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PwC Public Interest Body members

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

Brief biographical details for each independent non-executive:

Dame Fiona Kendrick DBE, former Chairman and CEO of Nestlé UK&I, is Chair of the PwC Public Interest Body, Deputy Chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships Board and Chair of the new University of Hereford for Engineers. Fiona also sits on the Government's Food & Drink Sector Council. Having started her career initially in teaching, Fiona joined Nestlé UK in 1980 in a commercial role, and spent her working life with Nestlé in key strategic roles in the UK market as well as at global level. Fiona led Nestlé’s global coffee business for 5 years in Switzerland. Fiona has a personal passion for the youth employment and skills agenda, and has led a number of lighthouse projects in this area both for Industry and Government. Fiona was a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills and played a lead role in supporting the development and delivery of strategies for skills and employment across the four UK nations. Fiona was President of the Food and Drink Federation, the association that represents the UK food and drink manufacturing industry (2015-2017). She previously led the F&D sector’s skills and competitiveness agenda and co-chaired the UK Food and Drink Export Forum. In the 2015 New Year’s Honors’ list Fiona was created Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to the food industry and support for skills and opportunities for young people. In recognition of services to the food and drink industry and young people's employment and skills, Fiona has been awarded honorary degrees by Sheffield Hallam University, York University and Warwick University. Fiona has been awarded the Chartered Management Institute Gold Medal for Leadership 2017.

Sir Ian Gibson CBE 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 CBE 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. Justin became a non-executive director of Marks and Spencer Group plc in January 2019 and was appointed as a senior adviser by Atrato Capital, the Investment Advisor to Supermarket Income REIT Plc, in March 2019.

Victoria Raffé is a former director and Executive Committee member of the Financial Conduct Authority, where she held a number of leadership roles during a 20 year career with the regulator and its predecessor the Financial Services Authority. Since leaving the FCA in 2015 Victoria has focused on non-executive roles in the fintech sector and is currently a non-executive director of Starling Bank.

Philip Rycroft CB During a 30 year career, Philip held senior leadership positions in departments such as the Cabinet Office, Office for the Deputy Prime Minister, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Executive. Most recently Philip was Permanent Secretary for the Department for Exiting the EU before retiring from the Civil Service in 2019.


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. 

Kate Wolstenholme leads our UK business services team, working with businesses across the professional and support services spectrum. Our clients are engaged in activities including Professional Advisory, Recruitment, Property and Facilities Services, Outsourcing, and Distribution Services.

Kate is an Assurance partner with over 20 years’ experience of providing assurance and business advice to both UK and multinational clients, ranging from private companies and professional partnerships to listed companies. Kate has transaction, listings and due diligence experience, and has a particular focus on the Legal sector where she is co-author of our annual Law Firms Survey.

Alison Statham has a standing invitation to attend PIB meetings.

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