Lord Browne joined BP in 1966 and subsequently joined the board in 1991. He was then appointed Group Chief Executive in 1995 and held that position until May 2007. He is a Partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC; Fellow and former President of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2006-2011) and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is Chairman of the Trustees of the Queen Elizabeth II Prize for Engineering, Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School Government at Oxford University.
He was Chairman of the Advisory Board of Apax Partners LLC from 2006 - 2007. He was a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs from 1999 to 2007, a non-executive director of Intel Corporation from 1997 – 2006, a Trustee of The British Museum from 1995-2005, a member of the Supervisory Board of DaimlerChrysler AG from 1998 – 2001 and a non-executive director of SmithKline Beecham from 1996-1999. He was voted Most Admired CEO by Management Today from 1999 – 2002. He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001.
He is the author of the memoirs Beyond Business, the popular science book Seven Elements that Changed the World, and The Glass Closet, a commentary on the acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people in business.
Debbie is a member of the Executive Team at National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), and is personally responsible for all of their inclusion and diversity practice. She is fully out at work acts as a confidante and mentor to many people, both inside and outside of work. Prior to NEST Debbie was Director of Campaigns and Public Policy at Stonewall, where she campaigned to lift the ban on gay men and lesbians in the armed services, equalise the age of consent, and repeal section 28 amongst other things.
Debbie has recently been elected Chair of Governors in the small Church school her children attend, making her the first non-Christian, non-straight and non-white person to be elected to that position.
Benny Higgins is Chief Executive of Tesco Bank and a member of the Tesco Executive Committee. He began his career at Standard Life in 1983 where he joined as an actuarial student and became a member of the Standard Life Group Executive in 1996. In 1997, he moved to RBS to become Chief Executive of Retail Banking. He was with RBS until 2005, during which time he led the successful integration of NatWest Retail Banking. He became Chief Executive Officer of the Retail Business of HBOS plc in 2006 before joining Tesco Bank as Chief Executive in 2008.
Under Benny’s leadership Tesco Bank has grown to become one of the most established ‘new’ banks in the UK, serving more than 7 million customer accounts and employing over 4,000 people in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. With the launch of the Tesco Bank current account in June of this year, the Bank now offers a full range of core retail banking and insurance products.
Outside of financial services, Benny is a Non-Executive Director of the Buccleuch Estates, a Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland and a Princes Trust Ambassador. As a member of the Glasgow Economic Leadership Board and the Commonwealth Games Legacy Board, Benny maintains close ties to his home town.
Friday 17 April 2015
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre