Douglas Flint

Douglas Flint

Douglas Flint began his career with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG), where he trained as a chartered accountant. He was appointed a partner of the firm in 1988. During his time at KPMG he specialised in banking, multinational financial reporting, treasury and securities trading operations, group reorganisations and litigation support.

He joined HSBC at the end of September 1995 and was appointed to the Board as Group Finance Director in December 1995. In February 2010 his responsibilities were broadened to that of Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director Risk and Regulation. He has been Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc from December 2010 until October 2017.

Board Mandates

Mr Flint was Chairman of the Institute of International Finance from June 2012 to December 2016, he remains on the Board.

He is a member of both the Mayor of Beijing’s and the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders’ Advisory Councils, and was a member of the International Advisory Board of the China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, from 2012 to 2016. Mr Flint was appointed Chairman of The Hong Kong Association with effect from 20 May 2016.

In March 2017 Mr Flint became Chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Just Finance Foundation. He is also a Trustee of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity Board.

Mr Flint was an independent external member of the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board in the UK until July 2015 and has been, by invitation from the Prime Minister, a British Business Ambassador since January 2014.

He was Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council’s review of the Turnbull Guidance on Internal Control from 2004-2005 and served on the Accounting Standards Board and the Advisory Council of the International Accounting Standards Board from 2001-2004. He also served on the Shipley Working Group on Public Disclosure and co-chaired the Group of Thirty report on Enhancing Public Confidence in Financial Reporting, and the 2008 Report of the CRMPG III, ‘Containing Systemic Risk: The Road to Reform’.

Mr Flint served as a Non-Executive director of BP plc from 1 January 2005 until 14 April 2011 and was Chairman of its Audit Committee in his final year.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


In June 2006 Mr Flint was honoured with a CBE by the Queen, in recognition of his services to the finance industry.

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