PwC Public Interest Body members

The Public Interest Body (PIB) comprises of four independent non-executives and three representatives from the firm (two from the Management Board and one from the Supervisory Board).

Brief biographical details for each independent non-executive:

Lord Gus O'Donnell (PIB chair) is Chairman of Frontier Economics, a Strategic Advisor to Toronto Dominion Bank, Executive Director and Strategic Advisor to Brookfield Asset Management, visiting Professor at LSE and UCL, member of the Economist Trust and Chair of the Behavioural Insights Team Advisory Board at the Cabinet Office. Gus was Cabinet Secretary and Head of the British Civil Service from 2005-2011. Previously, he was Permanent Secretary of the Treasury from 2002-2005 and served on the IMF and World Bank Boards. Gus was appointed to the House of Lords in 2012, where he sits as a crossbencher. In 2014 he chaired a group which produced a report for the Legatum Institute on Wellbeing and Policy. He became President of the Institute of Fiscal Studies in 2016 and Chairman of the Trustees of Pro Bono Economics. He is honorary fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Sir Ian Gibson is Chairman of Norbrook Laboratories Ltd.  Previously his executive career was spent mainly in the automotive industry, with 18 years at Nissan Motor Company Ltd where he was Chief Executive in the UK and Europe, and was on the Japanese Main Board. Previously, he was at Ford Motor Company for 15 years. Sir Ian has been a Non-Executive Deputy Chairman at ASDA plc and a Non Executive Director at several companies, including GKN plc, Northern Rock plc and Greggs plc and has been Chairman of Trinity Mirror plc and Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc and BPB plc. Sir Ian has also been a Member of the Court of Directors at the Bank of England and has had several Government advisory roles.

Justin King stepped down as CEO of Sainsburys in July 2014. He has previously worked for M&S, Asda, Haagen Dazs, Pepsi, and Mars in a thirty year career spanning fast moving consumer goods and Grocery Retailing. He was a non-executive director of Staples between 2007–2015, was a board member of LOCOG from 2009–2013, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group from 2010 –2012 and Justin acted as interim Chairman of Manor Marussia F1 Team from 2014-2015, reflecting a lifelong interest in the sport. In October 2015 Justin joined Terra Firma Capital Partners, the leading private equity firm, as Vice Chairman and Head of Portfolio Businesses.

Paul Skinner CBE is Chairman of Defence Equipment and Support, a trading entity within the Ministry of Defence responsible for defence procurement and related support activities, and is a member of the Defence Board of MoD.  He is also a member of the Advisory Body of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.  Paul spent his 40 year executive career with Royal Dutch Shell with his final position being as a Group Managing Director and CEO of the Group's global oil products business. He was later Chairman of Rio Tinto plc and of Infrastructure UK, H.M. Treasury.  He has held non-executive roles on the boards of Standard Chartered plc, Air Liquide S.A., and the Tetra Laval Group.

Brief biographical details for each Firm member of the PIB:

Kevin Ellis, Chairman and Senior Partner, joined the UK firm's Executive Board in 2008, first as Head of the Advisory business and from 2012, as Managing Partner.  He was elected Chairman and Senior Partner with effect from 1 July 2016. He joined the firm in 1984 on the graduate training program and qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAEW).  Kevin specialised in providing turnaround and crisis management support to businesses in the public and private sectors for over 25 years. 

Margaret Cole, joined PwC as a partner in September 2012. She is the UK firms Chief Risk Officer, General Counsel and a member of the Executive Board. Her responsibilities include Reputation & Regulation, Risk & Quality and Compliance.

Anne Simpson, Supervisory Board Chair from January 2017, joined the firm in 1981 as a graduate trainee and became a partner in 1993. Originally an audit partner in Banking & Capital Markets in Assurance in London, Anne then spent six years in Accounting Consulting Services before returning to Banking & Capital Markets in 2009 to build our Banking Regulatory practice and provide regulatory advisory services to clients.

Hemione Hudson as Head of Assurance has a standing invitation to attend PIB meetings.