Mike Kapur is a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Leicestershire and a leading businessman who plays a keen and active part in developing and promoting the City and County he made his home 30 years ago. He has 23 successful years of Board Room experience in both private and public sector organisations recognised in his appointment in 2013 to one of the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) most important National roles as Head of its Enterprise Forum, a position from which he leads the CBI’s policy work in respect of SME’s and acts as the National figurehead for SME members and their issues including interfacing with Government and the European Commission on their behalf.
Mike started his career in 1985 at KPMG. In May 1993, he was “East Midlands Young Project Manager of the Year”. He then became the Director of Entrepreneurial Service at Ernst & Young and two years later, he moved to Parker Plant Limited, as Group Finance Director. In 2002 Mike founded Signum Corporate Communications Ltd where he retains responsibility for ensuring that all aspects of company strategy are implemented and performance managed.
From 1995 to 2009 he played a leading role in the development of the NHS locally, initially as a non-executive director at Leicester Royal Infirmary and, following its merger in 2000 with two other large hospitals he was retained as Deputy Chairman of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, then the third largest trust in the UK.
Mike joined the Board of Governors of De Montfort University in May 2009. He is Chair of the university’s Audit Committee, was appointed its Deputy Chairman in February 2012, and is a Pro Chancellor of the University, participating in key ceremonial events throughout the academic year.
Mike is Chairman of the National Space Centre where he has instilled a strong sense of world class standards and focus on the long term.
In 2014 Mike was named Non-Executive Director of the Year at the Leicestershire Business Awards. In November 2016 he became a Non-Executive Director of Learning & Work Institute, in January 2016 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Leicester City Football Club Trust becoming Chairman in March 2017, and in April 2016 he became a Trustee of Warning Zone.
In June this year Mike was awarded and OBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List for his services to Science, Technology, Business and Enterprise.