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Business Council for Britain - Members

Stephen Green

Stephen Green, Chair, HSBC (Chair of the Business Council)

  • Ex-government (Ministry of Overseas Development) and ex-McKinsey (management consultant)
  • Non-stipendiary minister with the Anglican Church
  • Chair of the British Bankers Association



Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group

  • Knighthood for services to entrepreneurship
  • Involved in various world record-breaking attempts
  • Launched Virgin Unite to focus on entrepreneurial approaches to social and environmental issues
  • Trustee of several charities, including the Virgin Healthcare Foundation



Damon Buffini

Damon Buffini, Chair, Permira

  • Law graduate with a business background, including consultancy and private equity
  • Non-executive Director of SVG Capital plc
  • Member of the NCEE
  • President of Fairbridge
  • Honorary Doctorate of Leicester University



Cynthia Carroll

Cynthia Carroll, CEO, Anglo American

  • Background in mining, minerals and metals, previously a petroleum geologist in oil exploration
  • Director of BP plc and non-executive director of Sara Lee Corporation
  • Masters of Science degree in Geology and Masters of Business Administration



Tony Hayward

Tony Hayward, CEO, BP

  • CEO, BP
  • Geologist
  • Joined BP in 1982, as a rig geologist
  • Senior independent non-executive director of Corus Group plc and a non-executive director of Tata Steel
  • Member of Tshinghua Advisory Board and Chair of GLOBE CEO Forum for Climate Change



Brent Hoberman

Brent Hoberman, Founder, Mydeco.com

  • Founder and Executive Chairman of Mydeco
  • Co-founded lastminute.com, with Martha Lane Fox
  • Co-founded PROfounders Capital – an early stage fund for digital entrepreneurs
  • Non-executive director of Guardian Media Group
  • Governor of University of the Arts College, London
  • Angel Investor



Sir Terry Leahy

Sir Terry Leahy, CEO, Tesco

  • Knighted for services to food retailing
  • Co-chancellor of University of Manchester, Director on Liverpool Vision Regeneration Board
  • Member of the National Council for Educational Excellence
  • Former member of the International Business Advisory Council



Ian Livingston

Ian Livingston, CEO, BT

  • Studied Economics at Manchester University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
  • Youngest FTSE 100 director when, at 32, he was appointed Group Finance Director at Dixons
  • Floated “Freeserve”, the first major European floatation of an internet company in 1999



Dick Olver

Dick Olver, Chair, BAE Systems

  • Chairman, BAE Systems plc
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers, the Trilateral Commission and the GLF Global Leadership Foundation
  • UK Business Ambassador



Sir John Parker

Sir John Parker, Chair, National Grid

  • Background in engineering, shipbuilding and defence industries
  • Deputy Chairman of Port and Free World Zone (Dubai), Non-exec. director of Carnival plc, Carnival Corporation plc
  • Senior non-exec director of the Court of the Bank of England



Sir John Rose

Sir John Rose, CEO, Rolls-Royce

  • Background in banking
  • Knighted for services to the defence and aerospace industries
  • Fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Former Chairman of the Prince’s Trust and former member of the International Business Advisory Council
  • Member of the National Council for Educational Excellence



Sir Stuart Rose

Sir Stuart Rose, Executive Chairman, Marks and Spencer

  • Background in retail
  • Chairman of Business in the Community
  • Knighted for services to the Retail Industry and to Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Non-exec. director of Land Securities plc



Dame Marjorie Scardino

Dame Marjorie Scardino, CEO, Pearson

  • Previously a partner in a Savannah, Georgia law firm
  • Founded and published a Pulitzer prize-winning newspaper
  • Non-executive director of Nokia Corporation
  • Member of various charities and advisory boards, including The Victoria & Albert Museum



Sir Alan Sugar

Lord Sugar, Government Small Business Advisor

  • Founded Amstrad
  • Knighted for services to the home computer and electronics industry
  • Former Chair at Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Involved in a number of charitable activities including the Prince’s Trust.
  • Chair of Learning Technology



Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh, Chief Executive, Diageo plc


  • Background in Hotels and Catering
  • Chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association
  • Non-executive director for FedEx Corporation and Centrica plc
  • Chairman of the Court of Governors of Henley Management College, and a member of the Board of Trustees of The
  • Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum



Andrew Witty

Andrew Witty, CEO, GSK

  • Former Board Member of the Singapore Economic Development Board
  • Awarded the Public Service Medal by the Government of Singapore
  • Served in numerous advisory roles to Governments, including South Africa, Singapore and Guangzhou China
  • Non-Exec Director of UK’s Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research, and a member of the Health
  • Innovation Council