Mr Neil Mendoza

Provost
Mr
Neil
Mendoza

Neil Mendoza took up his post as Provost of Oriel at the beginning of September 2018.

An alumnus of the College (Geography, 1978), Neil has a breadth of experience spanning the commercial, charitable and public sectors.

An entrepreneur, early in his career Neil founded and ran a pioneering publishing company, Forward, that was eventually sold to marketing group, WPP. Since then, Neil has explored his many different interests, maintaining a keen focus on the arts, culture and heritage.

Neil serves as Chair of The Landmark Trust, a UK charity dedicated to saving buildings of historical importance. He also chairs The Illuminated River Foundation, a large art commission project to light London’s bridges. He is Vice-chair of the Soho Theatre in London, which aims to encourage new writing. Neil is also a director of Meira GTx, a gene therapy company with research facilities in New York and manufacturing facilities in London.

Neil is a non-executive director of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He led two government reviews in 2017 - The Mendoza Review of museums in England and a review for the Cabinet Office covering the national museums. Additional government appointments include being a Commissioner of Historic England and a member of the review panel looking into the sustainability of English churches and cathedrals.

Previously, Neil has served as Chair of Children and the Arts, a nationwide charity dedicated to using cultural work to help children in disadvantaged communities and hospices. He was also a trustee of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, a theatre charity working with thousands of children across the UK, and has twice been on the judging panel for the Laurence Olivier Awards.