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Sir Ian Cheshire

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Chairman Barclays UK

Sir Ian was appointed to the Board as a non-executive Director in April 2017.

Sir Ian Cheshire was appointed Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher plc from January 2008 and left the group in early 2015. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of B&Q.  His previous roles at Kingfisher from 1998 onwards include Chief Executive of International and Development, Chief Executive of e-Kingfisher and Group Director of Strategy and Development.  Before Kingfisher he worked for a series of large and small retail business over 15 years including Sears plc, the owners of Selfridges.

He is currently President of the Business Disability Forum President’s Group. He was Senior Independent Director of Whitbread plc and has previously been Chairman of the British Retail Consortium and Chairman of the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change. In addition, he chaired the Ecosystem Markets Task Force. Sir Ian retired as non-executive director of Bradford & Bingley plc eight years ago.

Sir Ian has won a number of awards including Lifetime contributions to retailing, green business and the Fortune WEF award for leadership in the circular economy. Sir Ian was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to Business, Sustainability and the Environment and is a Chevalier of the Ordre National du Merite of France.

Other current principal external appointments

  • Chairman, Debenhams plc
  • Chairman, Maisons du monde
  • Chairman, Menhaden plc
  • Lead non-executive director for the government
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