Programme Leadership

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.

Academic Lead

Professor Colin Mayer CBE FBA

Professor Colin Mayer FBA provided the inspiration for the Future of the Corporation programme and he now provides extensive support as academic lead.  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.

Programme Leadership and Delivery

The British Academy

The British Academy has invested extensively in the success of the Future of the Corporation programme.  The Academy contributes its extensive experience coordinating research programmes, its convening power, its beautiful surroundings and its academic and business connections.  It has also raised funds for the programme and provides a full-time Project Manager to lead the delivery and coordination of the research. 

Governance and Advice

Steering Group and Corporation Advisory 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.

Alongside the Steering Group, the Academy has convened a Corporate Advisory Group.  This group of senior business leaders ensures that the programme remains relates to the challenges that face business.

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