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Dame Alison Carnwath

Dame Alison Carnwath - Independent non-executive director

Independent non-executive director


Appointed 21 May 2018 


Board and committee activities:

Member of the audit and chairman's committees


Outside interests:

Member of Supervisory Board and Audit Committee chair of BASF SE

Director and Audit Committee chair of Zurich Insurance Group

Independent director of PACCAR Inc

Member of UK Panel on Takeovers and Mergers

Trustee of The Economist Group








Dame Alison Carnwath qualified as a chartered accountant before going on to hold a number of senior financial advisory roles in London and New York.
For more than 15 years, Dame Alison's career, in her capacities as senior adviser, director and chairman, has enabled her to demonstrate her expertise on financial, strategic and good governance matters both in and outside of the board room. Her current roles include independent director of PACCAR Inc, director and audit committee chair of Zurich Insurance Group and supervisory board member and audit committee chair BASF SE.
Previous roles of note include chairmanship of Land Securities Group plc from September 2004 until July 2018 as well as non-executive directorships of Barclays plc from 2010 to 2012 and Man Group plc from November 2012 to May 2013.
Dame Alison is a chartered accountant, holds an undergraduate 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 for her services to business and diversity.


Relevant skills and experience

Dame Alison has extensive financial experience both as an executive and non-executive director. Dame Alison has chaired significant boards and has deep experience of the workings of investors and the finance industry in the City of London. She has worked with global organizations and brings this broad range of skills to the BP board and to the audit committee.