Our Board Overseeing our strategy

Our Board is collectively responsible for our long-term success, and for ensuring that the Group is led within a framework of effective controls. The Board sets our strategic direction, approves our strategy and takes appropriate action to ensure that we have the resources we need to achieve our strategic aspirations.

The Board considers the impact of the decisions it makes, and its responsibilities to all our stakeholders, including colleagues, shareholders, regulators, clients and suppliers, as well as to the environment and the communities where we operate. 

Our six Board committees play an important role in supporting the Board. The committees all consist of non-executive directors, and our Board Financial Crime Risk also includes three external advisors.

Our chairman

Jose Vinals

José Viñals

Group Chairman

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Our executive directors

Bill Winters

Bill Winters, CBE

Group Chief Executive

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Andy Halford

Andy Halford

Group Chief Financial Officer

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Our non-executive directors

Naguib Kheraj

Naguib Kheraj

Deputy Chairman

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David Conner

David Conner

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Christine Hodgson

Christine Hodgson

Senior Independent Director

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Jasmine Whitbread

Jasmine Whitbread

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Gay Huey Evans

Gay Huey Evans, OBE

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Om Bhatt

Om Bhatt

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Louis Cheung

Dr Louis Cheung

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Byron Grote

Dr Byron Grote

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Dr Han Seung-Soo

Dr Han Seung-Soo, KBE

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Group company secretary

Liz Lloyd

Liz Lloyd, CBE

Group Company Secretary

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Board diversity policy

The Board Diversity Policy (‘the Policy’) sets out the approach Standard Chartered PLC takes to diversity on its Board to ensure that diversity, in its broadest sense, remains a central feature of the Board. The Policy applies to the Board of Standard Chartered PLC. The Group Equal Opportunities, Diversity, Inclusion and Dignity at Work Policy applies to diversity in respect to employees of Standard Chartered Bank.
 
We have a distinctive footprint and a long history of diverse board membership. We believe strongly that a highly effective Board is about chemistry and behaviours, underpinned by robust processes. All Board appointments are based on merit with each candidate assessed against objective criteria, with the prime consideration of maintaining and enhancing the Board’s overall effectiveness.
 
We strive to maintain a diverse Board recognising the benefits of having a Board made up of individuals with a diverse mix of backgrounds, knowledge, skills and experience. This diversity provides a mix of perspectives which contribute to the effective Board dynamics.
 
In order to enhance the Board’s diversity, including the representation of women on our Board, we are committed to:
 
  • increasing the representation of women on the Board with an aim to have a minimum of 33 per cent female representation
  • ensuring that our Board reflects the diverse markets in which we operate 
  • ensuring that the Board is comprised of a good balance of skills, experience, knowledge, perspective and varied backgrounds
  • only engaging search firms who are signed up to the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search firms
  • reporting annually on the Executive pipeline below the Board and the Board’s diversity, including progress being made on reaching the Board’s gender target

José Viñals, Chairman

Our committees

Read more about our board-level committees, their terms of reference and the schedule of matters reserved for the Board.

Our directors

Download a list of our directors, plus their roles and responsibilities.

Available in English and Chinese.

Section 430(2B) companies act 2006 statement

Kurt Campbell

Further to the announcement by Standard Chartered PLC (the “Company”) on 26 July 2017, Kurt Campbell stepped down as an independent Non-Executive Director of the Company with effect from 26 July 2017.

In accordance with section 430 (2B) of the Companies Act 2006, the Company confirms that Kurt will receive pro-rated Board, Brand, Values and Conduct Committee fees up to and including 26 July 2017 at the rates set out in the Company’s 2016 Annual Report & Accounts. No other remuneration payment will be made by the Company to Kurt after he ceased to be an independent Non-Executive Director of the Company, nor will any payment for loss of office be made.

Sir John Peace

Further to the announcement by Standard Chartered PLC (the “Company”) on 27 July 2016, Sir John Peace stepped down from the Board as Chairman and as a Director of the Company on 1 December 2016.

In accordance with section 430 (2B) of the Companies Act 2006, the Company confirms that no further remuneration payment will be made by the Company to Sir John after he ceased to be a Director of the Company. Until 2013 Sir John received part of his annual fee in restricted shares. 10,056 of these shares (which were granted in 2013) are scheduled to vest and be exercised in December 2016. In line with the standard approach for retirement, Sir John will remain eligible to receive these shares at the scheduled date.

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