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Dr Chris Gibson-Smith CBE

Dr Chris Gibson-Smith CBE

Experienced Chair: 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 and 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 Co. 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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Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg

Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg

Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg is Vice Chairman of DNB ASA and Chairman of Veidekke ASA. He is an Independent Director at Swiss Steel Holding AG, a Non-Executive Director at Mondi plc and Eramet Norway. He is also the Vice Chair of the Council of Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (The Norwegian Wealth Fund).

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Dr Pascal Colombani

Dr Pascal Colombani

Pascal Colombani previously chaired the Supervisory Board of Areva, was Chairman of Valeo SA and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the French Atomic Energy Commission. Pascal is President of TII Strategies SASU, a consulting and investment company, since 2014. He also serves as a member of the EMEA advisory board of JPMorgan Chase, as Senior Advisor of Kearney, a global management consulting firm and as a Senior Advisor of Truffle Capital.

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Harald Norvik

Harald Norvik

Harald Norvik has been Chairman of Scandinavian Airline Systems, Chairman of Telenor ASA, Chairman of the Oslo Stock Exchange, TV2, and Deputy Chairman of PGS ASA. Harald is currently Chairman of NRC (a global refuge organisation), Chairman of Kraft Bank, Chairman of BOS PS Group, Chairman of Barratt Due Music Institute and a member of the Board of Umoe ASA. 

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Gérard Mestrallet

Gérard Mestrallet

Gérard Mestrallet is Honorary Chairman of ENGIE, Honorary Chairman of SUEZ, Executive Chairman of AFALULA, Non-Executive Director on the Board of Societe Generale SA, Board member of the Executive Committee of the Saudi Electricity Company and Co-Chair of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.

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