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Robert Swannell CBE



Robert Swannell is the Chairman of Royal SpringBoard.
He is also Chairman of UK Government Investments, which is responsible for corporate finance and corporate governance for HMG. He was previously Chairman of Marks & Spencer (2010-2017). He is also a Director of the Investor Forum and a member of The Takeover Panel Appeal Board.

Robert is a Trustee of Teach First and a visiting Fellow at the Oxford University, Said Business School. He was a member of the Advisory Board of The Sutton Trust from 2014-17 and Chairman of Rugby School from 2009-2014. Until 2010, Robert spent over 30 years in investment banking with Schroders/Citigroup. He was formerly Vice-Chairman of Citi Europe and Chairman of Citi’s European Investment Bank.

"I was a founding Trustee of The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation. When I was Chairman of Rugby School we were determined to provide full bursaries to disadvantaged children for whom the pastoral care of boarding and great education provided a unique, life transforming experience. Our success in doing this, with support from many inner-city charities, led us to believe that we should form a new charity to work with all other independent and state Boarding Schools to transform the life chances of many more disadvantaged children. SpringBoard, now merged with RNCF, was the result."

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