Sir Douglas Flint CBE


Appointed to the Board: November 2018

Sir Douglas’ extensive experience of board leadership in global financial services has shaped a collaborative approach which helps to facilitate open and constructive boardroom discussion. He maintains a keen interest and involvement in international, financial and governance matters, retaining an expertise which is an important asset to abrdn. This expertise, together with his prior board experience, help to focus board attention on their stewardship responsibilities as well as guiding discussion and challenge on the design and delivery of our strategy.

In other current roles, Sir Douglas is Chairman of IP Group plc and Chairman of the Royal Marsden Hospital and Charity. He is a member of a number of advisory boards and trade associations through which he keeps abreast of industry, regulatory and international affairs of relevance to his public company responsibilities.

Previously, Sir Douglas served as Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc from 2010 to 2017. For 15 years prior to this he was HSBC’s group finance director, joining from KPMG where he was a partner, and from 2005 to 2011 he served as a non-executive director of BP plc. He has extensive experience of business in Asia, having been a member of both the Mayor of Shanghai and Mayor of Beijing’s Advisory Boards and currently serves on the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Sir Douglas was awarded the CBE in 2006 and his knighthood in 2018, both in recognition of his service to the finance industry. In June 2022, he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Glasgow, his alma mater, in recognition of his services to the business community.