Dame Alison Carnwath

Dame Alison Carnwath, a member of the Business School advisory board has "admired Exeter's leap up the league tables."

Dame Alison Carnwath

The Queen’s 2014 honours list featured the names of nearly 1,200 people and, for the first time, included more women than men. One of those was Dame Alison Carnwath, an advisor to the University of Exeter Business School.

Dame Alison was honoured for her services to business. She is a renowned business woman and is Non-Executive Chairman of Land Securities PLC, the largest property company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

When asked about her honour, Alison declared that she was “thrilled to be made a dame but also amazed!”

A modest response from a woman who, according to The Times Power 100, is amongst the top 100 influential directors in the UK and one of very few women to chair a FTSE 100 company.

But, despite her busy working life, Dame Alison finds time to sit on several boards and advisory groups including the board of advisors for the University of Exeter Business School.

Having lived in East Devon for 25 years, Alison has watched the growth of the University and when asked about her decision to work with the Business School she said: “I live close to Exeter and have admired Exeter's leap up the league tables.”

Alison brings her wealth of experience gained as a senior executive within the investment banking sector and as board director and chairman of a number of PLCs, private companies and charities. Her incisive business acumen is a valued contribution to the School’s advisory board.

Professor Robin Mason, Dean of the Business School, said he is ‘privileged’ to have a business person such as Dame Alison on the advisory board.

He said: "We are very fortunate and privileged to have Dame Alison on our advisory board. Given her wisdom and experience, she is in high demand, especially given her day job as (first female) chair of a FTSE 100 company. We have benefitted enormously from that experience, her intelligence and sharp insight and her ability to make difficult decisions."

Under Dame Alison’s leadership, Land Securities PLC was one of the first property companies to restart development following the recession. Dame Alison is amongst the busiest directors in the FTSE 100 with roles in corporations throughout the UK, Europe and the US.

Dame Alison is Senior Advisor of Evercore, independent Chairman of ISIS Equity Partners LLP, a director of PACCAR Inc and Zurich Insurance Group. She is also a Trustee of the British Library, a member of Speakers for Schools and on the Advisory Council of the St George’s Society in New York in addition to being a member of the Supervisory Board of BASF and Chairman of the BASF Audit Committee.