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Sir Anthony John Habgood (born 8 November 1946)[1] is a British businessman. He has been chief executive of Bunzl and chairman of Whitbread, RELX Group and of the Court of the Bank of England. He has been described in the FT as "the City’s go-to grandee."[2]

Sir Anthony Habgood
Anthony John Habgood

(1946-11-08) 8 November 1946 (age 72)
Norfolk, England
ResidenceChelsea and Norfolk
EducationGresham's School
Alma materGonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Carnegie Mellon University
Years active1970–present
TitleChairman, RELX Group
Chairman, Court of the Bank of England
Chairman, Preqin Holding Limited
Board member ofRELX Group, Bank of England
Spouse(s)Nancy Atkinson
Parent(s)John Michael Habgood MC
Margaret Diana Middleton, nee Dalby


Early lifeEdit

Anthony John Habgood was born on 8 November 1946, the son of John Michael Habgood MC and his wife Margaret Diana Middleton, nee Dalby.[3] He was educated at Gresham's School, Norfolk.[4][5] He has a bachelor's degree from Cambridge University (Gonville and Caius College), and a master's degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University.[3]


He joined Boston Consulting Group in 1970 and became a director in 1977.[6]

From 1991 to 2005, Habgood was chief executive, then chairman of Bunzl, growing turnover from continuing operations from £500 million to £2.9 billion, and improving profits by a factor of 34, and "is widely credited with transforming Bunzl".[7]

Habgood was chairman of Whitbread plc from 2005 to 2014 [8] and of Mölnlycke Health Care from 2006 to 2007 while it was owned by the private equity house APAX Partners. He has been chairman of RELX Group (formerly Reed Elsevier), a multinational information and analytics company, since June 2009.[9] He has been chairman of Preqin Holding Limited since November 2011. [10]

Past non-executive directorships include NatWest Bank plc,[11] Powergen plc[12] and Marks and Spencer plc [13]

He was senior non-executive director of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2006 until March 2013, and was chair of Norwich Research Park between March 2013 and March 2016.[14][15]

In March 2014, Habgood was appointed chairman of the Court of the Bank of England.[16]

Habgood was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to UK Industry.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

On 29 May 1974, Habgood married Nancy Atkinson, the daughter of Ray Nelson Atkinson of San Mateo, California, US.[3] They have three children, and split their time between Chelsea and Norfolk.[5][3]


  1. ^ "Agenda Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders 2009" (PDF). Reed Elsevier NV. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 December 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  2. ^ Archived from the original on 6 May 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d Lucy Hume (5 October 2017). People of Today 2017. Debrett's. pp. 1925–26. ISBN 978-1-9997670-3-7. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b "The Interview: A cool customer with a track record of giving a warm feeling to shareholders". The Independent. 30 April 2005. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Anthony Habgood profile". Oxford University. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Interview with Anthony Habgood" (PDF). Journal of Strategy and Management. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  8. ^ "The Times: Whitbread chairman Anthony Habgood leaves little room for improvement". The Times. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  9. ^ "View from the Top: Anthony Habgood, Chairman, RELX Group". Financial Times. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Anthony Habgood to Chair Preqin". peHUB. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  11. ^ "NatWest Board Changes". NatWest Press Release. Retrieved 6 March 2001.
  12. ^ "Powergen Annual Report 2000" (PDF). Powergen. Retrieved 2 March 2001.
  13. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "6 March 2013 - FTSE 100 company Chair appointed to Norwich Research Park - BBSRC". Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  15. ^ "UEA Vice Chancellor Appointed Chair of Norwich Research Park". Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Three senior appointments to the Bank of England" (PDF) (Press release). Bank of England. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  17. ^ "No. 62150". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2017. p. N2.

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