Martin Taylor (businessman)
In 1984, he joined the board of Courtaulds, becoming chief executive of Courtaulds Textiles by 1990. He became chief executive of Barclays four years later, in 1994, remaining there until 1998. He joined the board at retail chain W H Smith in 1999, eventually becoming chief executive before departing in 2003.
He was a member of the UK Parliament select Committee for Science and Technology for five years. He also joined the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and compiled their 2001 Commission on Public/Private Partnerships report.
He has attended many meetings of the Bilderberg Group and served as Secretary General for several years.
Education and Life
Taylor was born in Burnley, Lancashire and educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, where he earned a degree in Oriental languages. He speaks French, German, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Urdu and several Scandinavian and Eastern European languages.
Taylor has two daughters and a son. He is an avid traveller and is interested in art, language, music, literature, and architecture.
On 8 February 2013 in an interview on BBC Radio 4 he claimed that pesticides were not responsible for decline of bees.
- "Burnley-born ex-Barclays chief says bank must regain trust". Lancashire Telegraph. 6 July 2012. Retrieved July 2012.
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