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Herb Nahapiet OBE



Deep in the last century, immediately after leaving school, Herb worked as a volunteer, teaching in a school and working in a leprosy colony in Nigeria. After obtaining an honours degree in civil and structural engineering he worked in both consulting engineering and subsequently as managing director of a construction company where he was responsible for the construction of many prestigious buildings in London, including London City Airport, the HQ of MI5, some buildings in Canary Wharf and the City.


In the second part of his career, from 1994, he was appointed as the first managing director of what is now known as Sodexo Justice Services, which pioneered private prisons in the UK and in particular the principle of giving
respect to prisoners. Using this and other ethical principles he helped grow the company to provide services in 120 prisons in 9 countries, mainly in Europe and South America. He now provides ad hoc advice to companies in
the international criminal justice arena. His pro bono activities started in the construction industry. He was the first chairman of the Construction Industry Council PFI Advisory Group, the leader of a DTI sponsored mission to Japan to identify the reasons for the success of the Japanese construction industry and how that could be transferred to the UK and the first chairman of the Construction Sector of the Technology Foresight Initiative, which provided a report to Government on the strategy it should adopt for directing research funds which would
deliver innovation and excellence. He was awarded an OBE for this work.


He has also been involved with the third sector. For the last 12 years he has been Vice Chairman and Treasurer of The Koestler Trust the best known prison Arts Charity in the UK.

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