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Charles Gregson

Non-Executive Chairman

Non-Standard Finance Group

London, UK

Charles Gregson
Oliver Gregson
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
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American University Washington College of Law

Charles Gregson’s Biography

Charles Gregson has extensive experience in senior executive roles and board positions in wholesale and retail financial services and media.

A significant part of Charles’ executive career, 1974-2014, was at UBM plc where, in 1998, he led the demerger of UBM’s wholesale broking business, Garban plc, before it merged with Exco Intercapital. He led as Executive Chairman until 2002, before taking on the role of Non-Executive Chairman. He has acted as a representative shareholder in many media companies, including ITN, Channel 4 and Channel5.

Charles was Chief Executive of the UBM PR Newswire news distribution business, where he led as Chairman & CEO for almost a decade, and was a Director of UBM, formerly MAI plc, from 1996 until 2007. During his distinguished career, he has also held senior non-executive positions at Provident Financial plc, Wagon Finance and International Personal Finance.

Charles worked in the USA for a total of 14 years and travelled extensively overseas, building the international businesses of Garban and PR Newswire.

Currently, he divides his time between Non-Standard Finance and several other directorships, including SIS and The Press Association. He also serves as a Trustee & Director of the United Business Media Pension Fund. Charles has a keen interest in philanthropy and is Chairman of multi academy Richmond West Schools Trust and a Member of the University of Chichester Academy Trust. He has been Chairman & Director of Art UK since its inception in 2002 and is Chairman of the Arabian Racing Organisation.

Previously, Charles was Senior Independent Director of Caledonia Investments plc, Chairman of CPP Group plc and St James’s Place Wealth Management. He also served as NED of International Personal Finance and Provident Financial plc, where he was Deputy Chairman.

Charles is FCA approved and a qualified Solicitor.

Charles Gregson’s Background

Non-Standard Finance Group
Non-Executive Chairman
2014 - Present
London, UK
Non-Standard Finance is a leading provider of unsecured credit to UK customers in three categories namely branch-based lending, home credit and guarantor loans.
Cision PR Newswire
Chief Executive Officer
2003 - 2009
New York, NY, USA
Cision PR Newswire is a former distributor of press releases dating back to 1954 and allowing companies to send press releases to news organisations electronically.
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Current Board Positions

ED&F Man Capital Markets
Independent Non-Executive Director
Oct 2020 - Present
London, UK
ED&F Man Capital Markets is a global financial services and financial brokerage business. It is the division of ED&F Man Group that provides access to global capital markets.
The Richmond West Schools Trust
Chairman
Jul 2019 - Present
London, UK
The Richmond West Schools Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust formed of two schools, Hampton High and Twickenham School. Working closely with other local schools, the Trust constantly strives to giving young people the best quality education they deserve.
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Previous Board Positions

Caledonia Investments plc
Senior Independant Director
2009 - Jul 2019
London, UK
Caledonia Investments is a self-managed investment trust managing an international multi-asset portfolio of around £2bn and listed on the London Stock Exchange, as a FTSE 250 company.
St. James Place Wealth Management
Chairman & Non-Executive Director
Jan 2010 - 2014
London, UK
St James Place Wealth Management is a FTSE-100 wealth management business providing a personalised service covering financial, investment and tax planning. The company endeavours to put long-term relationships and trusted advice at the centre of everything they do.
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Philanthropy

ART UK
Chairman
Jun 2002 - Present
London, UK
ART UK is a charity providing access to every public art collection in the UK online. The platform collaborates with over 3,300 British institutions, making art available to everyone.

Accreditation

FCA | Financial Conduct Authority
London, UK
The FCA, Financial Conduct Authority, is a regulatory body of the financial services industry in the United Kingdom. It ensures that firms abide by regulations and codes of conduct.

Charles Gregson’s Education

University of Cambridge
MA, History and Law
1965 - 1969

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