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Sarah Bates

Sarah Bates

Experienced Chair: FTSE 100, FTSE 250, FTSE Small Cap, Pension Funds, Public Sector, Private Sector, Charities
Experienced CEO: Private Sector 

  • 20 years of international senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in financial services
  • Experience as Audit Committee Chair, Nomination Committee Chair, Investment Committee Chair, Remuneration Committee Chair, Risk Committee member
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Sarah Bates is Chairman of Polar Capital Technology Trust plc, John Lewis Partnership Pensions Trust Ltd and the Diversity Project Charity. She is Non-Executive Director at Alliance Trust plc, of the Worldwide Healthcare Trust and a member of the Investment Committees of Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd and the BBC Pension Fund.

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Sarah has over 35 years of experience in the investment and investment-management sectors. She started life as an analyst with Simon & Coates and worked her way up through Invesco Ltd to become Joint Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive of the institutional business in the UK. 

Sarah was Chair of Merian Global Investors and Chair of St James’s Place plc. She was also Chair of the Association of Investment Companies and of JP Morgan American Investment Trust plc and Witan Pacific plc, and Audit Committee Chair of UandI plc.

She was also Chair of the Audit Committee of New India Investment Trust, among other investment-company Board roles.

In the property world, Sarah was appointed a Non-Executive Director of U and I Group plc, and Chair of its Audit Committee (and later SID), and Chair of a small Russian property company.

She was one of the co-founders of the Diversity Project, and set up the Diversity Project Charity, of which she is Chair. She was Chair of the Kings Corner Project (a small youth charity). 

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Hubert Joly

Hubert Joly recently stepped down from Best Buy Co which he led from 2012 to 2020, as President and CEO, Chairman and CEO and, finally, Executive Chairman. Hubert is a member of the Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson as well as Ralph Lauren Corporation. He is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, a Vice Chairman of The Business Council, a member of the International Advisory Board of HEC Paris and a Trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. 

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Susan Kilsby

Susan Kilsby

Susan Kilsby is the Chair of Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc and is Senior Independent Director and chair of the Remuneration Committee at Diageo. She is Non-Executive Director  of BHP, where she chairs the Remuneration Committee, and of Unilever  and the UKʼs National Health Service (NHS-England). She is also a member of The Takeover Panel in the UK.

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Baroness Sarah Hogg

Baroness Sarah Hogg

Baroness Sarah Hogg is currently a Senior Independent Director of Royal Mail plc. She holds a Non-Executive Directorship at The Times Newspaper Holdings Limited. Baroness Hogg has extensive experience of business, government and the media, having worked at the highest level in all three sectors.

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Dr Hans Wijers

Dr Hans Wijers

Dr Hans Wijers is Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of ING Group N.V., a member of the Supervisory Board of Hal Holding N.V. and a member of the Temasek European Advisory Panel of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited.

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