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Stephanie Shirley

Dame Stephanie Shirley is a serial IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. Founder and now Life President of Xansa plc, she is also Past President of the British Computer Society and Past Master of the IT livery company as well as its major sponsor. Since retiring in 1993, she has served on corporate Boards such as Tandem Computers Inc., and the John Lewis Partnership plc. Dame Stephanie's focus has been increasingly on philanthropy based on her strong belief in business people giving something back to society. Her main interests are autism and making better use of IT in the voluntary sector. Her charitable Shirley Foundation is one of the top grant-giving foundations in the UK with £60M in grants given. It has initiated and funded a number of projects that are pioneering by nature, strategic in impact and significant in money terms.
Dame Stephanie served as the UK Government’s Ambassador for Philanthropy in 2009/10.

Series featuring Stephanie Shirley

  • Alumni Weekend
  • Oxford Internet Institute
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 OII Internet Awards 2014: Interview with Dame Stephanie Shirley Interview with Dame Stephanie Shirley on receiving a lifetime achievement award at the OII Internet Awards 2014. Stephanie Shirley 09 Jan 2015
2 The Life Story of a Pioneer: From Hi-tech to Philanthropy The OII's Founding Donor Dame Stephanie Shirley speaks about the sources of her innovation, the software house she founded back in 1962 and why she has already given away £65M to IT and autism projects. Stephanie Shirley 02 Jan 2013
3 Creative Commons Philanthropy: Mega-trend of the 21st Century Dame Stephanie Shirley speaks about her personal philosophy of philanthropy, the importance of a social and cultural approach to giving, and her vision of the role of philanthrophy in the 21st century. Stephanie Shirley 29 Sep 2011
4 Creative Commons A is for Autism Dame Stephanie gives a talk about her philanthropic work in autism, looking at the condition's history, its causes, the treatments, specialist education and society's position on autism. Stephanie Shirley 28 Oct 2009