Margot James

Executive Chair, WMG
WMG, University of Warwick


Margot is Executive Chair of WMG, responsible for the overall strategic direction and development of WMG, at the University of Warwick. WMG us one of Europe’s largest applied research and education centres, with research programmes conducted in partnership with industry that span battery technology and sustainable materials to digital healthcare and cyber-security and technical education programmes that include academies for 14-19 engineers, apprenticeships, part- and full-time degree programmes and postgraduate research.   Before becoming WMG’s Executive Chair, Margot James had a wide-ranging career which spanned working for the UK Government and as a business woman. Both in business and government Margot has championed the need to expand opportunities for diverse groups of young people.   Margot served as Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with responsibility for Digital, Telecoms and the Creative Industries, piloting the Data Protection Bill through Parliament, incorporating GDPR into UK law. Earlier she served as a minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with responsibility for small businesses, consumers and corporate governance, including labour markets.   Prior to entering politics, Margot co-founded Shire Health Group and led its growth to over 100 staff, having created a market for industry sponsored public health campaigns and led the successful transitioning of Shire Health Group to the multinational WPP in 2000. She served on the Europe, Middle East and Africa Board of Ogilvy Mather, leading European healthcare programmes.