Nigel Rudd

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Nigel Rudd
Born (1946-12-31) 31 December 1946 (age 72)
Derby, England
Education Bemrose Grammar School, Derby
Occupation Chairman
Organization BAA Aviation PLC
Children 3
Awards Founding Societies Centenary Award

Sir Nigel Rudd FCA DL (born 31 December 1946 in Derby, England),[1] is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 1982, he founded Williams Holdings, a company which went on to become one of the largest industrial holding companies in the United Kingdom until its demerger in November 2000, creating Chubb plc and Kidde plc. He became the non-executive Chairman of Kidde plc until December 2003. He currently presides as chairman at BAA Aviation PLC.[2]


Rudd began his career as a troubleshooter for London & Northern, a holding company with subsidiaries in a range of industries. In 1982 he bought the Williams engineering company with business partner Brian McGowan. Rudd and McGowan went on to acquire and rebrand a portfolio of under-performing industrial companies throughout the Eighties.

Rudd has been in positions of prominence at several corporations, including serving as Chairman of BAA Limited, The Boots Company, Pilkington PLC and Pendragon PLC, and Deputy Chairman of Barclays PLC until January 2009. [3] He also holds a number of other public appointments including Chairman of the CBI Boardroom Issues Group and a member of the Financial Reporting Council.

Sir Nigel Rudd sits on the board of directors at the following companies:

  • BAA Aviation PLC (Chairman/non-executive director since 2014);[4]
  • iPulse LTD (non-executive director since 2013);
  • Business Growth Fund (Chairman and non-executive director since 2011)
  • Destiny Pharma LTD (Chairman and non-executive director since 2011);
  • Eagle Buyer LTD (non-executive director since 2010);
  • Loch Lomond Golf Club LTD (non-executive director since 2010);
  • Loch Lomond Members Golf Club (Chairman since 2010);
  • Heathrow Airport Holdings LTD (formerly BAA LTD) (Chairman since 2007);
  • Sappi LTD (non-executive director since 2006);
  • Coleman Investments LTD (non-executive director since 1980);
  • Rother House Finance LTD (non-executive director since 1978);

Rudd previously held the following directorships:

  • Invensys PLC (Chairman/NE Director, 2009–2014);
  • Cyden LTD (Deputy chairman/NE Director, 2011–2013);
  • Longbow Capital LLP (Director, 2004–2013);[5]
  • Barclays Wealth (Chairman of the UK & Ireland Private Bank Advisory Board, 2009–2012).
  • Pendragon PLC (Chairman/NE Director, 1989–2010);[6]
  • BAE Systems PLC (Non-Executrive Director, 2006–2009);
  • Barclays Bank PLC (Deputy chairman, 2004–2009);
  • Barclays Bank PLC (non-executive director, 1996–2009);
  • Barclays PLC (Deputy chairman, 2004–2009);
  • Barclays PLC (non-executive director, 1996–2009);

Personal life

Sir Nigel Rudd was born in Derby on 31 December 1946. His father worked for the civil service as a Weights and Measures Inspector. Rudd married his wife Lesley in 1969. The couple have three children. He is a keen golfer and supporter of Derby County Football Club.[7]


Rudd attended Bemrose Grammar School, Derby.[8] Following his elder brother into accountancy, Rudd qualified as Britain's youngest chartered accountant at the age of 20.[9]

Awards and honours

In 1996, Rudd was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the manufacturing industry. He holds honorary degrees at multiple tertiary institutions, namely Loughborough and Derby Universities. In 1995, he was awarded the Founding Societies Centenary Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire and a Freeman of the City of London.

On 15 July 2010 Rudd was installed as Chancellor of Loughborough University[2] He is also the Patron of Derby Grammar School.[10]

External links


  1. "Sir Nigel Rudd". Debrett's. Retrieved 31 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "BAA chairman Sir Nigel Rudd appointed as new Chancellor of Loughborough University". Loughborough University.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Costello, Miles (13 January 2009). "Sir Nigel Rudd steps down as Barclays deputy". The Times. London. Retrieved 27 January 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Costello, Miles (13 January 2009). "Sir Nigel Rudd steps down as Barclays deputy". The Times. London. Retrieved 27 January 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Sir Nigel Rudd Background". Bloomberg.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Pendragon's Sir Nigel Rudd to step down". Telegraph.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Interview with Derby County Football Club's Chairman, Peter Gadsby". Retrieved 13 September 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Sir Nigel Rudd profile". Management Today.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Britain's youngest chartered accountant".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "The Rudd Chemistry and Technology Building". Derby Grammar.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Preceded by
Sir John Jennings
Chancellor of
Loughborough University

Succeeded by