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Rodney Baker-Bates joined Dolfin’s Advisory Panel in March 2019. During a 50-year career, he has acquired core skills in strategy development, leadership and change management in organisations and roles spanning finance, technology and the media.
After a decade in management consulting at Arthur Andersen, Rodney spent 15 years in banking – first with Chase Manhattan Bank then Midland Bank – ultimately as general manager of Midland’s UK Bank. He then joined the BBC as Director of Finance and Information Technology and a member of the corporation’s Board of Management and its Executive Committee. His final executive role was Chief Executive Prudential Financial Services. Since 1998 he has served as Chairman of a wide range of businesses covering publicly quoted; private equity; private; unquoted subsidiaries and charities. Currently his primary role is Chairman of Willis Ltd, the major London insurance broker.
During this time, he has built up a wide range of experience. As a Chairman, he led two successful IPOs, requiring a detailed understanding of financial and risk management and giving him considerable experience of corporate finance and funding issues. He understands the application of technology to achieving innovative product and service solutions as well as customer and supplier relationship management and business generation. Rodney values the training, development and motivation of managers and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds and skills. He has also handled the complex relationship between public service and the private sector including broad public policy, Private Finance Initiative and industry regulation issues. He brings broad experience of Board leadership and succession planning with public; private equity and private companies.
Rodney is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, an Associate of the Institute of Management Consultants and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.