Sir Ian Cheshire
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Sir Ian Cheshire

Chair of the Board


Sir Ian is Chair of Land Securities Group plc. He is also Chair of Spire Healthcare Group Plc and Channel 4. He has been a Non-Executive Director of UK investment trust Menhaden Resource Efficiency Plc since 2015 and will retire from that Board on 12 September 2024. He Chairs the King Charles III Charitable Fund and the corporate climate change coalition We Mean Business.

Sir Ian’s executive career was spent in retail, customer-focused businesses in senior leadership and commercial roles, latterly as Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher Plc from 2008 to 2015 and prior to that he was chief executive of B&Q Plc from June 2005. He previously held FTSE 100 Non-Executive Director roles at Barclays Plc (and as Chairman of Barclays Bank UK), Whitbread Plc, where he was Senior Independent Director and BT Group Plc where he was Chair of the Remuneration Committee. He was the lead non-executive director at the UK Cabinet Office and Department for Work and Pensions.  Sir Ian was also Chairman of the British Retail Consortium, Chairman of the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, President of the Business Disability Forum President’s Group and chaired the Ecosystem Markets Task Force and GR Task Force.  

Sir Ian was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to Business, Sustainability and the Environment and is a Chevalier of the Ordre National du Merite of France.

Skills and experience 

Sir Ian joined the Board as a Non-executive Director in March 2023 and became Chair on 16 May 2023. Sir Ian brings extensive general management and board experience in customer facing organisations across a range of sectors including Real Estate. His executive roles include senior leadership and commercial roles in customer-focused businesses.



Sir Ian is also chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.