Lord Dr. Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE

Official portrait of Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick. Photo: Chris McAndrew

Lord Dr. Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE began his career as a teacher, and moved into government service in 1986. For one, he founded Crime Concern in 1988, when he merged it with the Rainer Foundation in 2008 creating CATCH22 it became the leading crime prevention agency. Lord Dr. Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE got his Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2003.

In 1994 he began working for the BBC as a presenter, later 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 retired from KPMG in June 2019. He was conferred with a Life Peerage in 2005 and sits as a Crossbench Independent Peer in the House of Lords. 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. Between 2007-19 he has attended the World Economic Forum in Davos annually and led the enquiry into the Future of Civil Society. Lord Dr. Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE is a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and Chair of its Global Development Committee and a Vice President of UNICEF UK and Tearfund.

In 2014, Lord Dr. Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE 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 he was installed as the Chancellor of Regent’s University London.


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