Chairman of Abbey National plc
Thursday 26 March 2009, 18.00-20.30
Lord Burns is Chairman of Abbey National plc, Alliance & Leicester plc and Glas Cymru Ltd (Welsh Water). He is a non-executive director of Banco Santander SA and Pearson Group. He is also Chairman of the Governing Board of the Royal Academy of Music. Until recently he was Chairman of Marks and Spencer Group plc.
Terry Burns began his career in 1965 at the London Business School, becoming Professor of Economics in 1979. In 1980, he was appointed Chief Economic Advisor to the Treasury and Head of the Government Economic Service. In 1991 he became Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, a post he held until 1998, when he was appointed a life peer.
His current professional roles include President of the Society of Business Economists, President of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and Vice-President of the Royal Economic Society.