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Matthew Lester

Board Mentor


Matthew is Chair of Kier Group, Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee on the Boards of Capita Plc and Man Group plc. In September 2017, Matthew was appointed to the Board of Barclays Plc as a Non-executive Director. He stepped down from this role as of 1 January 2020.

From September 2013 to July 2017, Matthew was Chief Financial Officer at Royal Mail Group Plc and played a key role in the successful IPO which valued the business at £3.3bn. Prior to joining Royal Mail, Matthew was Group Finance Director at NEX Group Plc (formerly ICAP) and Group Financial Controller and Group Treasurer at Diageo. He has also held positions at Kleinwort Benson and qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen.