Ashish Dasgupta

Ashish came to England in 1962 from India after graduating, obtaining a degree in Economics, Law and Accountancy. He studied in London to qualify as an Accountant and became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He is also a fellow of the British Institute of Management.

Ashish joined Philips Electronics, the Dutch multinational as a junior accountant in 1967 and spent most of his working life with the company. He worked for almost all of the product divisions, rose through the ranks and first became a director in 1976. After spending a few years in the Components, Private Telephony and then in the Industrial Electronics Divisions as Group Financial Director, Ashish joined the Radio Communication Division as Group Financial Director in 1986. In this capacity, he had responsibility of the Finance, Treasury and IT functions of the worldwide business. He then became the Managing Director and was responsible for the worldwide business of the Private Mobile Radio Group.

Philips decided to divest from this business in 1995 and after successfully divesting the business, Ashish took the temporary position of the Group Managing Director of the new company for a smooth handover. He returned to Philips as Managing Director of Philips Car Systems. In this role, he was responsible for introducing the first In Car Satellite Navigation system in the UK.

Ashish retired from Philips in 1998 and since then has been actively involved in both commercial and charitable activities. He owns and runs a small consultancy company and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of a software company.

Ashish has worked as a Non- Executive Director in the NHS for over fifteen years, firstly in the East Anglian Ambulance Trust and then in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust. He held the position of the Chairman of the Audit and Assurance Committees in both organizations.

In addition to NHS, Ashish has also been involved in Charitable and community services. He is a Trustee and Director of Papworth Trust, Varrier Jones Foundation and Pye Foundation. He served as a Magistrate in Cambridge for eight years.

As a member of the Livery Company, The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, Ashish became a Freeman of the City of London in 2006 and a Liveryman in 2008. He was awarded an MBE in 2010.

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