Michael Frye CBE
Michael was a big man in every way: big in body, big in spirit and energy, big in his concern for a more ethically motivated business world and big in his ambitions for the RSA. He was a strong supporter of the Tomorrow’s Company Inquiry, initiated by the RSA at the start of his chairmanship, which examined the role of business in a changing world (Tomorrow’s Company is now an independent thinktank with a global agenda). Michael took over the chair just as the RSA moved back into surplus after five financially nerve-racking years, following separation from RSA Examinations Board and the major task of recovering the vaults to create a new source of income as a unique conference centre. He grasped this opportunity with typical energy and determination. Michael also presided over the the Queen’s visit to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Presidency.