Da Costa

Strategic Development Director

London Office Leeds Office


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Alastair is a senior executive board member and partner with HGF. He has extensive executive and board experience as an international leader in professional services (international law firm, professional services firms and strategy consultancy), education (further and higher education) and not-for profit (international charity and public/private organisations) sectors.

A corporate lawyer by profession with a 20 year+ career at DLA Piper which included global practice group leadership, Asia Pacific & Middle East leadership and Board and Executive roles; Alastair also brings an understanding of the value of strategic partnerships, mergers, fundraisings and effective governance across all sectors. Alastair is passionate about education, diversity and inclusion and he Chairs Capital City College Group, one of the UK's largest education college groups, he is on the board of The London School of Economics and is a Commissioner to the UK Government's Social Mobility Commission.


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Development Management, The London School of Economics


Law, The University of Leeds


Qualified Solicitor, 1990


Post Graduate Certificate in Management, Leeds Becket University


Alastair is involved in a number of external education, social mobility and community roles including:

Chair – Capital City College Group, one of the largest Further Education College Groups in  the UK

Board Member and Chair of Remuneration Committee -The London School of Economics

Commissioner – The Social Mobility Commission, which focuses on monitoring improvements in social mobility in England

Student Mentor – The University of Leeds

Chair – Leeds Tykes, semi-professional rugby club


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