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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

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 is a trustee of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. 

Industry Knowledge

Sir Douglas Flint served as Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc from 2010 until October 2017, for fifteen 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 and was 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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Susan Kilsby

Susan Kilsby

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Dr Vivienne Cox CBE

Dr Vivienne Cox CBE

Vivienne Cox is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vallourec SA, a supplier to the energy industry, Senior Independent Director of Pearson plc, a Non-Executive Director of GlaxoSmithKline plc and a member of the board of Stena AB. Vivienne is also Chair of the Rosalind Franklin Institute and Vice-Chair of the Said Business School, Oxford University.

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Calvin Grieder

Calvin Grieder

Calvin Grieder is the Chairman of Givaudan SA, Chairman of AWK Group and the Chairman of Société General de Surveillance (SGS SA). In addition, he is Chairman and Administrative President of the international engineering group Bühler AG.

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Hubert Joly

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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