Sir Peter Luff

Sir Peter Luff joined the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund as Chair on 30 March 2015.

He was previously Member of Parliament for Mid Worcestershire for 23 years. He served as chair of two select committees, Agriculture and Business Innovation & Skills, and as Defence Minister for Equipment and Technology.

For six years he was Chair of Worcester Cathedral Church Council; as an MP he worked for reform of Chancel Repair Liability.

He is a Vice President of the Severn Valley Railway and of the Worcester Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society.

As a constituency MP he has seen the impact of Heritage Lottery funding, having also been involved in several successful bids – and broader fundraising campaigns – including: Hartlebury Castle; Evesham Abbey Bell Tower; the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust; the Almonry Museum, Evesham; and the Regal Cinema, Evesham.

Before standing down at the 2015 election, he was Commons Co-chair of the Speakers’ Advisory Committee on the 2015 Anniversaries (principally the Magna Carta 800th and the de Montfort Parliament 750th) and a member of the National Trust/Surrey County Council Project Board for the major national Magna Carta Anniversary event.

Peter has a long-standing interest in theatre and the performing arts. He has campaigned successfully for grants for students of dance and drama, reducing the burdens on touring circuses and safeguarding spectrum for radio microphones.

Before entering politics he was a public and corporate affairs consultant and managing director of his own company. He is an honorary fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

He was knighted in 2014 for political and public service. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and his two heroes are Isambard Kingdom Brunel and William Shakespeare.

Natalie Kane

Natalie is Curator of Digital Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. At the V&A, Natalie is responsible for the care, research, display and collection of digital design in the Museum.

As well as a writer, Natalie is also a visiting tutor at the European Institute of Design in Barcelona, and half of curatorial research project Haunted Machines which looks at the use of magical narrative in technology. Previously, Natalie was Curator at digital culture festival and lab FutureEverything in Manchester, co-curator of Impakt Festival 2017 in the Netherlands, and worked at digital arts and culture organisation Lighthouse in Brighton.

Marcia Zander

Marcia Zander is a Silicon Valley technology senior executive and board member. Her focus is on creating value for companies through growth and scale, with a particular emphasis on Sales and Marketing for margin improvement.

She was a core member of the team that created the semiconductor company NetLogic in 1999, taking it from zero sales in 1999 to an IPO in 2004. Marcia led the company’s rapid growth with global reach. In 2012, the company was sold to Broadcom for $3.7 billion.

Marcia was invited to join the NetLogic/Broadcom integration team; being appointed the Vice-President of Broadcom EMEA Sales. In 2015, Broadcom was purchased by Avago for $37 billion, in what Bloomberg described as: “the biggest technology acquisition ever.”

Marcia is an American national, currently residing in London. Through her company, Augmenta One, Marcia advises founders, boards and management of established companies and start-ups. Marcia’s activities span a full set of issues across the technology, digital, consumer and fashion sectors. Marcia acts as a mentor for young entrepreneurs and executives; with an emphasis on supporting female founders and professionals. She is also a public speaker, addressing corporate audiences and decision-makers about the challenges many companies need to manage, regardless of stage.

Paul Coulson

Paul Coulson graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a business degree in 1973. He spent five years with Price Waterhouse in London and Dublin, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1976. He then established his own accounting firm before setting up Yeoman International in 1980 and developing it into a significant leasing and structured finance business. In 1998 he became Chairman of Ardagh Group and initiated its transformation from a small, single plant operation into a leading global packaging company. Ardagh listed its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in March 2017. Ardagh is a global leader in metal and glass packaging solutions, producing packaging for most of the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer brands. It operates 109 facilities in 22 countries, employing approximately 23,500 people and has global sales of approximately €7.7 billion.
Over the last 30 years he has been involved in the creation and development of a number of businesses apart from Yeoman and Ardagh. These include Fanad Fisheries, a leading Irish salmon farming company, and Sterile Technologies. Prior to its sale to Stericycle 2006, Sterile Technologies had been developed into the leading medical waste management company in the United Kingdom and Ireland. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston College. He is married with three children and is based in London and New York.

Sarah Breeden

Sarah is the Executive Director for International Banks Supervision at the PRA. She joined IBD in February 2015 as Director, Major Overseas Banks where she was responsible for supervision of the UK operation of the largest investment firms, banks and custodians.

Before moving into supervision, Sarah was a Director in the Financial Stability Strategy and Risk directorate, focused on development of the UK’s macro prudential policy making framework and supporting the Financial Policy Committee. Prior to that she was Head of the division in Financial Stability that assessed risks to financial stability from financial markets, the non-bank financial sector and the real economy.

Sarah led the Bank’s work to support the transition of prudential regulation of banks and insurers from the Financial Services Authority to the Bank. Prior to that she was head of the Bank’s Risk Management Division and head of Special Projects in the Markets directorate, leading the design and risk management of financial market operations undertaken by the Bank including those launched during the financial crisis.

Sonya Branch

Sonya Branch joined the Bank as its General Counsel in May 2015. In this capacity, Sonya is the Executive Director for the Legal Directorate, which is responsible for providing legal advice to both the Bank and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Sonya was previously Executive Director of Enforcement and a Board member at the Competition and Markets Authority. Prior to this, Sonya had been an Executive Director of Enforcement and Mergers, and a Board member, at the Office of Fair Trading until its merger with the Competition Commission to form the CMA in April 2014. Sonya was also seconded to Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by the Cabinet Office to lead on a Triennial Review in 2012.

Between 2000 and 2007, Sonya worked at international law firm Clifford Chance, where she specialised in financial services antitrust law, and was the youngest person in the firm’s history to become a partner. She began her legal career at Linklaters.

Sonya read jurisprudence at Magdalen College, Oxford University and holds a postgraduate diploma in European Competition Law. She is a Trustee of the national charity, Target Ovarian Cancer, and a Governor of Unicorn School, Kew.

Rebecca Jackson

Rebecca Jackson is currently Director of Priorities and Resources. Rebecca joined the Bank of England in 1998, moving to the Financial Services Authority at its inception and subsequently returning to the Bank with the establishment of the Prudential Regulation Authority. Rebecca has undertaken a variety of roles, including Head of Foreign Exchange and Reserves Management and leading the supervision of domestic and international banks, investment banks, securities firms and trading venues. In addition, Rebecca has negotiated European financial services legislation. Rebecca has also been responsible for developing policy, leading initiatives on hedge funds, private equity and new technologies.
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David Rule

David Rule was appointed Executive Director, Insurance Supervision on 1 July 2016. Previously, he held the role of Executive Director, Prudential Policy from 1 June 2014 and before that was Director, International UK Banks at the FSA in September 2012, after moving to UK bank supervision in 2011. During this time he has chaired the FSB Workstream on Securities Lending and Repos (WS5).

David joined the FSA in August 2009 as Head of the Macro Prudential Department. Before that, he was Chief Executive of the International Securities Lending Association, a trade body representing participants in the European securities financing market. From 1990 to 2006 David worked at the Bank in a number of roles, including market infrastructure, financial stability analysis and banking supervision. From 2002 to 2006 he was Head of Sterling Markets Division at the Bank.

David has a degree in Modern History from Balliol College Oxford and further degrees in Political Science from the University of Toronto and Economics from Queens’ College Cambridge.

Victoria Cleland

Victoria Cleland is the Chief Cashier at the Bank of England. As well as having responsibility for all of the Bank’s involvement in banknotes (from design to distribution), she leads the Bank’s work on digital currencies. Victoria has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and an MBA from Imperial College London. Her career has been based at the Bank of England, covering a range of roles including: oversight of payment and settlement systems, financing of small businesses, graduate recruitment, Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor and immediately prior to heading the Notes area, Deputy Head of the Special Resolution Unit. Victoria is also the Executive Sponsor of the Bank’s staff Disability Network and a Vice President of the Royal Society for Blind Children.

Jonathan Curtiss

Jonathan has worked in a wide range of business areas across the Bank, including Technology, Markets, Finance and Statistics since joining in 1983. After a secondment to the Financial Services Authority in 2007, Jonathan returned to the Bank as Head of Human Resources. Jonathan led on the successful delivery of the One Bank Your Reward strategy in 2014, and was integral to the development of the Bank’s three year strategic plan in 2017.
Jonathan has been acting as interim HR Executive Director since Spring 2017 and has recently been appointed Executive Director, Human Resources on a job share with another colleague.