Lord Dr (Michael) Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE joined the Board of Saxton Bampfylde in 2021. He has had a deeply purposeful career across the public, private and non-profit sectors, working within education, philanthropy, justice and commercial business to support and develop communities around the world.

Lord Hastings is currently Chair of SOAS, University of London, Chair of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Black Business Association. He is Chair of the Advisory Board of the Black Business institute, and is Professor of Leadership at the Stephen R Covey Leadership Centre, Huntsman Business School, USA.

He received a CBE in 2003 for services to crime reduction and community safety. He was conferred with a Life Peerage in 2005 and sits as an Independent Peer in the House of Lords.

Lord Hastings was formerly BBC’s Head of Public Affairs and its first head of Corporate Social Responsibility in 2003 before becoming KPMG international’s Global Head of Citizenship in 2006 and retired in 2019. Lord Hastings also sat on the BT Board for Responsible and Sustainable Business until 2016 and was a Board Member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He now serves on the Board of the University of Edinburgh’s Business School Climate Change Initiative and the Global Council of One Young World. He is the recent former Chancellor of Regents University London retiring in 2021.

Between 2007-19 he attended the World Economic Forum in Davos annually and led the enquiry into the Future of Civil Society for the WEF and worked on the Role of Business in Society network.

Lord Hastings was a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation for 11 years and a member of its Global Development Committee and is now a Governor of the Safaricom/Vodafone MPESA Academy in Nairobi. He remains a Vice President of UNICEF UK and President of UKCF – the UK’s Charitable Foundations network. In 2014, Lord Hastings was conferred with a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury in recognition for his work in international development and corporate responsibility and is the co-founder of a unique voluntary prisoner engagement and reverse mentoring programme called My Brother’s Keeper – a cause he holds as most dear and most important.

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