Alumni lecture: 'Corporate Governance - The Challenge for the future'
Mr David Jackson
Wodehouse Lecture Theatre, 35 Berkeley Square
'Corporate Governance - The challenges for the future'
David graduated from Bristol in 1974 having spent three most enjoyable years.
After training and qualifying as a solicitor in a rural practice in North Wales, David moved to London and spent two years litigating with Barlow, Lyde and Gilbert. Whilst the practice was essentially insurance based, David developed experience in employment law which lead to him join Nestle UK as part of their UK legal team.
After moving to Chloride in 1981, David gained substantial commercial experience where two lawyers covered 30 countries. After a period in the construction industry where he was Matthew Hall’s first in house lawyer, David joined PowerGen in 1989 as General Counsel and Company Secretary. Here his first task was PowerGen’s privatisation followed by its evolution as an international player. David was involved in regulatory matters and in M&A culminating in the purchase of a large US subsidiary and shortly after the sale of the group to Eon, As Company Secretary, David advised the board under successive chairmen.
This has continued during his 13 years with BP where, as Company Secretary, he reports directly to the Chairman and acts, in effect, as the Chairman’s Chief of Staff. Here he is actively involved with the Board and its Committees in the development of corporate governance. David is also a Director of BP Pensions Trustees Limited.
He was previously Deputy Chairman of GC100, the Association of General Counsel and Company Secretaries of the FTSE 100. In this role he co-chaired a group of companies and shareholders which developed best practice guidance for companies to consider when complying with recent remuneration reporting legislation. David was previously a member of the Advisory Committee of the UKLA and a director of Business in the Community.
David is married to Susan, also a Bristol law graduate with a postgraduate LLM, and has three children. When not working, David can be found sailing from the Isle of Wight