Alison Carnwath
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Dame Alison Carnwath

Chairman of the Board

Dame Alison was appointed to the Board as a Non-executive Director in September 2004 and became Chairman in November 2008.


Dame Alison worked in investment banking and corporate finance for 20 years before pursuing a portfolio career. During her banking career, she became the first female director of J. Henry Schroder Wagg & Co. Dame Alison was also a Senior Partner at Phoenix Securities and a Managing Director at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. She has served as a non-executive director of Friends Provident plc, Gallaher Group plc, Glas Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water), Barclays plc and Man Group plc.

Dame Alison is currently a non-executive director of BP plc, Zurich Insurance Group Limited and Chairman of its Audit Committee, and a non-executive director of Paccar Inc (a Fortune 500 company), and CICAP Limited and a senior advisor to Evercore Partners. She is also a member of the UK Panel on Takeovers and Mergers and a supervisory board member and the audit committee chair of the Frankfurt listed chemicals company, BASF SE.

Dame Alison was appointed a Dame in 2014 for her services to business.


Dame Alison has very significant board level experience gained across a range of industries and countries. This enables her to create the optimal Board environment and get the best out of Board members both during and outside of meetings. She has expertise in alternative asset management, banking and global manufacturing.


Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.