Mike Amato joined Barclays in February 2006 as Chief Distribution and Product Officer, UK Retail Banking. The Retail Bank is one of the largest in the UK with more than 14 million customers and 2,014 branches.
Mike's role is to lead both Distribution and Product, which includes the Branch Network, Telephone Banking, Internet Banking, Premier Banking, Financial Planning, Local Business, Barclays Insurance, Mortgages and Current Accounts & Savings.
Prior to joining Barclays, he spent 24 years at Washington Mutual, which was the sixth largest bank in the US. He held a range of sales leadership positions across investments, insurance and banking, the most recent being President of Retail Banking Distribution. He graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University, has two children and has relocated to London from Seattle.
John Griffith-Jones (Chairman)
John Griffith-Jones is the Joint Chairman of KPMG Europe. Educated at Eton and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1978 and worked for KPMG as an auditor until 1987 when he transferred to help set up their corporate finance practice. He ran that practice in the UK and Europe from 1998 until June 2002 when he was promoted to be KPMG’s Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership the firm transitioned to become a genuinely multi-disciplinary organisation. He became UK Senior Partner in October 2006 and has led the merger with other European KPMG firms to create KPMG Europe.
His interests include: the army (a territorial soldier for 14 years), bridge, tennis, domestic building projects and low key dinghy sailing. He enjoys reading books on history, politics (or both) in his spare time. Is a member of the MCC, Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, Whites and a Liveryman of the Skinners, on one of whose charity committees he sits.
Neil Sherlock (Company Secretary)
Neil Sherlock is the partner in charge of public affairs at KPMG. He joined KPMG in 1985 as an economist in the consulting firm and worked in a variety of roles including heading the office of Lord Sharman when he was Chairman, KPMG International. More recently Neil worked closely with KPMG International Chairman Sir Michael Rake on global regulatory issues. Educated at Oxford University, Neil graduated with a first in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and was President of the Oxford Union. He was joint editor of the book The Progressive Century: the future of the centre-left in Britain. He is Chair of Trustees at Working Families, Vice Chair of the KPMG Foundation, is a member of the Advisory Board of the IPPR Review and on the Management Committee of Centreforum. He is an adviser to Nick Clegg and was a former adviser to Paddy Ashdown and Sir Menzies Campbell, stood for Parliament in 1992 and 1997 and was a member of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body.
Paul Marshall is a co-founder of Marshall Wace Asset Management, a European Equity Hedge Fund group with circa $2 billion under management. Marshall Wace Asset Management manages the award winning Eureka Fund, and Europe's largest TMT hedge fund Eureka Interactive. In addition Eureka Strategic Partners provides seed capital and expertise for the launching of talented new hedge fund managers.
Paul was formerly a Director of Mercury Asset Management Plc. Having joined the firm in 1985 he was appointed Chief Investment Officer, European Equities in 1989. At the time of his departure he was responsible for a team of 15 managing US$12 billion in European equities. Mr. Marshall holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School and a BA Hons. from St. John's College, Oxford, in History & Modern Languages.
Jim O'Neill is Head of Global Economic Research for Goldman Sachs, overseeing all the firm's economic research and the output of its team around the world. He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of Surrey after graduating in Economics from Sheffield University in 1978. Jim joined Goldman Sachs in October 1995 as a Partner, Co-Head of Global Economics and Chief Currency Economist. Previously, after a brief spell with Bank of America and International Treasury Management, a division of Marine Midland Bank, Jim was at Swiss Bank Corporation (SBC), becoming Head of Research globally for SBC in 1991.
Jim is a member of the board of the Royal Economic Society in the UK, of the European think tank Bruegel, and Itinera, a Belgium think tank. He is a member of the UK-India Round Table. He is Chairman of SHINE, a charity which supports additional educational initiatives which encourage children and young people to raise their achievement levels. SHINE funds organisations working with underachieving 7-16 year olds from disadvantaged areas in London and Manchester.
Dwight Poler is a Managing Director of Bain Capital, based in London, and is responsible for the firm’s investment activities in Europe.
Prior to joining Bain Capital, Dwight was a consultant at Bain & Company where he advised companies in the technology, consumer products and financial services industries in the U.S. and Europe. Previously, he worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department of Morgan Stanley, in both the New York and Tokyo offices, focusing on cross-border activity.
Dwight also devotes time to charitable activities as a trustee of Camp Dudley, the NSPCC (UK), the Private Equity Foundation (UK) and Right to Play (UK), and serves on the faculty of the London Business School and its Private Equity Institute.
Dwight received an M.B.A. with distinction from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth where he was a Tuck Scholar. He received a B.A. from Amherst College.
Andrew Scott is a Trustee and Deputy Chairman of the Man Group plc Charitable Trust. Educated at Bradfield College, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1976, working for Whinney Murray. He joined ED & F Man Ltd in 1977; he became Managing Director of the Sugar Division in 1987; Managing Director of The Molasses, Alcohol and Shipping Division in 1992 and had been a main board member of Man Group plc for ten years, until he retired to pursue his own interests in 1999. He took over running the Man Group plc Charitable Trust in June 2004, having remained a Trustee since 1990. His interests include golf, sailing, skiing, tennis and bridge.
Man Group plc is a leading global provider of alternative investment products and solutions for private and institutional investors worldwide. The Group employs 1,600 people in 13 countries, is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Further information on the Man Group can be found at www.mangroupplc.com.
Peter Sherratt is Vice Chairman at the investment bank Lehman Brothers. He joined the firm in 1986 and is currently responsible for the approval process for its large transactions outside the US. He is a member of its European executive team, trustee of its UK pension scheme and board member of a number of its companies, including its charitable foundation in New York.
Peter trained as a lawyer in England, qualifying as a barrister, and holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge universities. He is a Board member of CAMFED, an organisation dedicated to eradicating poverty in Africa through the education of girls and empowerment of young women, and a Trustee of World Swim Against Malaria. He is also Chair of Governors at an inner city secondary school.
Corinne graduated in France with a BA in International Business from EPSCI (ESSEC Group) in 1987. From 1987 until 1993 she worked for Psion Plc helping set up and managing Psion’s European distribution network. She was International Sales Manager by the time she left Psion. Since she joined TomTom in 1994, and helped it grow from a small team into Europe's largest navigation software publisher. Corinne is now publisher and Managing Director of TomTom. Corinne is also Chair of Trustees of Sofronie Foundation.