Sir Ian Cheshire was announced as Chairman of Barclay’s new UK Ring Fenced Bank in February 2017. In November 2017 he was made the Chairman of The Food, Farming and Countryside Commission and also currently chairs The Prince of Wales Charitable Fund, United for Global Mental Health and the Leadership Council of Thriving at Work. He was also Senior Independent Director of Whitbread plc, lead Non-Executive member on the Department for Work and Pensions Board, Chairman of the Prince of Wales' Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and the British Retail Consortium, along with President of the Business Disability Forum.. He was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to business, sustainability, and the environment.
Ian was previously Chief Executive, B&Q UK from June 2005. He was appointed Chief Executive International and Development in September 2002, Chief Executive of e-Kingfisher in May 2000 and was Group Director of Strategy & Development. Before joining Kingfisher he worked for a number of retail businesses including Sears plc where he was Group Commercial Director.
Cheshire's first job was with Boston Consulting Group, before working for Guinness, and Sears, before joining Kingfisher as strategy director in 1998. In January 2008, Kingfisher appointed Cheshire as Group Chief Executive.
Current Non Executive roles:
Chair – Barclays UK Retail Bank, Menhaden Capital plc, The Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, The Prince Of Wales Charitable Fund, United for Global Mental Health, Leadership Council of Thriving at Work
Campaign Chairman - Heads Together
President of the Board – Maisons du Monde
NED – Barclays, UK Cabinet Office
Advisory Board - True Capital Partners,
Chair – British Retail Consortium, Debenhams, Ecosystem Markets Task Force
Lead NED – Whitbread (Nomination and Remuneration), UK Department for Work and Pensions
Supervisory Board – Hornback Holding Group AG
NED – Kingfisher Information Technology, Bradford & Bingley
Non Executive VP – Maisons du Monde
Advisory Board - Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
CEO – B&Q
Group CEO – Kingfisher
Executive Director - Kingfisher