Independent Non-Executive Director
Paul Skinner was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered PLC in November 2003.
He is currently Chair of Defence Equipment and Support, a trading entity within the Ministry of Defence responsible for all defence procurement and related support activities to the UK armed forces. He is also a non-executive director of L’Air Liquide SA. In addition, Paul is a member of the public interest body of PwC and of the advisory body of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.
He was chairman of Rio Tinto Plc from 2003 to 2009 and Chairman of Infrastructure UK, HM Treasury from 2009 to 2013. He was formerly a director of The Shell Transport and Trading Company plc and group managing director of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of companies. During his Shell career he worked in all of Shell’s main businesses with assignments in the UK, Greece, Nigeria, New Zealand and Norway. Paul was a UK business ambassador over the period 2008 to 2012. He was a non-executive director of the Tetra Laval Group from 2005 to 2015 and also served as a member of the Defence Board of the Ministry of Defence, which he rejoined in 2014, and as chairman of both the Commonwealth Business Council and International Chamber of Commerce UK.
Paul read law at Pembroke College, Cambridge and has a diploma in Business Administration from the Manchester Business School. He is married with two sons and lives in the UK.