Sir John Sawers

Independent non-executive director

Tenure: appointed 14 May 2015

Board and committee activities:
Chair of the geopolitical committee; member of the safety, ethics and environment assurance, nomination and chairman's committees

Outside interests:
Chairman and partner of Macro Advisory Partners LLP
Visiting professor at King’s College London
Governor, Ditchley Foundation

Age: 60

Nationality: British

Career

John Sawers spent 36 years in public service in the UK, working on foreign policy, international security and intelligence.

John was Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, from 2009 to 2014, a period of international upheaval and growing security threats as well as closer public scrutiny of the intelligence agencies. Prior to that, the bulk of his career was in diplomacy, representing the British government around the world and leading negotiations at the UN, in the European Union and in the G8. He was the UK ambassador to the United Nations (2007-09), political director and main board member of the Foreign Office (2003-07), special representative in Iraq (2003), ambassador to Egypt (2001-03) and foreign policy advisor to the Prime Minister (1999-2001). Earlier in his career, he was posted to Washington, South Africa, Syria and Yemen.

John is now chairman of Macro Advisory Partners, a firm which advises clients on the intersection of policy, politics and markets.

Relevant skills and experience

Sir John Sawers’ deep experience of international political and commercial matters is an asset to the board in navigating the complex issues faced by a modern global company. His management of reform at MI6 also complements BP’s focus on value and simplification.

As a former UK government representative, Sir John brings knowledge and skills related to analysing and negotiating on a worldwide basis, which are invaluable to the geopolitical and SEEA committees.

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