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The Future of the Corporation is led by Professor Colin Mayer, a Fellow of the British Academy and Professor of Management with leadership experience in the corporate sector. Professor Mayer is supported by a Steering Group of 11 drawn from the Fellowship and a number of external members. The Steering Group seeks advice from business through the Corporate Advisory Group, a larger group of business leaders from a range of corporate sectors.

Business and management • Jennifer Hawton

Professor Colin Mayer, CBE, FBA – Academic Lead

The Future of the Corporation programme is lead by Professor Colin Mayer, FBA.  Professor Mayer is Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and was elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy in 2013.

Colin was the first Professor at the Saïd Business School in 1994, and the first Director of the Oxford Financial Research Centre between 1998 and 2005.  He has served on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals and assisted in establishing prestigious networks of economics, law and finance academics in Europe at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the European Corporate Governance Institute.  He was a Harkness Fellow at Harvard University, a Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England, the first Leo Goldschmidt Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at the Solvay Business School, Université de Bruxelles, and has had visiting positions at Columbia, MIT and Stanford universities.

Colin was chairman of Oxera Ltd. between 1986 and 2010 and was instrumental in building the company into what is now one of the largest independent economics consultancies in Europe. He has consulted for large corporations and governments, regulators and international agencies around the world. He is an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and of St Anne’s College, Oxford.  He is an Ordinary Member of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, a member of the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute.

Professor Mayer was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to business education and the administration of justice in the economic sphere.

Other Fellows

Professor Onora O'Neill, FBA - Member of the Steering Group

Onora O'Neill is a member of the House of Lords and expert on trust in society, and specifically trust in businesses and institutions.  She is a member of the Board of A Blueprint for Better Business...

Professor Mike Wright, FBA - Member of the Steering Group

Professor Mike Wright is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London and Chair of the Council of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.

Professor Julian Birkinshaw, FBA - Member of the Corporate Advisory Group

Julian Birkinshaw is Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School, a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and a Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research.

Steering Group

The Steering Group for the Future of the Corporation provides advice and guidance on the development and implementation of the project.  It is comprised of Fellows of the British Academy and other members with relevant experience.  The membership is listed below.

Mohamed Amersi (Chair, Amersi Foundation; Trustee, Prince’s Trust International; Members of Global Leadership Council, Said Business School)
Marco Becht (Executive Director, European Corporate Governance Institute)
Bill Blair (Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court)
Victor Blank (Chair, British Academy Development Board)
Alun Evans (CEO, British Academy)
Luke Fletcher (Partner, Bates Wells Braithwaite)
Colin Mayer, FBA (Chair)
Onora O’Neill, FBA
Lucy Parker (Partner, Brunswick Group)
Paula Woodman (Senior Social Enterprise Advisor, British Council)
Mike Wright, FBA


Corporate Advisory Group

Alongside the Steering Group, the Academy has convened a group of senior business leaders. The purpose of this Group is to ensure that the programme remains relevant to and addresses the needs of business.

Alongside this Group, we will remain engaged with the wider business community through our quarterly newsletter and invitations to regular breakfast events.

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