Robert Gillespie has served as a Director of Burford since May 2020.
Mr Gillespie was most recently the Director General of the UK Takeover Panel. He had a lengthy career as an investment banker, spending more than 25 years at UBS and its predecessors in a range of senior positions including Vice Chairman; Chief Executive Officer, EMEA; and Joint Global Head of Investment Banking, while also serving on the Group Managing Board and the Management Committee for many years. He started his career as a Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse.
Mr Gillespie is currently a director of Royal Bank of Scotland plc, NatWest Holdings Ltd and Ulster Bank Ltd and is the Chairman of Boat Race Company Ltd. Mr Gillespie is also a Director of Social Finance Limited. He has previously served as a director of Citizens Financial Group and, with particular relevance to Burford’s business, Ashurst LLP, the law firm, and as Chairman of Somerset House Trust and the Council of Durham University, from which he graduated with a degree in economics.