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John Banham

One of the country's outstanding industrialists

Sir John Banham is Chairman of Johnson Matthey plc. He is chairman of cancer biotech company Cyclacel, Spacelabs Healthcare and senior independent director of Amvescap.

Until 2005, Sir John was the Chairman of Whitbread plc, and from from 1996 to December 2001 he was the Chairman of Kingfisher plc, when he stood down following the successful sale-de-merger of the Group's General merchandise businesses and properties. He was Chairman of Tarmac PLC from February 1994 until march 2000 when the Group was… 

Sir John Banham is Chairman of Johnson Matthey plc. He is chairman of cancer biotech company Cyclacel, Spacelabs Healthcare and senior independent director of Amvescap.

Until 2005, Sir John was the Chairman of Whitbread plc, and from from 1996 to December 2001 he was the Chairman of Kingfisher plc, when he stood down following the successful sale-de-merger of the Group's General merchandise businesses and properties. He was Chairman of Tarmac PLC from February 1994 until march 2000 when the Group was acquired by Anglo American plc in an agreed bid following the de-merger of Carillion plc.

Sir John was the Chairman of the Government's Retail and Consumer Affairs Foresight Panel from 1998 to 2001.

In addition, Sir John was Director General of the Confederation of British Industry from 1987 to 1992. Since leaving the CBI, he has been involved in a wide cross-section of companies, in addition to his current appointments. He was a Director of National Power for six years until July 1998 and a Director of the national Westminster Bank until April 1998, when he stood down after six years service. Sir John was the founding Chairman of Westcountry Television from the Company's green-field start-up in June 1992 until it was sold to Carlton Communications in December 1996 (for over ten times the original investment). He was the Chairman of Labatt Breweries until September 1995, when the Company was taken over by Interbrew.

Sir John was the first Chairman of the Local Government Commission for England from June 1992 to March 1995. This review resulted in the creation of 48 new Unitary authorities in England, and the restoration of the historic boundaries of the Counties of the East Riding of Yorkshire, County Durham, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Somerset and Rutland.

Immediately prior to his appointment at the CBI, Sir John was the first Controller (Chief Executive) of the Audit Commission when this was established in 1983.

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