Position Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Nationality British
Tenure Appointed as a Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director on 10 April 2015
Committees Chair of Audit and Risk Committee
Member of Nomination Committee
Member of Remuneration Committee
Member of Sustainability Committee

Key skills and experience

  • Global financial services and banking experience
  • International business experience and insights, especially in China
  • Advocate for ESG and SRI matters at the Board

External appointments

Deputy Chair of Conran Holdings Ltd, Trustee of the Design Museum, Camborne School of Mines Trust, The Creative Education Trust and the Conran Foundation and a member of the Advisory Panel of INTO University. Previously served as Chair of Fidelity China Special Situations plc, Chair of De Vere, Chair of the Advisory Board of Westhouse Securities and of Smith’s Corporate Advisory Limited and a member of Council of the University of Exeter. Nicholas had a global career in banking with Morgan Grenfell (subsequently Deutsche Bank), Société Générale and ABN AMRO.


Nicholas has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Exeter and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Exeter in 2022.

Nicholas was appointed as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee on 19 May 2022 and he is expected to step down as Chair following the 2023 AGM. Nicholas brings extensive financial experience through his previous roles with Fidelity China Special Situations plc, De Vere Group Limited, Morgan Grenfell, Société Générale and ABN Amro.