Lord Dr Michael Hastings
Global Head of Citizenship
Michael began his career as a teacher moving into government service in 1986 supporting policy initiatives to bring employment and development to Britain’s inner cities working with No.10 directly. In that period onward, he became a Commissioner with the Commission for Racial Equality serving 9 years; a Member of the Social Security Advisory Committee (4 years) and the first minority on the Metropolitan Police Committee (3 years) and subsequently Advisor to then Sir John Stevens, Met Police Commissioner. Michael founded Crime Concern in 1988, merged it with the Rainer Foundation in 2008 to created CATCH22, the leading crime prevention agency. He received a CBE in 2003.
In 1994 Michael moved to the BBC as a presenter on the weekly BBC 2 Around Westminster programme before joining its Corporate Affairs division. In 1996 he became the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs and then its first head of Corporate Social Responsibility in 2003 before becoming KPMG International's Global Head of Citizenship in 2006. He retires from KPMG in June 2019. In 2005 he also received the UNICEF Award for his work on ‘effecting positive solutions for Africa’s Children’ further to leading the BBC’s corporate response to the Blair Commission for Africa Report.
Michael is a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and Chair of its Global Development Committee and a Vice President of UNICEF UK and Tearfund. He also worked closely with Millennium Promise serving on the International Board and Chairing MPUK with a focus on Ghana. He is also a Patron of the WE Foundation and a Governor of Junior Achievement Worldwide. Michael also served for 9 years on the BT Board Committee for Responsible and Sustainable Business.
In 2014, Michael was conferred with a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury in recognition for his leadership at KPMG, the BBC and for his work in international development and corporate responsibility. In 2017 Michael was installed as the Chancellor of Regent's University London.