Dame Amelia Fawcett was appointed Chairman of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments on 1 July 2011. Dame Amelia is also Deputy Chairman of Investment AB Kinnevik in Stockholm and a Non-Executive Director of State Street Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts, where she chairs the Risk and Capital Committeeand a Non-Executive Director of Millicom International Cellular SA in Luxembourg. Dame Amelia was Chairman of the Guardian Media Group plc from 2009 – 2013 (and a Non-Executive Director from 2007 – 2009).
Between 2007 and 2010, she was Chairman of Pensions First, a financial services and systems solutions business, which she helped set up. From 1987 – 2007 she worked for Morgan Stanley, first as an executive and then in a non-executive role. She started her career at the US law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell, first in New York then in Paris. She joined Morgan Stanley in London in 1987, was appointed Vice President in 1990, an Executive Director in 1992 and Managing Director and the Chief Administrative Officer for the Firm’s European operations in 1996. In 2002 she was appointed Vice Chairman. As Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, she was a member of the European Management Committee and the Board of Directors of the Firm’s major European operating companies. She stepped down from her executive role in October 2006 and was a Senior Advisor to the Firm until April 2007.
Dame Amelia is a Governor of London Business School, a Non-Executive Director of HM Treasury, Chairman of The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, a Commissioner of the UK-US Fulbright Commission, and a Trustee of Project HOPE UK. Until recently, she was Deputy Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery (and Chairman of the Gallery’s Development Board) and a member of the Court of the Bank of England (and Chairman of the Bank’s Audit Committee).
Dame Amelia was appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the financial services industry, in addition to being awarded the CBE in 2002, also for services to the financial industry. She received The Prince of Wales’s Ambassador Award in 2004 and an honorary degree from the American University in London (Richmond) in 2006.
Dame Amelia, a British and American citizen, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1956. She has a degree in History from Wellesley (1978) and a law degree from the University of Virginia (1983). She was admitted to the New York Bar in 1984.