Key office holders

President

Paul Drechsler (CBE), President, CBI
Appointed CBI President June 2015

CBI Board

Chair

Paul Drechsler (CBE) - President, CBI


Executives

Carolyn Fairbairn - Director-general, CBI
First attended CBI Board December 2015

Nigel Hopkins - Resources Director, CBI*
First attended CBI Board December 2013


Non-executives

David Gavaghan - Managing Director, Aurora Prime Real Estate
First attended CBI Board September 2016

Heidi Mottram OBE - CEO, Northumbrian Water Limited
First attended CBI Board December 2014

Linda Urquhart OBE - Chair, Morton Fraser LLP
First attended CBI Board March 2011

Sharon Thorne - Managing Partner Global, Deloitte UK, Deloitte LLP
First attended CBI Board June 2012

Vindi Banga - Senior Partner, Clayton Dubilier & Rice
First attended CBI Board March 2017


*In post until 01 May 2017

CBI Executive Committee

Carolyn Fairbairn - Director-general

Charles Naylor - Corporate communications director

Henrietta Jowitt - Deputy director-general - Commercial

Josh Hardie - Deputy director-general - Policy & campaigns

Nigel Hopkins - Resources director*

Matthew Fell - Chief of staff


*In post until 01 May 2017

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Key office holders - Board

Paul Drechsler (CBE)

President, CBI


Paul is President of the CBI and Chairman of Bibby Line Group which is headquartered in Liverpool. Before that he was Chairman of the privately-owned construction firm Wates Group. Prior to joining Wates, Mr Drechsler worked for ICI PLC, spending the first ten years of his career on Teesside. That was followed by 14 years holding various senior positions 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). He is also Chairman of the board of the charity Teach First and a board member of Business in the Community and Chairman of its Education Leadership Team. Paul was also the Chairman of the National Skills Funding Agency until September 2015. Mr Drechsler 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 Chairs’ Committee.

Carolyn Fairbairn

Director-general


Carolyn is the Director-General at the CBI, she has been in the position since November 2015. Before joining the CBI, she was a Board Director at Lloyds Banking Group, Capita, the CMA and The Vitec Group. She has also held a range of senior executive positions in the media sector, including ITV and the BBC. Carolyn was a partner at McKinsey and Company, and worked in the Number 10 Policy Unit for two years. She began her career as an economist at the World Bank before joining The Economist as a journalist. She was also Chair of the Royal Television Society, and a trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Carolyn holds a first class degree in Economics from Cambridge University, an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from INSEAD.

Nigel Hopkins

Resources director


Nigel is the CBI’s Resources Director and is responsible for the organisation’s Finance and Accounting, HR and IT teams. Before the CBI he has held a variety of Finance and Strategy roles in Fiat, United Technologies, Laporte and Burmah Castrol sectors and from 2004 to 2013 was Finance and Strategy Director at Remploy Ltd. Nigel is also a non-executive Director of Places for People and Chair of Instructus.

Heidi Mottram OBE

CEO, Northumbrian Water Limited


Heidi 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. .

Linda Urquhart OBE

Chair, Morton Fraser LLP


Linda, a former Chair of CBI Scotland has been a Board member of the CBI since 2011. Linda has led one of Scotland's leading law firms, Morton Fraser, for over 15 years, first as Chief Executive, and then as Chairman. She is Chair of Investors in People Scotland, Co-Chair of the Scottish Government's Fair Work Convention, a Non-Executive Director of Adam and Company, the Scottish private bank, and Edinburgh Airport Limited. She is a Trustee of Marie Curie and the Royal Scottish Academy Foundation and an Ambassador for Girlguiding UK. Linda received an OBE for services to business in Scotland in 2012.

Sharon Thorne

Managing partner global, Deloitte UK, Deloitte LLP


Sharon is Chair of the Audit Committee at the CBI and is 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. As part of this Sharon has oversight of overseas collaborations. She is a member of Deloitte UK’s Executive and a member of the DTTL Global Board. Previous leadership roles have included Managing Partner, Regional Markets and Managing Partner Talent. Sharon is a senior audit partner and works with large listed and private clients across a broad range of sectors including retail, consumer and TMT.

David Gavaghan

Managing director, Aurora Prime Real Estate


David, as well as sitting on the CBI Board is Chair of the Northern Ireland Council. He is managing director of Aurora Prime Real Estate Limited and 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. 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. He has a degree in Economics and Social Studies from Trinity College Dublin having had his secondary education at Blackrock College, Co Dublin.

Vindi Banga

Senior partner, Clayton Dubilier and Rice


Vindi is a Partner at Clayton, Dubilier and 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 and Personal Care Global Category Organisation. Vindi is Chairman of the Kalle Group; Senior Independent Director of GSK plc and Marks and 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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Key office holders - Exco

Carolyn Fairbairn

Director-general


Carolyn is the Director-General at the CBI, she has been in the position since November 2015. Before joining the CBI, she was a Board Director at Lloyds Banking Group, Capita, the CMA and The Vitec Group. She has also held a range of senior executive positions in the media sector, including ITV and the BBC. Carolyn was a partner at McKinsey and Company, and worked in the Number 10 Policy Unit for two years. She began her career as an economist at the World Bank before joining The Economist as a journalist. She was also Chair of the Royal Television Society, and a trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Carolyn holds a first class degree in Economics from Cambridge University, an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from INSEAD.

Nigel Hopkins

Resources director


Nigel is the CBI’s Resources Director and is responsible for the organisation’s Finance and Accounting, HR and IT teams. Before the CBI he has held a variety of Finance and Strategy roles in Fiat, United Technologies, Laporte and Burmah Castrol sectors and from 2004 to 2013 was Finance and Strategy Director at Remploy Ltd. Nigel is also a non-executive Director of Places for People and Chair of Instructus.

Henrietta Jowitt

Deputy director-general - Commercial


Henrietta is the CBI’s Deputy Director-General for Commercial. She is responsible for developing and implementing the CBI’s commercial business strategy and member relations. In particular, evolving the CBI’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. She 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 and Wakefield, and within the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry (FMCG). 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.

Matthew Fell

Chief of staff


Matthew is Chief of Staff at the CBI and is responsible for developing the CBI's strategy and ensuring it is delivered effectively. He is responsible for the governance of the CBI, ensuring the executive team is responsible to the Board and the organisation to its members. Matthew joined the CBI in 1999 and has held roles responsible for a broad range of business sectors including manufacturing, small business, the digital and creative industries and financial services. Immediately prior to becoming Chief of Staff, Matthew was director for competitive markets with responsibility for competition, regulation and corporate governance.

Charles Naylor

Corporate communications director


Charles is the CBI’s Director of Corporate Communications and has almost 30 years of experience of designing and leading corporate affairs strategies for firms in a variety of sectors. He has been Global Head of Communications at Centrica, Credit Suisse and HSBC and before that had senior communications and marketing roles at Hess Corporation and Shell. Charles’ expertise encompasses all facets of communications from media relations, digital and social media, internal communications and public affairs, to brand and crisis communications. Charles is passionate about helping the CBI create the environment in which business can invest and succeed in order to contribute to the future prosperity of the UK.

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CBI Standing Committee Chairs

*as of 01 January 2017

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CBI Regional and National Council Chairs

*as of 01 January 2017

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