- 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
Sir Rod Aldridge OBE
A little about Sir Rod
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 helps young people to reach their potential and improve their communities, principally through the sponsorship of entrepreneurial academy schools and colleges.
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 academy schools and colleges in areas where the outcomes students leave education with, their opportunities and the prospects for young people are most limited, and where the introduction of our entrepreneurial approach to education can have most benefit.
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 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 established the Aldridge Foundation in 2006 to further the work of his charitable trust. The Foundation helps young people to reach their potential and improve their communities, principally through the sponsorship of entrepreneurial academy schools and colleges: nine of which have now been established in the North West, London and southern coastal communities.
As the founder of the Capita Group in 1984 until his retirement in 2006, Rod led the company from start-up to becoming a FTSE 100 company, with Capita thus becoming the market leader in the provision of support and professional services to the government and private sector in the UK. Capita Group is now the 50th ranked company in the FTSE 100, with a market capitalisation of over £8billion.
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 account with CIPFA in 1970, joining CIPFA in 1974, and ultimately becoming its Technical Director.
Sir Rod was awarded an OBE in the 1994 New Years Honours List, for services to the computer industry, and was given the freedom of the City of London in 1996. In 2006, he was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2012, he received a knighthood for services to young people.
Sir Rod is Patron and former Trustee of The Prince's Trust, and a founding member of the Prince's Charities Council. He is also Chairman of The Lowry, the theatre and arts venue in Salford. In 2014 he and Lady Aldridge donated £400,000 to the organisation to boost a scheme for young people.
More information about the work of the Aldridge family can be found at http://www.aldridge.uk.net .