Shriti Vadera

Shriti is Chairman of Santander UK, a significant UK retail bank, Senior Independent Director of BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, and Non-Executive Director of Astra Zeneca, a leading global pharmaceutical company.
She is the first minority ethnic and first female chairman of a major UK high street bank and one of the most senior BAME FTSE 100 directors. Santander actively promotes a diverse workforce through policies to improve the number of people of BAME origin progressing to more senior roles in the business. These include (but are not limited to) appointing a dedicated Executive Committee member responsible for improving BAME diversity, “reverse mentoring” of the Executive Committee so that they can hear directly from BAME employees about the challenges that they face, training solutions to tackle “unconscious bias” as part of Santander’s Leadership Programme and in some specific business areas and the establishment of a cultural awareness network for employees. Her other boards, BHP Billiton and AstraZeneca, also implement strong BAME policies.