Crawford Gillies

Sir John Kingman

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed: June 2023

Skills, experience and contribution

  • Deep background in financial services
  • Strong leadership qualities and chair experience
  • Extensive expertise providing strategic advice to Government

John had a long Whitehall career; as Second Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury, he had responsibility for the Treasury’s economics ministry functions and for policy relating to business, financial services and infrastructure. He was closely involved in the UK response to the financial crisis, handling the resolution of Northern Rock and leading negotiations with RBS, Lloyds and HBOS on their £37bn recapitalisation.  John was also the first Chief Executive of UK Financial Investments Ltd (UKFI); and from 2010 -12, he was Global Co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group at Rothschild. From 2016 - 21 John was the first Chair of UK Research & Innovation, which oversees Government science funding of c£8bn a year, and between 2020 and January 2023 he was Chair of Tesco Personal Finance plc. 

Key current appointments

  • Chair, Barclays Bank UK PLC, and Non-executive Director, Barclays PLC
  • Chair, Legal & General Group plc
  • Trustee & Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees, The National Gallery
Committee membership