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Professor John Mellor

Professor John Mellor, Chairman and Founder, is Professor of Governance in banking and finance at the University of Leicester School of Business.

Professor Mellor is a former international corporate banker with over 20 years' experience in banking and finance, principally with Citibank/Citigroup, where he was a vice president and head of international corporate banking teams and chief of staff for Citibank's Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa. From the time of the Cadbury Report on Corporate Governance in 1992 he has become a recognised authority on governance through roles in management consultancy as a director of the UK Partnership of IIC (International Independent Consultants) and head of the board governance practice, and later in executive education as founder and director of the Non-Executive Directors' Forum, in association with the University of Exeter with sponsorship from NatWest Bank. In 2008 he established FGRE.

Professor Mellor's first book - “Practical Corporate Governance for Smaller Quoted Companies” - was published by Jordans in 2008, and a second edition in September 2013. He is also author of research reports published by FGRE, chapters in books on governance, and articles for professional journals.

Professor Mellor has previously held positions as visiting lecturer on banking governance at BPP University College, NatWest Visiting Senior Fellow in Corporate Leadership at the University of Exeter, and Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at Bristol Business School. He is a graduate of the University of Exeter (BSc), a PhD from the University of Bristol (both in chemistry), and a Cranfield School of Management MBA

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Chris Leslie

Chris Leslie spent the first 18 years of his career in banking working for Citicorp/Citibank in London, Dublin, and New York. His last position at the bank was heading up its corporate and specialised financing businesses in the UK.

For the last 25 years, Chris has been a headhunter, working initially on senior executive appointments in banking and financial services, where he was part of a small team that built Whitehead Mann into the leading executive search firm in the UK. For the last 10 years, both at Whitehead Mann and latterly The Zygos Partnership, he has focused almost exclusively on chairman and non-executive director appointments in financial services.

He holds an MA in French and Economics from St Andrews University and has attended the Programme for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

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