The Davies Review Steering Group was made up of the following members:
Lord Davies of Abersoch
Davies was Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC between November 2006 and January 2009, having been Chief Executive between 2001 and 2006 and a director since 1997. Since 2010, Davies has held executive roles on the board of Corsair Capital LLC, a private equity investor. From 2014 he was chairman of Jack Wills a fashion business. In August 2016 Sky News reported that Davies was to stand down as Jack Wills is taken over in a private equity transaction involving Bluegem taking a minority stake in the company following reported losses.
In November 2013, Davies became chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, planning a bridge over the Thames in London, just 200m from Waterloo Bridge. The bridge was intended to be built largely from privately donated funds, but on 26 July 2016 the BBC reported that Davies had approached the Secretary of State for Transport seeking an extension of a £15m government underwriting commitment until September 2017. £37.7m had been spent on preliminary works, but construction of the bridge had not started and was being delayed until the autumn of 2016. In May 2015 Davies was appointed deputy chairman of the LetterOne Group, an investment business in the energy, technology and telecom sectors.
Dominic Casserley became CEO of Willis Group in January 2013 following a nearly 30 year career at McKinsey & Company, the leading global management consulting firm. During his three decades at McKinsey, he was based in the United States, Asia and, most recently, in London where he served as Managing Partner, responsible for the firm’s offices in London and Dublin. Dominic’s career at McKinsey focused on two areas: serving the needs of a client base that comprised leading financial services companies around the world, and helping to build and manage the firm. He was a member of McKinsey’s Global Board from 1999 to 2012.
Dominic has authored two books on financial services, advised business leaders on the former UK Prime Minister’s Business Council for Britain and served on the UK’s Confederation of British Industry (CBI) CEO Climate Change Taskforce and worked on the U.S. Presidential Task Force on Market Mechanisms in 1987 (The Brady Commission) during the Administration of Ronald Reagan. He is also Chairman of the UK Charities Aid Foundation and a member of the board of the National Theatre in London.
Denise Wilson OBE
Denise is Chief Executive of the Davies Review for Women on Boards in the UK, which leads the national, business focused task force and voluntary framework for increasing the number of women on FTSE 350 Boards. She is also a Non Executive Director of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee member. She is Chair of the Royal Academy of Arts Friends Board, a Trustee on All Churches Trust and executive coach to business leaders in the corporate and charitable sectors and other charitable work in support of women and young people.
Denise’s 30-year corporate career began in Financial Services before moving into the Oil and Gas industry, where she served in an executive capacity at National Grid plc, BG Group and British Gas plc. and is a graduate of Modern Languages.
Sir John Parker GBE
Sir John Parker studied Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering at the Belfast College of Technology and Queens University Belfast. He is currently Chairman of Anglo American (his 5th FTSE 100 Chairmanship) and Chairman of Pennon Group (July 2015). He is Non Executive Director with Airbus Group and Carnival Corporation (the world’s number one Cruise Ship Group). He stepped down as Deputy Chairman of DP World (World’s 3rd largest Container Port Operator) in June 2015 after nine years, as President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014, after nine years as Chairman National Grid at end of 2011 and from Chairing the Court of the Bank of England in 2009. He has served as CEO, Chairman or Non Executive Director in over 20 major UK and overseas companies
His extensive voluntary and charitable work has included ten years of Leading Young Offenders into Work; the RNLI Council, the White Ensign Association, President Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Chancellor of University of Southampton, Member of Prime Minister’s Business Council an Elder Brother of Trinity House and a Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford.
Amanda Mackenzie OBE
Amanda was a member of Aviva’s Group Executive for seven years as CCMO having joined to change the name from Norwich Union. She is a Life Fellow of the RSA and Fellow and past President of the Marketing Society. Amanda has over 25 years of commercial experience, including director roles at British Airways Airmiles, BT and British Gas. Since 2011 she has been a non-executive director of Mothercare Plc. and sits on the audit committee. She has been on the board of the National Youth Orchestra for eight years.
Amanda is on loan from Aviva as Executive Advisor to Richard Curtis and team for ‘Project Everyone’, which is a campaign to make the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals reach as many people in the world as possible.
Susan Vinnicombe CBE
Susan’s particular research interests are gender diversity on corporate boards, women’s leadership styles and the issues involved in women developing their executive careers. Susan has written ten books, over one hundred articles, reports and conference papers. Susan was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2005 and a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014 for her Services to Diversity.