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 Nominations, and BT Compliance Committee Committees.


Ian was 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.

Relevant skills and contribution to the Board

A wealth of listed company experience, with a notable background in strategy, international retail and e-commerce.

External appointments

Chair of Barclays Bank UK and a nonexecutive director of Barclays and chair of Menhaden, a UK investment trust.