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Robert SwannellRobert Swannell

Chairman of UK Government Investments

Robert Swannell CBE is Chairman of UK Government Investments, which is responsible for corporate finance and corporate governance for HMG. Robert was previously Chairman of Marks & Spencer (2010-2017), senior independent director of The British Land Company PLC (1999-2010) and of 3i Group PLC (2006-2010) and Chairman of HMV( 2009-2011). He is also a Director of the Investor Forum and a member of The Takeover Panel Appeal Board.

Robert is a founder and Chairman of Royal SpringBoard, an education charity, and Chairman of the LP Advisory Board of Ahren Innovation Capital, an investment company based on deep, transformational science at Cambridge University. He was Chairman and a member of the Governing Body of Rugby School from 2004-2014, a Trustee of Teach First ( 2014-2019), a Trustee of Career Ready (2003-2012), a visiting Fellow at the Oxford University, Said Business School ( 2009-2019), a Trustee of the Kew Foundation (2011-2017) and a member of the Advisory Board of The Sutton Trust (2014-17).

Until 2010, Robert spent over 30 years in investment banking with Schroders/Citigroup. He was formerly Vice-Chairman of Citi Europe and Chairman of Citi's European Investment Bank. Robert qualified both as a chartered accountant and a barrister.

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