Robert Smith, Baron Smith of Kelvin

Robert Smith, Baron Smith Of Kelvin

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Robert Haldane Smith, Baron Smith of Kelvin (born 8 August 1944) is a Scottish businessman, most notably known as a former Governor of the British Broadcasting Corporation before the advent of the BBC Trust. He is the present Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland.

Early life & past career

Smith was educated at Allan Glen's School, Glasgow. Upon leaving school in 1963, he began a career in accountancy when articled to Robb Ferguson & Company. Smith qualified as a chartered accountant in 1968.

He then moved to ICFC, now 3i, until 1982 and joined the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1983. From 1985 to 1989 he was Managing Director of Charterhouse Development Capital Ltd. He also held the posts of Chairman and CEO with Morgan Grenfell Private Equity, CEO of Morgan Grenfell Asset Management and was Vice Chairman of its successor, Deutsche Asset Management, between 2000 and 2002. He has held various positions as director of, MFI Furniture Group plc, Stakis plc (of which he was also Chairman from 1998 to 1999), the Bank of Scotland, Tip Europe plc and Network Rail.

Smith was a member of the Financial Services Authority from 1997 to 2000 and is a member of the Financial Reporting Council. As Chairman of the FRC Group on Audit Committees Combined Code Guidance he was responsible for The Smith Report (2003).

Sir Robert is a Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland...
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