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Nicholas Ward

Honorary Distinguished Fellow

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Nicholas Ward

Honorary Distinguished Fellow, GPEI
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Nicholas Ward is an INSEAD Distinguished Fellow attached to GPEI and focuses on Turnarounds. He is an MBA from the 9th INSEAD Promotion in 1967/68, and has had an extensive career in business and in the UK public and voluntary sectors.

Nicholas qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell, now part of KPMG. His 50 year business career has spanned a number of demanding companies in a wide range of business sectors and his Chairmanships or Directorships have included 8 listed companies and 6 private equity situations. In the past 20 years he has played a leading role in a number of turnaround situations, and was one of the first directors of The Institute for Turnaround. He has also been a consultant to four major European financial institutions.

In the UK public sector, Nicholas has been a director of two NHS Regional Health Authorities and Chairman of the NHS Supplies Authority which handled procurement for the National Health Service. He was Chairman of a Home Office Committee, set up under Prime Minister John Major, to prepare a strategy for the promotion and development of volunteering throughout the UK and then chaired or co-chaired two bodies set up to implement some of the recommendations of this strategy. He was an Independent Member of the Steering Board of the Insolvency Service (an agency of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills) and a Public Member of Network Rail.

In the UK voluntary sector, Nicholas helped to establish and was the first Chairman of the Independent Custody Visiting Association (promoting independent visits to police stations to report on conditions under which detainees held in police custody), and was Chairman of the British Liver Trust and the Sulgrave Manor Trust.

Nicholas has now retired from all his business and public and voluntary sector activities.