12 April 2011
Speaker Angela Knight, Chief Executive, British Bankers' Association
During this crisis, there has been lots of debate about banking practices, bonuses, morals, ethics and more. Every day the media attacks some part of the system as being corrupt or inappropriate, but is this really the case or is it just some media? Is the industry abusing its powers or does it play by the rules and play fair?
In a reflection of the last three years of trials and tribulations across the financial sector, Angela Knight, Chief Executive of The British Bankers' Association will discuss her personal perspective on these developments.
After leaving Bristol University with an honours degree in chemistry, Angela worked for the American industrial gas company Air Products Ltd. She was the product development manager for the application and sales of nitrogen as an inert carrier during the treatment of ferrous metal components
She went on to set up and was Chief Executive of a specialist contract heat treatment company treating precision engineering components - Cook & Knight Metallurgical Processors Ltd - and associated process plant manufacturing company.
From 1987 to 1992 she was Councillor and Chief Whip on Sheffield City Council. She entered Parliament in 1992 as MP for Erewash and was Economic Secretary to the Treasury between 1995 and 1997, when she lost her seat at the General Election. She was the Chief Executive of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers from September 1997 to December 2006.
She is currently the Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association. She is also a non-executive director on the boards of IFSL, Brewin Dolphin plc and the Financial Services Skills Council.