Sir Rod Aldridge
Board member and Founding Chair
Sir Rod Aldridge, our Founding Chair of Trustees, is a social entrepreneur with over 40 years’ experience in the public, private and third sectors. In 1984, he founded Capita, and, until his retirement in 2006, led the company from start-up to becoming a FTSE 100 company.
In 2006, Sir Rod established the Aldridge Foundation to further the work of his charitable trust. Over 10 years it has developed a family of sponsored non-selective community academy schools and colleges. In September 2016 Aldridge Education was established as a multi-academy trust, which is now responsible for the performance of the family of Aldridge schools.
Sir Rod was awarded an OBE in the 1994 New Years Honours List, for services to the computer industry, and was given the freedom of the City of London in 1996. In 2012, he received a knighthood for services to young people.
Sir Rod is Chair of The Lowry arts and entertainment venue in Salford; patron and former Trustee of The Prince’s Trust, former Chair of Acorn Care and Education, a provider of special schools across England, and a founding member of The Prince’s Charities Council.
He is a Founder Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs.