Sir Victor Blank

Chairman, Social Mobility Foundation

Biography

Sir Victor is a leading businessman and philanthropist. He has been Chairman of a number of our major companies, latterly of Lloyds Banking Group.

Sir Victor is Chairman of the European Advisory Board of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and a Senior Adviser in the UK to TPG Capital. He also chairs the Development Board of The British Academy, the Strategy and Development Committee of F W de Klerk’s Global Leadership Foundation and the Social Mobility Foundation. Among his other pro bono interests, he is Chairman of the charity Wellbeing of Women, the leading early stage funder of women’s health in the UK.

Sir Victor was previously a member of the Financial Reporting Council, the Chairman of the Industrial Development Advisory Board, the first external Member of the Council of Oxford University, and he served for four years as a British Business Ambassador under Prime Minister Gordon Brown and then under Prime Minister David Cameron. He was knighted for services to the finance industry in the New Year’s Honours List in 1999.

Sir Victor went to Stockport Grammar School and then St Catherine’s College, Oxford. He began his career as a Solicitor, becoming a Partner in Clifford-Turner (now Clifford Chance). He then chaired an investment banking business, Charterhouse; Trinity Mirror, the UK’s largest quoted newspaper publishing group; GUS plc which owned Experian, Burberry, Argos, Homebase and Lewis’ Stores of South Africa; and latterly Lloyds Banking Group which under his Chairmanship became the largest UK retail banking group.