Group Finance Director
Richard Meddings was appointed as Group Finance Director of Standard Chartered PLC in November 2006, having joined the Board as a Group Executive Director in November 2002. He is based in London and is responsible for Finance, Group Corporate Treasury, Risk and Group Corporate Development.
Immediately prior to his appointment as Group Finance Director, Richard had been Group Executive Director for Risk following which he took responsibility for Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, Europe and the Americas.
Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1983 and prior to joining Standard Chartered, held a number of senior roles in the banking industry including at Hill Samuel and Credit Suisse. He was Group Finance Director of Woolwich PLC and Group Financial Controller of Barclays PLC.
Richard is Chairman of ‘Seeing is Believing’ Standard Chartered’s flagship community investment project which combats avoidable blindness across the developing world. Since 2003, Seeing is Believing has raised over USD58m and in 2011 made a further commitment to raise a total of USD100m by 2020 to continue the fight against avoidable blindness.
In 2008, Richard became a Non Executive Director of 3i Group plc where, since 2010, he also acts as the Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee.
Richard attended Wolverhampton Grammar School. He graduated from Exeter College, Oxford with a MA (Hons) in Modern History. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Richard is also a a member of the Governing Council of the International Chamber of Commerce, United Kingdom. He was also a member of the Indo British Partnership Network from April, 2005 until August, 2007. In 2009 he was appointed to the Financial Reporting Council.
Richard is married with three children and his interests include football, cricket and fishing.