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 chairman of Barclays Bank UK until December 2020 and 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 e-commerce.

External appointments

Ian is chairman designate of Spire Healthcare Group, a non-executive director of Barclays and chairman of Menhaden, a UK investment trust.