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Dr Chris Gibson-Smith CBE

Dr Chris Gibson-Smith CBE

Experienced Chairman: FTSE 100, FTSE 250, Public Sector, Private Sector

  • 30 years of senior, leadership positions in business
  • Multi-industry knowledge in oil and gas, mining, energy, banking, insurance, aviation, financial services, and private equity
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Current Positions

Dr Chris Gibson-Smith is Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank.

Industry Knowledge

Chris brings 50 years of business experience across a wide range of industries.

His executive career was spent at BP, where he became the Main Board Director responsible for Asia, Africa, and BP’s global science and technology programmes.

He was Chairman of the London Stock Exchange plc, Chairman of the UK’s National Air Traffic Services, Chairman of The British Land Company plc, Chairman of Partnership Assurance plc, and Chairman of Just Group plc.

He was a Non-Executive Director of Lloyds TSB plc, Powergen plc, and the Qatar Financial Services Authority.

He was a UK Business Ambassador, and UK Sustainability Commissioner.

He served on Government advisory committees for aviation, and oil and gas.

He served on a wide range of charities and not for profit boards, including the London Business School, Institute for Public Policy Research, and the Centre for European Policy Studies.

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Michael Diekmann

Michael Diekmann

Michael Diekmann serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Allianz SE, is the Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co KGAA, and a Non-Executive Director at Siemens AG. Michael is the Chairman of the International Business Leaders Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai (IBLAC). 

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Christine Hodgson CBE

Christine Hodgson CBE

Christine Hodgson CBE is Chairman of Severn Trent plc and The Careers & Enterprise Co ltd. She is also a Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Standard Chartered plc. Christine was previously Executive Chairman of Capgemini UK plc, one of the world’s largest technology and professional services groups.

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Dr Peter Livanos

Dr Peter Livanos

Peter Livanos is Chairman of Gaslog Ltd, Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises Ltd, EnergyLog Ltd, DryLog Ltd and TankLog Ltd. He is a Director of MW&L and holds directorships and memberships in various international companies and committees. He is a member of the Council of the American Bureau of Shipping and chairman of the Greek National Committee. Peter is also a member of the Board of Trustees for New York-Presbyterian Hospital. 

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Val Gooding CBE

Val Gooding CBE

Val Gooding is Senior Independent Director at Vodafone Group and Queen’s Trustee on the Board of Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Val was formerly CEO of Bupa, Chairman of Premier Farnell plc, and Chairman of Aviva Insurance UK.

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