Mervyn Davies, Baron Davies of Abersoch

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This article is about the former banker and UK government minister. For the rugby player, see Mervyn Davies.
The Right Honourable
The Lord Davies of Abersoch
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Evan Mervyn Davies, Baron Davies of Abersoch, CBE (born 21 November 1952) is a former banker and was a UK government minister until May 2010. His role as Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Small Business involved oversight of UK Trade and Investment - the United Kingdom's export support and inward investment agency - and he had dual accountability to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Davies was Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC between November 2006 and January 2009, and Chief Executive between 2001 and 2006. He was appointed a Director in 1997.[1]

He is the Chairman and a Partner at Corsair Capital. He is a Senior Independent Director at Diageo, Chairman of Jack Wills and Chairman of Chime Communications plc.[2]

He completed the Programme for Management Development at Harvard Business School and is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers.

In November 2013, he was announced as the inaugural chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, planning a planted bridge over the Thames in London.[3]

Public Appointments and Honours[edit]

Davies is the Chairman of the Royal Academy of Arts Trustees.

Davies was awarded a CBE for his services to the financial sector and the community in Hong Kong in June 2002 and is a JP in Hong Kong. Upon taking up his ministerial post, he was appointed a life peer as Baron Davies of Abersoch, of Abersoch in the County of Gwynedd, so as to gain a seat in the House of Lords to be held accountable for his ministerial responsibilities.

Davies is married with two children and is a fluent Welsh speaker. He is a keen sportsman and is interested in Welsh art, music and reading.

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