At a ceremony held earlier today, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kent. On being conferred with the honour, Lord Hastings joined musician Robert Wyatt, broadcaster Sandi Toksvig and comedian Harry Hill in receiving awards from the University this week, at Canterbury Cathedral.
Lord Hastings was previously the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs and then the Corporation’s first Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (2003-2006).
Lord Hastings is a recognised global leader in social responsibility. In 2012 he was asked to play leading role in the World Economic Forum’s review of ‘The Future of Civil Society’.
He began his career as a teacher before moving into Government service in 1986 where he supported policy initiatives to bring employment and development to Britain’s inner cities. In 1990 he joined TVAM to focus on education programming and then moved to GMTV, as Chief Political Correspondent. In 1994 he moved to the BBC where he presented ‘Around Westminster’ before joining the BBC’s Corporate Affairs division in 1996.
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