Fitz alumnus and 1869 Fellow Benefactor Ken Olisa OBE FBCS FRSA is to be Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London, commencing on 28 May 2015.
Commenting on the appointment, Ken Olisa said: “I am honoured by this unexpected but deeply humbling appointment. The role of London’s Lord-Lieutenant is an extremely active one and one that can make a positive impact on the lives of many, as demonstrated by my esteemed predecessor – Sir David Brewer. As Lord-Lieutenant, I will be proud to represent Her Majesty and the Crown in all of my official duties, but I am also keen to bring to the role my twin passions of social inclusion and entrepreneurship for the benefit of those who live and work in our great capital city. It’s much more than a ceremonial role – I see a massive opportunity to contribute to the social integration of the capital.”
Ken Olisa (Natural Sciences, Social, Political and Management Sciences 1971) is a businessman and philanthropist, the founder of 2 technology merchant banks and the first British-born black man to serve as a Director of a FTSE-100 company (Reuters).
An advocate of social inclusion, he is Chair of Thames Reach, a charity working to shelter and resettle the homeless; Chair of the Shaw Trust, supporting the disabled and chronically unemployed to find work; founding Chair of the Powerlist Foundation, supporting future leaders from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) and disadvantaged backgrounds; a former Governor of the Peabody Trust; and a former Non-Executive Director of the West Lambeth NHS Trust.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London is Her Majesty’s representative in Greater London and is charged with upholding the dignity of the Crown. Across the thirty two boroughs (but not the City of London) he is responsible for the promotion of civic, commercial, voluntary and social activities within London and thus is part of the fabric of London in all its manifestations. By statute, Lord-Lieutenants retire at the age of 75.