Heather Hancock joined the Board of the FSA as Deputy Chair in October 2015, in advance of becoming Chairman in April 2016.
Heather is also a Trustee of the Chatsworth Settlement Trust, a non-executive director of Rural Solutions, and chairs the Trustees of Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire.
Heather was a Managing Partner of Deloitte in the UK and Switzerland from 2008-2014, having joined the partnership to lead part of the Strategy business in the early 2000s. Prior to her Executive role, she served as an elected member of Deloitte's governance Board. Heather led Deloitte’s extensive services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, served as a member of the global leadership team, and had executive leadership for innovation, brand, client relationships, talent and communications.
Her earlier career included serving as Private Secretary to three Home Secretaries, establishing the Millennium Commission as its Chief Executive, and being Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Executive Director of Yorkshire Forward.
Heather Hancock has served as a Board member of the Global Social Progress Imperative and as Trustee of the International Business Leaders Forum. She chaired the BBC’s Rural Affairs Committee for seven years until 2010. In 2013/14, Heather carried out an independent review on bias and impartiality in the BBC’s rural affairs coverage, on behalf of to the BBC Trust.
In 2013, Heather Hancock was awarded the LVO in the New Year Honours for her contribution to The Prince’s Trust, where she was a Trustee for more than a decade and led a series of rural revival initiatives for HRH The Prince of Wales. Heather lives in North Yorkshire.