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    Paul Drechsler CBE

    President

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    Paul Drechsler CBE

    Paul is CBI President

    Paul is currently Chairman of Bibby Line Group which is headquartered in Liverpool. Before that he was Chief Executive of the privately-owned construction firm Wates Group.

    He joined Wates in September 2004 and became Chairman and Chief Executive in April 2006 until 2014.

    Prior to joining Wates, Paul worked for ICI PLC, spending the first ten years of his career on Teesside. That was followed by 14 years holding various senior positions and living in Brazil, the USA and the Netherlands, which concluded with five years as Chief Executive of one of ICI’s principal international businesses and as a Main Board Director (1998-2003).

    Paul is also Chairman of the board of the charity Teach First, a Board Member of the International Chamber of Commerce ICC(UK), Chancellor of Teesside University, a member of the Global Advisory Board Of Trinity College Dublin, the Advisory Council Of Step up to Serve and of the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee for The Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

    Paul has also been recognised for his outstanding leadership, winning KPMG Chief Executive of the Year for the construction industry and PwC ‘Private Company, Chief Executive of the Year’. During his tenure at the helm, Wates Group won the Business in the Community Company of the Year and the J.P. Morgan Best UK Family Business Award.

    Paul has been a member of the CBI Board since 2012 and was Chairman of the CBI Energy Policy Committee between 2007 and 2012 and a member of the Chairmen’s Committee.

    In February 2015, he was honoured by Her Majesty, The Queen with an Honorary CBE for services to the construction industry.

    Paul graduated from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, with an (Honours) degree in Engineering Science. He is married with three children.

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    Carolyn Fairbairn

    Director-General *

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    Carolyn Fairbairn

    Carolyn is CBI Director-General 

    Carolyn joined the CBI as Director-General in November 2015. Her career spans a range of leadership roles in business, media and government, with particular experience in the finance and broadcasting sectors.   

    Carolyn spent her early career with the World Bank and as a journalist with The Economist magazine. In 1995 she joined McKinsey and became a partner in its media practice. She has also held senior roles in broadcasting. As BBC Director of Strategy, she led the BBC’s digital strategy and in 2003 designed and launched Freeview, one of the UK’s most successful TV services. From 2007-2010, Carolyn was a member of the Executive Board at ITV.

    Carolyn has extensive FTSE board experience, including as non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group, the Vitec Group, and Capita plc. She was also a Director of the Competition and Markets Authority and from 2008-11, the Financial Services Authority, and until 2016 was a Trustee of Marie Curie. 

    She has also worked in government as a member of John Major’s Number 10 Policy unit from 1995-97, specialising in health policy.  

    Carolyn holds a BA in Economics from Cambridge University, an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD. She is an honorary fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and of Nuffield College in Oxford.

    Carolyn is married with three children and lives in Hampshire.  

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    Josh Hardie

    Deputy Director-General *

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    Josh Hardie

    Josh is CBI Deputy Director-General

    An experienced corporate affairs specialist, Josh joined the CBI in 2016 and leads the CBI’s overall policy development, media and campaigning  work.

    From Brexit and global trade to Industrial Strategy, regional growth and the CBI’s new campaign, Everyone's business, all Josh’s focus is aimed at helping business to tackle inequality and raise living standards.

    This involves working with the 190,000 businesses the CBI represents to understand how they can driver prosperity forward across the UK, working with Government to ensure their policy supports this and communicating with stakeholders to help demonstrate the impact business can have.

    Josh joined from Tesco, where he was Group Director for Corporate Responsibility. This role focused on leading on the integration of social and reputational issues into the international retailer's business strategy and developing a new approach to campaigning with customers, the Government, stakeholders and the media on issues including health, employability and sustainability.

    Josh has also held Exec-level roles at EdComs Ltd creating behavior change strategies and campaigns for businesses, government departments and the voluntary sector, and an educational charity, Education Extra, campaigning with schools and working with the Government on educational issues.

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    Henrietta Jowitt

    Deputy Director-General, Commercial *

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    Henrietta Jowitt

    Henrietta is CBI Deputy Director-General, Commercial

    Henrietta works with Carolyn and the senior team to develop and implement the CBI’s commercial business strategy. In particular, she is responsible for developing the group’s membership proposition, leading the CBI’s regional teams across the country, the organisation’s digital strategy, and creating new member services with a focus on supporting and enabling businesses to grow.

    Henrietta has 30 years’ experience in developing and implementing business, marketing and general management strategies.

    Henrietta has held a range of senior roles, including Group Head of Marketing, Strategy, Business Development and Investor Relations at an executive level within a FTSE 100 financial services business, Schroders Plc; a major private equity firm, Advent International; a professional services firm, Cushman & Wakefield; and within the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry (FMCG).

    FMCG was where Henrietta first started her career at HJ Heinz as a graduate trainee, followed by Nestle and United Biscuits, where she developed her overall approach to business. She has operated globally for many years and has experience in most major markets.

    For the past 3 years, Henrietta has run her own small consultancy business, coaching management teams for major financial transactions and senior individuals required to communicate and lead more effectively. She has also focussed on a number of projects providing strategic advice to Boards and Partnerships looking to develop, grow and change their businesses.

    Henrietta has an MA in Natural Sciences from Oxford University and also completed the Oxford University Business School Advanced Management Program for Senior Executives. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is an FCA approved Non- Executive Director.

    Henrietta is married with 4 children and is based in both Yorkshire and London.

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    Matthew Fell

    Chief UK policy director *

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    Matthew Fell

    Matthew Fell is CBI Chief UK policy director

    As Chief UK policy director Matthew is responsible for developing and shaping the CBI’s domestic policy agenda, including on People and Skills, Infrastructure and Innovation. He also leads the CBI’s work on industrial and regional policy.

    Matthew is the CBI’s key spokesperson and has responsibility for political relationships and influencing across these areas of UK policy.

    Matthew joined the CBI in 1999 and has covered a range of business sectors including manufacturing, small business and financial services. As director for competitive markets Matthew led the CBI’s work on competition, regulation and corporate governance as well as campaigns to champion the UK's mid-market and the "Great Business Debate" to build public confidence in business. Immediately prior to taking up his current role, Matthew was Chief of Staff with responsibility for the CBI’s strategy, people and governance.

    Matthew has considerable experience of engaging with government, regulators and senior business leaders. He is a member of the CBI’s senior leadership team and sits on its Executive Committee.

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    Rain Newton-Smith

    Chief Economist *

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    Rain Newton-Smith

    Rain is CBI Chief Economist

    She leads the team which provides economic analysis and our prestigious surveys.

    Rain was most recently head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics where she managed a large team of economists and was the lead expert on China. 

    She provided macroeconomic forecasts and analysis on China's role in the global economy and the development of Asia, helping a range of companies and international financial institutions to expand into new markets and grow their business.

    Prior to that, Rain worked in monetary policy and international forecast to the MPC at the Bank of England where she led a team with responsibility for developing a risk assessment framework for the UK financial system. 

    While at the Bank, she also went on secondment to the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. where she was adviser to the UK executive director. In 2010, Rain was selected as one of Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35.

    Rain was honoured by the World Economic Forum in 2012 as a Young Global Leader.

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    Neil Tomkins

    Director of Finance and Corporate Services *

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    Neil Tomkins

    Neil is the CBI’s Director of Finance and Corporate Services.

    He has responsibility for finance, HR, IT and facilities at the CBI and is a member of the CBI Board and Audit Committee.

    Neil qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and subsequently spent 20 years in educational publishing, most recently with Cambridge University Press.  His roles have been both financial and in general management, with a focus on international markets and on the digital transition.

    Neil joined the CBI in 2017.

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    Deborah Tonroe

    Managing Director – Membership

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    Deborah Tonroe

    Deborah is CBI Managing Director - Membership

    Deborah’s role is to manage the development and the delivery of our membership proposition, ensuring that it exceeds members expectations and delivers on our promise to be the voice of business - from a regional, sector and business size perspective. Her team is based in each of our regional offices across England and Wales and they are responsible for listening to members, keeping them informed, delivering the membership offer, as well as account management and membership sales. The team also respond to sector led and regional policy requirements. 

    Deborah has 25 years’ experience in strategic partnerships, product development, marketing and business strategy. She has held a number of senior roles at some of UK's largest businesses including; Asda - where she was Senior Director FS & Telecoms and at the UK telco operator, EE where she was Head of Strategic Partnerships. Additionally, she has run her own business (in fashion), worked in three internet start-ups and as Head of Multimedia, ran the digital products business at telco Orange.  

    Deborah joined the CBI in 2017, she has a degree in Business Studies & Marketing.

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    Neil Carberry

    Managing Director of People & Infrastructure

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    Neil Carberry

    Neil is CBI Managing Director of People & Infrastructure

    Neil leads the CBI's work on issues related to two great enablers of growth in the UK – people and skills, and infrastructure.

    Spanning work on the labour market, employment, education, skills, energy, climate change, housing and transport, his team campaigns on behalf of CBI members for a business environment that promotes investment and good jobs.

    Neil is a member of the council of ACAS and of the Low Pay Commission, which makes recommendations about the level of the National Minimum Wage. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

    Neil joined the CBI in 2004, after completing a postgraduate degree at the London School of Economics in industrial relations. Before this, he worked as an HR consultant for a number of major financial institutions.

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    Ben Digby

    Director of International Trade & Investment

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    Ben Digby

    Ben is CBI Director of International Trade & Investment

    Ben is responsible for the CBI’s work on trade and investment, managing our offices in China, India and the United States and our relationships with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).

    Prior to this role Ben worked for 3 years as our Deputy Director, International and spent 3 years before that as a senior relationship manager in our Commercial Division. He joined the CBI in 2008 after starting his career at the political consultancy DeHavilland.

    Ben represents the CBI on the Group Board of the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) and is a member of the patient advisory committee of Kidney Research UK..

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    John Foster

    Director of Campaigns

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    John Foster

    John is CBI Director of Campaigns

    John leads on the CBI’s political engagement, policy coordination and the organisation’s work on the EU negotiations and Value of Business campaign.

    John joined the CBI in August 2015 as the Head of the CBI’s flagship campaign on public trust, the Great Business Debate before moving to become the CBI’s Head of Campaigns in June 2016.

    Prior to joining the CBI, John worked as a Special Adviser in the Coalition Government, including as Director of Policy Implementation and Innovation for the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, as well as in the Treasury as a Special Adviser to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Sir Danny Alexander.

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    Maxine Bligh

    Director of Marketing & Products

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    Maxine Bligh

    Maxine is CBI Director, Marketing & Products

    Maxine leads the CBI’s marketing strategy and is responsible for providing a range of services for business that support their success. The offer builds on the CBI’s unique insight, intelligence and convening power, working in partnership with member companies to make the most of the expertise across the business community.  As part of this Maxine runs the CBI’s Leadership Programme, an executive development offer for business leaders just below board-level.

    In her five years at the CBI Maxine has worked in a range of policy and commercial roles. Previously leading the policy for the CBI’s thought leadership project on raising ambition for all in schools and managing a portfolio of key CBI members in the FMCG sector. Most recently Maxine was the CBI’s Head of Sectoral Affairs & Member Engagement.

    Prior to joining the CBI Maxine was a consultant at SQW Consulting focusing on regional economic development and policy evaluation. Maxine has a BA in Politics and an MA in Post-Conflict Reconstruction from York University.

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    Tom Thackray

    Director of Innovation

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    Tom Thackray

    Tom is CBI Director for Innovation

    Tom Thackray is the Director of Innovation at the CBI and leads the organisation’s policy work to create the conditions that enable businesses to come up with new ideas, invest in research and development (R&D) and adopt new technologies

    He is a member of the government’s forum on EU Exit, Universities, Research and Innovation and previously contributed to its expert advisory group on cybersecurity.

    In his time at the CBI Tom has held a variety of roles including leading the CBI’s Enterprise team, covering policy issues relevant to small and medium-sized businesses and the digital and creative industries.

    Prior to joining the CBI Tom worked in public affairs consultancy in Brussels and London.

    Prior to taking his current role, he was Acting Director for Competitive Markets, heading up the CBI’s policy work on financial services, corporate governance and enterprise. He also held responsibility for our campaign to build public trust in business.

    Prior to taking on the role, he led our Enterprise team, covering policy issues relevant to small and medium-sized businesses and the digital and creative industries.

    He co-authored the CBI’s Future Champions report in 2011, which identified opportunities and barriers to growth for the UK’s medium-sized businesses.

    In his five years at the CBI Tom has held a number of positions, including in its infrastructure team and Brussels office.

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    James Fothergill

    Director of Commercial Operations

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    James Fothergill

    James is CBI Commercial Operations Director

    James’s role is to manage commercial operations, processes, system and procedure compliance, membership analysis and insight. His team is responsible for improving the performance of membership processes, productivity and overall control of the business.

    Before becoming director, James spent three years as Head of Education and Skills Policy covering 14-19 education, further and higher education, and workforce skills development. James has previously worked as Head of Public Services Policy and also in the CBI’s employment policy team where he focused on companies' employee engagement practice, trade union legislation and legislation to prevent employee discrimination.

    James joined the CBI in 2002, after completing a politics degree at Cardiff University.

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    Sean McGuire

    Director of Brussels

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    Sean McGuire

    Sean is CBI Director for Brussels

    In his role at the CBI, he is responsible for all CBI’s EU affairs and lobbying activities vis-à-vis the European institutions on key issues of interest for the CBI membership such as environmental policy, employment and social affairs, e-commerce, telecommunications, financial services, consumer policy and transport policy.

    He is also responsible the CBI’s work on international trade and investment, including business links with the G8 and G20.

    As CBI Brussels Director he runs an in-house consultancy, the British Business Bureau (BBB), for UK trade associations as well as the CBI’s Business House in Brussels which houses ten CBI member companies and organisations.

    Sean has been with the CBI since 2001 during which time he held a number of positions within the CBI. Sean is also Vice Chairman of BUSINESSEUROPE’s International Relations Committee.

    Prior to joining the CBI, Sean was European Affairs Adviser for the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF) in the UK.

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    Ian Price

    Director of Wales

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    Ian Price

    Ian is CBI Wales Director

    Ian became Director CBI Wales in January 2017 after 11 years of being Assistant Director for both Wales and South West of England. Ian joined the CBI as Assistant Director in September 2005; Ian’s role initially in the CBI involved supporting Welsh and South West businesses with local and national government interface. Ian represented the CBI public sector procurement issues, he also specialises in HR and Employment, and he also headed up SME work for Wales and the South West of England.  He commentates on behalf of the CBI in the media and writes a regularly for business magazines, local and national press on business related issues.

    Prior to joining the CBI Ian worked in recruitment for a number of year and was a Director of Acorn Recruitment, he helped build up the Acorn brand into one of the UK’s leading recruitment companies.

    Ian was in the Royal Air Force for 9 years and served in the Falklands during 1982 and received the South Atlantic Campaign medal. Ian has 1 daughter and lives in Mumbles, he is and enthusiastic runner and runs numerous half and full marathons and is a lifelong Swansea City fan. 

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    Paul Drechsler CBE

    President

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    Paul Drechsler CBE

    Paul is CBI President

    Paul is currently Chairman of Bibby Line Group which is headquartered in Liverpool. Before that he was Chief Executive of the privately-owned construction firm Wates Group.

    He joined Wates in September 2004 and became Chairman and Chief Executive in April 2006 until 2014.

    Prior to joining Wates, Paul worked for ICI PLC, spending the first ten years of his career on Teesside. That was followed by 14 years holding various senior positions and living in Brazil, the USA and the Netherlands, which concluded with five years as Chief Executive of one of ICI’s principal international businesses and as a Main Board Director (1998-2003).

    Paul is also Chairman of the board of the charity Teach First, a Board Member of the International Chamber of Commerce ICC(UK), Chancellor of Teesside University, a member of the Global Advisory Board Of Trinity College Dublin, the Advisory Council Of Step up to Serve and of the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee for The Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

    Paul has also been recognised for his outstanding leadership, winning KPMG Chief Executive of the Year for the construction industry and PwC ‘Private Company, Chief Executive of the Year’. During his tenure at the helm, Wates Group won the Business in the Community Company of the Year and the J.P. Morgan Best UK Family Business Award.

    Paul has been a member of the CBI Board since 2012 and was Chairman of the CBI Energy Policy Committee between 2007 and 2012 and a member of the Chairmen’s Committee.

    In February 2015, he was honoured by Her Majesty, The Queen with an Honorary CBE for services to the construction industry.

    Paul graduated from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, with an (Honours) degree in Engineering Science. He is married with three children.

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    Carolyn Fairbairn

    Director-General

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    Carolyn Fairbairn

    Carolyn is CBI Director-General

    Carolyn joined the CBI as Director-General in November 2015. She spent her early career at McKinsey, before taking on a range of senior leadership roles in the media industry.

    As a partner at McKinsey, Carolyn was a leader of the firm’s media practice. As BBC Director of Strategy, she led the BBC’s digital strategy and ran its transmission arm. Carolyn was also a member of the Executive board of ITV for four years.

    Carolyn has extensive FTSE board experience as a non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group, The Vitec Group and Capita plc. She was also a Director of the Competition and Markets Authority, the UK Statistics Authority, and from 2008-11, the Financial Services Authority.

    From 1995-97, Carolyn was a member of the Number 10 Policy Unit. She began her career as an economist at the World Bank and then as a journalist for The Economist magazine.

    Carolyn is married with three children and lives in Hampshire.

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    Neil Tomkins

    Director of Finance and Corporate Services

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    Neil Tomkins

    Neil is the CBI’s Director of Finance and Corporate Services.

    He has responsibility for finance, HR, IT and facilities at the CBI and is a member of the CBI Board and Audit Committee.

    Neil qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse and subsequently spent 20 years in educational publishing, most recently with Cambridge University Press.  His roles have been both financial and in general management, with a focus on international markets and on the digital transition.

    Neil joined the CBI in 2017.

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    David Gavaghan

    Non-Executive Director

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    David Gavaghan

    David Gavaghan became Chair of CBI Northern Ireland on 1 January 2016.

    After serving as vice chair for one year. He will hold the post of Chair for two years. In June 2016 the CBI AGM voted to appoint David to the CBI Board as a non-executive director.

    David established Aurora Prime Real Estate Limited to focus on a new dawn emerging in Belfast and is seeking to raise £50m locally and internationally to invest in Grade A office space in Belfast.

    He believes that the ingredients are in place for a transformation in Northern Ireland’s capital city returning it in a modern day context to what it was a century ago – a hive of industry, creativity and wealth formation.
    Aurora has combined forces with Crescent Capital - Crescent has been investing in Northern Ireland since 1995 and is the region’s largest independent fund manager.

    Until April 2015, he was Chief Executive of Titanic Quarter Limited - a strategic site that has the potential to become one of the most exciting developments across the islands of Ireland and Britain.

    Previously he was the Executive Director of Quintain Estates and Development plc responsible for the specialist fund management business which focussed on residential healthcare, student accommodation, science parks and niche secondary property in the UK.

    Prior to that, David was Chief Executive of Strategic Investment Board Limited for six years, advising Ministers in Northern Ireland on the infrastructure programme across the region.  He has extensive experience in project and tax based finance and was a Director of Hambros Bank in the City of London.

    David is currently Chair of Visit Belfast and Sports Changes Life as well as the environmental arm of Business in the Community in NI, Arena Network. He is also Vice Chair of the Washington Ireland Program. He is both a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institution of Civil Engineers

    David has a degree in Economics and Social Studies from Trinity College Dublin having had his secondary education at Blackrock College, Co Dublin. 

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    Heidi Mottram

    Non-Executive Director

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    Heidi Mottram

    First attended CBI Board December 2014

    Heidi Mottram was appointed to the Northumbrian Water Group and Northumbrian Water Limited Boards as Chief Executive Officer on 1 April 2010.  Heidi began her career with British Rail in the mid-1980s.  She held a number of roles in GNER, before joining Midland Mainline in 1999 as Operations Director.  She was Commercial Director for Arriva Trains Northern from January 2004, before becoming Managing Director of Northern Rail Limited, the UK’s largest rail franchise.  Heidi was named Rail Business Manager of the Year in 2009 for being an “inspirational leader”, and was awarded an OBE in the New Year honours list 2010, for services to the rail industry.  She is also a Board member of Eurostar International Limited and a Council member of Newcastle University.

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    Vindi Banga

    Non-Executive Director

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    Vindi Banga

    Vindi is a Partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, previously he spent 33 years at Unilever plc, where he held a number of senior positions including President of the Global Foods, Home and Personal Care businesses, and was a member of the Unilever Executive Board. At Unilever he led the creation of a One Unilever Global Foods, Home & Personal Care Global Category Organisation. Vindi is Chairman of the Kalle Group; Senior Independent Director of GSK plc and Marks & Spencer's plc. He also sits on the Governing Board of the Indian School of Business. In 2010, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honours.

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    Sharon Thorne

    Non-Executive Director

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    Sharon Thorne

    First attended CBI Board June 2012

    Sharon Thorne is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the CBI.

    Sharon is the Managing Partner Global for Deloitte UK. This is a role which recognises the importance of international trade and investment to the Deloitte network, clients and stakeholders. Sharon is a member of Deloitte UK’s Executive and also on the Global Board of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Sharon is a senior audit partner with over 28 years’ experience of auditing and advising clients across a broad range of sectors with particular focus on retail, consumer, manufacturing and TMT.  She has led on many FTSE audits and has substantial experience of working with complex global groups, co-ordinating the global firm’s services to these clients.

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    Alison McGregor

    Non-Executive Director

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    Alison McGregor

    As CEO of HSBC Scotland, Alison is the senior leader responsible for the HSBC Group in Scotland, with over 4000 employees across a range of businesses. In addition to responsibility for people, customers and shareholders she has primary responsibility for maintaining the Group’s relationship with key external stakeholders and senior leaders with an interest and responsibility for supporting the growth of our economy.

    In addition to being a Board member of CBI Alison is a Non-Executive Director of The Beatson Cancer Charity, a Board member of Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board. She held the position of Chair of CBI Scotland from September 2015 to September 2017. Alison was recently recognised at the inaugural Scottish Women’s Awards, where she was named Scottish Corporate Leader of the Year 2017.

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    John Allan CBE

    Non-Executive Director

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    John Allan CBE

    John is the Vice President of the CBI and Chairman of Tesco plc, Barratt Developments plc and London First. 

    Previously, amongst other senior roles, he was non-executive director at Worldpay where he was formerly Chairman. He was Chairman of Dixons Retail and later Co-Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of the enlarged Dixons Carphone. He was Chief Financial Officer and a Board Member of Deutsche Post DHL, and Chief Executive of Exel, the supply chain logistics company. He was also previously Chairman of Care UK Health & Social Care and a non-executive director of the Home Office Supervisory Board. He has been a non-executive director at: Royal Mail, PHS Group, National Grid, Wolseley, Hamleys, 3i and Connell.

    His early career was spent with Lever Brothers, Bristol-Myers Company and Fine Fare. John is a graduate and now a Regent of the University of Edinburgh.