Sir Douglas Flint retired as Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc on 30th September 2017, having been appointed to that role in December 2010. For fifteen years prior to this he was HSBC’s Group Finance Director, joining from KPMG where he was a partner. Between 2005 and 2011 he was also a Non-Executive Director of BP plc. Sir Douglas was chairman of the Institute of international Finance from June 2012 to December 2016 and was a member of both the Mayor of Beijing’s and the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders’ Advisory Councils.
Amongst other roles he is currently Chairman of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Just Finance Foundation, a Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, on the Global Advisory Council of Motive Partners, a fintech specialist investment platform, Chairman of the Corporate Board of Cancer Research UK and a Trustee of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. In December 2017 he was appointed by the Chancellor as Special Envoy to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
In January 2019, Sir Douglas became Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen PLC.
In June 2006 Sir Douglas was honoured with a CBE by the Queen, in recognition of his services to the finance industry and knighted in 2018.
Sir Douglas was educated at The High School of Glasgow, Glasgow University and Harvard Business School.