Marie Curie appoints new chair

10 Jan 2018 News

Vindi Banga

Marie Curie has appointed Vindi Banga as its new chair, the charity announced yesterday.

Banga holds a number of roles in the business world. He is currently a partner at private equity firm Clayton Dubilier and Rice, chair of Kalle GMBH, senior independent director at Glaxo Smith Kline and Marks and Spencer. He is also on the board at the Confederation of British Industry.

Dr Jane Collins, chief executive at Marie Curie, said on Banga’s appointment: “I am delighted to welcome Vindi as our new chair. He brings with him invaluable experience and insights from the worlds of business, education and philanthropy. I am looking forward to working closely with him over the following months and years.”

Banga said: “It is a great honour to be chosen to be the next chair of this great charity and as Marie Curie prepares to embark on a new strategic period of growth.  I look forward to working with Dr Collins and the trustees and to make my own contribution to such an important cause."

Banga is currently chair of the Karta Initiative, an organisation which supports improving access to world class higher education for students in developing countries. Banga and his wife also founded their own charity, the Kamini and Vindi Banga Foundation, last year.

Former chair faces fraud charges from time as Barclays CEO

John Varley was chair of the charity up until June 2017 when he stepped down from the role. David Ereira had been interim chair prior to Banga’s appointment.

Varley, who had been chief executive of Barclays, was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, following a five-year investigation the UK’s Serious Fraud Office into emergency cash injections which prevented Barclays from needing to be bailed out by the government

He stood down from his role at Marie Curie on 20 June 2017, the day he was charged. He also stepped down from a number of other directorships.

Varley is expected to stand trial alongside three former colleagues and the bank itself in January 2019.


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