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.
Taylor is vice-chairman of the board of RTL Group, and was formerly chairman of Syngenta AG and of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. He was an international adviser to Goldman Sachs until 2005.
He was appointed to the Bank of England Financial Policy Committee in March 2013.
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.
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