Chairman & Founder of Finsbury
Roland founded Finsbury in 1994. The company was bought by WPP in 2001 and following the merger with RLM in July 2011, is today one of the largest global financial communications groups. Before founding Finsbury Roland worked as a financial journalist at the Financial Times, The Sunday Correspondent and The Times. He is a former policy coordinator for Lord Owen. At Oxford University Roland read philosophy and theology; he was President of the Union and is now a visiting Fellow at the University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation and an honorary fellow at the University’s Regent’s Park College. He is a Trustee of the Royal Opera House and Speakers for Schools; Chairman of the Tate’s Corporate Advisory Group and Non-Executive Director on the Army Board. Roland is also a member of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Centre for Rare Disease Research Fundraising Appeal Board and a patron of the NSPCC. He is a former board member of Britain in Europe and is now the founding Chairman of Business for New Europe and a member of the Centre for European Reform’s advisory board. He is the founding Chairman of the Legacy10 charitable giving campaign; a member of the StartUp Loans Board and a Governor of Wellington College.
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