Mary Francis, CBE

Mary is a non-executive director of Swiss Re Group, senior independent director of Centrica plc and a non-executive director of Ensco plc. Formerly she was a member of the boards of directors of the Bank of England, Aviva plc, Alliance & Leicester plc, Cable & Wireless Communications plc, and St Modwen Properties plc.

From 1999 to 2005 Mary Francis was Director General of the Association of British Insurers. Prior to this, she held several senior positions in the UK Civil Service including deputy private secretary to the Queen (1995-1999), private secretary to the Prime Minister (1992-1995) and financial counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington D.C. (1990-1992). Mary read history at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she obtained a Master of Arts (MA) degree.


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