Dame Alison Carnwath practiced as a chartered accountant before going on to hold a number of senior financial advisory roles with Schroder Wagg & Co and the Phoenix Partnership.
Dame Alison has worked as a senior advisor at Evercore Partners (previously Lexicon) since 2005 and has been involved with Livingbridge LLP as chairman of the investment committee and chairman of the strategic advisory board. She is also a non-executive director of PACCAR Inc and Broadwell Capital Limited, and a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of both Zurich Insurance Company Ltd and BASF SE.
Previous roles include chairmanship of Land Securities Group plc as well as non-executive directorships of Barclays plc and Man Group plc. Dame Alison has also served on the boards of Friends Provident plc, Welsh Water, Gallaher Group, Vitec Group plc and MFGlobal Inc.
Dame Alison is a chartered accountant, holds a graduate degree, has two honorary degrees and in 2014 was appointed to the order of Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE).