Mick Yates

Mick Yates


e-mail  m.yates@leeds.ac.uk


BA Combined Honours, Mathematics & Philosophy, University of Leeds (1972)
MSc Consulting & Coaching for Change, HEC & Oxford University (2005)
Visiting Professor, University of Leeds (2010)
MA Photography, Falmouth University (2018-19)


As Visiting Professor at the Leeds University Business School, Mick has special interest in the privacy and organisational implications of Data and AI technologies. He works mainly with the Inter Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, Arts Faculty (IDEA). Mick is involved with the Leading Minds project at the Centre, research into persuasion and communication, and its ethical implications for modern organisations.

Mick is a Stakeholder Board member on the EU SHERPA project (SHaping the Ethical dimensions of smart information systems)

He is also on the Board of Advisors of digi.me, a world leading personal data start-up. Previously, he led the team creating dunnhumby's partnerships with Clients across the world. dunnhumby is the Global Leader in helping Clients take customer focused & data-based business decisions. He was Director on JV Boards on 3 continents (2006-2013). Mick was previously a senior corporate executive, with over 30 years working in Europe, the USA and Asia Pacific. Until mid 2001, he was Company Group Chairman of Johnson & Johnson's Consumer business in Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore. Prior to this, he spent 22 years at Procter & Gamble, starting in marketing and then latterly as Regional Vice President based in Hong Kong and then in Japan. In all, he spent 11 years as a Regional CEO of Asian businesses. He also served as Chairman for Living Cell Technologies, an Australia/New Zealand biotechnology company, from the IPO in 2004 until late 2006.

In the non-profit arena, Mick was a member of the Board of Trustees of Save the Children (USA, 2001 2007), a past member of the Board of Save the Children Korea, and a Chief Advisor to the Save the Children International Alliance. 

In 1999, the Yates family started a Cambodian school development program, in a remote ex-Khmer Rouge reconciliation area. They founded the Angkor Foundation to continue this work, and were awarded Medals of National Reconstruction by the Royal Cambodian Government (2002) and P&G Alumni's Humanitarian of the Year award (2011). His recent MA was a documentary project about the Unfinished Stories of Cambodians that the family has known for twenty years, and who survived the Khmer Rouge Genocide.

Mick is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA, 2002). Mick and wife Ingrid have 6 children and 9 grandchildren, born in 6 countries, on 4 continents.

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