Catherine Brown is an independent non-executive director. Currently, she is a non-executive board member of the Cabinet Office, a trustee of Cancer Research UK, and of Blue Cross. She is the chairman of The Plastic Economy, a manufacturer of low-cost prosthetic limbs from recycled plastic.
Until recently, Catherine was Group Strategy Director of Lloyds Banking Group, responsible for its 2014 strategic review, positioning the group to continue strengthening its financial performance, invest in technology and digital services, while enabling the government to steadily reduce its shareholding.
Catherine has significant experience in strategic and organisational change. Prior to Lloyds, Catherine was Executive Director HR of the Bank of England, where she led the organisation planning for establishing and integrating the Prudential Regulation Authority as a subsidiary of the Bank of England, and reorganised the Bank’s operations to support the expanded remit.
From 2004 to 2010, Catherine was with Apax Partners, firstly as HR director while the firm transitioned from venture capital to become a global buyout firm, and subsequently Chief Operating Officer during its largest fundraising of a €11 billion fund. She then spent a year working with Bob Geldof, setting up and raising funds for 8 Miles, his private equity fund for Africa.
Beginning her career in banking, she worked extensively in emerging economies before joining management consultancy firm McKinsey. Catherine left to run her own consultancy for five years before moving to Apax Partners.
Catherine comes from New Zealand, arriving in the UK with one suitcase, a little money and two university degrees (in law and business).
CEO, Health Education England
Chief Executive of Ofcom
Life Peer & Former Chairman of Marks and Spencer
Former CEO of Urdd Gobaith Cymru
President of Murray Edwards College
CEO, Cancer Research UK