David Nish - Board of directors

David Nish

Non-Executive Director

Board director since 1 January 2016

David Nish is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee. He has been a Non-Executive Director of HSBC Holdings Plc since May 2016 and in February 2020 was appointed as senior independent non–executive director. David is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee.

David was Executive and Group Finance Director of Scottish Power Plc from 1999 to 2005 having joined the company as Deputy Finance Director in 1997. Additionally, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Life Plc from January 2010 to September 2015 having joined the company as Group Finance Director in November 2006. David was also a former Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he began his career as a trainee.

Previous non-executive positions held by David include boards of London Stock Exchange Group Plc, Zurich Insurance Group, UK Green Investment Bank plc, Northern Foods Plc, Thus Plc, HDFC Life (India), Royal Scottish National Orchestra and was Deputy Chairman of the Association of British Insurers. He was also formerly a member of the City UK Board Advisory Committee and the Financial Services Advisory Board of the Scottish Government.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Glasgow and is a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Board Committees 

Audit and Risk Commitee

Board conversations with David Nish