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Dominic McVey

Chairman

Computer Aid International

London, UK

Dominic McVey
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Tavistock Group & NEXUS Luxury Collection
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Kampack Inc

Dominic’s Biography

Dominic McVey is a celebrated business leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He started his career at the age of 13, importing foldable scooters from the USA, and was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen as a pioneer in entrepreneurship at the age of 18. He has overseen various businesses and organisations in executive and non-executive capacities.

An advocate for ethical garment manufacturing practices, Dominic believes that "Doing good is good business". He serves as Chairman of Computer Aid International and holds a Non-Executive role on the Board of the Overseas Development Institute. He also sits on the Board of Ethical Apparel Africa, an apparel manufacturing and sourcing company focused on sustainable job creation in West Africa.

Dominic is an Advisory Council Member for the Coalition for Global Prosperity; Senior Advisor at Adoreum Partners; and is a Global Ambassador of the Halo Trust, a mine-clearing charity. Previously, he served as Director and Chairman at Hela Clothing, an apparel manufacturing, design and innovation company; sat on the Board of Foundation Garments;...
Dominic McVey is a celebrated business leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He started his career at the age of 13, importing foldable scooters from the USA, and was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen as a pioneer in entrepreneurship at the age of 18. He has overseen various businesses and organisations in executive and non-executive capacities.

An advocate for ethical garment manufacturing practices, Dominic believes that "Doing good is good business". He serves as Chairman of Computer Aid International and holds a Non-Executive role on the Board of the Overseas Development Institute. He also sits on the Board of Ethical Apparel Africa, an apparel manufacturing and sourcing company focused on sustainable job creation in West Africa.

Dominic is an Advisory Council Member for the Coalition for Global Prosperity; Senior Advisor at Adoreum Partners; and is a Global Ambassador of the Halo Trust, a mine-clearing charity. Previously, he served as Director and Chairman at Hela Clothing, an apparel manufacturing, design and innovation company; sat on the Board of Foundation Garments; and served as a Trustee for Royal Chartered education charity, The Landscape Institute. He also held an executive position at content producer Captive Minds, and co-owned magazine publisher Kane.

A respected speaker on business ethics and entrepreneurship, Dominic consults with governments, think tanks, and world leaders. He was awarded a MBE in the 2022 Platinum Jubilee Honours for his services to the development of the private sector in Africa.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) appointed Dominic as Professor of Practice in June 2022, stating that his achievements and interests align with their strategic mission.
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Dominic’s Newsfeed

Business News Wales
UWTSD Appoints British Entrepreneur Dominic McVey as Professor of Practice

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has appointed leading British businessman, humanitarian and entrepreneur, Dominic McVey, as Professor of Practice in acknowledgement of his achievements in alignment with the strategic direction and mission of the university.

Dominic’s Background

Computer Aid International
Chairman
Feb 2019 - Present
London, UK
Computer Aid International is a non-profit organisation that empowers communities through technology. With its network of on-the-ground partners, it integrates tailored IT solutions and long-term training programmes.
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Foundation Garments
Managing Director
Jan 2016 - Nov 2018
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, LK
Foundation Garments is a fashion and apparel manufacturer based in Sri Lanka. Founded in 1976, it has plants across the island and logistics operations in Canada.
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Advisory Roles

Adoreum Partners
Senior Advisor
Feb 2020 - Present
London, UK
Adoreum is a specialist global business development firm, members club and merchant banking platform which holds close relationships with CEOs, investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and influencers.

Current Board Positions

Overseas Development Institute
Non-Executive Director
May 2020 - Present
London, UK
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is a global affairs think tank focused on inspiring people to act on injustice and inequality by leading research and generating ideas that matter for people and the planet.
Ethical Apparel Africa
Non-Executive Director
May 2020 - Present
Accra, GH
Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA) is an apparel manufacturing and sourcing company enabling its West African partners to achieve their visions of worthwhile job creation at scale by providing expert technical guidance, independent quality control, logistics, and compliance assurance.

Previous Board Positions

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Foundation Garments
Board Member
Jan 2016 - Nov 2018
Mannar, LK
Fashion and apparel manufacturer Foundation Garments was founded in 1976. It is based in Sri Lanka and has logistics operations in Canada.
Hela Clothing
Chairman of the Board
Sep 2013 - Jan 2016
Mannar, LK
Hela Clothing is a multi-million dollar company focused on apparel manufacturing, design, and innovation based in Sri Lanka.
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Philanthropy

The HALO Trust
Global Ambassador
Sep 2020 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
The HALO Trust is a non-profit organisation that helps war-torn communities recover and rebuild by making their land safe. Its mission is to protect lives and restore the livelihoods of those affected by conflict.
Coalition for Global Prosperity
Advisory Council Member
Aug 2019 - Present
London, UK
The Coalition for Global Prosperity brings together a diverse group of aid supporters, including political, military, business, and faith leaders, to organise public and private events to explore the UK's role as a global leader.

Media

We Need To Get Innovative - with Professor Dominic McVey
Podcast Interview
Feb 2022
Dominic joins Ryan Baldry on the The Global Britain Podcast, discussing how UK businesses can be a force for good when combined with UK aid expertise and more ways to be innovative when it comes to utilising the UK development budget.
Charity Starts Where we Are Able to Influence
Podcast Interview
Sep 2021
Dominic joins Elizabeth Filippoulli on the This Is Inspirational podcast to discuss his story as a successful entrepreneur, his business approach, and and philanthropic work.
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Interviews

Money Talks: Dominic McVey, business leader and philanthropist joins Liam Halligan
Interviewee
Oct 2021
London, UK
Dominic is interviewed by Money Talks host Liam Halligan about his career as a young entrepreneur, philanthropist, and business leader.
Hub Culture Davos 2020: Dominic McVey, Entrepreneur
Interviewed
Jan 2020
Davos, CH
At Davos 2020, Dominic talks to Hub Culture's Edie Lush about Stakeholder Capitalism, his businesses in sub-Saharan Africa, and the importance of caring for employees' wellbeing in the workplace.

Features

A Life Less Ordinary: Dominic McVey
Interviewee
Jul 2019
Dominic speaks to Nick Scott about his extraordinary entrepreneurial success story.

Publications

Three proposals to support African garments workers during the coronavirus crisis
Co-Author
Mar 2020
Dominic McVey and Dirk Willem te Velde co-wrote this paper exploring three main options to protect African workers who face the prospect of extreme hardship.

Awards & Endorsements

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2022 Platinum Jubilee Honours
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Jun 2022
London, UK
Dominic was awarded an MBE in the 2022 Platinum Jubilee Honours for his services to private sector development in Africa.
The Times
Top 30 Power Players Under 30
Nov 2009
Dominic is named on The Times' list of young Brits who are leaders in the fields of sport, entertainment, fashion and politics.

Academic Appointments

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Professor of Practice
Jun 2022 - Present
Lampeter, UK
Dominic's appointment as Professor of Practice was made in acknowledgement of his outstanding achievements in line with the mission of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Speaking Engagements

Resilience and Prosperity with The Halo Trust
Panel Member
Jul 2021
Dominic joins a panel at the Big Tent Ideas Festival discussing the role of the private sector and impact investment on an equitable and green development and prosperity agenda.
Accelerating economic transformation in Africa
Panel Member
Sep 2019
Dominic joins a panel at ODI where approaches and strategies for economic transformation in Africa are discussed.
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