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Sir Douglas Flint CBE

Sir Douglas Flint CBE

Experienced Chairman: FTSE 100, Hang Seng, STOXX Europe 50, Public Sector, Private Sector
Experience CFO: Financial Services

  • 25 years of international senior leadership experience, China expert
  • Multi-industry knowledge in financial services, oil and gas, consulting, government, fintech
  • Experience as an Audit Committee Chair, Nomination and Governance Committee Chair, Reputation Policy Committee Chair, Remuneration Committee member
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Current Positions

Sir Douglas Flint is Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen plc, one of Europe’s largest investment companies, and is Chairman of IP Group plc which helps to create, build and support outstanding intellectual property-based companies primarily through collaboration with partner universities and research establishments. He is also a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s international advisory panel and on the Board of the International Chamber of Commerce UK. He is the UK Treasury’s Special Envoy to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. 

Additionally, he is Chairman of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Just Finance Foundation, a Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, on the Global Advisory Council of Motive Partners, a fintech specialist investment platform, Chairman of the Hong Kong Association, Chairman of the Corporate Board of Cancer Research UK and a trustee of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Industry Knowledge

Sir Douglas served as Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc from 2010 until October 2017. For 15 years prior to this he was HSBC’s Group Finance Director, joining from KPMG where he was a Partner. Between 2005 and 2011 he was also a Non-Executive Director of BP plc. 

Sir Douglas was Chairman of the Institute of International Finance from June 2012 to December 2016 and was a member of both the Mayor of Beijing’s and the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders’ Advisory Councils; he was also a member of the International Advisory Board of the China Europe International Business School, Shanghai. He was an independent external member of the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board in the UK and has been, by invitation from the then Prime Minister, a British Business Ambassador. 

In 2017 he was appointed by the Chancellor as Special Envoy to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

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Charles (Chad) Holliday

Chad Holliday is the Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell and also serves as the Lead Independent Director at Deere & Company and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). He was previously CEO and then Chairman of Dupont, Chairman of the Bank of America Corporation, The Business Council, Catalyst, the National Academy of Engineering, the Society of Chemical Industry (American Section) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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Eldar Sætre

Eldar Sætre

Eldar Saetre recently stepped down as CEO of Equinor ASA,  the largest oil and gas group on the Norwegian continental shelf. Eldar is a member of the board of Strømberg Gruppen AS and Trucknor AS.

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Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger Carr is the Chairman of BAE Systems plc and a Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts & Co LP. In addition, he is Chairman of the English National Ballet, Vice-President of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and a Visiting Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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David Jiménez-Blanco

David Jiménez-Blanco

David Jiménez-Blanco is Vice Chairman of Bolsas y Mercados Españoles, Chairman of the Madrid Stock Exchange and Chairman of Gawa Capital Partners SGEIC, SA.  He is also an Independent Board Member of SIX Group AG (the owner and operator of the Swiss and Spanish Stock Exchange) and of Arima Real Estate SOCIMI SA, and a Member of the Board of Trustees at Fundacion Pablo Horstmann.

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