Speaker's Biography

Angela Knight CBE is Chief Executive, British Bankers' Association.  After leaving Bristol University with an honours degree in chemistry, Angela worked for the American industrial gas company Air Products Ltd.  She was the product development manager for the application and sales of nitrogen as an inert carrier during the treatment of ferrous metal components. 

She went on to set up and was Chief Executive of a specialist contract heat treatment company treating precision engineering components - Cook & Knight Metallurgical Processors Ltd - and associated process plant manufacturing company.

From 1987 to 1992 she was Councillor and Chief Whip on Sheffield City Council.  She entered Parliament in 1992 as MP for Erewash and was Economic Secretary to the Treasury between 1995 and 1997, when she lost her seat at the General Election.  She was the Chief Executive of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers from September 1997 to December 2006.

Angela is also a non-executive director on the boards of IFSL, Brewin Dolphin plc and the Financial Services Skills Council.