James Ross OBE, Chairman of LSTM

James Ross was educated at Oxford, where he was an Open Exhibitioner of Jesus College; he gained an honours degree in Modern History in 1962. He joined BP in 1962 and during a thirty year career rose to become a Managing Director and Chairman and Chief Executive of BP America, having worked in the UK, France and Africa. 

After leaving in 1992 he spent twelve years as successively Chief Executive of Cable and Wireless, Chairman of Littlewoods and Chairman of National Grid.  

He was the recipient of honorary doctorates of law at the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester in 2000.

In the mid-1990s, he chaired the Board of the Manchester Business School. He was  Chair of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education 2003 – 2011.

He was a director of Prudential, Schneider Electric in France and McGraw Hill in the USA. Appointed Chairman of the LSTM Board of Trustees in December 2007.