Mr Niall FitzGerald KBE (Chair)

Niall FitzGerald was appointed to the British Museum board in March 2006 and became Chairman in July 2006, Niall was reappointed for a second four year term in March 2010.

Niall FitzGerald was, until the end of May 2011, the Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters, following the creation of the new company in April 2008.  Prior to this he was the Chairman of Reuters from October 2004, having spent over 30 years with Unilever in a variety of commercial and financial jobs in several countries.

Niall FitzGerald joined the Boards of Unilever PLC and Unilever NV in 1987 and served respectively as Finance Director, Foods Director and Detergents Director until his appointment as Chairman and CEO in 1996, in which he continued until retiring in September 2004. During his Unilever career, he worked and lived in Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the USA and the UK.

Niall FitzGerald joined the Board of Reuters as a non-executive director in 2003 and became Chairman in 2004. In April 2008 he became Deputy co-Chairman of the newly formed Thomson Reuters.  In November 2008 he was appointed Chairman of Hakluyt & Co. Ltd and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the British Museum in 2006.  He is also a Trustee of the Leverhulme Trust and a Senior Advisor to Allen & Co. 

Previous roles include member of the Advisory Board of Spencer Stuart (until 2011); a Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum (1999-2011); Chairman of: The Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF) (2005-2010), The Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust (UK) (2004-2008); The International Business Council of the World Economic Forum (2006-08); The Conference Board (2003-2005).  Co-Chairman of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) (2004-2005).  Non-executive director of: Merck (2000-2003); Ericsson (2000-2002); Bank of Ireland (1990-1999); Prudential Corporation (1992-1999).  President of the Advertising Association (2000-2005).  Member of: the Advisory Board of Tsinghua University; President of South Africa’s International Investment Advisory Council; International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations; Kok Commission on the Lisbon Agenda; Accounting Standards Review Committee; International Policy Council for Agriculture and Trade.  Chairman of the CBI Europe Committee

Mr. FitzGerald was awarded an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire in 2002, and holds a number of Honorary Doctorates from American, British and Irish universities.

Niall is married to Ingrid and they have a daughter. He has three children from a previous marriage. He lists amongst his interests Music (opera and jazz), Irish Rugby, supporting Manchester United, running (slowly), playing golf (poorly), creating an exotic garden in Sussex and observing humanity.


Mr Niall FitzGerald KBE (Chair)