Sir Rodney Malcolm Aldridge OBE, FRSA (born 7 November 1947) is the Founder and former Executive Chairman of Capita, a British company specialising in business process outsourcing, and currently Chairman of The Aldridge Foundation, which encourages young people to create their own social change, using an entrepreneurial mindset, and is the sponsor of three Academies in Darwen, Brighton and Portslade.
As well as leading The Aldridge Foundation, he is also Chair of v, the charity launched in May 2006 which aims to inspire and engage over 1 million new youth volunteers. In January 2007 he was appointed Chairman of The Lowry, a theatre and arts venue in Salford. He is also a member of the Prince's Charities Council at the invitation of the Prince of Wales, and a member of the NESTA Lab Board. In 2009, he took up a role as Chair of the Department of Health (United Kingdom) 'Dance Champions Group', aiming to encourage 100,000 more adults to take up dance as a form of physical activity, with members such as Arlene Phillips and Lisa Snowdon.
Aldridge founded and led the Capita Group from its formation in 1984 until 2006. During his time as chair the group expanded to a FTSE 100 company employing 27,000 as well as profits increasing each year to almost £200 million in 2006. In 1987 he led the management buyout (MBO) of the group from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the flotation of Capita on the unlisted securities market (USM) in 1989 valued at £8 million.
In 2006 Aldridge resigned as chairman of Capita after it was revealed that he had lent the Labour Party £1 million. The loan, which was secret at the time it was made, was controversial, in part, because Capita is a major public sector supplier. Prior to Capita, Aldridge worked for Aerotron Limited and in local government for 10 years with East Sussex County Council, Brighton Borough Council, Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council, joining CIPFA in 1974, ultimately becoming its Technical Director.
Aldridge is a patron and former trustee of The Prince's Trust and was the Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) public services strategy board at its inception in 2003 through to July 2006. He is a former Non Executive Director on the Ministerial Advisory Board of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Services, an Executive Agency of the FCO.
He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1994 New Year Honours for services to the computer industry and was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to young people. He was given the freedom of the City of London in 1996. He is on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
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