Thomas Segun Ilube  is a British entrepreneur and educational philanthropist and chair of the Rugby Football Union making him the first black chair of a major sport in England. He was ranked first in the Powerlist 2017, an annual listing of the UK's 100 most powerful people with African or Afro-Caribbean heritage.(born July 1963)
Thomas Segun Ilube
July 1963 (age 58)
Richmond, Surrey, England
|Alma mater||University of Benin|
Cass Business School
|Occupation||Entrepreneur and educational philanthropist|
Ilube was educated at Teddington School, in Richmond-upon-Thames and Edo College in Benin City, Nigeria, followed by a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Benin. He later received a master's degree in business administration from London's Cass Business School.
He created and launched Noddle, a credit reference service, in his time as MD of consumer markets at CallCredit Information Group. In 2005 Ilube co-founded Garlik, the online identity company sold to Experian in 2011 He is the founder and CEO of Crossword Cybersecurity plc, which was admitted to the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) on the London Stock Exchange in December 2018.
Ilube was a non-executive director of the BBC, from April 2017, stepping down in June 2021 to take up the role of chair of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), and a non-executive director of FTSE100 company WPP plc, the world’s largest advertising company by revenue, effective October 2020.
Ilube is the chair and founder of the African Gifted Foundation, a UK education charity focused on science and technology in Africa. They recently launched the African Science Academy, Africa's first all-girls science and maths academy. He was chair of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills. which opened in 2016 as the first brand new UK further education college in 23 years.
He was the first recipient of the City Livery Club centenary "Root and Branch" Award in 2014, presented by The Princess Royal. Ilube was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Wolverhampton in 2005.
In October 2016, Ilube was named by Powerlist as the most influential black person in the UK after topping the annual list of the 100 most powerful people of African and African Caribbean heritage in Britain.
In 2018, Ilube was awarded an honorary doctorate by City University, London, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to Technology and Philanthropy.
In 2018, Ilube was elected an advisory fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford, and subsequently elected an honorary fellow in 2021. In 2020 he was elected an honorary fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. Tom was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Benin in 2021
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