Chris Sayers


Chris has over 10 years of non-executive experience in large and complex organisations, including Higher Education, Government Office NE, Local Government, Social Enterprise and Charities. Most recently, he has been engaged in the Higher Education sector as Chair of the Board of Governors at Northumbria University for 8 years. He also chaired the UK wide Committee of University Chairs (CUC) and is currently a board member of Advance HE. Chris is on the board of Advance Northumberland and is Chair of the Alnwick Playhouse Theatre and Community Arts centre and a non-executive director of Building Futures East. He has previously been a non-executive director of the Government Office, NE where he was appointed as their “People Champion” with a remit to help develop a new staff culture. Chris has nearly 40 years of experience in the ICT industry, mostly with BT, specialising in large scale, IT-enabled business change. Chris and his wife Tessa also run a charity, the Faith Welfare Trust, which supports two children’s homes and a free school for desperately poor children in Southern India.


Youth Charter Dame Mary Glen Haig Office of

Sport for Development and Peace,

London Stadium Learning, London Stadium, 

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

United Kingdom


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Honorary Life President

The Late Dame Mary Glen Haig DBE*

Former Presidents

The Late Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster KG, CB, CVO, OBE, TD

The Late Lord Terry Thomas CBE

Founder and Chair

Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL

*In Perpetuity

Vice Presidents

Sir Bobby Charlton CBE

Pearly Gates

Judge Goldstone

Sir Alex Ferguson CBE

Clive Lloyd CBE

Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald

Lord Herman Ouseley

Sir Steve Redgrave CBE

Dame Sarah Storey DBE

Lemn Sissay MBE

Sir Rodney Walker

Frank Warren


Elaine Banton

Mark Barratt

Alison Burchell

Juliet Donoghue

Nadine Dyer

Peter Ibsen

Phil McCauley

Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL

Chris Sayers

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