Neil McLean CBENon-Executive Director

Neil chairs The Ahead Partnership, an award winning social enterprise company and Northern Consortium UK, a business owned by 11 northern universities. He is leading the Yorkshire Campaign Board of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

Neil McLean CBE

Mr McLean joined the Board in May 2015. For most of his professional life he was a lawyer specialising in major property development and regeneration work and capital and portfolio transactions throughout England and Wales for many nationally known clients. He was Managing Partner in Leeds and a Board member of DLA Piper UK, one of the largest law firms in the world.

Mr McLean has also chaired the Board of Leeds City College, the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and the White Rose Academies Trust. He currently chairs Northern Consortium UK Ltd and the Ahead Partnership Ltd.

He was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014 for services to skills and business in West Yorkshire.

Mr McLean is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees and provides support on educational initiatives to the Governor Working Group for Volunteering and Education sub-committee of the Council of Governors.