Steve Varley in Prime Minister Business Advisory Group

04 August 2015

Steve Varley, the Chairman of EY UK & Ireland, has been appointed to the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group. The Group, consisting of business leaders from sectors of strategic importance to the UK, has been set up to provide high level advice on critical business and economic issues to the Prime Minister.

Business Advisory Group
The Business Advisory Group was formed in 2010 by Prime Minster David Cameron with the goal to ensure the UK Government gets high level advice on critical business and economic issues from some of Britain’s leading business men and women. Cameron explaining the benefits of the Group: “Having an advisory group with a range of experience and expertise should ensure that there is real interaction and discussion. It is vital that we get these policies right as we take forward our plans to drive down the deficit and transform our economy. Our prize will be balanced growth, getting Britain working and ensuring our whole country shares in rising prosperity.”

UK Government

The Group will meet quarterly to “provide a forum to debate the concerns and priorities facing the economy in general, and strategically important sectors in particular.” The meetings will be chaired by the Prime Minister and kept informal, with participants giving their views on a personal rather than a corporate basis. In addition to the Prime Minster, the Deputy Prime Minister, Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills will also attend the meetings.

Membership to the Group is offered on a personal basis for an initial period of twelve months. Recently, the UK Government announced the 19 newly appointed men and women of the Group. Among the business leaders, one leader from the consulting industry is to be found: the Chairman of EY UK & Ireland Steve Varley. Varley, who joined EY in 2005 as Managing Partner, has been the Chairman since 2011.

Steve Varley - CHairman of EY UK&I

An overview of the 19 appointed business men and women:

Alison Brittain (incoming CEO of Whitbread)
Bob Dudley (CEO of BP)
Nigel Wilson (CEO of Legal and General)
Carolyn McCall (CEO of Easyjet)
David Joseph (Chairman/CEO of Universal UK)
Robert Noel (CEO of Land Securities)
Jayne-Anne Ghadia (CEO of Virgin Money)
Xavier Rolet (CEO of LSE)
Eileen Burbidge (Partner at Passion Capital)
Jeff Fairburn (CEO of Persimmon)
Steve Varley (Chairman of EY)
Andy Clarke (CEO of Asda)
Paul Walsh (Chairman of Compass Group)
Simon Segars, (CEO of ARM)
Steve Wadey (CEO of QinetiQ)
John Nelson (Chairman of Lloyd’s of London)
Liv Garfield (CEO of Severn Trent)
Warren East, (CEO of Rolls Royce)
Ana Botin (Chairwoman of Santander)


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