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Sir Philip Hampton
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc

On 3 February 2009, Philip Hampton was appointed Chairman of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc.

He joined the auditors Coopers & Lybrand, London, in 1975 and worked in London and W. Africa. In 1981 he joined Lazard Brothers, working on mergers and acquisitions, business restructurings and capital markets. In 1986, he was seconded to Lazard Freres, New York, and also worked extensively with Lazard Freres in Paris. From 1990, he worked for British Steel plc as Group Finance Director. He became Group Finance Director of British Gas in July 1996 and BT's Group Finance Director in October 2000. From June 2002 until March 2004 he worked as Finance Director for Lloyds TSB.

Philip was non-executive chairman of J Sainsbury plc from 19 July 2004, retiring on 31 October 2009. He was also a Vice President of the CBI from June 2008 to June 2009. Philip is the former Chairman of UK Financial Investments Limited, the company established to manage the UK Government’s shareholding in banks subscribing to its recapitalisation fund. He was a non-executive director of RMC Group from 2002-2005 and joined Belgacom as a non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee in 2004. In November 2009 Philip was appointed a non-executive Director of Anglo American plc. Philip led the 'Hampton Review' into regulatory inspection and enforcement published by the Treasury in 2005 and received a Knighthood in 2007 for Public Service.

Personal details

Date of birth
5 October 1953
Married with two sons
Sailing, skiing, football


Graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford, with an MA in English
Qualified as a chartered accountant and is an Associate of the
Institute of Chartered Accountants
Obtained an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France