Rudy Markham became a non-executive board member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee in 2010. He also serves on the boards of Astra Zeneca, Standard Chartered, Legal & General and UPS Inc; he chairs Moorfields Eye Hospital and serves on the board of the Financial Reporting Council.
Rudy is also an experienced Audit Committee Chair having chaired the Audit and Risk Committee at Standard Chartered. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and of the Institute of Corporate Treasurers.
After a series of financial postings for Unilever in Continental Europe, Rudy was appointed Chairman and CEO of Unilever’s businesses in Australia and New Zealand in 1989 and chaired Nippon Lever Japan between 1992 and 1996. Subsequent appointments include:
- executive responsibility for Unilever operations in North East Asia, 1996
- board member of Unilever Plc and Unilever NV, responsible for Strategy and Technology, 1998
- Finance Director, 2001
Non Executive Director
Board members give corporate leadership to the FCO by ensuring that the department meets the foreign policy priorities, Public Service Agreements targets and service delivery targets set by ministers. The role of a Non-Executive Board Member is to provide an effective and objective challenge to the rest of the Board and officials.