PwC Public Interest Body members

The Public Interest Body (PIB) comprises of five 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.

Samantha Barrass is Chief Executive Officer of the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission and has been in post since February 2014. From 2009 until her move to Gibraltar she was an Executive Director at the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA). 

Prior to the SRA, Samantha’s career included 10 years with the Financial Services Authority and five years as a Director at the London Investment Banking Association.

Samantha began her working career at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand as an economist focusing on monetary policy strategy and economic reform.

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.

Chris Burns, Supervisory Board Chair from 18 January 2019, joined the firm in 1992 and became a partner in 2005. He is is part of the London Region Assurance practice with lead responsibility for a portfolio of listed clients and was formerly Chair of the Strategy and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee until 31 December 2018.

Hemione Hudson, joined the firm in 1995 as a graduate trainee and became a partner in 2007.  She is Head of Assurance and a member of the Management Board with over 20 years of experience working in Assurance.  She specialises in auditing and advising clients in the banking and capital markets sectors.  She previously spent two years supporting the UK Chairman and Senior Partner with responsibilities including leading the UK strategy team. 

Pauline Campbell is an Assurance Partner in Assurance Risk & Quality. She joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1996. She was Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee until 31 December 2016 and was re-elected to the Supervisory Board from 1 January 2015. She became a member of the Global Board, the body responsible for the governance of the PwC Network, in April 2017.

Margaret Cole has a standing invitation to attend PIB meetings. 

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