Chairman of Lloyd's (Nominated member)
John Nelson has been Chairman of Lloyd‘s – the world‘s leading market for specialist insurance and reinsurance – since 2011. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he had a long career in banking, working for Kleinwort Benson from 1971 until 1986, before joining Lazard where he ran the corporate finance division, becoming Vice Chairman in 1990 and later became Chairman at Credit Suisse First Boston Europe until retiring from banking in 2002.
Since then, he has held a number board and advisory positions in the retail, real estate, communications and financial services sectors. Until 2011, he served as Deputy Chairman of Kingfisher plc, Europe‘s leading home improvement retailer and as Non-Executive Director of BT, Woolwich plc, JP Morgan Cazenove and Cazenove Group.
He stood down as Chairman of real estate company, Hammerson plc in 2013, a position he held since 2005. He remains an advisor to Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP. He is also the Chairman of Chichester Harbour Trust and Deputy Chair of the National Gallery where he also chairs its Development Committee.
In 2012, he set out, together with the British Prime Minister David Cameron, a long term Vision for Lloyd’s to expand into the high growth economies. He has been a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group and is a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.