LORD PAUL MYNERS
UK BUSINESSMAN AND FORMER FINANCIAL SERVICES SECRETARY
The future of the finance industry
The financial crisis
The UK economy
Lord Paul Myners is one of the most respected businessmen in the UK, as well as a former politician. A veteran of the financial sector, Lord Myners has been working in the industry since 1974. He has worked and managed an impressive portfolio, with top positions at some of the UK’s leading companies. These include being Chairman of Gartmore, an asset management company which, under Lord Myner’s leadership, saw its managed assets climbing from just over £1 billion, to over £70 billion at the end of his 14 year chairmanship.
Other positions that Lord Myners has held include the chairmanship of Marks and Spencer, as well as the Guardian Media Group, which publishes both The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. Lord Myners has also been the chairman of Land Securities Group, and was briefly Director of the Board for the Cooperative Group.
Lord Myners was appointed as Financial Services Secretary, a position often referred to as City Minister, by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2008 in the wake of the financial crisis. Lord Myners experience in business was essential in shaping the government’s response to the crash.
Lord Myners now sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords, having relinquished his Parliamentary position in 2010.
From 2013 to 2014 he was a senior independent director at the Co-operative Group, where he led its governance review.
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After a lifelong career as a highly successful businessman, Lord Myner’s appointment to government was a ‘baptism of fire’ that saw him shape policy during one of the most devastating financial crashes in living memory.
He is not only an expert on the financial industry, but on business and corporate governance more broadly, as shown by his appointment to the Co-operative group to help analyse the causes of its governance failings.