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Sir Richard Olver

Sir Richard Olver

Experienced Chair: FTSE 100, Public Sector
Experienced CEO: Public Sector, Private Sector

  • 22 years of international senior leadership experience 
  • Multi-industry knowledge in energy, oil and gas, defence, media, financial services, private equity, government
  • Experience as an Audit Committee member, Compensation Committee member, Human Resources Committee member, Nomination Committee member
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Current Positions

Sir Richard Olver is an adviser to Clayton, Dubilier and Rice LLC as well as to HSBC Holdings plc. In the oil and gas industry, he is a Director of Sand Hill Petroleum SA.

Industry Knowledge

Sir Richard served as Non-Executive Chairman of BAE Systems, one of the world’s largest defence contractors, from 2004 until 2014. 

Prior to joining BAE Systems, he had a 30+ year career with BP plc, where he served as Deputy Group Chief Executive from 2003 and Chief Executive, Exploration and Production, from 1998. He continued his association with BP as Deputy Chairman of TNK-BP from July 2004 until October 2006. He was a Non-Executive Director of Reuters and Thomson Reuters from 1997 to 2008.

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Sir John Peace CBE

Sir John Peace CBE

Sir John Peace was formerly Chairman, Chief Executive and a Founder of Experian plc, Chief Executive of GUS plc, Chairman of Standard Chartered plc and Chairman of Burberry plc. He was also Chairman of the Work Foundation, a visionary think tank. He is Chairman of the Midlands Engine Partnership and Midlands Connect. He is also Chairman of Octo Telematics and Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University.

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Feike Sijbesma

Feike Sijbesma

Feike Sijbesma is Honorary Chairman of Royal DSM, where he has been CEO from 2007 until 2020. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal Philips, Non-Executive Director at Unilever and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Central Bank.

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Sir Michael (Mike) Rake FCA, FCGI

Sir Michael (Mike) Rake FCA, FCGI

Sir Michael Rake served as the Chairman of BT Group plc, as the International Chairman of KPMG, Chairman of Worldpay Group plc and as Chairman of EasyJet plc. He currently serves as Chairman of Wireless Logic Group ltd, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Phoenix Global Resources plc, Majid Al Futtaim Holdings LLC and Newday Group UK ltd. 

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Christine Hodgson CBE

Christine Hodgson CBE

Christine Hodgson CBE is Chairman of Severn Trent plc and The Careers & Enterprise Co ltd. She is also a Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Standard Chartered plc. Christine was previously Executive Chairman of Capgemini UK plc, one of the world’s largest technology and professional services groups.

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