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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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Rona Fairhead

Rona Fairhead
The Baroness Fairhead CBE

Rona Fairhead (The Baroness Fairhead CBE) is Chairman of Electrocomponents  plc, a Non-Executive Director and Member of the Finance and Audit Committee of Oracle Corporation, a director of SurvivorNet (healthcare start-up), member of the External Advisory Group, McKinsey & Co and a Member of the House of Lords. Baroness Fairhead was previously the Chairman and CEO of the Financial Times Group.

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Vagn Sørensen

Vagn Sørensen

Vagn Sørensen is Chairman of Air Canada Inc, Chairman of FLSmidth & Co A/S and Scandlines A/S, Zebra A/S (Tiger) and TIA Technology A/S. Vagn is also Vice Chairman of Nordic Aviation Capital, a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, CNH Industrial, Unilode Aviation Solutions, VFS Global AG and a Senior Advisor to EQT Partners A/S.

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Sir Peter Bonfield, CBE, FREng

Sir Peter Bonfield, CBE, FREng

Sir Peter Bonfield is Chairman of NXP Semiconductors N.V., a world leader in automotive semi-conductors. He is Director and Chair of Audit at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd and on the Board of Imagination Technologies in the UK. Sir Peter is also Council Chairman and Senior Pro-Chancellor at Loughborough University and a Board Director at East West Institute USA. 

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Sir Peter Bazalgette

Sir Peter Bazalgette

Sir Peter Bazalgette is Chairman of ITV plc and the Chairman of Lovecraft Group ltd, a venture-backed e-commerce company. He is also a Non-Executive Director of UK Research and Innovation, and an Advisory Board member of Bartle Bogle Hegarty ltd. Sir Peter is also Honorary Professor of Creative Industries at the University of Manchester.

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