Richard Meddings is Group Finance Director of Standard Chartered PLC.
Richard joined the Board of Standard Chartered PLC in 2002 as a Group Executive Director responsible for Risk following which he took responsibility for Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and Europe & the Americas. Richard was appointed Group Finance Director in 2006 and is currently responsible for Finance, Risk, Treasury, and Corporate Development.
Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1983 and, prior to joining Standard Chartered, held a number of senior roles in the banking industry including at Hill Samuel and at Credit Suisse. He was Group Finance Director of Woolwich PLC and Group Financial Controller of Barclays PLC.
Richard is Chairman of ‘Seeing is Believing’, Standard Chartered’s flagship community investment project which combats avoidable blindness across the developing world. Since 2003, Seeing is Believing has raised over US$58m and in 2011 made a further commitment to raise a total of US$100m by 2020 to continue the fight against avoidable blindness.
In 2008, Richard became a Non Executive Director of 3i Group plc where, since 2010, he also acts as the Senior Independent Director and the Chair of the Audit & Compliance Committee.
Richard was born in 1958 and attended Wolverhampton Grammar School. He graduated from Exeter College, Oxford with an MA (Hons) in Modern History. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Richard is also a member of the Governing Council of the International Chamber of Commerce, United Kingdom. He was a member of the Indo British Partnership Network from 2005 until 2007. In 2009 he was appointed to the Financial Reporting Review Panel of the Financial Reporting Council.
Richard is married with three children. His hobbies include football, cricket and golf.