest infrastructure companies, following the acquisition of Atkins in 2017. Prior to this appointment, James was Group Human Resources Director at Hays Plc, The BOC Group, Linde AG, and PA Consulting Group.
Director General CIArb
Catherine joined CIArb in May 2020 having just completed a world-record breaking circumnavigation of the world on a tandem.
Senior Vice President IT Infrastructure and Operations for Centene Corporation
Centene is focused on providing government sponsored healthcare throughout the US and in international markets, including Spain and the UK. It is based in St Louis Missouri.
Partner, Euler Partners
Jay works with organisations to define and communicate their purpose and strategy, engage with stakeholders and manage change. She is currently conducting doctoral research on state governance and democratic accountability at UCL's Department of Political Science & School of Public Policy, and is a member of the IoD's Centre for Corporate Governance Working Group on Stakeholder Governance, and the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI).
Chief Product Officer at iPlato Healthcare
Namrata is a Trustee at the Middlesex Learning Trust, and Board Advisor at a few startups in London. She is a strong advocate of Diversity and Inclusion at the workplace, and leads several Women in Tech and Leadership initiatives.