Robert Swannell was appointed a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer in October 2010 and became Chairman in January 2011. Until 2010, Robert spent over 30 years in investment banking with Schroders/Citigroup. He was formerly Vice-Chairman of Citi Europe and Chairman of Citi’s European Investment Bank.
Until September 2010 Robert was Senior Independent Director of both The British Land Company plc and of 3i Group plc. Robert was Chairman of HMV Group plc from February 2009 until March 2011 and a Non-Executive Director until June 2011. Robert’s regulatory and government department experience includes the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the FSA, the Takeover Panel Appeal Board and the Industrial Advisory Board of BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills).
He was Chairman of the Governing Body of Rugby School from 2009-2014 and was a Director and Trustee of the educational charity Career Academies UK from 2003-2010. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Barrister.