Sir Sherard has been at HSBC for six years, working as Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group Chief Executive, and more recently heading the Group’s global government and public affairs functions. He also chairs HSBC Bank Oman. Earlier he spent over 30 years in the British Diplomatic Service, which he joined straight from reading Classics at Oxford, finishing his career as Ambassador to Israel, Saudi Arabia and then Afghanistan. Before joining HSBC he worked for two and a half years for BAE Systems.
Sherard is Chair of the China-Britain Business Council; Chairman of the Financial Inclusion Commission; and sits on the boards of the Saudi British Business Council, and Asia House. He is on the International Engagement Committee of the British Academy. Sherard is the author of two books: Cables from Kabul and Ever the Diplomat.