Mike Wright retired from the Executive Board of Jaguar Land Rover in March 2016 after over 40 years, experience of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands through their various periods of ownership that included BMW, Ford and latterly Tata. His last assignment was Executive Director, reporting since 2010 to CEO - Dr Ralf Speth, a role created to focus on the development of corporate strategies to deliver the company's growth ambitions. His direct responsibilities included leadership of Group Strategy; Global Financial Services; worldwide Government Affairs; Corporate & Social Responsibility and the new Special Operations division. His association with the auto sector continues following his appointment in April 16 as Chair of the Automotive Investment Organisation, now part of the newly formed Department of International Trade, tasked with boosting the UK’s automotive capacity and capability through both attracting foreign direct investment and increasing exports of its supply chain. In June 2014 he published an independent review of advanced manufacturing supply chain commissioned by the Labour Party. Mike was Chair of CBI West Midlands Council from 2014 to 2016 and is Chair of the WMG Academy Trust. He is also a director of EEF Ltd, and an RSC governor. He was awarded an honorary DSc by Aston University in 2014. Mike is a member of the University’s Finance and Major Projects Committee and has chaired the Advisory Board of Aston Business School since 2012. Based in Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire, UK, Mike’s interests include rugby, cricket, walking and the theatre. Based in Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire, UK, Mike’s interests include rugby; skiing; walking and theatre. EducationAston University: BSc, Communication Science 1972 – 1975 Mike is also a member of the University’s Finance and Major Projects Committee.