Bob Wigley

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Bob Wigley, BSc, HonDBA, FCA, is Chairman of UK Finance, Vesta Global Holdings Ltd, Accloud plc, Secure Broadcast Ltd, Ellestone Partners LLP and Bink Ltd and is an investor and entrepreneur. He is a non-executive director of Symphony Environmental Plc, Queens Club Ltd, the Qatar Financial Centre and Chairman of its Audit Committee. He is Honorary President of the Royal Marines Club and is a Corporate Board Member of Cancer Research UK. He sits on the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers of TheCityUK and on the advisory boards of Blockchain, Privately SA, Remora and is a Visiting Fellow of Oxford University and Chairman of the Global Advisory Council of Oxford University's Centre for Corporate Reputation. In 2019 he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as a member of the Tailored Review panel for Historic England and English Heritage. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has a business degree and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath. He is also co-proprietor of Margot Restaurant in Covent Garden.


Between 2018 and 2019, Bob was a Commissioner of the Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development at the United Nations. During 2017, as Chairman of Victoria Beckham Ltd, he led an investment process securing £30m of venture capital to develop the business. Between 2012 and 2016, he was Chairman of First Global Trust Bank plc. Between 2010 and 2016 he was Chairman of Stonehaven Associates LLP. In 2015 and 2016, Bob was an adviser to Exiger LLP. Between 2014 and 2016, he was Chairman of Tantalum Corporation plc. Between 2012 and 2016, Bob was Chairman of NetOTC Services Ltd.

Between 2013 and 2017 Bob was on the advisory board of Tetronics International Ltd. Between 2011 and 2018 he was a Trustee of the Peter Jones Foundation. Between 2013 and 2018 he chaired the More Music Campaign for the Royal College of Music and sat on its Council. He was an Ambassador for UK Business for Prime Minister David Cameron in 2011.[1] He chaired the UK Green Investment Bank Commission for the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne during 2009/2010.[2] In 2008, he chaired a panel of London financial services company CEO's for the incoming Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and produced a report on how to maintain London's global competitiveness and sat on the Mayor's Panel of Economic Advisers.[3] In 2007, he authored a report for the Prime Minister on how to improve school governance, using lessons from the corporate world.[4] He is a Past Master of the Court of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.[5] Between 2011 and 2014, he was a member of the international advisory board of British Airways.

He was a Non Executive Director of Royal Mail Group plc and Chairman of its Audit Committee for 3 years.[6] Between 2006 and 2009, Wigley was a member of the Court of the Bank of England and of its Risk policy and Audit Committees.[7] Between 2009 and 2014, he served as Chairman of Yell Group plc[8] (subsequently renamed Hibu plc[9]) and of Expansys plc until they were both taken private. Hibu subsequently entered into administration to facilitate a consensual restructuring with its bondholders. Between 2009 and 2011, Wigley was the European Financial Services Operating Partner of Advent International.[1] Between 2008 and 2011, he served as Chairman of the National Education Employer Partnership Taskforce.[10] From 2009 until its takeover by Grainger plc in 2010, Wigley was Chairman of Sovereign Reversions plc.[11] Between 2004 and 2010, he was Deputy Chairman of Business in the Community (the UK's leading corporate social responsibility organisation).[12] Previous roles included serving as a Trustee of Terence Conran's Design Museum for seven years and a trustee of Whizz-Kidz for six years.[12]

In January, 2009, Bob resigned[13] as Chair of Merrill Lynch Europe, Middle East and Africa following the completion of its takeover by Bank of America.[14] Since 2004, Bob had chaired Merrill Lynch's EMEA Region Executive Committee with responsibility for a business with $6bn of revenue, $3bn of pretax income and 8,000 employees in 23 countries.

He sat on Merrill Lynch's Global Operating Committee and Client Coverage Council.[14] During this time, he was a member of the Senior Practitioner Committee of the Financial Services Authority, the FSA's nominated representative on the Market Consultative Panel of the Committee of European Securities Regulators, sat on the boards of LCH.Clearnet plc (Chairing its nomination committee) and Euroclear plc (and its strategy committee), was a member of the Chancellor's "wise men" group representing key financial stakeholders in London, was a member of the Chairman's Committee of the London Investment Banking Association,[15] a member of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers (and its remuneration committee) and on the EU Advisory Panel of the City of London Corporation.[12]

Previous roles at Merrill Lynch included Chairman of European Investment Banking, Global Head of Telecoms, Media and Technology Investment Banking, Head of UK Investment Banking and Head of Corporate Broking.[12]


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