Sir Brian Bender

Chairman, The London Metal Exchange

Biography

I studied Physics at university, and, aged 24, I joined the civil service. I did a large range of jobs there, including 2 spells in the UK Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, and Head of the European Secretariat of the Cabinet Office (responsible for co-ordinating UK policy towards the EU). I became a Permanent Secretary (Head of Department) in 2000, and in that capacity was in charge of 3 Departments: the Cabinet Office, the then Ministry of Agriculture (later Defra) and the Then Department of Trade and Industry (later the Business Department). My final role, for those who have seen the TV series “Yes, Minister” was as Peter Mandelson’s “Sir Humphrey”.

I retired from the civil service in 2009, since when I have picked up a variety of roles, including being Chairman of the London Metal Exchange, a Director of the Financial Reporting Council (which regulates corporate governance and the accountancy profession), several advisory positions (eg to a communications/public affairs company and to Honda Europe) and a couple of not-for-profit Boards of trustees.

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