Dr Chris Banks is an alumnus and graduate of the University of Birmingham, where he was also previously Deputy Pro-Chancellor of Council. Chris has a longstanding interest in education, employment and public services, and is independent chair of the Board of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). He formerly served as the Chair of the Learning and Skills Council, the organisation responsible for post-16 education and training in England and has spent his career working at Mars, Bulmers, Allied Domecq and Grand Metropolitan before becoming Managing Director of Coca-Cola Great Britain. He has now established his own leading edge food and drink business, Big Thoughts. He was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to young people and the unemployed.