Sir Ian Cheshire
Sir Ian Cheshire

Appointed to the Board in March 2020. Ian is chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk, Nominations and BT Compliance Committees.  


Ian was chairman of Barclays Bank UK until December 2020 and a non-executive director of Barclays until May 2021. Ian was also previously group chief executive of Kingfisher and senior independent director and remuneration committee chair of Whitbread. Ian held a variety of posts whilst at Kingfisher from 1998 to 2014, including chief executive of B&Q from 2005 to 2008 and group chief executive from 2008 to 2014. He was also previously the chairman of Debenhams and the lead non-executive director for HM Government and former chairman of the Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change.

Relevant skills and contribution to the Board

A wealth of listed company experience, with a notable background in strategy, international retail and eCommerce. Extensive experience of government. 

External appointments

Chairman of Channel 4, Spire Healthcare Group and We Mean Business and a non-executive director at Land Securities. Also chairman of Menhaden Resource Efficiency, a UK investment trust and Chair of The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund.