Mick Yates

Mick Yates



  • 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)


I work mainly with the Inter Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, Arts Faculty (IDEA), wirth particular interest in Data Ethics and the Ethics of Photography. I am also involved with the Leading Minds project at the Centre, research into persuasion and communication, and its ethical implications for modern organisations.

I was a Stakeholder Board member on the EU SHERPA project, which shapes the Ethical dimensions of smart information systems. Along with this, I was also on the Board of Advisors of digi.me, a world leading personal data start-up.

Previously, I led the team creating dunnhumby's partnerships with clients across the world. dunnhumby is the global leader in helping clients take customer focused and data-based business decisions. I also was Director on JV Boards on 3 continents (2006–2013.)

Before that, I was a senior corporate executive, with over 30 years working in Europe, the USA and Asia Pacific. Until mid 2001, I was Company Group Chairman of Johnson & Johnson's Consumer business in Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore. Prior to this, I 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 total, I spent 11 years as a Regional CEO of Asian businesses. I 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 sector, I 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, my family started a Cambodian school development program, in a remote ex-Khmer Rouge reconciliation area. We 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.) My recent MA was a documentary project about the Unfinished Stories of Cambodians that my family has known for twenty years, and who survived the Khmer Rouge Genocide.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS).

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