Sir Philip Hampton

Sir Philip Hampton

Sir Philip Hampton started his professional career with the auditors Coopers & Lybrand in 1975, working in various audit and investigation positions in London and West Africa. In 1981 he joined Lazard Brothers, working on mergers and acquisitions, business restructurings and capital markets.

In 1986 he was seconded to Lazard Frères in New York and also worked extensively with Lazard Frères in Paris.

From 1990 he worked for British Steel as Group Finance Director and became Group Finance Director of British Gas in July 1996. In 2000 he joined BT as Group Finance Director. From 2002 until 2004 he worked as CFO for the Lloyds TSB Group.

Board Mandates

In May 2015 Sir Philip became Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline. At that time he stepped down as Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, a role he held since February 2009.

He is a Senior Independent Director of Anglo American and Chairman of their Remuneration Committee.

In October 2009 he retired as Chairman of J. Sainsbury.

In addition to his previous Executive Directorships at British Gas, BT and Lloyds TSB, Sir Philip has also been Non-Executive Director at RMC Group and is the former Chairman of UK Financial Investments Ltd., set up by the UK Government.

Until the end of 2010 he was a Non-Executive Director at Belgacom, where he chaired the Audit Committee, and was a Vice-Chairman of the CBI from 2008-2009.


In December 2006 Sir Philip was knighted for his contribution to Public Services.

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