Sir John Kingman


Sir John Kingman

John has had a long Whitehall career; as Second Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury, he had responsibility for the Treasury's economics ministry functions, for policy relating to business, financial services and infrastructure.

Skills and experience

John was closely involved in the UK response to the financial crisis, handling the resolution of Northern Rock and leading negotiations with RBS, Lloyds and HBOS on their £37bn recapitalisation. He was the first Chief Executive of UK Financial Investments Ltd (UKFI). From 2010-12, John was Global Co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group at Rothschild.

John is also Chair of UK Research and Innovation, which oversees £6bn annually of UK Government science and innovation spending. He is a World Fellow of Yale University, a member of the Trilateral Commission and chaired the judges for the 2017 Wolfson Economics Prize. John led the independent review for the Government of the work of the Financial Reporting Council; the report was published in December 2018.

External appointments

  • National Gallery (Trustee)
  • Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation (Trustee)
  • UK Research and Innovation (Chair)
  • Rothschild (Senior Advisor)

Committee membership

  • Corporate Governance Committee (Chair)
  • Nominations Committee (Chair)
Sir John Kingman