Larry Hirst CBE

Larry Hirst

"From being their first sponsor, to now 15 years later still a committed and active Advocate, I have never doubted the impact that everywoman has had on the diversity community. Together with pioneering partners such as IBM they have changed the agenda and as a result, many lives."

Until his retirement from IBM in July 2010, Larry Hirst was chairman of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He represented IBM to the European Commission and other authorities such as NATO and the EDA on issues of international public policy and business regulation. He was also responsible for the company's corporate citizenship, environmental affairs, intellectual property, standards development and university relations activities across the region.

In December 2009, Larry was announced as a private sector Business Ambassador by the UK Prime Minister, a role created to promote UK excellence. He stepped down from this role in 2013.

Larry is the Senior Independent Director of MITIE Group plc, the facilities, property and asset management company. He is an adjunct Professor and Chairman of the Data Sciences Institute at Imperial College, an everywoman Advocate and ambassador to Black British Business. He is also a member of the Government Cyber Research Council. 

He launched the UK HeForShe campaign, is Government Advocate for Men as Agents of change and is on the 30% Club Technology Board.

Larry was appointed C.B.E. in 2006, in recognition of Services to the IT industry.