Dame Alison Carnwath

Member of the Board of Directors

Nationality: British
Born: 1953

Skills and experience

Dame Alison Carnwath has substantial financial industry experience. She began her career with Peat Marwick Mitchell, now KPMG, where she practiced as a chartered accountant from 1975 to 1980. From 1980 to 1982, she worked as a corporate financier for Lloyds Bank International. From 1982 to 1993, she was assistant director, then director, at J. Henry Schroder Wagg & Co in London and New York. From 1993 to 1997, Dame Alison was a senior partner at the financial advisory firm Phoenix Partnership. The firm was taken over by Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) in late 1997; she continued working for DLJ until 2000. Dame Alison has held several board offices. From 2000 to 2005, she was the chairman of the board of Vitec Group plc, from 2001 to 2006 a director of Welsh Water, from 2004 to 2007 of Friends Provident plc, from 2004 to 2007 of Gallaher Group and from 2007 to 2010, she was the independent chairman of MF Global Inc. She also served on the boards of directors of Barclays from 2010 to 2012, and of Man Group plc from 2001 to 2013. From 2008 to July 2018 she was chairman of the board of Land Securities Group plc. She has been a member of the boards of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and of Zurich Insurance Company Ltd since March 2012.

Committee membership

Audit Committee (chairman), Governance, Nominations and Sustainability Committee, Risk and Investment Committee

Other directorships within the Group

Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

External appointments

Dame Alison has been a senior advisor of Evercore Partners since 2011. She has been a member of the board of PACCAR Inc. since 2005 and since September 2013 a member of the advisory council of the St. George’s Society of New York. Since May 2014 she has been a member of the supervisory board of BASF SE and Chairman of the Audit Committee of BASF SE. In May 2018 she was appointed as independent non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee of BP plc.

Educational background

Dame Alison graduated in economics and German from the University of Reading. She was awarded honorary doctorates (LLB) from the University of Reading and the University of Exeter.


CV Dame Alison Carnwath, English

Dame Alison Carnwath - JPG (2500 x 1250 px)


Privacy and Cookies

Cookies help us improve your website experience.
By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies.

Read our privacy policy