This September Mark Spelman was unanimously elected to serve as Ridley Hall’s new Chair of Trustees.
Mark succeeds the Bishop of Birmingham, David Urqhart. Mark is an international business leader who worked at Accenture for 26 years. His Accenture roles included being global head of strategy, global managing director for thought leadership and executive director for the Accenture Institute for High Performance.
Alongside Chairing Ridley Hall’s Trustees, Mark's current roles include working for the World Economic Forum (WEF) to lead their initiative on the future of the digital economy and society. He is also chair of an EU-China expert group studying the future of the digital economy. His work involves engaging leading thinkers and decision makers from government, business and civil society on digital disruption, access and internet governance.
Mark was chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Executive Council in Brussels and a non-executive director at Sport England; his current non-executive roles include The Future Cities Catapult in the UK, Harlequins RFUC and chairman of Leap a charity specializing in helping young people understand the causes and consequences of conflict. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and a MBA from INSEAD, France.
Please join us in thanking God for this excellent appointment and in praying for Mark as he works with Trustees, staff and students to undertake this important task.