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Brendan Nelson

Brendan Nelson - Independent non-executive director

Independent non-executive director


Appointed 8 November 2010


Board and committee activities:

Chair of the audit committee; member of the people and governance and?remuneration?committees


Outside interests:

Non-executive director of NatWest Markets plc








Brendan Nelson is a qualified chartered accountant. He was made a partner of KPMG in 1984. He served as a member of the UK board of KPMG from 2000 to 2006, subsequently being appointed vice chairman until his retirement in 2010. At KPMG International he held a number of senior positions including global chairman, banking and global chairman, financial services. Brendan has extensive financial experience having been a non-executive director of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group p.l.c, where he also served as chairman of the group audit committee, until April 2019 and National Westminster Bank p.l.c. until December 2018.
Brendan previously served as a member of the Financial Services Practitioner Panel for six years and was chairman of the audit committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland from 2005 to 2008 and later became President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland from 2013 to 2014.


Relevant skills and experience

Brendan has completed a wide variety of audit, regulatory and due-diligence engagements over the course of his career. He played a significant role in the development of the profession’s approach to the audit of banks in the UK, with particular emphasis on establishing auditing standards. He continues to contribute in his role as a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel.

This wide experience makes him ideally suited to chair the audit committee and to act as its financial expert. He brings related input from his role as the chair of the audit committee of a major bank. His specialism in the financial services industry allows him to contribute insight into the challenges faced by global businesses by regulatory frameworks.