Colin Sharman, Baron Sharman

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Colin Morven Sharman, Baron Sharman OBE (born 19 February 1943), was the British chairman of Aviva Group and former chairman of KPMG International.

He was educated at Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1965. He joined Peat Marwick Mitchell the following year, and rose through the years to become chairman of the renamed KPMG in 1997.

Sharman was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1980 Birthday Honours, for services to the British community in the Netherlands.[1]

On 2 August 1999 he was created a Life Peer as Baron Sharman, of Redlynch in the County of Wiltshire[2] and entered the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat peer.

Lord Sharman has been a member of the ABN AMRO Supervisory Board since 2003. He has been chairman of Aviva Group since January 2006. He is also a non-executive director at Reed Elsevier, BG Group and on the board of Group 4 Securicor. The Times 'Power 100' states that Lord Sharman earns over £400,000 a year from his management roles.

Since November 2012, he has been the Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Morocco.[3] He will be attending the 2014 Moroccan British Business Conference, to be held in London, alongside Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf.[4]


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