PwC Public Interest Body members

The Public Interest Body (PIB) comprises of six 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:

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.

Dame Fiona Kendrick DBE became Chairman of Nestlé UK and Ireland on 1 July 2017, having previously served as Chairman and CEO from 2012.

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.

Prior to heading up the UK and Ireland business, with a £2.4 billion turnover, employing 8,000 people across 20 sites, Fiona was responsible for the global strategic direction of Nestlé’s coffee brands, based in Nestlé headquarters in Switzerland. The role reported into the main Nestlé Executive Board.

Fiona has a personal passion for the youth employment and skills agenda, and has led a number of lighthouse projects in this area both inside and outside Nestlé.

She has helped to transform Nestlé UK and Ireland’s recruitment practices through the Nestlé Academy. The Academy brings together graduate and apprenticeship programmes, direct entry schemes and vocational training in order to deliver more flexible entry points and alternative routes to higher education for people.

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.

From January 2015 to December 2016 Fiona was President of the Food and Drink Federation, the association that represents the UK food and drink manufacturing industry. 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 was awarded an honorary degree by Sheffield Hallam University in 2015 followed by a further honorary degree from York University in 2017.

In January 2017 Fiona was appointed as Deputy Chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships Board and in January 2018, appointed to Chair the new University of Hereford for Engineers.

Fiona has been awarded the Chartered Management Institute Gold Medal for Leadership 2017.

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. 

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.

Margaret Cole has a standing invitation to attend PIB meetings.

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