Dame Alison Carnwath

Independent non-executive director

Tenure: Appointed 21 May 2018 

Board and committee activities:
Member of the audit committee

Outside interests:
Member of Supervisory Board of BASF SE
Non-executive director of Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
Non-executive director of PACCAR Inc
Non-executive director of Broadwell Capital Limited
Chairman of Strategic Advisory Board of Livingbridge LLP
Senior advisor at Evercore Partners
Member of the Advisory Council of St George’s Society of New York

Age: 65

Nationality: British


Dame Alison Carnwath practiced as a chartered accountant before going on to hold a number of senior financial advisory roles with Schroder Wagg & Co and the Phoenix Partnership.

Dame Alison has worked as a senior advisor at Evercore Partners (previously Lexicon) since 2005 and has been involved with Livingbridge LLP as chairman of the investment committee and chairman of the strategic advisory board. She is also a non-executive director of PACCAR Inc and Broadwell Capital Limited, and a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of both Zurich Insurance Company Ltd and BASF SE.

Previous roles include chairmanship of Land Securities Group plc as well as non-executive directorships of Barclays plc and Man Group plc. Dame Alison has also served on the boards of Friends Provident plc, Welsh Water, Gallaher Group, Vitec Group plc and MFGlobal Inc.

Dame Alison is a chartered accountant, holds a graduate degree, has two honorary degrees and in 2014 was appointed to the order of Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE).

Relevant skills and experience

Dame Alison has extensive financial experience both as an executive and non-executive. She has worked with global organisations and brings a broad range of skills to the BP board and to the audit committee.

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