Sir Rod Aldridge OBE

A little about Sir Rod

  • Rod is deeply committed to entrepreneurship and passionate in his commitment to equality of opportunity and access for all
  • Founder of the Capita Group
  • Chairman of The Aldridge Foundation
  • Sponsor of five Academies
  • Patron and former trustee of The Prince’s Trust
  • Chair of The Lowry
  • Chair of Acorn Care and Education
  • Member of the Prince's Charities Council
  • Past Chair of vInspired

I established The Aldridge Foundation in 2006 after retiring from Capita, the business I set up, and which became one of this country’s most successful companies.

My Foundation harnesses entrepreneurship for social change. I want it to help young people reach their potential, and improve their communities, too.

My life has been shaped by my ability to take the right kind of risks and be confident in doing so. I wasn’t frightened of failure when I started out, or reluctant to think differently. In my view, resilience, team work and creativity are the marks of the genuine entrepreneur. These attributes have helped me every day of my working life. It doesn’t matter if you want to set up a company, or work with a group of volunteers to improve your street – an entrepreneurial mindset is a major asset, and I think that every young person can benefit from developing this mindset as they grow up.

Everyone should have access to a good education.  What do I mean by ‘good’? A good education gives people skills and qualifications, and it instils confidence, along with preparing young people for the challenges of life. Everyone has the right to expect an exciting, engaging and relevant education, regardless of who they are, or where they live.

As a result, the Foundation sponsors non-selective academies in areas of long-term deprivation, underinvestment or underachievement. Our academies have a focus on entrepreneurship, and are key to our commitment to support social change and community regeneration.  We want our academies to give people opportunities they would otherwise not have had.

I don’t think everyone should set up a business, although we want to help those that wish to. I do think an entrepreneurial mindset gives people the life skills to achieve whatever it is they want to achieve, and take control of their life. I also expect the Foundation to behave in an entrepreneurial way too.  The team here are unafraid to challenge conventional thinking and a culture of low expectations, and we all genuinely believe that there are no limits to what people can achieve. We want to keep learning, share what we have learnt with others, and work in partnership locally and nationally to improve life for more people.

Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about what we do, or want to work with us.

Sir Rod Aldridge


Biography

A social entrepreneur with over 40 years experience in the public, private and third sectors, Sir Rod Aldridge established the Aldridge Foundation in 2004 to further the work of his charitable trust. The Aldridge Foundation uses entrepreneurship as the catalyst for creating lasting social change for young people and their communities, by empowering young people to direct their own lives, raise their aspirations and change their future for the better, creating opportunities for young people that develop skills and assist them to achieve excellence, and building new partnerships and challenging current structures, thus enabling young people to realise their potential.

The focus is delivering a number of high profile activities in London, Darwen, Brighton, Salford and Portland. All of these promote the ideals of the Foundation, and the small, dedicated team support Sir Rod in his roles, including as the Sponsor of five Academies.

As the entrepreneurial founder of the Capita Group in 1984 until his retirement in 2006, Sir Rod led the company to become the market leader in the provision of support and professional services to the government and private sector in the UK. Today, the Capita Group is a FTSE 100 company, employs 34,000 people and interacts with 33 million people through the services it delivers. It has a market capitalisation of over £4billion and is the best performing share ever in the FTSE. During this time, Rod was also Chairman of the CBI Public Service Strategy Board at its inception in 2003.

Prior to Capita, Rod worked in local government for ten years with East Sussex County Council, Brighton Borough Council, Crawley District Group and West Sussex Council, becoming a qualified accountant with CIPFA in 1970, joining CIPFA in 1974, and ultimately becoming its Technical Director.

Rod was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006. He was awarded a Knighthood in the 2012 New Year Honours List for his services to young people, following the award of an OBE in the 1994 New Years Honours List for services to the computer industry. He was given the freedom of the City of London in 1996, and is a member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

Sir Rod is also Chairman of The Lowry, the theatre and arts venue in Salford, Chairman of Acorn Care and Education and a Non-Executive Director of Equiniti. A past Chair of vInspired- the charity which aims to inspire and engage over one million new youth volunteers, Sir Rod is also a patron of the Prince’s Trust and was recently invited to join the Prince of Wales' Charities Council.

From 2009 he also became Chair of the Department of Health's Dance Champions Group, with the aim of inspiring 100,000 more adults across the country to take up dance as a regular form of physical activity.

He is a regular speaker at conferences and is a contributor to the debate on public service reform, user voice and youth engagement.