Martin Taylor (businessman)

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Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor (born 1952) is a businessman and former chief executive of Barclays Bank. He is an external member of the Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee.


Taylor started his career in 1974 and joined Reuters as a journalist. He then moved to the Financial Times in 1978, where he edited the paper's "Lex" column.

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.[1]

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 served as the Secretary General for Bilderberg Group for several years.[citation needed]

Taylor is vice-chairman of the board of RTL Group.,[2] and was formerly chairman of Syngenta AG and of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture.[3] He was an international adviser to Goldman Sachs until 2005.[4]

He was appointed to the Bank of England Financial Policy Committee in March 2013.[5]

Education and life[edit]

Taylor was born in Burnley, Lancashire,[6] and educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, where he earned a degree in Oriental languages. Taylor has two daughters and a son.


  1. ^ "US". The Independent. London. Retrieved 15 January 2018.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Bank of England – about". Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Syngenta". Syngenta. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  4. ^ "News & Events – Bank of England" (PDF). Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Government announces appointment of external members to the Financial Policy Committee – GOV.UK". Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Burnley-born ex-Barclays chief says bank must regain trust". Lancashire Telegraph. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bramwell G Rudd COURTAULDS and the HOSIERY & KNITWEAR INDUSTRY (Carnegie Publishing Ltd) (2014, ISBN softback 978-1-905472-06-2, hardback 978-1-905472-18-5)

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