John Nelson was appointed to the Board on 14 January 2002. A chartered accountant, he retired as chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston Europe (CSFB) on 31 January 2002. He was a member of the executive board and chairman of the European executive committee of CSFB.
Prior to joining CSFB in January 1999, John spent 13 years with Lazard Brothers. He was appointed vice chairman of Lazard Brothers in 1990. He has been chairman of Lazard S.p.A. in Italy and managing director of Lazard Freres in New York.
Aged 60, John was a non-executive director of Woolwich until it was taken over by Barclays Bank in 2000. He is chairman of Hammerson, deputy chairman of Kingfisher, senior advisor to Charterhouse Capital Partners and a non-executive director of the English National Opera.
Key to membership of principal Board committees:
(e) Community Support
(f) Pension Scheme Performance Review Group
(g) Equality of Access Board
All the non-executive directors are considered independent of the management of the company.